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What Do I Do Monday?

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Holt . . . makes literally a thousand suggestions for opening windows to blow air from the outside world into the classroom, making it new and making it human." - The Washington PostWhen teachers listened to Holt's talks, or wrote him letters as hundreds did, invariably they would say something like: "I understand what you're saying, but what can I do about this in my own ...more
Paperback, 292 pages
Published November 6th 1995 by Heinemann Educational Books (first published 1970)
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I enjoyed this book overall and gained from it what I was looking for -- detailed application ideas for Holt's approach to education. I'm glad this wasn't the first book of Holt's I read, and I probably wouldn't recommend it to others to read first, either. Much of it can get tedious with the detailed descriptions he provides of specific ideas, but the detail is good because it gives an immersive understanding of what exactly Holt envisions, precisely what changes he might make and what approach ...more
Laura Rogers
This is a very important book with much to ponder and digest. All of John's books are lovely and full of true respect for children. I have read it several times and it always inspires me.
This is one of his most accessible books - easy to take in and practical.
I like all of his books, but this one and, "Instead of Education", are my two favorites.
Some good thoughts that I recorded but nothing earth shattering. I got about halfway through it but I kept getting distracted with other books and the 4th time I had to renew it at the library, I just didn't. Maybe I would have gleaned more from it, and therefore enjoyed it enough to finish if I didn't already agree with so many of his ideas.
Thom Dunn
John's bitterness with public education was on display when last he passed through Hamilton. Understand he went finally into home schooling. Daughter-in-law likes him, dropped out of teaching when NCL Behind left her teaching to the test and gasping. Saddest of men: teachers with ideas for improvement powerless to implement them.
Mark Feltskog
Another decent, humane and edifying book from the late John Holt, whose voice is badly needed in today's educational debates.
contains some good ideas for helping children learn Math and writing.
I liked some of the ideas in this book.
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After teaching in private schools for many years John Caldwell Holt wrote his first two books, How Children Fail, and How Children Learn. He became a vocal advocate for school reforms, and wrote several more books about education theory and practice, including alternative forms and many social issues relating to the education system. Eventually he decided school reform was impossible, and changed ...more
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