Teaching Literacy for Love and Wisdom: Being the Book and Being the Change
This powerful book lays out an inspiring new vision for the teaching of English, building on themes central to Wilhelms influential "You Gotta BE The Book." With this new work, Wilhelm and Novak challenge business as usual in the language arts. They call for nothing short of a revolution in our understanding of the aims and methods of the English classroom, showing what En...more
Paperback, 253 pages
Published June 1st 2011 by Teachers College Press
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If you really deeply respond to Linda Christensen's series of books (specifically Teaching for Joy and Justice), you will respond well to this book. It's really a serious book of theory--in that way it makes a good companion to Christensen's more practical (specific lesson plans) books. I do believe in putting a lot of conscious thought into the texts we use with our students--what we choose for our students to read says a lot about what we think is "important"--in fact, choosing FOR our student...more
I had a love/hate relationship with this one. Maybe not as strong as hate but definite skimming. I love Wilhelm's ideas about the reinvention of English, but there was a great deal of theory that I thought superfluous. I really loved the pieces that showcased real teachers in practice and the idea behind the book is inspiring. So often I think we have forgotten in education that English was once a study of humanistic thinking, a way to connect arts, literature and philosophy to teach students ab...more
I'm totally sympathetic to Wilhelm and Novak's message: there's more to education than standardized tests, than testing for memorization and facts, than reading strategies even. There's that old-world wisdom thing: learning for learning's sake, becoming a citizen of the world, entering the author's world to wrestle with the same big questions that informed his themes. Ah, yes. Very nice. And penned by true Romantics in a subject (poorly-named, in their opinions, "English") where Romantics feel r...more
This book is written in three sections. I struggled with the first and wanted desperately to abandon it. By the second I had warmed and couldn't help but make connections and begin to see things I hadn't in the first. Now that I'm done, I don't regret the struggle. It truly is inspiring to think about how we can, through literature and discussion, help children become an intelligent part of our society and live their lives in a peaceful, caring, responsible way.