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The Boy Who Would Be a Helicopter

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Publisher Comments:

How does a teacher begin to appreciate and tap the rich creative resources of the fantasy world of children? What social functions do story playing and storytelling serve in the preschool classroom? And how can the child who is trapped in private fantasies be brought into the richly imaginative social play that surrounds him?

The Boy Who Would Be a Helicopter focuses on the challenge posed by the isolated child to teachers and classmates alike in the unique community of the classroom. It is the dramatic story of Jason-the loner and outsider-and of his ultimate triumph and homecoming into the society of his classmates. As we follow Jason's struggle, we see that the classroom is indeed the crucible within which the young discover themselves and learn to confront new problems in their daily experience.

Vivian Paley recreates the stage upon which children emerge as natural and ingenious storytellers. She supplements these real-life vignettes with brilliant insights into the teaching process, offering detailed discussions about control, authority, and the misuse of punishment in the preschool classroom. She shows a more effective and natural dynamic of limit-setting that emerges in the control children exert over their own fantasies. And here for the first time the author introduces a triumvirate of teachers (Paley herself and two apprentices) who reflect on the meaning of events unfolding before them.

Synopsis:

The Boy Who Would Be a Helicopter focuses on the challenge posed by the isolated child to teachers and classmates alike in the unique community of the classroom. It is the dramatic story of Jason--the loner and outsider--and of his ultimate triumph and homecoming into the society of his classmates. As we follow Jason's struggle, we see that the classroom is indeed the crucible within which the young discover themselves and learn to confront new problems in their daily experience.

Synopsis:

The dramatic story of Jason--the loner and the outsider--and his struggle to be accepted into the society of his classmates, The Boy Who Would Be a Helicopter shows that the classrom is indeed the crucible within which the young discover themselves and learn to confront new problems. "Anyone who was once a child, and especially those who were helicopters, will enjoy it".--David Perkins, Kansas City Star.

About the Author

Vivian Gussin Paley, a former kindergarten teacher, is the winner of a MacArthur Award and of the 1998 American Book Award for Lifetime Achievement given by the Before Columbus Foundation.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Robert Coles

Preface

Storytellers and Story Players

Teacher and Theory-Maker

Jason's Story

New Questions

Product Details

ISBN:
9780674080317
Designed:
Coles, Robert
Author:
Coles, Robert
Author:
Paley, Vivian Gussin
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Location:
Cambridge, Mass.
Subject:
Education
Subject:
Teaching Methods & Materials - General
Subject:
Child Development
Subject:
Elementary
Subject:
Educational Psychology
Subject:
Teacher-student relationships
Subject:
Preschool teaching
Subject:
General education.
Subject:
Fantasy in children.
Subject:
Education-Classroom Resources
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Abridged:
Abridged Edition
Series Volume:
101-380
Publication Date:
September 1991
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
None
Pages:
176
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 7 oz

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"Synopsis" by , The Boy Who Would Be a Helicopter focuses on the challenge posed by the isolated child to teachers and classmates alike in the unique community of the classroom. It is the dramatic story of Jason--the loner and outsider--and of his ultimate triumph and homecoming into the society of his classmates. As we follow Jason's struggle, we see that the classroom is indeed the crucible within which the young discover themselves and learn to confront new problems in their daily experience.
"Synopsis" by , The dramatic story of Jason--the loner and the outsider--and his struggle to be accepted into the society of his classmates, The Boy Who Would Be a Helicopter shows that the classrom is indeed the crucible within which the young discover themselves and learn to confront new problems. "Anyone who was once a child, and especially those who were helicopters, will enjoy it".--David Perkins, Kansas City Star.
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