I saw this book recommended often by teachers I trust, but thought it was mostly for elementary...but it's for everyone. I'm excited to start bringing this into my work this year, hoping it will help students' reading and writing feel more powerful and authentic to their lives, in addition to helping them become critical and active citizens. I'm definitely becoming a Sara Ahmed fan.
This is geared more towards high school but definitely adaptable to middle school. It's energizing and inspiring and affirms the need for teachers to have freedom, flexibility, and creativity in their work (and that this trust and freedom is tied to observation that naturally connects to authentic "data-driven" practices.) I also find the framing of: "what do you want to do in the 180 days you have with these students" to be poetic and helpful.
This book has been on the shelf in my living room for awhile, waiting for the right moment, which is N O W. And if you haven't yet checked out Pernille's practical, helpful, and reassuring blog, here's a good post to start with.
The purpose of education, finally, is to create in a person the ability to look at the world for himself, to make his own decisions, to say to himself this is black or this is white, to decide for himself whether there is a God in heaven or not. To ask questions of the universe, and then learn to live with those questions, is the way he achieves his own identity. But no society is really anxious to have that kind of person around. What societies really, ideally, want is a ci
It was October turning to November and according the the New Teacher Adjustment graph my district sent me, this time of year should feel a bit like a pit of despair... About this time, on a beautiful Fall weekend, I visited Chicago. While there I attended a one-day version of the Teacher Self Care Conference. I learned about TSCC through instagram mainly, as some of my favorite teacher follows mention it often--@teachlikeagirl, @mrsrussellsroom--and one of them was giving the