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

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The High-Performing Preschool takes readers into the lives of three- and four-year-old Head Start students during their first year of school and focuses on the centerpiece of their school day: story acting. In this activity, students act out stories from high-quality childrenand#8217;s literature as well as stories dictated by their peers. Drawing on a unique pair of thinkersand#151;Russian psychologist Lev Vygotsky and renowned American teacher and educational writer Vivian G. Paleyand#151;Gillian Dowley McNamee elucidates the ways, and reasons, this activity is so successful. She shows how story acting offers a larger blueprint for curricula that helps ensure all preschoolsand#151;not just those for societyand#8217;s well-to-doand#151;are excellent.

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McNamee outlines how story acting cultivates childrenand#8217;s oral and written language skills. She shows how it creates a crucial opportunity for teachers to guide children inside the interior logic and premises of an idea, and how it fosters the creation of a literary community. Starting with Vygotsky and Paley, McNamee paints a detailed portrait of high-quality preschool teaching, showing how educators can deliver on the promise of Head Start and provide a setting for all young children to become articulate, thoughtful, and literate learners. and#160;

Synopsis:

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.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments       

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    

Notes  

References      

Index   

Product Details

ISBN:
9780226115245
Author:
Cooper, Patricia M.
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Author:
McNamee, Gillian Dowley
Subject:
Philosophy & Aspects
Subject:
Education (Early childhood)
Subject:
Preschool & Kindergarten
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback
Publication Date:
20110431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
5 line drawings
Pages:
200
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.5 in

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"Synopsis" by , 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.

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