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The Classrooms All Young Children Need: Lessons in Teaching from Vivian Paley


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Teacher and author Vivian Paley is highly regarded by parents, educators, and other professionals for her original insights into such seemingly everyday issues as play, story, gender, and how young children think. In The Classrooms All Young Children Need, Patricia M. Cooper takes a synoptic view of Paleys many books and articles, charting the evolution of Paleys thinking while revealing the seminal characteristics of her teaching philosophy. This careful analysis leads Cooper to identify a pedagogical model organized around two complementary principles: a curriculum that promotes play and imagination, and the idea of classrooms as fair places where young children of every color, ability, and disposition are welcome.


With timely attention paid to debates about the reduction in time for play in the early childhood classroom, the role of race in education, and No Child Left Behind, The Classrooms All Young Children Need will be embraced by anyone tasked with teaching our youngest pupils.

About the Author

Patricia M. Cooper is assistant professor of early childhood education and literacy at New York Universitys Steinhardt School of Education and the author of numerous articles on teaching and learning in early childhood education and When Stories Come to School: Telling, Writing, and Performing Stories in the Early Childhood Classroom.

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Prologue: An “N of 1”  

Introduction: Why Interpret the Clear? 

Part One          Curricular Matters: A Pedagogy of Meaning

Chapter One    Early Literacy, Play, and a Teaching Philosophy           

Chapter Two    Fantasy Play and Young Childrens Search for Meaning           

Chapter Three  Storytelling and Story Acting: Meaning Extended          

Part Two          Relational Matters: A Pedagogy of Fairness      

Chapter Four    Teaching as a Moral Act, Classrooms as Democratic Spaces   

Chapter Five    Race, Pedagogy, and the Search for Fairness   

Chapter Six      Fairness Extended: Superheroes, Helicopters, and the Unchosen          

Epilogue: The Classrooms Young Children Need—an “N of Many”      

Appendix A: Guide to Implementation of Paleys Storytelling Curriculum           

Appendix B: Sample Stories    

Appendix C: Sample Transcript of Child Dictation        

Appendix D: Becoming a Teacher of Stories    




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Cooper, Patricia M.
University of Chicago Press
McNamee, Gillian Dowley
Philosophy & Aspects
Education (Early childhood)
Preschool & Kindergarten
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