Serious Players in the Primary Classroom: Empowering Children Through Active Learning Experiences

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Teachers College Press, 2000 - Education - 271 pages
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Building on the original work, this new edition promotes children's active learning in cooperative groups and fosters independent thinking. By updating references and adding a new chapter on moral dilemmas, including information that is consonant with constructivist ideologies, Wassermann continues to promote ways of teaching that stimulate children's appreciation for social and ethical issues.
 

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Contents

The CanDo Child
3
DEVELOPING PERSONAL POWER
5
BUILDING BLOCKS OF EMPOWERMENT
9
The CanDo Classroom
21
A WAY OF ORGANIZING FOR INSTRUCTION
24
DOES PLAYDEBRIEFREPLAY WORK?
33
The Teacher Decides
34
THE PROFESSIONAL TEACHER AND THE RIGHT TO CHOOSE
35
ACTIVITY 5 JOBS AND WORK
134
ACTIVITY 6 WORK AND PAY
137
Serious Play in Mathematics
139
ACTIVITY 2 DRY VOLUME AND CAPACITY
141
ACTIVITY 3 SHAPES AND SIZES
143
ACTIVITY 5 LINEAR MEASUREMENT
149
ACTIVITY 6 COUNTING
151
ACTIVITY? TIME
154

THE DILEMMAS OF CHOOSING
37
IS IT FOR EVERY TEACHER?
42
MAINTAINING AND RELINQUISHING CONTROL
43
I LIKE THIS WAY OF TEACHING BUT
50
Organizing the CanDo Classroom
61
DECIDING ON THE SHAPE OF THE DAY
66
GATHERING THE MATERIALS
70
SETTING UP THE CLASSROOM
71
Preparing Children for the CanDo Classroom
78
LEARNING TO WORK IN GROUPS
79
LEARNING TO CHOOSE
83
STUDENTS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS
85
FINDING A COMFORTABLE WAY IN
86
Curriculum for Serious Players
95
DEVELOPING CURRICULUM TASKS FOR PLAYDEBRIEFREPLAY
96
THE TEACHERS ROLE
102
GUIDE TO THE CURRICULUM ACTIVITIES
104
Serious Play in Science
107
ACTIVITY 1 SEEDS AND PLANTS
108
ACTIVITY 2 EGGS
109
ACTIVITY 3 LIVING AND NONLIVING THINGS
112
ACTIVITY 4 LIVEANIMAL STUDY
114
ACTIVITY 5 WHEELS AND GEARS
117
ACTIVITY 6 SIMPLE TOOLS
118
ACTIVITY 7 EYES EARS NOSE AND TONGUE
120
A SENSE ORGAN
123
Serious Play in Social Studies
126
ACTIVITY 2 THE SHOES WE WEAR
128
ACTIVITY 3 FABRIC
130
ACTIVITY 4 CLOTHING STYLES
132
Serious Play in the Language Arts
157
ACTIVITY 2 MEANINGS OF WORDS
159
ACTIVITY 3 WORD POWER
163
ACTIVITY 4 PRETENDING
166
ACTIVITY 5 SPEAKING UP
167
ACTIVITY 6 READING AND TELLING STORIES
169
ACTIVITY 7 WRITING OUT
170
ACTIVITY 8 WRITING DOWN
172
Creative Play Opportunities
175
ARTS AND CRAFTS
176
Using Serious Play to Examine Moral Ethical Dilemmas
179
CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT AND SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
182
PROMOTING INFORMED DECISION MAKING AND GOOD JUDGMENT
187
MORALETHICAL ISSUES IN REALLIFE EXPERIENCES
191
Debriefing Using Interactions That Promote Reflection
197
DIFFERENT RESPONSES HAVE DIFFERENT EFFECTS
198
LEARNING THE INTERACTION SKILLS FOR DEBRIEFING
202
USING DEBRIEFING SKILLS TO EXAMINE THE BIG IDEAS
215
THE INTERACTIVE FLOW
221
DEBRIEFING THE DEBRIEFING
223
Evaluation of Serious Players
226
WHATS EVALUATION FOR?
227
LEARNING THE ART OF EVALUATION
228
A KEY TO EMPOWERMENT
238
Materials List for a CanDo Classroom
249
References
257
Index
263
About the Author
272
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Selma Wassermann is a Professor Emerita in the Faculty of Education at Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada. Her publications are numerous, and she is in much demand as a leader of teaching-for-thinking seminars and workshops throughout the United States and Canada.

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