The Sun's Not Broken, a Cloud's Just in the Way: On Child-Centered Teaching

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9780876591093: The Sun's Not Broken, a Cloud's Just in the Way: On Child-Centered Teaching

This is a fascinating, readable account of how to build a truly child-centered classroom, by a teacher who did it successfully. The author uses actual classroom anecdotes to tell the story. In addition to teaching good classroom practice, the book is a real page-turner!

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This is a warm and moving account of how a teacher made a safe yet stimulating place for young children to learn. Sydney begins with respect for people, and by the end of each year the children (in Hunters Point and Harlem, aged four) not only read and figure, but care for each other as well.

You will meet Millie, who arrived in the class speaking in grunts and learned to love language; Ivan, who started out breaking everything he could get his hands on to get back at a world which had brutalized him from birth; and the twins, Deena and Dinah, who taught Sydney about support systems. This book is about real children in an extraordinary classroom run by a woman with a clear vision of responsible child-rearing.

Sydney proposes radical changes in American education based on her experience. She recommends teacher-parent evaluation groups as the basis for merit pay systems and she calls for a voucher system to give parents a real voice in their children's education.

About the Author:

Sydney Gurewitz Clemens is a consultant in early childhood education. From 1972 to 1983 she taught children in the San Francisco Unified School District, and taught teachers at Goddard, Antioch West, Lone Mountain and Merritt colleges. Sydney has been an organizer for the San Francisco Classroom Teacher's Association, was a delegate to the White House Conference on the Family, and studient non-violence with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. He holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Chicago and a Master's Degree from Teachers College, Columbia University. Above all, she loves and respects children.

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