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The Boy Who Would Be a Helicopter by Vivian Gussin Paley
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Jan 13, 2010

it was amazing
Read in January, 2010

This is the teacher I've been looking for: full of doubt and humility before the thing that is the Classroom, a teacher who listens (with a tape recorder, yow) and understands the weight her questions have in steering activity and talk, and the awesome leaps of poetry and profundity that are presented in the children's play.

It would be so easy to sentimentalize this -- to turn it into a "kids say the darndest things" -- but that's the farthest from what happens.

The questions and conversations in this slim book could launch a year's worth of seminars that I would want to take.

And if I were Queen of All Teachers I would ask everyone to read this, to help us each of us ask again: what learning am I trying to make happen here, what am I saying "no" to, how can I make this day meaningful.
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