Walking Trees: Portraits of Teachers and Children in the Culture of Schools

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Pearson Education Canada, 1995 - Education - 222 pages
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One September, Ralph Fletcher entered the world of the New York City public school as a staff developer for the Teachers College Writing Project. Walking Trees is the dramatic story of how he survived the wrenching highs and lows of that school year.

Beautifully written, alternately funny and poignant, sad and angry, the book offers an authentic portrait of life in the city's schools. The stories and unforgettable characters in this book - the principals, teachers, and children Fletcher worked with - give Walking Trees a novelistic quality in which the enormous difficulties of staff development in an urban setting are woven together with events in the greater world.

Walking Trees re-creates a world in which all of us who have ever spent time in a school will instantly be able to recognize.

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Walking trees: teaching teachers in the New York City schools

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Fletcher, a freelance writer, visits classrooms in the New York City schools to teach writing. Here, he describes his activities. Inspired by Lucy Calkins of the Columbia University Writing Project ... Read full review


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RALPH FLETCHER is a nationally known educational consultant and speaker. He is the author of What A Writer Needs, Walking Trees: Teaching Teachers in the New York City Schools, and Breathing In, Breathing Out: Keeping a Writer's Notebook, all from Heinemann. His short stories and articles have appeared in Redbook, People, Cosmopolitan, and the Wall Street Journal, and he has published his third book of poetry, I Am Wings (Bradbury Press, 1994). He has worked with teachers and children across the United States, in Europe, and in the Middle East. He spent three years as a senior member of the Teachers College Writing Project in New York City involved with staff development. Ralph's talks are humorous, anecdotal, and practical. His work with teachers has its roots in his classroom experience as well as his own writing. He has the utmost respect for the difficult, important job teachers have in helping students find their voices for the writing that will shape thei

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