Learning in small moments: life in an urban classroom by Daniel R. Meier

By Daniel R. Meier

A chronicle of the ups-and-downs of 2 younger first-grade academics in an city public university. via their memories, stories and excerpts from journals and scholar paintings, they exhibit that the center of educating and studying is tied to the final caliber of human interplay within the school room.

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It looks like fun. " Warren shook his head and pursed his lips, disappointed that he didn't know the answer in front of his new peers.  . No? " I pointed out the sandbags in the illustration and explained how they acted as a ballast. When Michele and Eugene shared their favorite parts, I noticed they focused more on the illustrations than the text. I asked the next few children to say whether their favorite part was "before" or "after" the picture open at the Page 11 moment. The children knew the sequence of the pictures better than I, and more than once delighted in correcting me, "No, no, not that way!

We liked what Daniel said and how he said it. It would be all right to be mistaken for relatives. What makes his voice so valuable to me is its utter directness and honesty about what it feels like and sounds like to work in our most troubled schools. It also tells it as it could take place anywhere. Yet, he tells it as it actually did take place in one particular settingand to one particular pair of teachers. Directness and honesty may seem to some like trivial traits. But I have read hundreds of books and would-be books, articles and would-be articles, and, in fact, it's rare.

And by the end of the whole school year," John pointed to the long strip of adding machine paper stretching to the doorway, "we'll have a really long row of numbers. Since this is the first day of school, I'm going to write a one. " "Green," replied the class. "Good. " John capped the marker and backpedaled to the calendar. "Boys and girls, look up here. This is the weather graph. Every day we're going to record the weather. ' Now we're going to take a vote. " The children craned their necks and squinted out the windows, all with great seriousness.

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