Teaching Literacy for Love and Wisdom: Being the Book and Being the Change

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Overview

This powerful book lays out an inspiring new vision for the teaching of English, building on themes central to Wilhelm's influential "You Gotta BE The Book". With this new work, Wilhelm and Novak challenge business as usual in the language arts. They call for nothing short of a revolution in our understanding of the aims and methods of the English classroom, showing what English can do for democratic life, inside and outside of classrooms. With moving portraits of teachers and students, as well as practical strategies and advice, they provide a roadmap to educational transformation far beyond the field of English that will be of interest to a wide audience of teachers, teacher educators, curriculum developers, and educational leaders.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807752371
  • Publisher: Teachers College Press
  • Publication date: 6/24/2011
  • Series: Language & Literacy , #112
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword Sheridan Blau xiii

Acknowledgments xvii

Introduction: Among Schoolteachers 1

Part I What Is "English"?

1 A Brief History of a Nebulous Subject 21

2 The Power of Softness: Intimations of Deepened Humanity from Stories of Classroom Life 36

3 Understanding the Power of Softness Through the Deep Prehistory of English 50

Part II The Way Life Teaches: Revisiting The Three Dimensions Of Aesthetic, Transactional Responsiveness

4 The Evocative Dimension: Story Time and Human Life 77

5 The Connective Dimension: Finding Love by Sharing Insight with Implied Authors 92

6 The Reflective Dimension: Response and Responsibility, Love and Loving Wisdom 122

Part III Reading Beyond The Book: Moving From a Transactional Worldview To a Transactional World

7 Aesthetic Education: The Artistry of Transactional Life in Classrooms 149

8 Aesthetic Democracy: Government of People by People for the Shared Life of People, Writ Small and Writ Large 173

9 Aesthetic Humanity: The History, and Possible Future, of Wisdom 190

Conclusion: What Can "English" Become? 210

Notes 225

References 232

Index 244

About the Authors 254

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