Black Ants and Buddhists

Thinking Critically and Teaching Differently in the Primary Grades

What would a classroom look like if understanding and respecting differences in race, culture, beliefs, and opinions were at its heart? Welcome to Mary Cowhey's Peace Class in Northampton, Massachusetts, where first and second graders view the entire curriculum through the framework of understanding the world, and trying to do their part to make it a better place.

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What would a classroom look like if understanding and respecting differences in race, culture, beliefs, and opinions were at its heart? Welcome to Mary Cowhey's Peace Class in Northampton, Massachusetts, where first and second graders view the entire curriculum through the framework of understanding the world, and trying to do their part to make it a better place.

Woven through the book is Mary's unflinching and humorous account of her own roots in a struggling large Irish Catholic fam...read more

About the Author(s)

Mary Cowhey has been teaching first and second grade at Jackson St. School in Northampton, Massachusetts for nine years.

Table of Contents

  • Foreword by Sonia Nieto
  • Acknowledgments
  • Prologue
  • 1. Introduction
  • 2. Compassion, Action, and Change
  • 3. Routines: A Day in the Life of the Peace Class
  • 4. It Takes a Village to Teach First Grade
  • 5. Talking About Peace
  • 6. Learning Through Activism
  • 7. Teaching History So Children Will Care
  • 8. Nurturing History Detectives
  • 9. Seeing Ourselves and Our Families Through Students' Eyes
  • 10. Responding When Tragedy Enters the Classroom
  • 11. Building Trust with Families and Weathering Controversy
  • 12. Going Against the Grain
  • Afterword: "Take This Hammer"
  • Appendix
  • References

Product Details

Grade Range: K-3
Media: 256 pp/paper
Year: 2005
Item No: 0418Item No: 0849Item No: B418
ISBN: 978-157110-418-2ISBN: 978-157110-849-4ISBN: 978-15711B-418-2

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