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The Game Of School Why We All Play It, How It Hurts Kids, What It Takes To Change It (Hardcover)

Author:  Robert L. Fried
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Format: Hardcover
ISBN-10: 0787973475
ISBN-13: 9780787973476
Sku: 31050391
Publish Date: 4/10/2007
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 9.5H x 6.5L x 0.5T
Pages:  240
Age Range:  NA
 
For teachers who want to encourage genuine learning instead of just " getting by"

For too many, the focus of schooling is not genuine learning, but rather " getting it done and moving on to the next thing." Robert Fried argues that we have the power to change the rules of this " game" of school, and bring joy back into the schoolhouse. Combining his own wisdom and experience with insights from K— 12 students, Fried examines the problem and demonstrates what we can do to reclaim and refocus the educational experience. He offers workable solutions for teachers that take into account the current climate of testing, accountability, and budget shortfalls.

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Students play it, teachers perpetuate it, parents condone it, principals endorse it, and governments legislate it. The "game of school" is that familiar scenario where students' natural curiosity and desire to learn are replaced with a frantic rush (or a compliant shrug) to do the work, please the teacher, and get the grades. This game is easy to master, but exerts a high price. Can we afford to pay the price in wasted time and idle minds? In this compelling book, Robert L. Fried shows how we can change the rules of the game, reclaim and refocus the learning experience, and ultimately bring joy back into the classroom. The Game of School is filled with interviews and stories of teachers and students who are struggling to put the game of school behind them and engage in authentic learning. We experience the excitement of the first day of first grade; listen to urban teens discuss Shakespeare's Othello; and meet a college student who is beginning to question her long disengagement with learning.  We are introduced to seven types of learners--from "go-getters" to "pluggers" to "rebels"--and find out how the game shapes their relationship to schooling and life.  Students play it, teachers perpetuate it, parents condone it, principals endorse it, and governments legislate it. The “game of school” is that familiar scenario where students’ natural curiosity and desire to learn are replaced with a frantic rush (or a compliant shrug) to do the work, please the teacher, and get the grades. This game is easy to master, but exerts a high price. Can we afford to pay the price in wasted time and idle minds? In this compelling book, Robert L. Fried shows how we can change the rules of the game, reclaim and refocus the learning experience, and ultimately bring joy back into the classroom. The Game of School is filled with interviews and stories of teachers and students who are struggling to put the game of school behind them and engage in authentic learning. We experience the excitement of the first day of first grade; listen to urban teens discuss Shakespeare’s Othello; and meet a college student who is beginning to question her long disengagement with learning.  We are introduced to seven types of learners--from “go-getters” to “pluggers” to “rebels”--and find out how the game shapes their relationship to schooling and life.  
Author Bio
Robert L. Fried
Robert L. Fried has been a teacher, principal, and field coordinator for the Coalition of Essential Schools. He has also been associate professor of education at the University of Hatford and has worked with teachers in schools around the country.
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Product attributeBook Format:   Hardcover
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0240
Product attributePublisher:   Jossey-Bass
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