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Teacher (Touchstone Books) (edition 1986)

by Sylvia Ashton-Warner

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Title:Teacher (Touchstone Books)
Authors:Sylvia Ashton-Warner
Info:Touchstone (1986), Paperback, 224 pages
Collections:2012, Book Club, Your library, Favorites
Rating:*****
Tags:non-fiction, teaching, Maori, New Zealand, children, inspirational

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peculiar. very interesting about the maori kids. ( )
  mahallett | May 22, 2012 |
i heard of this book when i was taking a course on teaching esl. i was very disappointed reading it. the parts about teaching the kids were great. the rest of it…….i occasionally checked the page numbers to see if some had fallen out. the character was very PECULIAR! ( )
  mahallett | Jan 28, 2012 |
This is Sylvia Ashton-Warner's account of her time teaching Maori children to read and write in the 1930s. Ashton-Warner developed her own innovative methods for teaching her students, including focusing on organic vocabulary acquisition (the words students identified with, rather than the words served up in teaching books of the time) and doing away with Western primary readers until children had acquired their own reading habits.

Ashton-Warner is fond of 'organic' learning, and this book also feels organic when you read it: there are two main sections (on Creative Teaching and Life in a Maori School), but within each section are different kinds of writing: notes, diary entries, timetables, explanations of teaching points and so on. As a struggling teacher, I found it refreshing to read about someone who tries to get back to the roots of teaching, instead of floating along on what other people believe teaching should be about.

This book was a key inspiration behind the early founders of dogme: an English language teaching movement commitment which emphasises no- (or low-) materials teaching, and focusing on what students themselves bring to a lesson. If this kind of teaching approach inspires you then Teacher will be an inspiring read. ( )
  zbrntt | Jan 2, 2010 |
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