Archive for February 2016

Three Little Words

Today, I received a Facebook message in the form of one sentence. A question, really. Three little words. “ How. Are. You? ” And let me tell you, my heart sang! I mean, I had a visceral response. I could feel it. Something stirred within me. I felt lifted! What’s funny is that the question…

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Beyond Writing Prompts

What questions, ideas, conversations would this magazine cover spark? What kinds of connections might your students make? What kinds of writing might it fuel? What further reading? Research? Think text-dependent writing Think culturally relevant pedagogy Think critical thinking and analysis Let us know if you use this in your classroom and how it went. We’d love…

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Black History Month: Beyond the Biography

We have to talk about liberating minds as well as liberating society. —Angela Davis As I’ve visited classrooms this month, teachers have pulled me aside, proudly showcasing their attempts to “celebrate” Black History month. What I have seen is the following: Read-alouds about famous African-Americans Black History research projects Pictures of famous African-Americans on bulletin boards…

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Get Real. Get Authentic.

“Authenticity is a collection of choices that we have to make every day. It’s about the choice to show up and be real. The choice to be honest. The choice to let our true selves be seen.” ― Brené Brown, The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and…

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Teachable Moment: Acceptance

There has been a lot of money spent in our schools  on programs that are supposed to help us help our kids develop character. What I believe is that we have to demonstrate those traits in which we feel will best serve our children and our world. We have to believe that our kids have…

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