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The Ecological Heart of Teaching

Radical Tales of Refuge and Renewal for Classrooms and Communities


Edited By Jackie Seidel and David W. Jardine

The Ecological Heart of Teaching is a collection of writings by teachers about their life in classrooms. Reflecting over three years of collective work, it illustrates how teachers, parents, and students can avoid some of the distractions and panic endemic to many schools, allowing them to focus thoughtfully on rigorous, beautiful work. It draws on ecological thinking, Buddhism, and hermeneutics to provide deeper, richer, and more abundant sources for teaching, thinking, and practice, and shows how these three lineages provide keys to decode the current malaise that surrounds schooling. The book will be valuable to beginning and experienced teachers and administrators, as well as to parents and anyone involved in stepping away from the exhausting industrial images and ideas that have turned schooling into an ecological and intellectual disaster. For those interested in interpretive research and life-writing, the book provides a wide array of examples; it is a valuable resource for undergraduate classes in curriculum and teaching, as well as graduate research methods courses interested in new forms of thinking and writing.
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Chapter Thirty-Nine: Curriculum Artifact: Guided Reading Table


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Curriculum Artifact

Guided Reading Table


People will do anything for their children to help them in math and reading scores. I made a fortune just servicing that market. I love the terror in a mother’s heart when she sees her child fall behind in reading. I made a fortune from that.

—KEVIN O’LEARY  (Dragon’s Den, Series 6, Episode 19, March 14, 2012

From an advertisement for Guided Reading Tables:

Gain your students’ full attention with our Classic Guided Reading Table! Perfect for teacher directed activities and small group guided reading. This table will provide a unique learning environment as your students will be riveted to the lesson being taught and will learn valuable listening and eye-contact skills. Kidney shaped table … features a scratch resistant melamine surface and attractive black vinyl t-molding. … Rounded edges for added safety. (Wintergreen, 2015)

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