The Classrooms All Young Children Need: Lessons in Teaching from Vivian Paley

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University of Chicago Press, Oct 15, 2009 - Education - 248 pages
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Teacher and author Vivian Paley is highly regarded by parents, educators, and other professionals for her original insights into such seemingly everyday issues as play, story, gender, and how young children think. In The Classrooms All Young Children Need, Patricia M. Cooper takes a synoptic view of Paley’s many books and articles, charting the evolution of Paley’s thinking while revealing the seminal characteristics of her teaching philosophy. This careful analysis leads Cooper to identify a pedagogical model organized around two complementary principles: a curriculum that promotes play and imagination, and the idea of classrooms as fair places where young children of every color, ability, and disposition are welcome.

With timely attention paid to debates about the reduction in time for play in the early childhood classroom, the role of race in education, and No Child Left Behind, The Classrooms All Young Children Need will be embraced by anyone tasked with teaching our youngest pupils.

 

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Contents

An N of 1
1
Why Interpret the Clear?
5
A Pedagogy of Meaning
13
A Pedagogy of Fairness
91
The Classrooms Young Children NeedanN of Many
155
Guide to Implementation of Paleys Storytelling Curriculum
157
Sample Stories
163
Sample Transcript of Child Dictation
177
Becoming a Teacher of Stories
185
Notes
203
References
211
Index
227
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Patricia M. Cooper is assistant professor of early childhood education at Queens College, CUNY, and the author of When Stories Come to School: Telling, Writing, and Performing Stories in the Early Childhood Classroom.

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