disruptive behaviour

I liked how Vivian Gussin Paley explains her lack of response to a child being disruptive. She tells her colleagues “…for me, Jason’s behavior in the story room was annoying but in no way harmful. Had I moved in with force – separating him from the group, punishing him in some way – that would be harmful to the group. for then I would have admitted to a lack of faith in the power of reason and good will to solve our problems, not necessarily on the spot, but eventually.”

Ref: p.53 Vivian Gussin Paley (1990) The Boy who Would be a Helicopter: the uses of storytelling in the classroom.  Harvard University Press: Cambridge, Massachusetts, and London, England.

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This blog is a kind of electronic storage locker for ideas and quotes that inform my research... literary research into fiction for young adults (with a special focus on New Zealand fiction). Kiwis are producing amazing literature for younger readers, but it isn't getting the academic appreciation it deserves. I hope readers of this blog can make use of the material I gather and share by way of promoting our fiction. Cheers!
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