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    Voices Inside Schools

    Getting to Know Derek

    Vivian Gussin Paley
    In this Voices Inside Schools essay, Vivian Gussin Paley brings us into Derek’s kindergarten classroom using her characteristic style of listening and recounting from the child’s perspective. With delicacy and insight, she reveals the small but significant moments that occur alongside the planned curriculum to illustrate how children author their own narratives and come to each other’s rescue. In this essay, Paley’s ability to attend to what emerges in the spaces between academic activities offers ways for teachers to get to know children as they see themselves. Paley demonstrates how, through storytelling and dramatic play, children author narratives of confidence and capability, seeing themselves as powerful and whole.

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    Vivian Gussin Paley has worked as a preschool and kindergarten teacher for more than thirty-seven years, primarily in the University of Chicago’s Laboratory Schools. Paley is the author of thirteen books that focus on young children’s imaginative play and their lives in the classroom. Her books include White Teacher (1980), Wally’s Stories (1981), Boys and Girls: Superheroes in the Doll Corner (1984), You Can’t Say You Can’t Play (1992), The Kindness of Children (1999), A Child’s Work: The Importance of Fantasy Play (2004), and, most recently, The Boy on the Beach (2010). She is the recipient of the MacArthur Award, the National Council of Teachers of English 2004 Outstanding Educators in the English Language Arts Award, and an American Book Award for Lifetime Achievement.
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    Winter 2011 Issue

    Abstracts

    Children’s Need to Know
    Curiosity 
in Schools
    Susan Engel
    The Work Children Do
    Unpacking Gendered Conflict in an Elementary Classroom
    Hana Kawai and Emily Taylor
    An Important Part of Me
    A Dialogue About Difference
    Sofia Lico and Wendy Luttrell
    Acquiring Double Images
    White Preservice Teachers Locating Themselves in a Raced World
    Barbara Seidl and Stephen Hancock
    Writing to Read
    A Meta-Analysis of the Impact of Writing and Writing Instruction on Reading
    Steve Graham and Michael Hebert

    Book Notes

    Equal Opportunity in Higher Education
    Edited by Eric Grodsky and Michal Kurlaender

    Gateway to Opportunity
    J. M. Beach

    Transforming Borders
    C. Alejandra Elenes

    Making Failure Pay
    Jill P. Koyama

    Drop That Knowledge
    Elisabeth Soep and Vivian Chavez

    A Cord of Three Strands
    Soo Hong