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Welcome to the Aquarium: A Year in the Lives of Children Julie Diamond

Welcome to the Aquarium: A Year in the Lives of Children

Julie Diamond

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ISBN : 9781595581716
Hardcover
249 pages
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The loss of veteran teachers with their deep knowledge of children, the successes and failures of different teaching models, and the constraints and possibilities of educational institutions affect schools everywhere. In Welcome to the Aquarium MoreThe loss of veteran teachers with their deep knowledge of children, the successes and failures of different teaching models, and the constraints and possibilities of educational institutions affect schools everywhere. InWelcome to the Aquariumveteran educator Julie Diamond spells out what an experienced teacher knows and shows the magic a veteran teacher works in a classroom.Tracking the progress of one prototypical collection of kindergarteners as they become a class with a distinct personality of its own, Diamond guides us through the myriad details of classroom life: the organization, curriculum, and relationships that create a unique class culture—a culture that, she eloquently argues, can represent the reality of our social ideals and values.For parents as well as new and even experienced teachers, Diamond lays out the logic behind the routines and rituals children need to thrive. Like Tracy Kidder’sAmong Schoolchildren,Welcome to the Aquariumoffers a lyrical look at the hidden structures of life in an elementary school classroom, but from the perspective of an expert insider and educator.“A page-turner . . . simply and gracefully written, with so much clarity, such pride, such little intrusion of ego.” – Jules Feiffer