Jane Addams in the Classroom

Jane Addams in the Classroom

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Once intent on being good to people, Jane Addams later dedicated herself to the idea of being good with people, establishing mutually-responsive and reciprocal relationships with those she served at Hull House. The essays in Jane Addams in the Classroom explore how Addams's life, work, and philosophy provide invaluable lessons for teachers seeking connection with their students. Balancing theoretical and practical considerations, the collection examines Addams's emphasis on listening to and learning from those around her and encourages contemporary educators to connect with students through innovative projects and teaching methods. In the first essays, Addams scholars lay out how her narratives drew on experience, history, and story to explicate theories she intended as guides to practice. Six teacher-scholars then establish Addams's ongoing relevance by connecting her principles to exciting events in their own classrooms. An examination of the Jane Addams Children's Book Award and a fictional essay on Addams's work and ideas round out the volume. Accessible and wide-ranging, Jane Addams in the Classroom offers inspiration for educators while adding to the ongoing reconsideration of Addams's contributions to American thought. Contributors are Todd DeStigter, Lanette Grate, Susan Griffith, Lisa Junkin, Jennifer Krikava, Lisa Lee, Petra Munro, Bridget O'Rourke, David Schaafsma, Beth Steffen, Darren Tuggle, Erin Vail, and Ruth Vinz.I have been teaching primarily American literature classes since I started at Argo Community High School nine years ago. Back then, I was completely overwhelmed by the amount of literature I was expected to cover in such a short amount of time. ... most logical and efficient approach to writing instruction would be requiring students to write essays analyzing literature. ... I may be forced to sacrifice the part of my job that enables me to help kids learn about themselves through writing.

Title:Jane Addams in the Classroom
Author:David Schaafsma
Publisher:University of Illinois Press - 2014-10-01


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