Growing Minds

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Harper Collins, Feb 4, 1989 - Social Science - 192 pages
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Herbert Kohl, one of America's most influential and provocative educators, believes that the only way to persist and to grow as a teacher is to commit oneself to the development of the child rather than to the regimented training of the pupil. His book is a lively, personal testament of one teacher's efforts to cultivate the natural vitality of the learning process; it is also a wondefully concrete and practical guide full of stories of individual students and how they were helped to grow through learning.

 

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Contents

Growth
3
The Calling to Teach
7
An Unexpected Opportunity
11
The Persistence of My Fantasy
15
My First Job
18
Teachers College and Student Teaching
24
The Public Schools at Last
36
How the Police Drove Me to Becoming a Principal
50
THE CONTENT OF LEARNING
87
Content and Control
89
Thematic Teaching
95
Mastery of Content
100
Organization of Content and Development of Sophisticated Thinking
106
Sprache
112
Abstraction
117
Approaching the Short Story
124

THE CRAFT OF TEACHING
55
Teaching Sensibility
57
Loving Students as Learners
64
The Suspension of Ego in Teaching
67
The Teacher as Trickster
77
Problem Kids or Problem Classrooms?
82
The Migrating Eye and Other Powerful Ideas
137
Teaching Macbeth and the Classics
141
Knowing How to Set Problems
149
Content and Discipline
154
WHY TEACH?
159
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Herbert Kohl is the author of such seminal books as 36 Children and The Open Classroom. Growing Minds is his tenth book concerning the subject of education. Currently, he is working in the field of learning and computer technology.

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