T&W Guides to Education

Circuit Writer, The

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Writing with Schools and Communities

By Margot Fortunato Galt 147 pp.

Grades: all ages
$14.95 paperback

The Circuit Writer: Writing with Schools and Communities is Margot Fortunato Galt’s compelling account of her 3 decades as a visiting writer in the Upper Midwest, teaching such diverse populations as Somali and Hmong refugees, Dakota Indians, Hispanic and Spanish Immersion students, and the Nordic children of Minnesota farmers. As she evokes the great tradition of pioneering educators, she also grapples with the enduring tensions between encouraging assimilation and fluency and respecting native traditions and wisdom. Each chapter focuses on particular cases from Galt’s teaching, and highlights writing exercises and the teachers and students who transformed real-life escapes and escapades into literary art. Visit Margot Fortunato Galt’s website at http://mgalt.com

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ISBN 0-915924-26-9

Educating the Imagination, Vol 1

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Essays and Ideas for Teachers and Writers

Edited by Christopher Edgar & Ron Padgett 304 pp.

Grades: all ages
$14.95 paperback

The essays in Educating the Imagination were selected from the very best articles in Teachers & Writers magazine. Fifty-five creative writers present a multitude of ideas and techniques for writing in the classroom: poetry, fiction, writing across cultures, bookmaking, creative reading, the history of punctuation, and that great, alluring mystery known as the imagination.

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ISBN 0-915924-42-0

Educating the Imagination, Vol 2

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Essays and Ideas for Teachers and Writers

Edited by Christopher Edgar & Ron Padgett 320 pp.

Grades: all ages
$14.95 paperback

The essays in Educating the Imagination were selected from the very best articles in Teachers & Writers magazine. Fifty-five creative writers present a multitude of ideas and techniques for writing in the classroom: poetry, fiction, writing across cultures, bookmaking, creative reading, the history of punctuation, and that great, alluring mystery known as the imagination.

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ISBN 0-915924-43-9

From Medusa to the Sky

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Teaching Writing to Children with Special Needs

edited by Nicole Callihan and Catherine Barnett
eBook edition

The exercises in From Medusa to the Sky grew out of Teachers & Writers Collaborative’s long history of providing creative writing programs for students in New York City’s District 75 schools and classrooms, which serve students with special learning needs. 

First published in 2001, From Medusa to the Sky has proved to be a favorite resource for teaching artists—writers working in K–12 schools—as well as classroom teachers. Although the exercises were developed by Teachers & Writers Collaborative teaching artists who taught special needs students, the ideas in this book have been used as a starting point for lesson plans to engage a variety of young learners in imaginative writing. 

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ISBN: 978-0-915924-72-1 (Kindle Edition)
ISBN: 978-0-915924-29-5 (ePub Edition) 

 

Our Difficult Sunlight

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A Guide to Poetry, Literacy, Social Justice in Classroom & Community

by Georgia A. Popoff and Quraysh Ali Lansana

Grades: all ages
$19.95 paperback

Our Difficult Sunlight: A Guide to Poetry, Literacy, & Social Justice in Classroom & Community was nominated for the 2012 NAACP Image Award in the category of Outstanding Literary Work-Instructional.

The book includes best practices, exercises, and anecdotes rooted in the authors’ diverse experiences as a Chicago-based, African American poet/professor and a Caucasian poet/educator from upstate New York.Our Difficult Sunlight offers insights into how poetry can break down barriers to learning, aid exploration of critical issues, and foster connections among students and teachers from very different backgrounds.

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Tolstoy as Teacher

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Leo Tolstoy's Writings on Education

Edited with an Introduction by Bob Blaisdell
Translated by Christopher Edgar
265 pp.

Grades: all ages
$18.95 paperback

Before he wrote War and Peace, Leo Tolstoy founded his own school on his estate at Yasnaya Polyana. Brimming with progressive and sometimes radical ideas on schooling, Tolstoy undertook to teach the peasant children many subjects—including imaginative writing—and published a number of essays about what he learned. This is a book for anyone who cares about education, children, the imagination, and Tolstoy.
“Teachers of writing at all levels will enjoy this reading experience and all teachers should be renewed by the message.”—Language, Literacy, and Literature

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ISBN 0-915924-96-X

When Stories Come to School

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Telling, Writing, & Performing Stories in the Early Childhood Classroom

By Patsy Cooper

144 pp.
Grades: nursery school, kindergarten, elementary school
$15.95 paperback

Patsy Cooper offers preschool teachers, kindergarten teachers, daycare workers, and parents a wonderful and natural way to help young children begin to read and write: placing stories at the very core of the early childhood curriculum. The book includes an in-depth discussion of the crucial pedagogical and developmental roles that stories can play in early childhood, as well as a practical guide to having children tell their own stories and perform them with their classmates. Cooper discusses the uses and misuses of Whole Language, Invented Spelling, and the Writing Process. “Will inspire as well as inform.”—Dimensions of Early Childhood.

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ISBN 0-915924-77-3