The Boy Who Would Be a Helicopter

The Boy Who Would Be a Helicopter

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by Vivian Gussin Paley
     
 

ISBN-10: 0674080319

ISBN-13: 9780674080317

Pub. Date: 09/28/1991

Publisher: Harvard University Press

How does a teacher begin to appreciate and tap the rich creative resources of the fantasy world of children? What social functions do story playing and storytelling serve in the preschool classroom? And how can the child who is trapped in private fantasies be brought into the richly imaginative social play that surrounds him?

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How does a teacher begin to appreciate and tap the rich creative resources of the fantasy world of children? What social functions do story playing and storytelling serve in the preschool classroom? And how can the child who is trapped in private fantasies be brought into the richly imaginative social play that surrounds him?

The Boy Who Would Be a Helicopter focuses on the challenge posed by the isolated child to teachers and classmates alike in the unique community of the classroom. It is the dramatic story of Jason-the loner and outsider-and of his ultimate triumph and homecoming into the society of his classmates. As we follow Jason's struggle, we see that the classroom is indeed the crucible within which the young discover themselves and learn to confront new problems in their daily experience.

Vivian Paley recreates the stage upon which children emerge as natural and ingenious storytellers. She supplements these real-life vignettes with brilliant insights into the teaching process, offering detailed discussions about control, authority, and the misuse of punishment in the preschool classroom. She shows a more effective and natural dynamic of limit-setting that emerges in the control children exert over their own fantasies. And here for the first time the author introduces a triumvirate of teachers (Paley herself and two apprentices) who reflect on the meaning of events unfolding before them.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674080317
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
09/28/1991
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
176
Sales rank:
203,875
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

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Table of Contents

Foreword by Robert Coles

Preface

Storytellers and Story Players

Teacher and Theory-Maker

Jason's Story

New Questions

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I really enjoyed reading this book and I feel that there were many lessons that one could learn from this teacher and her students. This book helped me to better understand what the children I work with are thinking and feeling. I found many parallels between myself and this teacher. I enjoyed reading about her thoughts and discoveries. I would recommend this book to anyone who works with young children. It really can open your eyes to a whole new world!