Being with Children: A High-Spirited Personal Account of Teaching Writing, Theater, and Videotape

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Hailed by the New York Times as "a wise and tender portrait of a small society," Being with Children-initially published in 1975 but out of print for many years-is prizewinning writer Phillip Lopate's classic account of his experience teaching in an urban school in the 1960s. Called "a triumph" by the New York Review of Books, Lopate's book goes to the center of what happens in schools. Called "remarkable for its insights" (Psychology Today) and "good reading" (The Washington Post), it is as relevant today as it ...
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Overview

Hailed by the New York Times as "a wise and tender portrait of a small society," Being with Children-initially published in 1975 but out of print for many years-is prizewinning writer Phillip Lopate's classic account of his experience teaching in an urban school in the 1960s. Called "a triumph" by the New York Review of Books, Lopate's book goes to the center of what happens in schools. Called "remarkable for its insights" (Psychology Today) and "good reading" (The Washington Post), it is as relevant today as it was when it was first published. In it, Lopate explains why teachers persist in staying with the public schools and trying to make them into places where young people can flower.

Being with Children is part of a series of classic books in the field of progressive education from The New Press, edited by bestselling author and educator Herbert Kohl. Each of these works, revered by educators for decades and long out of print, is illuminated in a foreword by Kohl showing how it resonates for contemporary teachers, students, and parents.

About the Author:
Phillip Lopate currently holds the John Cranford Adams Chair at Hofstra University. He has been awarded numerous prizes, including a Christopher medal for Being with Children. He lives in Brooklyn, New York

About the Author:
Herbert Kohl is the National Book Award-winning author of more than forty books. He lives in Point Arena, California

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781595583376
  • Publisher: New Press, The
  • Publication date: 7/1/2008
  • Series: Classics in Progressive Education Series
  • Pages: 338
  • Sales rank: 1,122,431
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Phillip Lopate
A prolific poet, novelist, and essayist, Philip Lopate currently holds the John Cranford Adams Chair at Hofstra University. He has been awarded numerous prizes, including a Christopher Medal for Being with Children. He lives in Brooklyn, New York. Series editor Herbert Kohl is the National Book Award-winning author of more than forty books. He lives in Point Arena, California.
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Table of Contents


Series Foreword   Herbert Kohl     ix
Foreword   Herbert Kohl     xi
Digging In     1
A Tour of the School     3
The Change Agents     8
The Agreement     14
Hanging Out     23
The Insidious Takeover of the Composition     36
Flying Lessons     51
The Adults     65
Relations with Teachers     67
The Principal     83
The Writing Team     89
Videotape Diary     94
The Spicy Meatball     119
The Hustle: A Cautionary Tale     122
The Big Show     141
The Big Show     143
Seven Lessons     229
The Balkanization of Children's Writing     231
Lesson One: Stream of Consciousness     243
Lesson Two: Going Mad     249
Lesson Three: Walking Around     256
Lesson Four: Eavesdropping     263
Lesson Five: How Do Things Connect?     269
Lesson Six: Portraits     276
Lesson Seven: The History of a Friendship     284
The Adult in the Child     291
Getting at the Feelings     293
The Land of Polka Dots     306
Francis, the Adult in the Child     310
June Diaries     320
Conclusion     328
Acknowledgments     339
Permissions     341
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