I LEARN FROM CHILDREN AN ADVENTURE IN PROGRESSIVE EDUCATION

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I Learn From Children

Author : Caroline Pratt
ISBN : 9780802192158
Genre : Education
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“A lucid presentation of what progressive education can accomplish.”—The New York Times How should schools prepare students for the Information Age? The successful worker of the future – a creative, independent thinker who works well in teams—would seem to be too self-contradictory to be the deliberate product of a school. A century ago, the American educator Caroline Pratt created an innovative school that she hoped would produce such independent thinkers, but she asked herself a different question: “Was it unreasonable to try to fit the school to the child, rather than . . . the child to the school?” A strong-willed, small-town schoolteacher who ran a one-room schoolhouse by the time she was seventeen, Pratt came to viscerally reject the teaching methods of her day, which often featured a long-winded teacher at the front of the room and rows of miserable children, on benches nailed to the floor, stretching to the back. In this classic 1948 memoir, now in its fourth edition, Pratt recounts, in a wry authorial voice much closer to Will Rogers than John Dewey, how she founded what is now the dynamic City and Country School in New York City; invented the maple “unit blocks” that have become a staple in classrooms and children’s homes around the globe; and came to play an important role in reimagining preschool and primary-school education in ways that resound in the tumultuously creative age before us. This edition features a new introduction by Ian Frazier, as well as additional commentary, and an afterword.
Category: Education

Loving Learning How Progressive Education Can Save America S Schools

Author : Tom Little
ISBN : 9780393246179
Genre : Education
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Noted educator Tom Little and Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Katherine Ellison reveal the home-grown solution to turning American students into life-long learners. The longtime head of Park Day School, Tom Little embarked on a tour of 43 progressive schools across the country. In this book, his life’s work, he interweaves his teaching experience, the knowledge he gleaned from his trip, and the history of Progressive Education. As Little and Katherine Ellison reveal, these educators and schools invigorate learning and promote inquisitiveness by allowing the curriculum to grow organically out of children's questions—whether they lead to studying the senses, working on a farm, or re-creating a desert ecosystem in the classroom. We see curious students draw on information across disciplines to think in imaginative yet practical ways, like in a "Mini-Maker Faire" or designing and building a chair from scratch. Becoming good citizens was another of Little's goals. He believed in the need for students to learn how to become advocates for themselves, from setting rules on the playground to engaging in issues of social justice in the wider community. Using the philosophy of Progressive Education, schools can prepare students to shape a vibrant future in the arts and sciences for themselves and the nation.
Category: Education

Learning From Children

Author : Mary E. Hauser
ISBN : 0820467510
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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This is the first published biography of Caroline Pratt, an innovative progressive educator who founded the City and Country School in Greenwich Village, New York, in 1914. It provides a feminist analysis of Pratt's life and work that adds a new dimension to our appreciation of her contributions to progressive education. "Learning from Children "also shows how an analysis of Pratt's work can inform our understanding of current critical issues in educational policy and practice. Caroline Pratt's story will enliven courses on history of education, foundations of early childhood education, and women's history topics.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

Here And Now Story Book

Author : Lucy Sprague Mitchell
ISBN : 9780486806396
Genre : Juvenile Fiction
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Written by a famous educator, these thought-provoking, illustrated tales range from those suitable for reading aloud to 2- and 3-year-olds to those perfect for third graders to read for themselves.
Category: Juvenile Fiction

Inventing Kindergarten

Author : Norman Brosterman
ISBN : 0810990709
Genre : Education
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Details the history of the original kindergarten, a revolutionary educational program that was invented in the 1830s by German educator Friedrich Frobel
Category: Education

Playing For Keeps

Author : Deborah Meier
ISBN : 0807750956
Genre : Education
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Why is play important in the lives of children? What crucial aspects of learning are being neglected in the current near-elimination of recess time in public schools? Playing for Keeps, co-authored by the well-known writer and educational leader Deborah Meier, and two colleagues with equally long experience in schools, explores these questions. Based on close observations on a public school playground, the book shows children at play in a relatively natural, unstructured environment. The reader is virtually there, seeing, listening in, able to appreciate the children's curiosity, humour, intelligence, and inventiveness. Readers will recognize the children's voices and ways of thinking, and perhaps be reminded of their own childhood, their own children, or the children they teach. The authors comment on the observations, adding to the reader's own perceptions. This lively, engaging book makes a strong case for the importance of free exploration, wonder, imagination, and play to the learning and growth of children. It should contribute significantly to the understanding of all those concerned, professionally or personally, with the welfare of our school-age population.
Category: Education

John Dewey And Education Outdoors

Author : John Quay
ISBN : 9789462092150
Genre : Education
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In this book we take the reader on a journey through the various curriculum reforms that have emerged in the USA around the idea of conducting education outdoors – through initiatives such as nature-study, camping education, adventure education, environmental education, experiential education and place based education. This is a historical journey with an underlying message for educators, one we are able to illuminate through the educational theories of John Dewey. Central to this message is a deeper understanding of human experience as both aesthetic and reflective, leading to a more coherent comprehension of not just outdoor education, but of education itself. Whether we knew it or not, all of us interested in the field of education have been waiting for this book. John Dewey and Education Outdoors is the tool we need to help understand and explain experiential education in general and outdoor education in particular. This is an expertly researched and written account of how and why outdoor education has developed, and been such a vital feature in exemplary educational practices. Because of this work I will no longer have to stumble through some inadequate explanation of the history and philosophy of outdoor education, I can now simply point to this book and suggest that everyone read it. —Dr. Dan Garvey, President Emeritus, Prescott College, Former President and Executive Director, Association for Experiential Education. John Dewey and Education Outdoors is a well-researched book that explores the tenets of Dewey within the contexts of progressive reforms in education. The authors provide detailed explanations of Dewey’s thoughts on education while exploring the historical intersections with outdoor education, camping, and environmental education. While situated within a historical perspective, this book provides insights relevant for today’s discussions on new educational reform possibilities, learning focused on the whole child that includes out-of-school time experiences such as camp, and the development of 21st century skills needed to navigate our global society. —Dr. Deb Bialeschki, Director of Research, American Camp Association.
Category: Education

Begin With A Dream

Author : Augustus Trowbridge
ISBN : 1413498515
Genre : Education
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The year was 1966, and America was in the throes of upheaval. Inspired by the goals of the Civil Rights Movement, and by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s vision of a world in which children would be judged not by skin color but by 'the content of their character," Augustus Trowbridge and his wife, Marty, dreamed of establishing a school where children of all races and creeds would be educated together. 'Differences must be immediately experienced, treasured, and understood," Trowbridge wrote in the school's inaugural brochure, 'because a school that avoids differences places education outside the context of living." In this unflinching memoir, Trowbridge tells the deeply human story of the first three decades of Manhattan Country School through the experiences of those who lived it, and those who, even now, are helping to shape and interpret the dream. 'For me the days at your school have always been a fountain of encouragement." -Erik H. Erikson 'To the extent that you, your students, parents, and teachers have remained true to that future not yet seen in society, you are bearers of a vision."-Coretta Scott King 'Manhattan Country School represents what American public school was ideally supposed to be but rarely became."-Barbara Walters 'I think of your school as a small part, as one piece, of the beloved community, a community that is free of violence, racism, and hate. Thank you for making a lasting contribution to generations and generations of young people."-John Lewis 'Your school.is totally unique, and therefore offers incredible richness of future information for all of us who are interested in children and their education."-Robert Coles 'Differences among individuals will not, and should not, disappear; rather, they will emerge as assets, hopefully ceasing to be viewed as causes for estrangement."-Gus Trowbridge On the basis of this idea, Manhattan Country School opened its doors in September 1966. Begin With a Dream traces the evolution over three decades of what has been called the nation's first realistically integrated private school. Augustus Trowbridge, its cofounder and visionary, frankly explores the politics of race, class, and gender that, at certain periods, threatened to derail the school's mission. The result is a compelling portrait of a small would-be utopia that holds lessons for us all.
Category: Education

Classroom Conversations

Author : Alexandra Miletta
ISBN : 9781595585615
Genre : Education
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In Classroom Conversations, two generations of educators—a mother and daughter—point us to the great thinkers who have shaped their beliefs and practices in education, and who continue to influence teachers today. Nineteen essays by educators from Dewey to Delpit offer parents and new educators an education degree in a nutshell. The Milettas frame these touchstone texts with commentary explaining why these writers resonate for them, sharing not only the personal meanings they have derived from the selections but why these writings have endured in the field over time. Brief biographies set each author in context for the lay reader. As educational fads and jargon come and go, parents and teachers alike will appreciate and find value in the wisdom distilled here. Classroom Conversations will help experienced teachers find renewed meaning in these seminal essays and will help younger teachers discover just how important the work they do can be. For parents, the book will inform and enrich their understanding of their children’s educational experience.
Category: Education

Adventure Education

Author : Linda Ritson
ISBN : 9781317311775
Genre : Education
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This essential guide promotes learning through activity-centred adventure experiences, providing skill development, social education and personal development for practitioners, teachers, support staff and youth groups. This book offers advice and practical guidance on planning, setting up and running adventure education sessions with children and young people. Divided into two parts, it gives an overview of adventure education, explaining how it relates to holistic and outdoor learning and how it encourages active engagement from the learners as well as the instructors. Adventure Education provides a toolkit of various games and activities that can be used with groups of young children, including parachute games, card and musical activities, and climbing and traversing games. This book will be essential reading for all Early Years practitioners, Primary teachers and support staff wanting to develop their skills and deliver adventure learning effectively, as well as youth groups looking to provide informal learning as well as physical opportunities.
Category: Education