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Starting from Scratch: One Classroom Builds Its Own Curriculum

Condition: BRAND NEW
ISBN: 9780435072056
Author(s): Steven Levy
Format: Paperback
Year: 1996
Publisher: Heinemann
Dimensions: 185 x 231 x 10 (w x l x h)
Pages: 206
Pages: 5-10

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"These vivid pages remind us of how much can be accomplished in a good and humane classroom." - Howard Gardner

While the professional literature is glutted with theories on educational reform, our children remain starved for authentic learning that grows out of their unique, original classroom experiences. Award winning teacher Steven Levy attributes this disparity to the lack of clear examples illustrating the kind of thinking and planning that results in powerful learning. The void, he asserts, too often prompts teachers to "either return to the curriculum guide or try to implement projects developed by others."

"Starting from Scratch" presents an inspired alternative. In detailed accounts, it explains the step-by-step observations, thinking, and planning that enabled Levy to develop a variety of original projects with his elementary students. These have ranged from environmental inquiries—students studying the impact of a local bike path on their community—to an imaginative look at the qualities of number—a classroom quest to determine which is the greatest number.

While these projects were generated by the children's own interests, they also provided myriad opportunities for basic skills development. In this regard, "Starting from Scratch" offers a creative reconciliation of some of the more hotly debated issues in education: pro Please click here to ask a question
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