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Out of the Classroom and into the World: Learning from Field Trips, Educating from Experience, and Unlocking the Potential of Our Students and Teachers

Bank Street College of Education professor Salvatore Vascellaro is a
leading advocate of taking children and teachers into a wider world as the
key to improving our struggling schools. Combining practical and
theoretical guidance and illustrated throughout, Out of the Classroom and
into the World visits a rich variety of classrooms transformed by
innovative field trip curricula—showing how students’ hearts and minds
are opened as they discover how a suspension bridge works, see what
connects them to the people and places of their neighborhood, and come
to understand the ecosystem of a river by following it to its source.

Vascellaro also shows that what teachers can offer children is fueled
by their own engagement with the world, and he offers stunning examples
of teachers awakened by their direct experiences with the social issues
plaguing American society, from the flood-torn neighborhoods of New
Orleans to the mining areas of West Virginia. Based on the core principles
of progressive pedagogy, and the wisdom gained from Vascellaro’s
experience as a teacher, school administrator, and teacher-educator, Out
of the Classroom and into the World is a direct retort to test scores and
standards as adequate measures of teaching and learning—an inspiring
call and a major new resource for anyone interested in reinvigorating
America’s classrooms.