Black Ants and Buddhists: Thinking Critically and Teaching Differently in the Primary Grades / Edition 1

Black Ants and Buddhists: Thinking Critically and Teaching Differently in the Primary Grades / Edition 1

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by Mary Cowhey
     
 

ISBN-10: 1571104186

ISBN-13: 9781571104182

Pub. Date: 01/01/2006

Publisher: Stenhouse Publishers

What would a classroom look like if understanding and respecting differences in race, culture, beliefs, and opinions were at its heart? Welcome to Mary Cowhey's Peace Class in Northampton, MA, where first and second graders view the entire curriculum through the framework of understanding the world, and trying to do their part to make it a better place.

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What would a classroom look like if understanding and respecting differences in race, culture, beliefs, and opinions were at its heart? Welcome to Mary Cowhey's Peace Class in Northampton, MA, where first and second graders view the entire curriculum through the framework of understanding the world, and trying to do their part to make it a better place.

Woven through the book is Mary's unflinching and humorous account of her own roots in a struggling large Irish Catholic family and her early career as a community activist. Mary's teaching is infused with lessons of her heroes: Gandhi, Eleanor Roosevelt, Helen Keller, Martin Luther King, and others. Her students learn to make connections between their lives, the books they read, the community leaders they meet, and the larger world.

If you were inspired to become a teacher because you wanted to change the world, and instead find yourself limited by teach-to-the-test pressures, this is the book that will make you think hard about how you spend your time with students. It offers no easy answers, just a wealth of insight into the challenges of helping students think critically about the world, and starting points for conversations about diversity and controversy in your classroom, as well as in the larger community.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781571104182
Publisher:
Stenhouse Publishers
Publication date:
01/01/2006
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
370,756
Product dimensions:
7.30(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

Table of Contents

Prologue : black ants and Buddhism1
1Introduction14
2Compassion, action, and change22
3Routines : a day in the life of the peace class36
4It takes a village to teach first grade57
5Talking about peace81
6Learning through activism101
7Teaching history so children will care122
8Nurturing history detectives140
9Seeing ourselves and our families through students' eyes164
10Responding when tragedy enters the classroom179
11Building trust with families and weathering controversy193
12Going against the grain208
Afterword : "Take this hammer"224

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