A Room for Learning

A Room for Learning

The Making of A School in Vermont

Book - 2009
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Baker & Taylor
Follows the author's service as a teacher to twelve students in the Vermont mountains, describing how his school's limited resources and lack of curriculum challenged him to tap the power of literature and the arts.

McMillan Palgrave

“Sometimes I have thought that this school is like the only place where the lilies are considered at all…” In this stirring account of a teacher and his fourteen students tucked away in the Green Mountains of Vermont, educator Tal Birdsey fervently documents the founding year of his small junior high school with wit and humility. Part memoir, part meditation on the power of art and poetry, and part criticism of standardized education, A Room for Learning evokes a spirit of change, in which students were allowed a hand in their own education. With no set curriculum, no prior history, and limited resources, the students delve deep into the poetry of Yeats and Bukowski, the music of Coltrane, the art of Caravaggio, and the emotional landscape of Elie Wiesel’s “Night”, with each student learning to offer his or her own personal insights. But they also take time out, to be outside amidst the pinecones and fresh air, to be the kids that they still sometimes are and to learn from one another. Isolated from mainstream culture and constantly on the brink of apathy, this diverse group of kids and a teacher created a literary community and celebrated learning and themselves. A Room for Learning is the poignant true story of how one small school demonstrated that a classroom can be a place of transformative power.



Blackwell North Amer
In this stirring account of a teacher and his fourteen students tucked away in the Green Mountains of Vermont, educator Tal Birdsey, with wit and humility, fervently documents the founding year of his small junior high school. Part memoir, part meditation on the power of art and poetry, and part criticism of standardized education, A Room for Learning evokes a spirit of change in which students were allowed a hand in their own education. With no set curriculum, no prior history, and limited resources, Birdsey's students delved deeply into the poetry of Yeats and Bukowski, the music of Coltrane, the art of Caravaggio, and the emotional landscape of Elie Wiesel's Night, and they were encouraged to offer their own personal insights, essays, and poetry. But they also took time to be outside amid the pinecones and fresh air, to fool around and and be the kids they still were, and to learn from one another. Isolated from mainstream culture and constantly on the brink of apathy, this diverse group of youngsters and one teacher created a literary community and celebrated learning and themselves.
A Room for Learning is the true story of how one small school demonstrated that a classroom can be a place of transformative power.

Baker
& Taylor

Shares the inspiring tale of the author's service as a teacher to twelve students in the Vermont mountains, describing how his school's limited resources and lack of curriculum challenged him to tap the power of literature and the arts to counter student apathy and reluctance. 20,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2009
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780312547301
Branch Call Number: 373.11 BIRDS BIRDS
Characteristics: 296 pages ; 22 cm

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