Spectacular Things Happen Along the Way: Lessons from an Urban Classroom / Edition 1

Spectacular Things Happen Along the Way: Lessons from an Urban Classroom / Edition 1

by Brian Schultz
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0807748579

ISBN-13: 9780807748572

Pub. Date: 04/12/2008

Publisher: Teachers College Press

What Happens when a teacher resists the pressures of "teaching to the test" and creates a curriculum based on student needs, wants, and desires? Brian Schultz did just that when he challenged his students from a housing project in Chicago to name a problem in their community that they wanted to solve. When the students unanimously focus on replacing their

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What Happens when a teacher resists the pressures of "teaching to the test" and creates a curriculum based on student needs, wants, and desires? Brian Schultz did just that when he challenged his students from a housing project in Chicago to name a problem in their community that they wanted to solve. When the students unanimously focus on replacing their dilapidated school building, an unforgettable journey is put into motion. As his students examine the conditions of their blighted school and research the deeper causes of decay, they set off on a mission of remedy and repair. It is finally their own questions and activities that power their profound self-transformations. This moving story is a tribute to what determined teachers can achieve in the current stifling environment of high-stakes testing and standardization. Anyone who has faith in creativity, commitment, and the deep potential of inner-city children and youth will want to read this book.

About the Author:
Brian D. Schultz is an assistant professor of education and honors faculty at Northeastern Illinois University (NEIU) in Chicago

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807748572
Publisher:
Teachers College Press
Publication date:
04/12/2008
Series:
Teaching for Social Justice Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
192
Sales rank:
183,165
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.48(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword   Carl A. Grant     ix
Preface and Acknowledgments     xi
Embracing Students' Interests for Schoolwork     1
What's Worth Knowing?     1
"Inverting" the Curriculum     11
Education as a Two-Way Street     16
Our School Is a Dump! Identifying a Problem That Needs Solving     24
This Ain't No Schoolwork, This Is Important!     24
Feelin' Like a Big and Powerful Grown-up     33
Needin' Them Pizza Things     40
Getting the Word Out: Sharing Authority in Room 405     53
You Wouldn't Let Your Kids Come to a School That Is Falling Apart     53
When Are We Going to Do Work?     60
Just Like a Record Deal     68
Seeking a Perfect Solution     76
The Chicago Tribune     76
Young Warriors     82
Carr's "Savage Inequalities"     86
Television, Radio, and Protecting the Kids     93
Process as Product     102
Practicing What I Preached     102
Do You Have Any Pets?     107
The Bestest Year Ever     113
Nader Comes to Carr     121
Bittersweet Final Days     124
Justice-Oriented Teaching     126
Negotiating Risks     126
Needing Support     128
Theorizing with Students     134
Education with Authenticity and Purpose     136
Developing Classrooms for Social Action     139
Progressive Education in Disadvantaged Neighborhoods     141
Complicating Good Intentions     144
Conclusion     149
How Ya Gonna Help Us?     149
Understanding Each Other     152
Let Those Voices Be Heard!     154
Enduring Achievement and Impact     156
References     159
Index     163
About the Author     173

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