Walking Trees: Portraits of Teachers and Children in the Culture of Schools
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 schoolsUser Review - Not Available - Book Verdict
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
Review: Walking Trees: Portraits of Teachers and Children in the Culture of SchoolsUser Review - Lynda Felder - Goodreads
Walking Trees chronicles one year that Ralph Fletcher worked with New York City teachers and students for the Teachers College Writing Project. Read his first chapter, “Selective Mute,” and you'll ... Read full review