In her article entitled Parent Engagement in the Digital Age, Emalino Minero highlights tech tools that can help teachers bridge the divide between school and home.
I enjoyed this post on using Children's Books in the middle school classroom, entitled 10 Picture Books to Read in the Middle School Classroom. While teacher Christina Hanson recommends starting with a handful of books, she actually reads a picture book a day to her students (and has an amazing bulletin board to document her progress). Food for thought.
Somehow, I missed this September list of must read books in the Washington Post. In "Education Experts share the best books they've read about teaching," a wide range of individuals in the field give us their top reads. It's definitely worth a look if you are searching for books to add to your Winter Break reading list.
If you haven't seen the film, Wonder, based on the YA novel by R.J. Palacio and you are a teacher or a parent (or both), stop reading and buy a ticket. Come to think of it, buy a ticket for your kid too. The teaching scenes are Hollywood (apparently, we still stand at the front of the class and write on the chalkboard), but the heart of the story and its believable characters will make you cry -- and make you celebrate the goodness in so many of the kids out there in the world, especially the ones that overcome adversity. And did I mention that it stars Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson? Here's a review. It's also a wonderful place to start a conversation with kids about how they treat others. And the book, it's even better.
Finally, in a weightier vein, I want to highly recommend to any person who works with young adults, Kate Fagan's What Made Maddy Run: The Secret Struggles and Tragic Death of An All American Teen. It's heartbreaking and revealing, exploring the connections between perfectionism, anxiety, college sports, life transitions and a world that is every more dependent on texting and social media for communication. If you can't read the entire book, you can check out an excerpt by ESPN"s Fagan here.
What are you recommending these days? We'd love to hear from you!
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