I’ve reblogged this at least ten times since 2009 ok
Banned Books by the Numbers: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/09/22/banned-books-week-infographic_n_5852234.html
COSPLAY. YOU’RE DOING IT RIGHT.
Dear first (and second, and third?) year teachers,
This is the best advice ever. And it is far more eloquent than what I repeat to my new colleagues each year, which is “You can only do the best you can do right now.”
Print this out. Put it by your desk. And give yourself a break.
I don’t think there’s anyone to whom that does not apply.
|—||Judy Blume (via thelifeguardlibrarian)|
I’ve reblogged this so many times, it is always relevant.
Over 700 Jefferson County High School students are staging walkouts and protests over proposed changes to the Advanced Placement History curriculum. According to Colorado Public Radio:
Last week, a school board member proposed that advanced placement history classes be required to promote free enterprise and patriotism and be required to avoid classroom materials that encourage social strife or civil disobedience. Two high schools in Jefferson County closed Friday after dozens of teachers called in sick in protest.
According the online petition to be delivered to the School District:
Jeffco Public School Board has just proposed a change of curriculum stating that, “Materials should not encourage or condone civil disorder, social strife or disregard of the law. Instructional materials should present positive aspects of the United States and its heritage.”
This means that important parts of our history such as the Civil Rights Movement, Native American genocide, and slavery will not be taught in public schools. If these important lessons are not taught, children will not learn from them, and what will stop them from happening again? This is a severe form of censorship intended to keep the youth ignorant and easy to manipulate. I’m hoping to get enough signatures to prove that this is a public issue, so, please, if this is important to you, please sign. Do not let our youth grow up in ignorance; we all deserve the truth!
You can sign the petition here.
Thanks to theseacaptainsdaughter for dropping a link in my inbox.
I was feeling adventurous last week. Certain activities took more time than I thought, I had to tweek pl*ns anyway, and the laptop cart was available, so it seemed to me as good a time as any to try out the Edline dicussion boards.
- Friday: I gave them five semi- to very controversial questions…
I actually tell my students this all the time. Watch a kid learning how to walk, and don’t tell me that’s not hard. And you DID that. At one point, the hardest thing you could imagine was learning how to write your name. You don’t remember the struggle anymore, but you got through it and now you don’t even think about it. Now writing your name is considered the easiest thing we can ask you to do.
So don’t beat yourselves up too much. You’ve already done great things. You didn’t do them easily. You worked hard. Keep working hard, and you’ll do more great things. Promise.
I had someone say this to me once and it completely rocked my world.
I had kind of a nerd-out this morning. But I felt like everyone needed to know about this.
This is important.
|—||Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Half of a Yellow Sun (via beautiesofafrique)|