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

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

by Brian Schultz
     
 

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

Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Kathy Starks
Hollywood loves to produce movies that feature the formulaic story line in which a white teacher in an urban school inspires students of color to succeed against all odds. Many of these stories are based on real-life events but often take great liberties in depicting the actual characters and situations. Schultz initially seems to follow the same pattern, but his scholarly tone, research-based analysis, and authentic depiction of the students place his work squarely in the realm of required reading for new and veteran classroom teachers alike. Schultz explains in his preface that the text is drawn from his dissertation, wherein he used inquiry-based teaching to guide his inner-city fifth grade class through a project to improve their school. The students spent the semester determining the most serious problems within the school, designing and implementing data collection instruments, organizing and interpreting data, and presenting their information to first the school and then eventually to local and national news and educational outlets. Their engagement and enthusiasm throughout the project is both moving and encouraging: "Like a family, they genuinely cared about one another, celebrating successes as they worked together, allowing every member to expand individual horizons to whatever level they were capable.o Especially compelling is the narrative structure of the text. The book is organized as a reflection upon the project, where Schultz describes his thought processes as each event unfolds. His use of direct quotes within the text and as chapter and section headings lends authenticity and emotion to otherwise straightforward language. Reviewer: Kathy Starks

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807748589
Publisher:
Teachers College Press
Publication date:
04/12/2008
Series:
Teaching for Social Justice Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.48(d)
Age Range:
3 Months

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