White Teacher

White Teacher Vivian Paley presents a moving personal account of her experiences teaching kindergarten in an integrated school within a predominantly white middle class neighborhood In a new preface she reflects

  • Title: White Teacher
  • Author: Vivian Gussin Paley
  • ISBN: 9780674002739
  • Page: 455
  • Format: Paperback
  • Vivian Paley presents a moving personal account of her experiences teaching kindergarten in an integrated school within a predominantly white, middle class neighborhood In a new preface, she reflects on the way that even simple terminology can convey unintended meanings and show a speaker s blind spots She also vividly describes what her readers have taught her over theVivian Paley presents a moving personal account of her experiences teaching kindergarten in an integrated school within a predominantly white, middle class neighborhood In a new preface, she reflects on the way that even simple terminology can convey unintended meanings and show a speaker s blind spots She also vividly describes what her readers have taught her over the years about herself as a white teacher.

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    1. I'm not totally sure where I fall on practitioner research just yet, but this book is a strong argument in its favor. Paley's systematic recording of experiences and impressions, not to mention her openness in addressing issues of race and class that confound most attempts at productive dialogue, make this worth the read.

    2. Paley's honest account of coming to terms with colorblindness take the form of highly readable anecdotes. While the text is greatly outdated (few of us could image telling a young, black child in our class "my, I love how soft your afro feels") the struggles and honest observations of Paley's early years as a teacher are a great urging for us to "talk about what we value," as teachers. As a product of the "colorblind" generation who was taught not to speak about color this book was a great awake [...]

    3. I had to read this during my undergrad. The name says it all. This lady wants some sort of award for teaching students with a different skin color as her. Insert sarcastic slow clap here

    4. There were a couple of ideas I got from this book, and definitely some things to think about. There were also definitely some phrases/words said, things done that I would/could NEVER do/say in my classroom, just due to today's world that maybe were okay back then. I'm glad I read this one, and I might tell some people a thing or two I got out of it, but I'm not sure if I would recommend it. I'd tell them about it, and let them make their own decision for sure. I didn't love that in the beginning [...]

    5. I've been a huge Vivian Paley fan for years with Wally's Stories and then about six others. Perhaps I thought her first book, White Teacher, wouldn't be as strong. Boy, was I wrong. Once again, the power of her insight and her almost brutal honesty knock me over. It's a kind of Miss Marple effect: a kindergarten teacher offers profound insights for educators at all levels. And with Paley's deft writing, those little kids probe the edge of consciousness; together they lead a revolution for social [...]

    6. This book is great for multi-cultural education. Vivian Paley is a kindergarten teacher who teaches in an integrated school. She learns what it takes to be a successful teacher in a time where diverse situations are more common than ever. She finds herself as a teacher and as an individual. Her story of perseverance and exploration is an inspiring experience. Our world is ever changing and being open minded is crucial to the success of our children and grand-children.

    7. I had to read this book during my Multicultural Education course required in the Doane Fast Track Program. I think this is a great read for any teacher. The writing style is more of a documentary and a self-reflection of a white kindergarten teacher, Vivian Paley. Vivian walks you through her experiences with multicultural differences within her classroom. The book challenges the way you think and helps you discover some of you own prejudices.

    8. I am getting ready to start this book. We are reading it in one of my education courses. We will see how it goes!In the end I really enjoyed reading this. I think it is a great book for all teachers to read. Her honest account of labeling her students because of their race really helps to see the importance of treating all of your students equally. I think that it is a great book to help understand how to create a safe and comfortable environment for all students.

    9. I learned a great deal about teaching minorities from this book. I think the most profound lesson I got from White Teacher is that we as white people tend to ignore differences in other people, specifically children. We do so because we are afraid that acknowledging these differences is racist. By ignoring these differences we are being just as hurtful. Children tend to feel isolated when their differences are not validated.

    10. This book was OK. It was a bit disjointed, and hard to get into. Basically the author is reminiscing about her years as a teacher and having to deal with the issues of racism in the classroom. How she treated students differently, unintentionally, but did come to realize that she was doing it, and worked towards fixing it. It was an OK read. I guess if you were going to be a teacher it would be worth reading, but for the average Joe, maybe not.

    11. This book gave a lot of play-by-play which happened in Paley's kindergarten classes during a time where desegregation was occurring. It gives a lot of good examples of how students interact with each other and a little insight on how to not lump students together. I didn't think it was the most amazing read, but it was great to read about some racial questions which arise in the classroom in order to be prepared myself for my own challenges I will face as a classroom teacher.

    12. I read this book for a class called Multicultural Education. Paley discusses her experiences as a kindergarten teacher, and the issues she faced in a multicultural classroom. She explains how she overcame barriers and how she learned from her students. It's a very interesting, easy read! Paley makes you challenge the way you think about race and she demonstrates the importance of treating every child equally. I only wish Paley had shared some useful tips or lesson plans.

    13. A mildly interesting read about one educator's experiences with race in the classroom. The book might have flowed better if the vignettes didn't seem so separated and the author didn't waver between discussing cultural issues in the classroom and the importance of play in kindergarten. I might recommend this one to those in the teaching profession interested in reflecting upon race issues in classrooms, but be forewarned that it is not the best book---at least it was a quick read!

    14. I laughed, I cried, I mastered blowing my nose into an invisible kleenex and hurling things into an empty fireplace in response to this enriching memoir. Paley tells of her experiences as a new teacher and addresses the challenges of overcoming multicultural, and other, barriers in her classroom and school settings.

    15. Kudos to this woman coming out and admitting her own prejudices and recognizing that there is a problem. Not many people would be this brave. So happy Patricia A. Edwards, keynote speaker at the Literacy Conference suggested this. I agree. For any teachers out there, if you have not read this book, read it now.

    16. I enjoyed the perspective of author and how she has changed as an educator when dealing with student differences and race. She relies heavily on the idea that she too felt different in schools because she is Jewish. Even though I have never felt different in school because of my ethnic background I still gained an insight of my own reactions in the classroom.

    17. An interesting account of the author's experiences teaching kindergarten in an integrated school in a predominantly white, middle class neighborhood. It's outdated (1970s) and simplistic, but it adds an important contribution to the debate between integrated school and neighborhood schools.

    18. I think this was an interesting book to read if not just as a good conversation starter about race in the classroom. I like how it gave information through story telling, wish they would use it more with teaching books.

    19. A great read for any teacher (especially white teachers, I suppose). Title makes it sound like it could be inflammatory or controversial but it's really more of a diary of a very reflective, well-intentioned kindergarten teacher. The children in this book are as inspiring as the teacher herself.

    20. It's about kindergarten, and in a better-off university community to boot, but the stories of how these kids interact is amazing and insightful for all teachers. I really, really was impressed with how well the teacher was able to observe her kids and really try to understand their motivations.

    21. I can certainly foresee coming across similar problems in my future classroom and her advice about not pretending to be colorblind but rather to celebrate those differences is right on the money.

    22. simply one of the most instructive and least didactic books you will encounter on the subject of teaching ALL children. honest, reflective, with enormous food for thought. highest recommendation.

    23. I really enjoyed reading this and it provided a lot of useful insight. While my favorite Paley book so far is still A Child's Work, this book certainly did not disappoint.

    24. Great book that delves into the sensitivity required by teachers to navigate charged topics like race in the classroom

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