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Teaching for a Living Democracy

Project-Based Learning in the English and History Classroom

Joshua Block (Author) Carla Shalaby (Foreword)

ISBN: 9780807764169

Publication Date: Apr 2020

Format: Paperback

Also available as: Hardback  

Explores how teachers can build and sustain an intellectually and emotionally fulfilling teaching practice while changing the way students experience school. The book presents a framework of teaching for a living democracy - supporting learners to produce intellectually creative work by designing instruction that intersects with students' lives.
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This classroom narrative explores how teachers can build and sustain an intellectually and emotionally fulfilling teaching practice while changing the way students experience school. Written by an English and history teacher in a Philadelphia public high school, this book presents a framework of teaching for a living democracy-supporting learners to produce intellectually rigorous and creative work by designing instruction that intersects with students' lives and interests. The text offers project-based units of study and classroom practices that allow students to reconfigure understandings of themselves, their capabilities, and their roles in the world. Packed with student voices and the work of youth, this book provides a rich window into classroom practices that challenge authoritarian tendencies while cultivating dignity and agency.

Book Features:

  • Shares a vision of project-based inquiry learning that is rooted in systemic understandings of social change.
  • Provides a pragmatic framework and tools to help teachers develop their practice in creative and sustainable ways.
  • Shows how to support diverse learners, with a special focus on the experiences of students who struggle.
  • Includes many classroom scenes and examples of curriculum design strategies.
  • Offers the realistic perspective of a teacher working in an urban public high school.
Pages 144
Dimensions 229 x 152
Date Published 30 Apr 2020
Publisher Teachers College Press
Subject/s Teaching skills & techniques   Curriculum planning & development  
  • Foreword
  • Acknowledgments
  • 1. Reframing School Learning
  • Teaching for a Living Democracy
  • Changing the Grammar of Schooling
  • My Teaching Context and Background
  • Agency and Possibility
  • 2. Designing Curriculum for Deeper Learning
  • Immigration Oral History Projects
  • Advanced Essay Process
  • Modern Day de Tocquevilles
  • 3. Elevating Student Voices and Truths
  • Acknowledging and Honoring Students' Realities
  • Bulding Cohesive Classroom Communities
  • Making Learning Complex and Real
  • Prioritizing Student Voices, Decentralizing the Classroom
  • 4. Envisioning New Roles for Teachers
  • Reframing Teacher Voice
  • Teachers as Facilitators
  • Teachers as Lead Collaborators
  • Teachers as Consultants and Scholars
  • 5. Decolonizing School
  • Insights from Aotearoa, New Zealand
  • Biculturalism and Creating Space in Schools
  • The Re-PLACE-ing Project
  • Our Philadelphia, Our America
  • 6. Engaging Multiple Realities of Teaching for a Living Democracy
  • Art in the Open
  • The Messy Process of Creation
  • Navigating Intolerance
  • Engaging Issues of the World
  • Epilogue: For Teachers
  • Appendix: Additional Classroom Resources
  • References
  • Index
  • About the Author

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