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Paley, Vivian Gussin 1929-

Works: 67 works in 293 publications in 7 languages and 22,730 library holdings
Genres: Case studies  Biography  Fantasy games  Educational films  Nonfiction films  Conference papers and proceedings  Short stories  Abstracts 
Roles: Author, Author of introduction, Interviewee
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White teacher by Vivian Gussin Paley( Book )

22 editions published between 1979 and 2009 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,824 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Gift Local 04-12-2001 $8.95
The boy who would be a helicopter by Vivian Gussin Paley( Book )

25 editions published between 1990 and 2009 in 4 languages and held by 2,242 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Documents a child's journey from isolation to connection and safety in a preschool classroom
The girl with the brown crayon by Vivian Gussin Paley( )

17 editions published between 1997 and 2013 in English and Chinese and held by 2,116 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Lionni's creations and his themes of self-definition and the individual's place in the community. The Girl with the Brown Crayon tells a simple personal story of a teacher and a child, interweaving the themes of race, identity, gender, and the essential human needs to create and to belong. With characteristic charm and wonder, Paley discovers how the unexplored territory unfolding before her and Reeny comes to mark the very essence of school, a common core of reference
Under deadman's skin : discovering the meaning of children's violent play by Jane Katch( )

11 editions published between 2001 and 2002 in English and held by 1,833 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A educational approach to helping children in elementary school understand their violent tendencies and urges through role and frank self-examination
In Mrs. Tully's room : a childcare portrait by Vivian Gussin Paley( )

9 editions published between 2001 and 2003 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,616 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Watching two-year-old Alex and his toddler classmates act out his one-word "Mama" story, and hearing their teacher muse, "Seems like the best reason to tell a story, when you are two, is to keep Mama in mind, ' Vivian Paley found herself drawn into a remarkable childcare center. In Mrs. Tully's Room tells the story of the comforting and compelling community created by the center's gifted director." "In joining Paley on her many visits to this extraordinary center, readers see how childcare providers combine teaching ability and emotional responsiveness to help even the smallest children learn words, concepts, stories, and the management of their emotions. Mrs. Tully's memories of her own childhood enrich her ability to understand her two-, three-, four-, and five-year-olds and to draw them into the world of expressive storytelling."--Jacket
Wally's stories by Vivian Gussin Paley( )

19 editions published between 1981 and 2002 in 4 languages and held by 1,387 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Publisher's description: Vivian Paley's account of her kindergarten classroom, where children are encouraged to learn by using their fantasies and stories. The book describes the evolution of both teacher and students as they grow to understand each other through this unusual teaching method. The author shows that in the course of creating their own dramatic world, five-year-olds are capable of thought and language far in advance of what they accomplish in traditional classroom exercises
Boys & girls : superheroes in the doll corner by Vivian Gussin Paley( Book )

17 editions published between 1984 and 2014 in English and held by 1,145 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this book, Vivian Paley has re-created a year of kindergarten teaching in which she explored the differences in the ways children play and fantasize. Each year, swords and purses in hand, the children rush to proclaim themselves boys or girls. Watching the Cinderellas and Darth Vaders pursue their separate fantasies, Paley questions the cliches and prejudices of the teacher's curriculum that reward girls' domestic play while discouraging boys' adventurous fantasies. The children's own conversations, stories, playacting, and scuffles are interwoven with Paley's observations and accounts of her attempts to alter the children's stereotyped play. Their search for self-definition will reawaken our own childhood memories, and Paley's sensitive efforts to uncover her prejudices will illuminate our own biases, values, and expectations for our children
A child's work : the importance of fantasy play by Vivian Gussin Paley( Book )

16 editions published between 2004 and 2009 in English and Spanish and held by 970 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A Child's Work goes inside classrooms around the globe to explore the stunningly original language of children in their role-playing and storytelling. Drawing from their own words, Paley examines how this natural mode of learning allows children to construct meaning in their worlds, meaning that carries through into their adult lives. Proof that play is the work of children, this compelling and enchanting book will inspire and instruct teachers and parents as well as point to a fundamental misdirection in today's educational programs and strategies."--Jacket
The boy on the beach : building community through play by Vivian Gussin Paley( )

9 editions published between 2010 and 2014 in English and held by 909 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

For fifty years, Vivian Gussin Paley has been exploring the imagery, language, and lore of young children, asking the questions they ask of themselves. In The Boy on the Beach she continues that work, going deeper into the mystery of play as she follows Eli and Marianne through the kindergarten year, finding more answers and more questions. --From publisher's description
Bad guys don't have birthdays : fantasy play at four by Vivian Gussin Paley( Book )

11 editions published between 1988 and 1991 in English and held by 600 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Publisher's description: Bad guys are not allowed to have birthdays, pick blueberries, or disturb the baby. So say the four-year-olds who announce life's risks and dangers as they play out the school year in Vivian Paley's classroom. Their play is filled with warnings. They invent chaos in order to show that everything is under control. They portray fear to prove that it can be conquered. No theme is too large or too small for their intense scrutiny. Fantasy play is their ever dependable pathway to knowledge and certainty
Storytelling and story acting( Visual )

2 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 60 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Demonstrates how Vivian Gussin Paley uses storytelling in her preschool curriculum
Teaching kindergarten : learner-centered classrooms for the 21st century( )

2 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 58 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Today's kindergarten teachers face enormous challenges to reach district-mandated academic standards. This book presents a model for 21st-century kindergartens that is rooted in child-centered learning and also shaped by the needs and goals of the present day. Classroom teachers working with diverse populations of students and focusing on issues of social justice provide vivid descriptions of classroom life across urban and rural communities. Teacher reflections and commentary from the editors link teacher decisions to principles of good practice. Teaching Kindergarten illustrates how a progressive, learning-centered approach can not only meet the equity and accountability goals of the Common Core State Standards but go well beyond that to educate the whole child. Book features include rich examples of learner-centered teaching in diverse public school settings; depictions of integrated curricula in science, social studies, math, arts, and language arts that address Common Core and other standards; connections to recent developmental research and pedagogy; programs promoting social and cultural awareness; and photographs of children's projects and a list of children's books."--Publisher's description
Storytelling themes. with Vivian Gussin Paley( Visual )

3 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 57 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

For teachers who have been intrigued by Vivian Gussin Paley's books about storytelling and story acting, this video shares additional ideas about them. Ms. Paley demonstrates the ways in which stories are used by children to discuss everything from boys in bathtubs to mean sisters. Paley once again illustrates how children begin to make sense of the world using stories
You can't say you can't play by Vivian Gussin Paley( Book )

13 editions published between 1992 and 2007 in 4 languages and held by 51 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Publisher's description: Who of us cannot remember the pain and humiliation of being rejected by our classmates? However thick-skinned or immune to such assaults we may become as adults, the memory of those early exclusions is as palpable to each of us today as it is common to human experience. We remember the uncertainty of separating from our home and entering school as strangers and, more than the relief of making friends, we recall the cruel moments of our own isolation as well as those children we knew were destined to remain strangers. In this book Vivian Paley employs a unique strategy to probe the moral dimensions of the classroom. She departs from her previous work by extending her analysis to children through the fifth grade, all the while weaving remarkable fairy tale into her narrative description. Paley introduces a new rule-"You can't say you can't play"--To her kindergarten classroom and solicits the opinions of older children regarding the fairness of such a rule. We hear from those who are rejected as well as those who do the rejecting. One child, objecting to the rule, says, "It will be fairer, but how are we going to have any fun?" Another child defends the principle of classroom bosses as a more benign way of excluding the unwanted. In a brilliant twist, Paley mixes fantasy and reality, and introduces a new voice into the debate: Magpie, a magical bird, who brings lonely people to a place where a full share of the sun is rightfully theirs. Myth and morality begin to proclaim the same message and the schoolhouse will be the crucible in which the new order is tried. A struggle ensues and even the Magpie stories cannot avoid the scrutiny of this merciless pack of social philosophers who will not be easily caught in a morality tale. You Can't Say You Can't Play speaks to some of our most deeply held beliefs. Is exclusivity part of human nature? Can we legislate fairness and still nurture creativity and individuality? Can children be freed from the habit of rejection? These are some of the questions. The answers are to be found in the words of Paley's schoolchildren and in the wisdom of their teacher who respectfully listens to them
Vivian Gussin Paley : the boy who could tell stories( Visual )

1 edition published in 2001 in English and held by 40 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this film, Vivian Gussin Paley talks about why she concentrates so much on issues of fairness. With the help of the children, she demonstrates that every child has a story to tell and a contribution to make to the classroom community -- even those children whose difficulties in communicating may lead them to behave in ways that many people might consider distracting or disruptive. The children's stories are interwoven with Vivian's comments about the connections children make and the ways in which storytelling and story acting can help young children feel more at home in their classrooms
Vivian Gussin Paley : the boy who could tell stories( Visual )

4 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 37 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Vivian Gussin Paley demonstrates the uses of storytelling in preschool and kindergarten curriculums. Shows the way that storytelling and acting out stories can help teachers and children think about empathy and the things you might say to a stranger
Must teachers also be writers? by Vivian Gussin Paley( Book )

4 editions published in 1989 in English and held by 26 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Zhi sheng ji. nan hai : jiao shi li shuo gu shi de mei li by Pei Li( Book )

2 editions published in 1996 in Chinese and held by 25 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The kindness of children by Vivian Gussin Paley( Book )

6 editions published between 1999 and 2007 in English and Spanish and held by 22 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This narrative details the responses of children and adults to a story about young children welcoming a boy with severe disabilities into their own story telling and re-enactment. Linking the act of story telling to the practice of the Hasidim, who would teach people to think about goodness by telling stories about holy men performing good works, the narrative explores how telling others about the young children's kindness to another child elicited further stories conveying children's need to do something nice for someone, to recognize someone as another person, and to make a connection to another person. The stories told by high school students illustrated how stories about positive events made people happy, elicited good deeds from them, and helped them gain a new perspective on their own struggles to overcome loneliness. Adults' stories were more negative in tone than children's or adolescents' stories and conveyed memories of injustices and stories of rejection and teasing. The narrative suggests that when children give each other roles in pretend play to re-enact their stories, they are experiencing how other people feel, which is the basis of moral development. Some of the children's stories illustrate children's use of a disguise to slowly gain acceptance by others and a place in the classroom. Other stories illustrate the isolation inherent in the schoolhouse as conveyed in themes of displacement and loneliness. The narrative concludes with a discussion by fifth graders of the rule "You can't say you can't play," the difficulty in changing habits of being unkind to others, and the children's realization that they used to be much kinder. (Kb)
Exploring the spirituality of childhood : proceedings of the first National Interfaith, Intercultural Conference on the Spiritual Life of Children by Vivian Gussin Paley( Book )

3 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 22 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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The boy who would be a helicopter
Alternative Names
Gussin Paley, Vivian

Gussin Paley, Vivian 1929-

Paley, Vivian

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Paley, Vivian G.

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Paley, Vivian Gussin

Vivian Gussin Paley

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The boy who would be a helicopterThe girl with the brown crayonUnder deadman's skin : discovering the meaning of children's violent playIn Mrs. Tully's room : a childcare portraitWally's storiesBoys & girls : superheroes in the doll cornerA child's work : the importance of fantasy playThe boy on the beach : building community through play