Helping Kids Hope: A Teacher Explores the Need for Meaning in Our Schools and in Our Lives

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Scarecrow Press, 2003 - Education - 202 pages
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For many students of all ages, school is not the encouraging and meaningful experience that it ought to be. For teachers, pressures can sometimes become enormous. In a healthy, meaningful, and enriching education, teachers and students treasure, celebrate, and nurture themselves and each other. Helping Kids Hope describes one teacher's efforts to learn and to teach in this way. Divided into seven thematic sections, this book offers glimpses of the emotional and intellectual lives of individual teachers and their students children, teens, and adults. It recreates the issues with which they struggle, so that academic learning can be seen in context. Author Nancy E. Gill invites readers to listen to all the voices and to learn from them as well as she focuses on the need for meaning and how it can shape both teaching and learning for a lifetime."
 

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Contents

In Much Wisdom Is Much Grief Thinking about Teaching as Learning
6
ALICE IN WHERE?
9
SOWS EARS
11
EDUCERE
15
HIGHER EDUCATION
17
THATS THE BREAKS
20
LITERARY GENERAL
23
CLUES
26
THE MAN THING
116
NINETYNINE BOTTLES OF BEER IN THE ROAD
117
NAMES
120
DRUGS
122
Nada Y Pues Nada The Kids Nobody Wanted
127
SCREW EM ALL
133
YOU LIVE UNDER MY ROOF
134
HE JUST GOT COMPLETELY LOST
136

SEEING
28
REMEMBERING THE PLEASURE OF IT
31
SOMETIMES I WISH
34
MY LIFE OF CRIME
36
RHODODENDRON
38
WHAT DID YOU LEARN IN SCHOOL TODAY?
41
YOU DONT HAVE TO BE ALONE
44
GRIM DAYS
46
JUST IMAGINE
47
Very Like a Jail Ten Years in Public School
51
HEY MISS GILL
58
POEMS
61
WHEN LIFE IS NOT FUN
63
THE HORRIBLE CURICKLEEUM WORM
64
TRUST
65
THIS CLASS IS SO BORING
69
LONELINESS
73
HAVE YOU DONE YOUR HOMEWORK?
75
IT JUST ABOUT PUTS YOU TO SLEEP
76
THEY LIKE TO GIVE THEIR OWN THOUGHTS
78
LOVE IS TAKING TIME
80
MESSAGES
81
Hello in There Taking College into the Community
84
THE COMBINELL GETCHA IF YOU DONT WATCH OUT
89
BEYOND DEGREES
93
PLEASE LIVE
95
READING
100
SEE WHAT?
104
DONT ASK METO BE CREATIVE
110
DRAWING
114
SO THERE WERE FIFTEEN OF US IN THE BACK OF THIS TRUCK
137
UP AGAINST THE WALL
138
TRUE LOVE
140
THEY SHOULD TREAT YOU LIKE A PERSON INSTEAD OF A STUDENTYOU KNOW?
142
WHO WANTS TO SIT IN A SUB SHOP ON FRIDAY NIGHT?
143
KINDERGARTEN WAS THE WORST
145
CORNING
146
THESE WERE THE IRRESPONSIBLE ONES
147
WHOS GOING TO HEAR YOU WHEN YOU TALK?
149
I JUST DONT CONCENTRATE IN SCHOOL NO MOREI DONT KNOW WHY
151
HEY WHERED YOU GET THAT GOLD?
154
MOST OF THEM ARE JUST A PAIN IN THE ASS
157
STUPID PEANUT HEADS
160
WHY DONT THEY JUST UNDERSTAND?
163
NINTH GRADE
165
FOURTEEN
166
Poetry Like Bread Is for Everyone Breaking Down Stereotypes
167
THINKING ABOUT THE BEAUTY OF PLACE
169
SQUARE ROOTS OF MINUS NUMBERS
172
MAPPING
173
THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE BRAIN
178
WHITE PEOPLE ALL LISTEN TO CLASSICAL MUSIC
181
GOING OUT NOT KNOWING
183
JUST SAY YES
186
THANK YOU
187
REPRISE
191
SYMBOLS
194
References
200
About the Author
202
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During over 30 years of college and university teaching, Nancy E. Gill was determined to reach students many teachers and professors considered unreachable. Thus, she spent 24 years "adopting" groups of younger students who, like her college students, found traditional schooling lonely, painful, discouraging, and boring. In the process, she invented ways to help students at all levels feel more hopeful and confident—in their minds and also in their lives.

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