ERIC Number: ED451161
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
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"Why Fly That Way?" Linking Community and Academic Achievement.
This book tells the story of a year in one middle school teacher's class full of lively young adolescents, highlighting exemplary ways of learning and types of schooling. This alternative model of education shows how a strong, supportive community is essential in helping students reach their highest potential. The book includes: specific projects that explain in detail critical classroom practices; class discussions that show efforts to interweave academic study with personal awareness; excerpts from student journals; and a full description of daily failures and frustrations as well as successes and victories. The 15 chapters focus on: (1) "The End of the Year"; (2) "The Class from Hell"; (3) "The Parable of the Geese"; (4) "Expert Projects"; (5) "Sameness v. Difference"; (6)"Skating in the V"; (7) "Exclusion Acts"; (8) "Making Connections"; (9) "Taking the Leap"; (10) "Warm-ups"; (11) "Finding the Story"; (12) "A Script Emerges"; (13) "Adding Music"; (14) "The Performance"; and (15) "Lessons Learned." (Contains references and an index.) (SM)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Classroom Environment, Classroom Techniques, Discipline, Early Adolescents, Middle School Students, Middle School Teachers, Middle Schools, Student Behavior, Teacher Expectations of Students, Teacher Student Relationship
Teachers College Press, P.O. Box 20, Williston, VT 05495-0020 ($18.95). Tel: 800-575-6566 (Toll Free); Web site: http://www.teacherscollegepress.com.
Publication Type: Books; Reports - Descriptive
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Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
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