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Teaching Kindergarten: Learner-Centered Classrooms for the 21st Century (Early Childhood Education) Paperback – October 16, 2015
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"The teachers you are about to read tell stories no one has heard before, at a time when it is difficult to hear the individual voices in the classroom. No grade level needs this soul-searching examination more than kindergarten. This book maps a remarkable number of journeys toward this goal. I hope teachers will be inspired to add their own voices to the process of renewal."
From the Foreword by Vivian Gussin Paley, internationally renowned educator, author, and classroom teacher
"The teacher-authors of this richly woven collection demonstrate that the world of kindergarten is much bigger and more complicated than the Common Core Standards. The world of each unique classroom, child, teacher, family member, and administrator encompasses stories of all kinds, and include the arts, sciences and social studies broadly defined, and much more. Within these worlds are evident literacy and math skills, but these are eclipsed by young learners budding and distinctive ideas. Teaching Kindergarten will move readers to collaborate, inquire, and create ideas of their own."
Celia Genishi, Professor Emerita, Teachers College, Columbia University
"We need this book. It speaks eloquently to what good practice looks like in real schools, as well as what it means to be a good teacher. These are stories of amazing educators whose work addresses what equity is all about starting with 5-year-olds. It's too bad the next 12 years of school are not more like these kindergarten classrooms."
Deborah Meier, education activist, senior scholar at New York University s Steinhardt School of Education
"This is an important book, written by highly competent and gifted educators. It needs to be read by all concerned with the education of young children. --Aisha Ray, Dean of Faculty, Erikson Institute
About the Author
Julie Diamond taught kindergarten in New York City public schools for 23 years and currently advises student teachers. Betsy Grob taught kindergarten and Spanish before serving on the faculty of Bank Street College for over 20 years. She consults on curriculum nationally and internationally. Fretta Reitzes taught 3 to 6 year olds. As director of 92Y's Goldman Center for Youth and Families, she created the Wonderplay Conference, and provides professional development for early childhood educators.
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This book helped me remember that kindergarteners are not just small first graders or adults-in-training but rather are beings in their own right with certain developmental tasks that they need to accomplish. And while they need adults to shelter and nurture them, they also need us to get out of their way so they can play, socialize, and discover on their own.
Every elementary school teacher and parent should read this.