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Bringing School to Life: Place-Based Education Across the Curriculum
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The examples Anderson provides in this book demonstrate real life evidence that place-based education incites real change in schools, including how to modify activities according to different age groups (pp. 1-45). In this way, I would argue that this book works as a practical manual for teachers seeking to implement place-based curriculum in their classrooms. . . this text provides an extensive array of examples as an attempt to further the use of place-based education in charter schools., Other Education
Sarah Anderson brings to this volume over a decade of experience as a place-based education teacher and then curriculum coordinator. What she shares is the result of continuous experimentation and self-evaluation. Bringing Life to School: Place-Based Education Across the Curriculum will provide both newcomers to place-based education and veteran practitioners a wealth of lesson and project ideas aimed at deepening students’ relationship to and responsibility for their home communities and beyond. -- Gregory Smith, professor emeritus, Graduate School of Education and Counseling, Lewis and Clark College
In my work with K-16 educators across the U.S., and around the world, I regularly feature Sarah Anderson’s compelling work with her students. She grasps both the visionary and the practical aspects of place based education as few educators I know. Bringing Life to School charts a path in the most concrete terms for connecting students to their communities in deep and meaningful ways. Every educator should dig deeply into this book. Our students deserve it. -- Joe Brooks, Executive Director, Community Works Institute (CWI)
What a useful book! In her powerful narrative of how students at the Cottonwood School find and share the stories of their home place, Sarah Anderson will help us find our way towards a more true, democratic and useful model of schooling. -- Amy Demarest, Our Curriculum Matters, author of Place-based Curriculum: Exceeding Standards Through Local Investigations
Anderson re-centers place-based education as an anecdote to a distracted and disconnected world. She shares stories and strategies that will inspire educators and give us all a sense of hope for the future. This should be required reading for all teachers! -- Jen Cirillo, director of professional development, Shelburne Farms
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- Item Weight : 10.5 ounces
- Paperback : 200 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9781475830613
- ISBN-13 : 978-1475830613
- Dimensions : 5.92 x 0.61 x 9.02 inches
- Publisher : Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (November 8, 2017)
- ASIN : 1475830610
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #428,123 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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In Bringing School to Life, Anderson (who is the fieldwork and place-based education coordinator at the Cottonwood School of Civics and Science, an innovative K-8 charter school in Portland, Oregon), presents both an overview of the major issues involved in placed-based education as well as specific case studies developed by educators at the Cottonwood School. This approach, combined with the extremely useful notes and lists of resources, encourages thoughtful readers to imagine how they might adapt the Cottonwood School’s exciting insights about place-based learning to their own educational institutions.
Sandwiched between an opening overview (“What Is Place-Based Education and Why Do We Need It Now?”) and an extremely practical and useful conclusion (“Implementing Place-Based Education: Crucial Questions”), the core chapters of Bringing School to Life explore key topics on the subject: “2. Mapping”; “3. Community Science”; “4. Making History Local and Relevant”; “5. Authentic Integration”; “6. The Civic Classroom”; “7. Partnerships as Opportunity”; “8. Empathy, Play, and Place-based Education in the Primary Grades”; and “9. Middle School: Conflict, Service, and Active Citizenship”. Throughout each of these chapters, the enthusiasm for learning on the part of the students led by Anderson and her fellow teachers is palpable.
If every primary and secondary school in the US could adopt even one of the insights about place-based education that Anderson presents in this book, our country would be a much better place.