Tag Archives: Vivian Gussin Paley

The point of school

I’ve extracted this slightly from its context, but it makes for a lovely quote; Vivian Gussin Paley once wrote: “…the whole point of school is to find a common core of references without blurring our own special profiles….” Ref: p.viii … Continue reading

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references to follow up on Gussin Paley’s work

Note, in this chapter, Trisha Lee refers us on to the following readings: Cooper, P (2002) ‘Literacy learning and pedagogical purpose in Vivian Paley’s ‘storytelling curriculum’, Journal of Early Childhood Literacy 5(3): 229-51 Duckworth, E (2001) ‘Inventing density’, in E Duckworth (ed.) ‘Tell … Continue reading

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A storytelling curriculum in the classroom

“Vivian Gussin Paley saw the essential role that fantasy play had, not only in the development of a child, but in the evolution of the community within the classroom. This conviction enabled her to undergo an act of astonishing bravery, … Continue reading

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A good question

“Is it possible to legislate for fairness and still allow children to be creative and free in their fantasy play?” ~ Trisha Lee Ref: (p.125) Trisha Lee ‘The Wisdom of Vivian Gussin Paley’, pp.119-132 Eds. Linda Miller & Linda Pound … Continue reading

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A world shaped for someone else and Vivian Gussin Paley’s approach to teaching

Describing Vivian Gussin Paley’s approach to teaching (and her ‘unique storytelling curriculum’), Trisha Lee writes: “Vivian Gussin Paley’s storytelling curriculum is based on two inter-connected classroom activities: Part one, story-telling; and part two, story-acting. In theory, this is a simple … Continue reading

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With one’s eyes shut

Vivian Gussin Paley brings our attention to a quote of Virginia Woolf’s (below). In this quote, Gussin Paley writes, Woolf “is concerned with writers and their readers, but if we substitute ‘children’ and ‘playmates’ for writers and readers, we can … Continue reading

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Theater of the young

“In the theater of the young, it is acceptable to ask the players to identify their characters and plots.” ~ Vivian Gussin Paley Ref: (p.6) Vivian Gussin Paley (2010) The boy on the beach: building community through play. The University of Chicago Press: … Continue reading

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Play does not value closure

“Eli studies the scene, watching Marianne build up [-p.11] the walls of the crib. To play or not to play is not his question. Of course he must play. Quickly he scoops up a scattering of little shells and fills … Continue reading

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Searching for the meaning of play

Vivian Gussin Paley observes: “We can approach the subject of play in more than one way. We can be guided by the aims and structures of ‘play scholarship,’ dealing with the theoretical, methodological, and ethical issues in rigorous, experimental ways, … Continue reading

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Fantasy is the first line of defense against every sort of fear

“Fantasy, of course, is the first line of defense against every sort of fear, and, in fantasy play, the children discover the value of peer support as they dare to put the beanstalk and forest to the test. Gradually their … Continue reading

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