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Spectacular Things Happen Along the Way : Lessons from an Urban Classroom: 10th Anniversary Edition

Spectacular Things Happen Along the Way : Lessons from an Urban Classroom: 10th Anniversary Edition

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This celebrated narrative captured the attention of educators and the media by depicting the journey of one teacher and his students juxtaposed against the entrenched bureaucracy of Chicago’s public education system. This second edition examines how school reform continues to fail students in urban contexts and offers compelling updates on students.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780807761069
Publisher: Teachers College Press
Publication date: 10/05/2018
Edition description: New Edition
Sales rank: 328,995
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

About the Author

Brian D. Schultz is professor and chair of the Department of Teacher Education at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. He is the author of Teaching in the Cracks: Openings and Opportunities for Student-Centered, Action-Focused Curriculum.

Table of Contents

Foreword to the Second Edition: A Lesson for Teachers on Making Choices and Making a Difference Pedro A. Noguera ix

Foreword to the First Edition Carl A. Grant xiii

Preface and Acknowledgments xv

Prologue to the Second Edition 1

Touchstones and Pushing Back 1

Curriculum Definitions and Pushing Back 4

Storytelling and Pushing Back 7

1 Embracing Students' Interests for Schoolwork 13

What's Worth Knowing? 13

"Inverting" the Curriculum 23

Education as a Two-Way Street 29

2 Our School Is a Dump!: Identifying a Problem That Needs Solving 36

This Ain't No Schoolwork, This Is Important! 36

Feelin' Like a Big and Powerful Grown-Up 45

Needin' Them Pizza Things 52

3 Getting the Word Out: Sharing Authority in Room 405 65

You Wouldn't Let Your Kids Come to a School That Is Falling Apart 65

When Are We Going to Do Work? 72

Just Like a Record Deal 80

4 Seeking a Perfect Solution 89

The Chicago Tribune 89

Young Warriors 95

Carr's "Savage Inequalities" 99

Television, Radio, and Protecting the Kids 107

5 Process as Product 115

Practicing What I Preached 115

Do You Have Any Pets? 120

The Bestest Year Ever 126

Nader Comes to Carr 134

Bittersweet Final Days 137

6 Justice-Oriented Teaching 139

Negotiating Risks 139

Needing Support 141

Theorizing with Students 147

Education with Authenticity and Purpose 150

Developing Classrooms for Social Action 152

Progressive Education in Disadvantaged Neighborhoods 155

Complicating Good Intentions 158

7 Conclusion 162

How Ya Gonna Help Us? 162

Understanding Each Other 166

Let Those Voices Be Heard! 167

Enduring Achievement and Impact 169

Epilogue to the Second Edition 171

A New School for Other People's Kids 171

The Context of School Reform in Chicago and Beyond 173

Learning from Students 177

Complicating Updates 178

Some Current Situations 180

Activist Teachers, Activist Students 183

Empowering Teachers, Empowering Students 185

Afterword to the Second Edition On Teaching with Hope and Humility Sonia Nieto 187

References 190

Index 195

About the Author 206

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