This week's Take5 is focused on working to understand each other better. Recognizing racism in education, promoting #OwnVoices books about indigenous peoples, communicating with middle school students, the changing nature of parenting and childhood, and combating perfectionism. Check it out!
A recent article from We Are Teachers shares the perspective of a white teacher, working to understand the racisim that she, and many "well-meaning" educators bring into the classroom. This article is full of links to other resources to help encourage self-reflection and change.
School Library Journal just published a great list of #OwnVoices middle grade and young adult books on indigenous people. Add the titles on this list to your next book order and share them with your students.
Sometimes middle school kids and their parents seem to speak completely different languages, making for a harrowing time. An article in The Washingtin Post by a former school counselor shares How to talk to your middle-schooler (so they might actually listen to you). Helpful to parents, yes, but also to middle school educators as well.
I came across this NPR interview of author Katherine Reynolds Lewis (her 2018 book is called The Good News About Bad Behavior). Lewis addresses how parenting and childhood have changed and why parents and educators face so many discipline problems.
A TED Talk by psychologist Thomas Curran highlights our societal obsession with perfectionism, its impact on young people and their mental health, and then suggests how we can help kids begin to learn that "failure is not weakness."
What's been making you think this week?
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