Place- and Community-Based Education in Schools (Sociocultural, Political, and Historical Studies in Education)
David Sobel MEd and Gregory A. Smith
Place- and community-based education – an approach to teaching and learning that starts with the local – addresses two critical gaps in the experience of many children now growing up in the United States: contact with the natural world and contact with community. It offers a way to extend young people’s attention beyond the classroom to the world as it actually is, and to engage them in the process of devising solutions to the social and environmental problems they will confront as adults. This approach can increase students’ engagement with learning and enhance their academic achievement.
Envisioned as a primer and guide for educators and members of the public interested in incorporating the local into schools in their own communities, this book explains the purpose and nature of place- and community-based education and provides multiple examples of its practice. The detailed descriptions of learning experiences set both within and beyond the classroom will help readers begin the process of advocating for or incorporating local content and experiences into their schools.
Tom Wessels Professor Emeritus
Thousands of readers have had their experience of being in a forest changed forever by reading Tom Wessels's Reading the Forested Landscape. Was this forest once farmland? Was it logged in the past? Was there ever a major catastrophe like a fire or a wind storm that brought trees down?
Now Wessels takes that wonderful ability to discern much of the history of the forest from visual clues and boils it all down to a manageable field guide that you can take out to the woods and use to start playing forest detective yourself. Wessels has created a key―a fascinating series of either/or questions―to guide you through the process of analyzing what you see. You’ll feel like a woodland Sherlock Holmes. No walk in the woods will ever be the same.
Kusy Mitchell and Holloway Elizabeth
Toxic Workplace! is the first book to tackle the underlying systems issues that enable a toxic person to create a path of destruction in an organization, pervading others' thoughts and energies, even undermining their very sense of well-being. Based on all-new research with over 400 leaders, many from the Fortune 500 list, this book illustrates how to manage existing toxic behaviors, create norms that prevent the growth or regrowth of toxic environments, and ultimately design organizational communities of respectful engagement. - from the inside flap
Dr. Mitchel Kusy and Dr. Elizabeth Holloway are professors in the PhD Program in Leadership & Change at Antioch University.
A schoolteacher escapes East Berlin at night, swimming the Spree River three times carrying elderly relatives on her back, so she can make her way to West Palm Beach, Florida, and "ruin the lives of fifth grade boys." A young husband reckons with the likelihood that his wife's troubled pregnancy will end with her death before Christmas. A preacher bathes his ill and elderly mother, not knowing that she has mistaken him for the long-lost cousin she watched murder his brother in her father's tobacco field. In six stories that read like novels in miniature, Kyle Minor plumbs the depths of human mystery, where they meet our kindnesses and our cruelties, our generosities and our pettiness.
David Sobel MEd
Public discussions of global climate change and other threats to the planet are making children more aware of environmental issues. As increasing numbers of kids come to school wishing to take action, educators want to know how to teach in a way that fosters a love of nature and an understanding of the complexity and seriousness of these issues.
In Childhood and Nature, noted educator David Sobel makes the case that meaningful connections with the natural world don't begin in the rainforest or arctic, but in our own backyards and communities. Based on his observations of recurrent play themes around the world, Sobel articulates seven design principles that can guide teachers in structuring learning experiences for children. Place-based education projects that make effective use of the principles are detailed throughout the book. And while engaged in these projects, students learn language arts, math, science, social studies, as well as essential problem-solving and social skills through involvement with nature and their communities.
The pressures of test preparation, standards, and curriculum frameworks often reduce the study of nature and the environment to a set of facts and general concepts. However, as Childhood and Nature demonstrates, linking curriculum with an engagement in the real world not only provides students with the thinking skills needed for whatever test comes their way, but also helps them grow into responsible citizens and stewards of the earth.
Torin Finser PhD
All around us, we see living systems in plants, animals, and human beings. Our environment is alive, vibrant, and full of innate wisdom. Even the stars and planets speak in the language of ancient folklore to those who have ears to hear. Our very lives depend on this interdependence and on the myriad connections that surround us. Nonetheless, many people experience organizations as inert, bureaucratic, inflexible obstacles to innovation and human initiative. People have struggled for years under the weight of apathy in organizations such as large school systems, corporations, and government agencies such as FEMA.
Organizational Integrity attempts to reclaim and reconcile organizational dynamics with living systems. The wisdom found in human organs, minerals, planets, and even sacred geometry is used to reinvent organizations. Organizations are supposed to serve, and their forms and structures should mirror the living systems of those who have come together with common purpose. We need to change our ideas of organizations and establish a new paradigm so that future organizations will be worthy of the people in them.
Dr. Finser makes the case that we need a new ecology of organizations, and that now is time for a new revolution that creates dynamic, living organizations by the people and for the people. Moreover, he shows us how to achieve this seemingly impossible task by “organ-izing” organizations. Just as democracy has transformed much of the world, through the genius of the human body we can transform organizations into living systems that serve and protect human interests.
Here is a truly unique approach to the age-old process of bringing people together in healthy, effective organizations to better the world we live in.
- Part I: Foundation Studies in Anthroposophy
- The Complete Human Being
- Beyond Memories
- The Long Journey
- Part II: Organs and Organ-izations
- Heart Knowledge
- The Kidney
- The Liver
- The Spleen
- The Lungs
- Dual Organs
- Corpus Callosum and Other Matters
- Part III: Other Aspects of Human Physiology
- Is there a Skeleton in your Closet?
- Salt, Mercury, Sulfur
- Sense Perception: Eye and Ear
- Part IV: Leadership
- Testing Our Metal as Leaders
- Planetary Influences
- The Geometry of Groups
- Systems Thinking
- Part V: Healthy Organ-izations
- What is a Healthy Organ-ization?
- The Consultation Process
- The Lily and the Rose
Silence is complicity : a call to let teachers improve our schools through action research--not NCLB
Torin Finser PhD
Standards set by the federal government : who has been left behind? -- Back off, big brother! -- Introduction to research -- Perceptions of obstacles to teacher research -- Reinventing research : new concepts, new approaches -- Why do research? -- Seeing, feeling, finding your question -- Thoughts on research methods -- Organizing a research project -- Sharing research -- A collaborative model for teacher research -- Why do research (revisited) -- Research as teacher empowerment.
In this distinctive guide to the craft of writing, author Laraine Herring shows us how to tune into our bodies and connect with our emotions so that our writing becomes an expression of our full beings, rather than just an intellectual exercise. With warmth and wisdom, Herring offers a path to discovering "deep writing"—prose that is unique, expressive, and profoundly authentic. Lessons and imaginative exercises show you how to: stay with your writing when your mind or body starts to pull you away; explore the five senses in your writing; and approach your writing without judgment
Martha Straus PhD
The culture of rage and despair -- The secret lives of teenage girls -- The adolescent passage -- Systems in an uproar -- The war on girls -- Interventions : treating the whole girl -- Ten tips from the trenches : doing good work with girls -- Getting connected -- Troubled behaviors I : affective disorders and anxiety disorders -- Troubled behaviors II : eating disorders and self-mutilation -- Troubled behaviors III : attachment and trauma problems -- Troubling behaviors IV : social aggression, ADHD, and oppositional-defiant disorder -- Troubling behaviors V : sex, conduct disorders, and substance abuse -- Psychotropic medication in the treatment of adolescent girls / by Robert J. Racusin -- Hospitalizations and out-of-home interventions -- Ten reasons for hope.
Commitment. Trust. Intimacy. Self-confidence. Independence. These are critical areas of personal development in the passage from adolescence to adulthood. However, this path toward self-identity can become particularly difficult for women to navigate when, as adolescents, they lose one of the most important relationships of their life: their relationship with their father. Written expressly for adult women, Lost Fathers is a healing authoritative guide to understanding how behaviors, relationships, and sense of self in adulthood are shaped by the experience of losing one's father during adolescence to death, divorce, abandonment, incarceration, or addiction. With gentle expertise, Laraine Herring b lends poignant personal stories, the latest information in developmental psychology, and guided writing exercises in this much-needed, therapeutic guide.
David Sobel MEd
"Through academic research, practical examples, and step-by-step strategies drawn from classrooms throughout the United States, Sobel celebrates teachers who emphasize the connection of school, community, and environment. 'Place-Based Education' uses the local community and environment as the starting place for curriculum learning, strengthening community bonds, appreciation for the natural world, and a commitment to citizen engagement."--Publisher's website.
Torin Finser PhD
Recently, a chasm has opened between many of our leaders and those who work for them. We have witnessed the sacrifices of airline workers and the unconscionable compensation of top executives; the ideals of Olympic Games and the conduct of certain committee members; the sacrament of religion and the priests who abused the sanctity of the human body; the needed services of United Way and their extravagant executive “perks”; and hopes for a democratically fair system versus the 2000 presidential election.
The values of hard work, inalienable rights, fairness and public service held by most Americans is often lacking in our leaders. An ethical chasm has opened up in our midst, and unless we do something, our future will fall victim to our inadequacies. Our standing in the world in years to come will depend less on our military might, and more on our moral strength.
We need to begin a united search for ethical leadership. As we take Torin’s journey of discovery with him, we see the roots of this loss of ethical leadership and begin to understand that there is a way out of this situation―by applying the spiritual principles of Rudolf Steiner’s spiritual science. In Search for Ethical Leadership is grounded with practical tools that offer us real hope for the future of ethical leadership. Contents:
- The Leadership Challenge
- Children & Ethical Leadership
- Character Development
- Historical Considerations
- Practical Aspects
- Inner Dimensions, or Ethics of the Heart & Soul
- Sun and Moon
- The Templars
- The Hidden Temple
This text presents a broad scope of philosophical issues and primary sources from the history of philosophy with the intent of providing students with a general introduction to significant and relevant questions in philosophy, the humanities, and the history of thought.
David Sobel MEd
From the ages of five to twelve, the middle years of childhood, young people explore their surroundings and find or construct private spaces. In these secret places, children develop and control environments of their own and enjoy freedom from the rules of the adult world. Children's Special Places enters these hidden worlds, reveals their importance to children's development and emotional health, and shows educators, parents, and other adults how they can foster a bond between young people and nature that is important to maturation.
Introduces antihumanism as the pivotal element in Foucault's work, and reads his work from an Althusserian, structural Marxist perspective.
Torin Finser PhD
As a result of today's crisis in education, people are beginning to realize that schools involve far more than providing children with knowledge and skills. Schools are communities and, like all communities, may be healthy or unhealthy. School Renewal addresses the problems and challenges of a school community. Through the use of fairy tales, myths, and the personal experience of Waldorf education, Torin Finser describes how both teachers and parents can come to grips with common problems such as burnout, interpersonal conflicts, and the traps of routine. Most important, the author stresses that an educational community must come to terms with the many unseen dimensions of each individual. He shows how these little-understood aspects of the mind can be cultivated and nourished to keep the school and education alive. School Renewal does not offer formulas and slapdash solutions. Rather, it encourages a whole new way of thinking about education and personal growth - for children and for the adults who care about them. "...if one wish could be granted me on behalf of school renewal, I would ask for significant improvement in the quality of sleep afforded to parents and teachers. No other change has the potential to do more good than simply eliminating the state of chronic exhaustion found by the end of the week in most schools." - from Amazon.com
Tom Wessels Professor Emeritus
This fascinating new book focuses on a rare and dramatic landscape: the granite summit balds of North American mountains. Tom Wessels synthesizes history, geology, biology, and personal narrative to enhance our understanding and appreciation of these high, wild places. He explores the unique and fragile ecosystem that is common to exposed granite expanses from Acadia to Yosemitehow it evolved slowly over millennia, and how it is threatened today by foot traffic and overuse. Wessels' dramatic photographs and Brian Cohen's beautifully detailed illustrations bring the denizens of the granite bald to life. The mountains they celebrate include: Acadia National Park in Maine; the White Mountains of New Hampshire; the Adirondacks of New York; the Wind Rivers of Wyoming; the Beartooths of Montana; the Enchantments of Washington; and Yosemite National Park in California.
The meaning of movement : developmental and clinical perspectives of the Kestenberg Movement Profile
CONTENTS: Introduction / K. Mark Sossin and Janet Kestenberg Amighi -- I. The Kestenberg Movement Profile Explained / Janet Kestenberg Amighi and Susan Loman. 1. Tension Flow Rhythms. 2. Tension Flow Attributes. 3. Precursors of Effort: Pre-Efforts. 4. Efforts. 5. Bipolar Shape Flow. 6. Unipolar Shape Flow. 7. Shape Flow Design. 8. Shaping in Directions. 9. Shaping in Planes -- II. Applications. 10. The KMP and Infant-Parent Psychotherapy / K. Mark Sossin. 11. The KMP as a Tool for Dance/Movement Therapy / Susan Loman and Hillary Merman. 12. Healing Early Child Abuse: The Application of the Kestenberg Movement Profile and Its Concepts / Penny Lewis. 13. The Interface Between the Kestenberg Movement Profile and Body-Mind Centering / Susan Loman, Amelia Ender and Kim Burden -- III. Interpretations. 14. Interpretation of an Adult Profile: Observations in a Parent-Child Setting / K. Mark Sossin. 15. Interpreting a KMP of Carlos, a Three-and-One-Half-Year-Old Boy: An Illustrative Case / Janet Kestenberg Amighi and Susan Loman. 16. Outline for the Clinical Interpretation of the Kestenberg Movement Profile with Adults / Penny Lewis -- App. The Body Attitude and Interpreting KMP Diagrams / Susan Loman and Janet Kestenberg Amighi.
Martha Straus PhD
"Weaving practical, hands-on ideas with theory and research about child development, child treatment, and the therapeutic relationship, this book describes an innovative approach to treatment of children and adolescents who won't or can't respond to traditional, conversation-based therapy." "For these children, therapists need an entirely new clinical language, one that doesn't depend on words. Within an interpersonal and developmental framework, Straus spells out the deceptively simple goals of no-talk therapy: someone to be close to, and something to be proud of. Through empathy and respect, games, activities, community involvement, a circle of adults, and little pleasures, this approach begins to provide these anxious, sullen, enraged, and confused kids with the self-confidence, self-esteem, and self-awareness to develop a voice of their own."--Jacket.
David Sobel MEd
The current crisis in geography education has spawned several new books on mapmaking, many of which advocate either recitation and drill or a conceptual top-down model that ignores children's interests. Mapmaking with Children presents an inspired alternative. Maintaining that there is no substitute for hands-on experience, David Sobel places the initial emphasis on local projects--projects that begin in students' own backyards and communities, projects that provide a sense of place.
As Sobel explains, "In the beginning, children's maps represent their experiences of beauty, secrecy, adventure, and comfort. With these affective endeavors as a foundation, I then gradually start to focus on scale, location, direction, and geographic relationships. The development of emotional bonds and cognitive skills needs to go hand in hand in my approach to developmentally appropriate social studies and geography." To that end, his book identifies each stage of development, presenting relevant theoretical issues and several appropriate projects.
In the beginning, students stay close to home, mapping their known world. Gradually, they move on to their neighborhood, developing a sense of place, scope, and perspective. Eventually, once students are older, they explore the nation, the world, even the solar system, creating raised relief maps and contour maps to develop visual literacy and spatial reasoning skills. Vivid illustrations of the students' work are provided throughout to let you observe each stage of development.
Mapmaking, as Sobel uses it, has relevance across the curriculum. In addition to appealing to social studies teachers, this book will be of interest to science teachers, language arts teachers, and math teachers looking for new ways to invigorate the curriculum.
David Sobel MEd
Beyond Ecophobia speaks to teachers, parents, and others interested in nurturing in children the ability to understand and care deeply for nature from an early age. This expanded version of one of Orion's most popular articles includes descriptions of developmentally appropriate environmental education activities and a list of related children's books.
Biography of J. Dudley Dawson, former president of Antioch College.
Torin Finser PhD
School as a Journey is a lively, colorful, absorbing account of one Waldorf's teacher's journey with his class through the curriculum from first through eighth grades. A moving story, told in a straightforward, anecdotal, humorous style, it is and excellent introduction to what goes on inside the classroom of a Waldorf school. School as a journey was written with both parents and educators in mind. Filled with pedagogical gems, it will be an invaluable resource for understanding the practical implications of Rudolf Steiner's in sight into child development. Extensively documented, it can serve as a study text for anyone wishing to go deeper into the works of Rudolf Steiner and others experienced in Waldorf education.
Susan Loman and Rose Brandt
This is the second volume of papers related to the Kestenberg Movement Profile (KMP) and its potential for research, clinical practice and education. This volume demonstrates how well Dr. Kestenberg has inspired the talented individuals who have studied with her. The possibilities for the distinctive Kestenbergian view of movement analysis seem endless. Two papers are included on Action Profiling, which is something of a cousin to the KMP. They indicate how the theoretical framework and systeming coding developed by Judith Kestenberg can inform related research in fascinating ways.