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- DescriptionMartin Sterling's 'hands-on' approach to building an effective learning environment was developed over a number of years and observed in action, in grade three to eight classrooms. Elementary school teachers, who Martin Sterling helped turn their classrooms around with a new view of a child's world, suggested he write this book. He presents a detailed 'How To' section, with structure, planning, and parameters, to guide teacher and children on a journey of discovery towards an environment of constructive relationship. Discussion and child-created classroom rights guide and focus the exploration. He shares ideas on building effective environments; how children begin and continue to develop a classroom life of learning how to learn; how they become effective and constructive architects of their own persons. In short, how children learn to take responsibility for themselves and those around them. Classroom management becomes a lighter touch. Mrs. Dubray, Vice Principal and grade 4/5 Teacher. The real strength of this system is that the kids take ownership for it. Children take joy in being valued and in valuing others. All are celebrated. This is a place where each child can feel emotionally safe, move forward with greater confidence and be excited about learning. Mrs. Cummings, grade 7/8 teacher Using this system makes it nice to come to work, I have such a good time. Teachers have found that this collective empowerment of the class proves most effective in dealing with behavioural problems, including bullying and is a powerful process to engage in troubled classrooms. It doesn't just control bad behaviour, it creates good behaviour. Together, teacher and children build a happy place to learn and grow. This foundation of constructive relationship process that the teacher establishes in the classroom engenders feelings of connection, understanding and security and becomes the bedrock upon which learning and the acquisition of curriculum is built. Ms. Tibbs, Education Student. This system works so easily, I felt like I was cheating. My College of Education supervisor was really impressed with my class. Mrs. Dubray continues, The energy you are able to give to your children in terms of teaching curriculum is so much greater. There is significantly less stress, and it seems that children take on much more responsibility and carry on with their tasks. The system allows children to develop their abilities and blossom at their own level in a way that they feel safe. I've seen the benefit - it pays dividends all year. Parents report that their children are happier, look forward to school, and come home talking about their classroom life and learning. When children are given the opportunity to become architects in the creation of an effective learning environment for themselves and others, we lay important foundations in the quest for a sustainable future. Dr. Edmund O'Sullivan - Professor emeritus, OISIE (Ontario Institute for Studies in Education) This is a refreshing book by a teacher and educational practitioner with a wealth of classroom experience. It is an ambitious and imaginative book; a groundbreaking work that offers, both at the level of theory and practice, a powerful ecological vision, providing a way to develop whole human beings in the context of sustainable education that benefits the emergent needs of this new century.
- Author BiographyMartin Sterling M.A. (Ed.) Southampton, UK, has had a great time, over 31 years, teaching age groups from elementary school to secondary/high school to University of Saskatchewan College of Education, Canada. Co-ordinating the Saskatchewan Global Education project, funded by CIDA (Canadian International Development Agency), Martin Sterling selected and mentored 16 teachers to be workshop leaders. Sterling based his work in the commonalities and the web of relationships that unite all living things; a concept that encourages the innate dynamism of young minds to flourish. This has informed the development of his Four Communities Classroom, his work with teachers and children, and this book.
- Author(s)Martin J Sterling
- PublisherFrazer-Sterling Publications
- Date of Publication23/05/2013
- FormatPaperback / softback
- SubjectEducation & Teaching
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintFrazer-Sterling Publications
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight753 g
- Width216 mm
- Height279 mm
- Spine17 mm
- Edited byHeather Sterling
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US),Unsewn / adhesive bound
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