A Reason to Read: Linking Literacy and the Arts
by Eileen Landay and Kurt Wootton
Harvard Education Press. 2012
I requested a copy of this book from the publisher.
Every once in awhile we need to read a book that invigorates our creativity.
How well, or how poorly, a child does in school affects their future. If you dream of creating a classroom or library where students develop a stronger sense of self and a deeper passion for learning, but aren’t sure where to begin, read A Reason to Read: Linking Literacy and the Arts. Based on their 'Performance Cycle' taught at the ArtsLiteracy Project at Brown University, founders Eileen Landay and Kurt Wootton explain techniques they've developed over the years and how to implement them.
we want to challenge the seemingly relentless press towards uniformity that appears to be winning the day in education circles. As an alternative, we want to propose that educators seek a balance between uniformity and diversity, between establishing fixed learning standards and honoring the innovation,exploration, and unique context that marks every classroom environment.
Quite amazing to have stumbled upon this blog post an hour after leaving Scarborough Middle School here in Maine where I just finished leading a model performance cycle workshop for 20 6th and 7th grade students. I live and work here in southern Maine and as a senior consultant with the ArtsLiteracy Project I've recently been leading ArtsLiteracy workshops for teachers and students in the greater Portland area.ReplyDelete
Thanks for reviewing this book. I'm certainly biased as to the topic, but I must say that Kurt and Eileen did an amazing job of explaining our work and for painting a picture of what is and can be happening in our classroom environments.
I can be reached at johnholdridge [at] artslit.org
Thank you, John. I look forward to corresponding with you.ReplyDelete