Sketches in Democracy: Notes from an Urban Classroom

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R&L Education, 2012 - Education - 136 pages
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Sketches of Democracy is a captivating book that chronicles the first year in the life of a new urban high school.  Based on journal entries and educational literature, this book traces the author’s challenging journey toward creating a democratic community of learners within a tangle of socio-economic and political issues.  An experienced public school teacher and university educator, DeLorenzo brings a unique perspective to the teaching/learning process.  Her poignant anecdotal stories, along with information from authoritative sources, provide a narrative that is deeply reflective and affecting.  This book is a must-read for teachers, teacher candidates, and teacher educators who share a passion for teaching those on the margins of society.

 

 

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Contents

1 Birthing a School While Still in Labor
1
2 The Trouble with Mismatched Expectations
11
3 Playing School Is Not the Real Thing
21
4 They Danced While We Looked Away
31
5 Teachable Moments Part 1
43
6 Teachable Moments Part 2
53
7 MidYear Reflection
65
8 When Students Want to Learn
81
9 White Teachers Urban Schools
91
Is It Worth It?
103
11 The Arts as Democratic Practice
115
12 Lessons Learned
125
Epilogue
135
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About the author (2012)

Lisa C. DeLorenzo is Professor of Music Education at the John J. Cali School of Music, Upper Montclair, NJ.  Her work is dedicated to public school education and music teacher development with beginning and professional educators.

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