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Simon and Schuster, Jan 31, 1986 - Biography & Autobiography - 224 pages
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"Teacher" was first published in 1963 to excited acclaim. Its author, Sylvia Ashton-Warner, who lived in New Zealand and spent many years teaching Maori children, found that Maoris taught according to British methods were not learning to read. They were passionate, moody children, bred in an ancient legend-haunted tradition; how could she build them a bridge to European culture that would enable them to take hold of the great joy of reading? Aston-Warner devised a method whereby written words became prized possession for her students. Today her findings are strikingly relevant to the teaching of socially disadvantaged and non-English-speaking students.

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User Review  - Beth - Goodreads

Very applicable to any teacher working in a classroom of children that are part of a minority culture. I really liked the New Vocabulary system described in the book, but I found the second half hard to get through. Read full review

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User Review  - Melissa Frentsos - Goodreads

Interesting book about teaching. It is ultimately a diary; kind of disjointed and not always the easiest to follow. I found the comparison to marriage and intimacy at the end to be too much. But I do ... Read full review


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About the author (1986)

Writer and educator, Sylvia Ashton-Warner was born in Stratford, New Zealand, on December 17, 1908. As a teacher of Maori children, she pioneered a pedagogy geared to their culture and interests. The methods were outlined in her autobiography, Teacher (1963). Ashton-Warner also taught at an experimental school in the United States and detailed her experiences in Spearpoint: Teacher in America. Her novels including Spinster, Incense to Idols, and Bell Call often feature strong women. Ashton-Warner died in 1984.

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