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Author McSpadden, Kay, 1956-

Title Notes from a classroom : reflections on teaching / Kay McSpadden.

Published Charlotte, NC : C.D. Stampley Enterprises, c2007.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Store  371.102 MCSP MJ15    AVAILABLE
Physical description xvii, 317 p. ; 22 cm.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. 313-317)
Summary "Charlotte, NC ا أWe all went to school,ؤ Kay McSpadden says, أbut only a few people know what goes on in schools today.ؤ McSpadden is one of those few, and in her new book she takes her readers inside the rural, high-poverty South Carolina school where she has spent nearly 30 years teaching. Notes from a Classroom: Reflections on Teaching (Stampley, November 2007) chronicles McSpaddenѫs experiences and growth as an English teacher and her hard-won knowledge of teens ا their struggles and achievements, blind spots and sudden insights, stubbornness and surprising sensitivity. The best qualities of her students come forth as McSpadden challenges them with demanding reading and writing assignments ا and with Socratic exchanges that her students carry into the hallways and lunchroom after class. Students introduced in Notes from a Classroom include Myra, the future valedictorian who shines in AP English; Daniel, a seventeen-year-old artist headed off to war; Jerry, a burly, taciturn senior who lost his parents to prison when he was eight years old; and Tracy, a withdrawn special-ed student who conquers her shyness with the encouragement of her classmates. The book is a collection of 72 short essays, published originally in the Charlotte Observer or broadcast on the Charlotte affiliate of National Public Radio. Essays are grouped thematically in six sections: أThe Art of Teaching,ؤ أLessons from Home,ؤ أYouth,ؤ أDiversity,ؤ أLiterature,ؤ and أThe Examined Life.ؤ The bookѫs epilogue, أSocrates Eats School Lunch,ؤ reflects on the many perils and joys of challenging students to think. Also included is an annotated reading list, أBooks for the Examined Lifeؤ ا the syllabus for McSpaddenѫs AP English class."--Publisher's website.
Subject Teaching.
Effective teaching.
English language -- Study and teaching (Secondary)
ISBN 9781580871310 (hardcover with dustjacket)