________________ CM . . . . Volume III Number 16 . . . . April 11, 1997

cover Partnerships For Classroom Learning.

Suzanne Girard and Kathlene R. Willing.
Markham, ON: Pembroke Publishers, 1996. 128 pp., paper, $12.95.
ISBN 1-55138-067-6.

Subject Heading:
Education, Elementary-Activity programs.

Professional: K - 8.
Review by Brenda Partridge.

***1/2 /4


Partnerships for Classroom Learning addresses the need to educate students with a global perspective by presenting programs that are suited to changing schools, teachers and curriculum. To meet current educational goals, many teachers are now looking beyond their classrooms to establish communication connections for their students . . . these connections can be close at hand and readily available in a teacher's own school or community. But, without leaving the classrooom, teachers and students can also reach out to other parts of their country and the world.

Educators Suzanne Girard and Kathlene Willing have teamed together to create a handbook which demonstrates the ease with which teachers can "invite the world into their classroom and create new learning opportunities for all." The various strategies presented are designed to help children to "work cooperatively with others in their school and beyond." Projects and participants range from buddies within the school; to partners within the immediate community; to world penpals and to global twinning.

      The book's four chapters, one for each of the above mentioned areas, each begin and end with journal entries from the educators who actually participated in the various activities. Numerous charts and planning webs quickly outline letters, tips, timelines and subject areas, and permission is given to reproduce many of the charts for classroom use.

      Chapter content follows a consistent pattern. Initially, each outlines the type of partnership involved and then moves into the methods of reaching out, organizational planning, curriculum planning, and sample time-lines. With teachers' hectic timetables, such organization allows easy access to pertinent areas and reduces the amount of unnecessary reading.

      While the inclusion of some Internet addresses as resources for groups who want to become involved in Internet projects beyond their schools would have improved Partnerships for Classroom Learning, all in all, it's an excellent resource for professional use.

Highly recommended.

Brenda Partridge is a teacher/librarian at Percy Centennial P.S.E in Warkworth, Ontario.

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