Publication Date: June 15, 1997
Series: Practitioner Inquiry Series
Chronicles the ups-and-downs of two young, first-grade teachers in an urban public school. Through rich, detailed portraits, excerpts from teacher journals, student work, and lived memories and recollections, Daniel Meier shows that the heart of teaching and learning in our culturally diverse urban schools is tied to the overall quality of human interaction in the classroom.
"I know that every classroom teacher will read this with bated breath, perhaps even with a small knot in the pit of their stomach at times. What will the kids do next? Will it have a happy ending? . . . I think parents, too–regardless of race or class–will recognize their teachers, their children, and their schools in this account."
—From the Foreword by Deborah Meier
"I tell the story of our year together because teachers, educators, parents, and others are always in need of personal, direct accounts from the classroom. . . . I hope readers will see and hear and feel the voices in this story according to their own experiences and hopes and dreams for our children and schools."
—From the Introduction