Authors in the Classroom

Series
Allyn & Bacon
Author
Alma Flor Ada / F. Isabel Campoy  
Publisher
Pearson
Cover
Softcover
Edition
1
Language
English
Total pages
288
Pub.-date
Mai 2003
ISBN13
9780205351398
ISBN
0205351395
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Description

This book provides a much-needed bridge between the theory and practice of transformative education by offering a step-by-step process for teachers, students, and families to become empowered as authors.

Alma Flor Ada and Isabel Campoy, renowned authors and educators, set the context by explaining the concepts behind transformative education in a clear and reader-friendly style. Then they invite teachers to discover the power of authoring their own books for children and using them in the classroom to inspire students' and families' own writing. An abundance of examples show the power of teachers discovering their authentic voice, and how successful this community-building process has been in schools across the country.

Authors in the Classroom has the potential to change limited and limiting concepts of education by helping us re-imagine the power of education to liberate the creative spirit within each one of us.

Features

  • Provides an effective model for developing literacy by using books authored by classroom teachers as a catalyst for authentic student writing.
  • A rich variety of examples-self-published books authored by classroom teachers, their students, and parents-illustrate the effectiveness of this model.
  • Units include an abundance of writing activities designed to evoke creativity and build upon personal life experiences.
  • Each teaching unit begins with literature selected to engage students with the theme of the unit.
  • A self-guided section on oppression and liberation invites teachers to reflect on and journal about issues of identity, privilege, and becoming effective allies to others.
  • A structured yet highly flexible approach helps teachers put their ideals into practice.
  • A clear and reader-friendly writing style makes this a highly accessible book.

Table of Contents

I. THEORETICAL PRINCIPLES.

Introduction.
1. Transformative Education.

Underlying Principles.

Oppression and Liberation: A Closer Look.

2. Authors in the Classroom.

Providing Models for Creative Expression.

Strengthening Teachers' Personal Voice.

Classroom-Generated Books as Cultural Bridges.

Awakening the Author Within.

Types of Books Written by Teachers.

Benefits of Authoring Books.

Benefits of Self-Published Books.

What About Standardized Testing?

3. The Role of Dialogue in the Classroom.

Benefits of Dialogue.

Principles of Creative Dialogue.

The Issue of Time.

Facilitating Reflective Dialogue In the Classroom.

II. A TRANSFORMATIVE PROCESS.

1. Affirming Self.
2. Recognizing Human Qualities.
3. Strengthening Self-Identity.
4. Building Communities.
5. The Power of Transformation.
6. Understanding the Past, Creating the Future.
7. Discovering Our Capacities and Strengths.
8. Learning to Know.
9. Developing Relationships.
10. From Yesterday to Tomorrow.

Back Cover

Alma Flor Ada and F. Isabel Campoy combine inspirational examples and practical how-to's to create a unique resource for teachers!

Authors in the Classroom: Transformative Education for Teachers, Students, and Families

Thousands of teachers have experienced the awakening of their own creative writing voice through participating in the writing courses and workshops offered by Alma Flor Ada and Isabel Campoy. The rich tapestry of these teachers' voices is a major highlight of this book. In turn, teachers have used their own self-published works to inspire students and parents to write their own stories, and those voices are included in here as well.

In addition to offering a plethora of inspiring examples of works authored by classroom teachers, parents, and students, this book also includes practical, step-by-step activities and a solid grounding in theory. Written in a clear and reader-friendly style, this combination will enable teachers to experience the benefits of this creative approach to building strong classroom communities.

  • Includes 10 thematic units, with writing starters and activities for teachers, parents, and children.
  • Features sections on facilitating classroom dialogue and unlearning oppression/education for liberation.
  • Showcases abundant examples of teachers' self-published books, as well as students' and parents' writing.
“This book is nearly perfect. It will become a classic.”
Stephen Krashen
University of Southern California

Authors in the Classroom shows us what education can be and should be: a safe environment for intellect and identity to expand and connect with the collective intellectual and cultural accomplishments of our global society. As evidence for its claims about what education can achieve this text provides neither empty theory nor soulless empirical research but rather the voices of teachers, students, parents, and the authors themselves, exploring through writing the limits of human reality and potential.”
Jim Cummins
University of Toronto

“I want to start by saying that this is a powerful book which was a joy to read. The book provides a much-needed bridge between theory and practice of Transformative pedagogy. It is what every teacher/prospective teacher looks for: a step-by-step guide to putting lofty ideological ideals into practice. The examples speak for themselves about the rich potential of the model.”
Elsa Auerbach
University of Massachusetts-Boston

Alma Flor Ada directs the Center for Multicultural Literature for Children and Young Adults at the University of San Francisco, and as professor of Education, guides doctoral research in Transformative Education, Social Justice, and Family Literacy. An internationally recognized speaker and widely published author, one of her recent books is A Magical Encounter: Latino Children's Literature in the Classroom. Her books for children have received numerous awards, including the American Library Association Pura Belpre Award for Under the Royal Palms, the Christopher Medal for The Gold Coin, and the Once Upon a World Award for Gathering the Sun. She earned a Ph.D. at the Pontifica Universidad Catolica (Lima, Peru) and was a Research Scholar at Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University.

F. Isabel Campoy is the author of numerous children's books, including stories, poetry, theatre, biographies, and art. The anthologies she has researched and compiled highlight the richness of Hispanic culture and bring a heightened awareness of its value to the curriculum. As an educator, she specializes in the areas of literacy and home-school interaction, topics on which she lectures nationally. She is also an internationally-recognized scholar in the field of language acquistion, in which she began publishing in 1973 after obtaining her degrees in English Philology from the Universidad Complutense in Madrid, Spain, Reading University in England, and UCLA in the United States.

Author

Dr. Alma Flor Ada directs the Center for Multicultural Literature for Children and Young Adults at the University of San Francisco.She is a leading mentor and philosopher of bilingual education in the United States. Dr. Ada was the founder and First Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of the National Association for Bilingual Education (NABE).

F. Isabel Campoy is a scholar devoted to the study of language acquisition. She is the well-known author of numerous children's books in the areas of poetry, theatre, stories, biographies, and art.

Reader Review(s)

“This book is nearly perfect. It will become a classic.”
Stephen Krashen, University of Southern California

 

Authors in the Classroom shows us what education can be and should be: a safe environment for intellect and identity to expand and connect with the collective intellectual and cultural accomplishments of our global society. As evidence for its claims about what education can achieve this text provides neither empty theory nor soulless empirical research but rather the voices of teachers, students, parents, and the authors themselves, exploring through writing the limits of human reality and potential.”
Jim Cummins,University of Toronto

 

“I want to start by saying that this is a powerful book which was a joy to read. The book provides a much-needed bridge between theory and practice of Transformative pedagogy. It is what every teacher/prospective teacher looks for: a step-by-step guide to putting lofty ideological ideals into practice. The examples speak for themselves about the rich potential of the model.”
Elsa Auerbach, University of Massachusetts-Boston