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In Mrs. Tully's Room book reflection

In Mrs. Tully's Room book reflection - 1 When youre young...

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1 When you’re young and away from your mother for the first time, it can be scary. At school on that first day, everyone is the new kid. Everyone wants friends. Everyone feels separated and lonely and different and knowing you are not alone with your fears can be comforting, at any age. In a room full of strangers, it’s nice to know that you share some common ground. In Mrs. Tully’s Room , Vivian Paley believes, is a place where children can find that common ground and play on it, even. In Mrs. Tully’s room is an account of one retired teacher’s (Vivian Paley) observations from another teacher’s (Lillian Tully) Chicago preschool classroom and the stories that are told there. As Paley visits she takes note of the children telling stories, the stories themselves and the impact being able to tell your story in an academic social setting has on a child and those who are there to listen in. The book is constantly underscoring the concept of social empathy and it frequently suggests that this form of dramatic play can make children more perceptive to the emotions of others. The philosophy behind this notion is that children are highly logical and emotionally intelligent beings, adults just rarely notice it and structured curriculum schools are too busy to place emphasis on it. Storytelling time not only presents adults with the opportunity to see and value this, it also provides students with a foundation of essential lifetime communication and social skills. The author references a four year old girl named Thea to better illustrate this concept. Thea listens to another child’s story about a sad girl who no one ever noticed; she internalizes the pain of her classmate and merges the story about the sad girl with an open chair in her own story. Basically, to quote a later excerpt, from page 125, “one classmate has revealed [her] pain and another has risen to comfort [her].” When it came time to act out the stories Thea invited Allegra
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2 to act in hers, but she was too shy. Paley says that this is because “sometimes a community reaches out before an individual is ready to respond” (p 22). The theme borrowing or taking from others to create your own also seems to be a popular trend in Mrs. Tully’s children’s stories, as it is common in both Thea and Mike’s stories. One of the fours, Mike, takes a mountain from Mrs. Parish’s story and tells a story about a little rabbit
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