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Why Fly That Way? Linking Community and Academic Achievement | Zookal Textbooks | Zookal Textbooks
  • Author(s) Kathy Greeley
  • Edition
  • PublishedAugust 2018
  • PublisherTeachers College Press
  • ISBN9780807777398

Crucial to the current public debate about schools, curriculum, testing, academic standards, and teacher training are the voices of successful teachers, like Kathy Greeley who speak to the dangers of an overemphasis on standardized testing and a punitive, back to basics approach. In this captivating and lively chronicle of a year in the life of a public school classroom, Greeley provides an alternative model of education and shows how a strong and supportive community is essential in helping students reach their highest potential. Included in her account are:

  • Specific projects that explain in detail critical practices in the classroom
  • Class discussions that show efforts to interweave academic study with personal awareness
  • Excerpts from student journals
  • An honest and full description of daily failures and frustrations as well as successes and victories

“While individuals remote from classrooms continue to dictate educational policy for the nation, gritty brigades of teachers across America continue their heroic efforts day by day. Kathy Greeley, one of the best teachers of young adolescents, tells a dramatic story of curriculum and community—a story that is never told by policymakers but which must be heard and retold if we are to have quality education for all children.”
—Howard Gardner, Harvard Graduate School of Education

“With humility, insight, and humor, Kathy Greeley tells us the story of a year in class with her lively kids and thereby shows us a way of learning and a kind of schooling that all American children deserve.”
—Theodore R. Sizer, Coalition of Essential Schools

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  • Author(s) Kathy Greeley
  • Edition
  • PublishedAugust 2018
  • PublisherTeachers College Press
  • ISBN9780807777398

Crucial to the current public debate about schools, curriculum, testing, academic standards, and teacher training are the voices of successful teachers, like Kathy Greeley who speak to the dangers of an overemphasis on standardized testing and a punitive, back to basics approach. In this captivating and lively chronicle of a year in the life of a public school classroom, Greeley provides an alternative model of education and shows how a strong and supportive community is essential in helping students reach their highest potential. Included in her account are:

  • Specific projects that explain in detail critical practices in the classroom
  • Class discussions that show efforts to interweave academic study with personal awareness
  • Excerpts from student journals
  • An honest and full description of daily failures and frustrations as well as successes and victories

“While individuals remote from classrooms continue to dictate educational policy for the nation, gritty brigades of teachers across America continue their heroic efforts day by day. Kathy Greeley, one of the best teachers of young adolescents, tells a dramatic story of curriculum and community—a story that is never told by policymakers but which must be heard and retold if we are to have quality education for all children.”
—Howard Gardner, Harvard Graduate School of Education

“With humility, insight, and humor, Kathy Greeley tells us the story of a year in class with her lively kids and thereby shows us a way of learning and a kind of schooling that all American children deserve.”
—Theodore R. Sizer, Coalition of Essential Schools

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