ERIC Number: ED328629
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
Reference Count: 0
Marva Collins' Way. Second Edition.
Collins, Marva; Tamarkin, Civia
This book describes the innovative teaching style and methods of Marva Collins, the founder and principal of the Westside Preparatory School in Chicago (Illinois). The book traces Collins's career at Calhoun South and Delano Elementary Schools and the development of her distinctive approach, which involves teaching the total child, developing the child's character, and helping to build a positive self-image. While Collins's unorthodox teaching techniques elicited negative reactions from mainstream teachers and administrators, they earned the enthusiastic and growing support of parents and the community. This recognition led to her selection as director of a new private elementary school in the Garfield Park area of Chicago, sponsored by a local community college and the Chicago-based Alternative Schools Network. The book describes Collins's role in developing the Westside Preparatory School from an initial class of four students to an enrollment of 200 and in securing permanent facilities for the school. Numerous scenes are presented illustrating Marva Collins's commitment to engaging and challenging all of her students in the classroom. The following sections are appended: (1) questions from parents; (2) questions from teachers; (3) recommended phonics books; (4) a reading list for children ages 4-6; and (5) a reading list for the Westside Preparatory School. (AF)
Descriptors: Biographies, Educational Improvement, Elementary Education, Elementary School Teachers, Excellence in Education, High Risk Students, Inner City, Instructional Effectiveness, Low Achievement, Minority Group Children, Nontraditional Education, Self Esteem, Student Motivation, Teaching Methods, Teaching (Occupation), Teaching Styles, Urban Education
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Publication Type: Books; Reports - Descriptive
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Identifiers: Collins (Marva); Illinois (Chicago); Westside Preparatory School IL