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Author Cowhey, Mary, 1960-

Title Black ants and buddhists : thinking critically and teaching differently in the primary grades / Mary Cowhey ; foreword by Sonia Nieto
Published Portland, Me. : Stenhouse Publishers, 2006


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Description xi, 244 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents Prologue : black ants and Buddhism -- 1. Introduction -- 2. Compassion, action, and change -- 3. Routines : a day in the life of the peace class -- 4. It takes a village to teach first grade -- 5. Talking about peace -- 6. Learning through activism -- 7. Teaching history so children will care -- 8. Nurturing history detectives -- 9. Seeing ourselves and our families through students' eyes -- 10. Responding when tragedy enters the classroom -- 11. Building trust with families and weathering controversy -- 12. Going against the grain -- Afterword : "Take this hammer"
Summary "What would a classroom look like if understanding and respecting differences in race, culture, beliefs, and opinions were at its heart? Welcome to Mary Cowhey's Peace Class in Northampton, MA, where first and second graders view the entire curriculum through the framework of understanding the world, and trying to do their part to make it a better place." "Woven through the book is Mary's unflinching and humorous account of her own roots in a struggling large Irish Catholic family and her early career as a community activist. Mary's teaching is infused with lessons of her heroes: Gandhi, Eleanor Roosevelt, Helen Keller, Martin Luther King, and others. Her students learn to make connections between their lives, the books they read, the community leaders they meet, and the larger world." "If you were inspired to become a teacher because you wanted to change the world, and instead find yourself limited by teach-to-the-test pressures, this is the book that will make you think hard about how you spend your time with students. It offers no easy answers, just a wealth of insight into the challenges of helping students think critically about the world, and starting points for conversations about diversity and controversy in your classroom, as well as in the larger community."--BOOK JACKET
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references
Subject Multicultural education -- United States.
Elementary school teaching -- United States.
Cultural awareness -- Study and teaching (Primary) -- United States.
Minorities -- Education (Primary) -- United States.
LC no. 2005058138
ISBN 1571104186 (alk. paper)