While it might not be the summer we all anticipated, I hope you are taking some time for you.
When Stars Are Scattered is a poignant story of life in a refugee camp co-authored by @victoriajamiesonbooks and Omar Mohamed. This #graphicnovel will give you a glimpse of day to day life, hardships and perseverance many experience. It will move you. This is a must read.
I recently heard that many families are spending this summer on the road and going to places like our National Parks. Are We There Yet by @dsantat illustrates how it might be like traveling with a rather imaginative child. While I know this might not be the summer we imagined, summers are always a good time to disconnect from work and to reconnect with other interests or passions. How are you spending your summer?
I don’t know what or where my classroom will be come fall. Some of that is beyond my control right now. What is in my control is my pedagogy. I’m working on improving my teaching practice. Currently, I’m reading The Burning House: Educating Black Boys in Modern America by @nylinka. While only a few chapters in, I am finding myself thinking deeply of what I’ve seen others including myself do to perpetuate inadequate practices. I’m questioning how I can do better. As Dr. Williams expresses Black boys come to school eager to learn but our treatment or rather our reactions to them send signals that run deep. Our implicit bias goes unchecked. We must do better. If you, like me, want to seek to understand. This is an excellent read. If you decide to read this, I’m curious of our thoughts and what changes you’ll make in your practice. Check my profile for the link.
See color. I spent much of my life ashamed of my color. I did not look like the Tiffanys and Aprils I grew up with. It was not until I began teaching that I understood the importance of seeing color. I would watch as students colored themselves peach when they obviously were not. I began to address this by telling my students how I loved the color of my skin. I was proud to be Brown. The result was twofold. My students would tell me how they were brown like me. We would compare the shades of our brown and acknowledge our beauty. Lastly, I’ve learned to love the color of my skin. See color.
These magnetic My Family Builders are one of our #classroomfavorites. When I found out I was teaching #Tk, it was one of the first items I had my school purchase. Why? Because my students could make lots of different kinds of people. I highly recommend. These are linked in my Amazon store. I do make a small commission if you purchase using my link.
In honor of World Refugee Day, #allarewelcomehere.
Malala Yousafzai, the 22-year-old Pakistani activist and youngest recipient ever of a Nobel Peace Prize, graduated from Oxford University with a degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics. Malala’s ability to overcome adversity is shared in this #picturebook, Malala’s Magic Pen. The beautifully written book goes on to describe her quest for justice and the importance of finding one's voice.