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Author Birdsey, Tal.

Title A room for learning : the making of a school in Vermont / Tal Birdsey.

Publication Info. New York : St. Martin's Press, 2009.


Location Pub Note Copy No. Status
 North Suburban PLD Loves Park Adult Non-Fiction - NSLY-11  373.11 BIR    AVAILABLE
Edition 1st ed.
Description 296 pages ; 22 cm
text txt rdacontent
unmediated n rdamedia
volume nc rdacarrier
Contents 1. A Dream of a School -- 2. Fall -- 3. Winter -- 4. Spring -- Afterword -- Acknowledgments
Summary In this stirring account of a teacher and his twelve students tucked away in the 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, allowing adolescents a hand in their education. With no set curriculum and limited resources, the students delve deep into the poetry of Auden and Bukowski, the music of Coltrane, the emotional landscape of Elie Weisel's Night. Isolated from mainstream culture and constantly on the brink of apathy, this diverse group of kids created a literary community that celebrated learning, and demonstrated how a classroom can be place of transformative power.
Subject Birdsey, Tal.
North Branch School (Ripton, Vt.) -- History.
Teachers -- Vermont -- Biography.
Teachers -- United States -- Biography.
Educators -- United States -- Biography.
Private schools -- Vermont.
Junior high schools -- Vermont.
ISBN 9780312547301

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