Spectacular Things Happen Along the Way

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2008-03-14
  • Publisher: Teachers College Pr

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This is an inspiring story of one teacher who resisted the pressures of "teaching to the test" and created a curriculum based on his students' needs, wants, and desires. When Brian Schultz challenged his fifth-grade students to name problems in their community, they unanimously focused on replacing their dilapidated school building. This book portrays the students' attempts at solving this real-world problem through a year-long project that they developed together with their teacher. Throughout his narrative, Schultz shares the difficulties he encountered with the curriculum, the school system, the students, and himself, as well as the successes and discoveries made along the way.

Author Biography

Brian D. Schultz is an assistant professor of education and honors faculty at Northeastern Illinois University (NEIU) in Chicago.

Table of Contents

Embracing Students' Interests for Schoolworkp. 1
Our School Is a Dump! Identifying a Problem That Needs Solvingp. 24
Getting the Word Out: Sharing Authority in Room 405p. 53
Seeking a Perfect Solutionp. 76
Process as Productp. 102
Justice-Oriented Teachingp. 126
Conclusionp. 149
Referencesp. 159
Indexp. 163
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