Sally Middlebrooks’  GETTING TO KNOW CITY KIDS is a must read!

“By making visible how, through their play, children give form and identity to themselves, I hope to help classroom teachers connect children’s lives in school with the richness and vitality of the worlds children create for themselves outside of school.  The deficit model asserts that poor city kids are ‘troubled’, ‘passive’ and ‘dumb’.  I challenge these assertions and label them misconceptions.  My analysis of children’s strengths leads to three suggestions for supporting ‘smart’ kids in urban schools.

1.  Create a rich environment.

2.  Allow children to participate actively in their own learning.

3.  Teach by listening to them.”