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"While field trip itineraries are included in the appendix, this book is not about how to take field trips. Rather, it is Vascellaro's richly detailed account of three teachers who prioritized the richest way of knowing (which included field trips) over the shortest route to learning. With today's educational climate measuring success in terms of how much productivity can be squeezed out of learners within the shortest amount of time, it was extremely gratifying to delve into these teachers' success stories. The 'field trip' was really that of the teachers' journey into the uncomfortable terrain outside the content of the textbook and security of the classroom. . . .The book offers motivation for both teachers and students to pursue a love of learning."
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Salvatore Vascellaro is a member of the graduate faculty at the Bank Street College of Education, where he teaches courses in early childhood curriculum and children’s literature. This is his first book. He lives in New York City.
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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: The New Press (November 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595586822
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595586827
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #867,625 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By C. Webster on May 15, 2014
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This book has great examples of how some talented teachers have used field trips to teach. I especially enjoyed Part 1. As a family child care provider who loves to take kids into the world to explore this was an inspiration.
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Vascellaro weaves several interlocking stories of how both educators and students benefit from hands-on experiential learning. In an age of slashed education budgets with an ever-narrowing focus, Vascellaro shows why it's important for students to get outside the classroom and try to understand that they are part of a larger ecosystem: a community and world that they need to actively engage, listen closely to and discover how to learn from. This is a lifelong process for everyone involved. Beyond the low bar of producing pliant, capable workers, Vascellaro shows the importance of developing active, thinking and feeling human beings. Clear-eyed and deeply humane. Chocked full of great stories. The book itself is an artifact reflecting the very principals the author espouses, serving the narrative wonderfully. Can't recommend reading this book enough. Thouroughly enjoyed it.
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Out of the Classroom and into the World is a fascinating, even moving, view of the world of education and how our children and their teachers can move into the greater world and experience while learning the basics and more about life.

As a parent of two boys I found this beautifully written book to explain the reasons why teaching to the test will not help them in the long run. They can learn to love learning for its own sake while they truly learn real skills along the way.

I encourage all parents interested in their children's education to read this book, take it to heart and get involved.
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Out of the Classroom hits on all the high notes for me. After 40 years of teaching, mostly early childhood, and fighting the system which is trapping spirits of young and old, students and teachers alike, with increasing stricture, I am delighted to see that Salvatore offers all of us some of the most important lessons. If I ran the circus, I'd invite him down here to Fairfax County, Virginia to see how "cutting edge" education is stealing childhood, wonder, and real learning from children in order to populate offices with administrators who may have never experienced going "out" to learn. The focus on technology for its own sake, not to augment experiential learning, may be the path to failing children and teachers as human beings. And it keeps us indoors. Here's to the clipboard and the chalkboard! The projects he describes, the walking in the footsteps of others, the crossing paths with tinkers and tailors of all stripes will infuse meaning into "school" if only given a chance. The importance of modeling as a source of learning/teaching is underscored, and anyone who would be called a "good teacher" knows this is what truly works. You must be a good student to be a good teacher. As Lillian Katz says, relationships develop over "content" and process and product hold hands. I would love to take the Bank Street class on "environment." We should all exercise our "beginner's mind" and stop pretending we know what the outcomes will be. Usually, not always, we find they are infinite.
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By julie on October 27, 2014
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This book is an easy yet moving read. Very inspiring.
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