Life in Classrooms

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Teachers College Press, 1990 - Education - 183 pages
Focusing on elementary classrooms, chapters include: The Daily Grind
-- Students' Feelings about School
-- Involvement and Withdrawal in the Classroom
-- Teachers Views
-- The Need for New Perspectives.
 

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Contents

The Daily Grind
7
Students Feelings about School
45
Involvement and Withdrawal In the Classroom
13
Teacherss Views
55
The Need for New Perspectives
Index
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Page 41 - And regardless of whether or not they are justified, they make it clear that part of learning how to live in school involves learning how to give up desire as well as how to wait for its fulfillment. Interruptions of many sorts create a third feature of classroom life that results, at least in part, from the crowded social conditions. During group sessions irrelevant comments, misbehavior, and outside visitors bearing messages often disrupt the continuity of the lesson. When the teacher is working...
Page 11 - ... a glance what will happen next. Thus, when our young student enters school in the morning he is entering an environment with which he has become exceptionally familiar through prolonged exposure. Moreover, it is a fairly stable environment — one in which the physical objects, social relations, and major activities remain much the same from day to day, week to week, and even, in certain respects, from year to year.
Page 11 - Not only is the classroom a relatively stable physical environment, it also provides a fairly constant social context. Behind the same old desks sit the same old students, in front of the familiar blackboard stands the familiar teacher.

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