Mary Cowhey

Works

Black Ants and Buddhists: Thinking Critically and Teaching Differently in the Primary Grades
"This powerful book is about real children coming to consciousness about the world around them and taking steps, to paraphrase Paulo Freire, to learn to read both the word and their world."
–Sonia Nieto, author of Affirming Diversity

Learning to Roar
Low-income families of color organize their own community-based solutions to the "achievement gap" using a popular education organizing model.

Where’s Your Shirt From? Second Graders Learn to Use Data to Change the World
Sewing vests for teddy bears inspires students to learn how clothing is made. Learning the Look For the Union Label song leads them to investigate where their clothing is made. They learn which countries belong to which continents, gather and graph data, learn about unions and fair trade.

The Thanksgiving Lesson
First graders learn about compassion, action and change in response to hunger and homelessness int heir community.

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Test
I teach child-oriented inquiry-based science based on the standards not specifically to raise test scores but to raise creative problem solvers, empathetic doctors and ethical researchers.

Heather's Moms Got Married
Second graders talk about same-sex marriage and family diversity.

Selected Works

Education
"One hell of a read."
–Linda Christensen, author of
Reading, Writing and Rising Up
Families With Power
Families With Power’s goals are grassroots parent empowerment and increasing student achievement.
Integrated Curriculum, Authentic Learning, Child-Generated Investigations
A student's question, "Where do you look for the union label?" sparked an investigation into where our clothing is made, integrating a mathematical data investigation, geography, economics and social justice."
Community Service Learning
First graders learn about compassion, action and change in response to hunger and homelessness int heir community.
Inquiry-Based Science and Standardized Testing
I teach child-oriented inquiry-based science based on the standards not specifically to raise test scores but to raise creative problem solvers, empathetic doctors and ethical researchers.
Family Diversity
Second graders talk about same-sex marriage and family diversity.

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