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ERIC Number: EJ775892
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Aug-1
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1046-6193
Ehrenfeld, Jane
Teacher Magazine, v14 n1 p43-44 Aug 2002
Without exception, the best conversations the author has had with any of the elementary school students she has taught have always been the ones she's not really supposed to have. Not all of her conversations with her students lead to the kinds of questions that leave her speechless or sleepless. Some conversations are purely silly, some are ethical debates, some are just brief speculations on a small, but significant topic of interest. Occasionally it is not even a conversation that transforms her classroom into some mystical place; it is just a moment or a mood that appears out of nowhere and disappears immediately unless noticed. Yet all of these occurrences are essential to the kind of classroom she wants to create for the children--the kind of classroom where the paths they travel are sometimes hers and sometimes theirs, where their curiosity is given as much space as it needs, as much air as they need for their exploration of the world to survive. Creating this environment for the children also means sometimes accepting that she will not be able to follow all the startling twists and bends of their seemingly illogical logic or that when she does finally figure out what they are saying, the conversation may be long finished and forgotten. In this article, she illustrates this with an experience she had in her 1st grade classroom.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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