How can the classroom provide a sensible world

Vivian Gussin Paley states: “I must always assume, with any child, that school is  the source of whatever problems exist in school before looking elsewhere.
But what if I am aware of unusual or unhappy home conditions? Especially so then, for now the classroom will have an even greater responsibility for providing a sensible world.
Of course, it’s natural to seek blame in other places.” (p.115)

“Wanting to be liked is a major commitment, with far-reaching positive implications for school life. It is well to ask ourselves, before denying a child certain kinds of behaviors, if the child is trying to find a way to be liked. Is the behavior designed to make us laugh?” (p.123)

“the teacher doesn’t do all the work…. [-p.126] The children correct one another’s misconceptions all the time while they play and work and talk and act in each other’s stories. It’s only when a classroom is set up to isolate children that the teacher is required to make all the connections – obviously, an impossible task.” (pp.125-126)

Ref:  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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