The Sunday Six 6/28/20 #linksilove

Here are six important reads that came across my social media feeds in the past couple of weeks. YA novelist Tiffani Jackson reflects on “this pivotal, purposeful moment” and gives advice to young Black women who are observing and protesting and wondering what next. (Cosmopolitan) Crystal Marie Fleming shares 10 Practical Steps for Building a…

Dream Job #4: Slice of Life #sol20

My first dream job was my very first job when I was still in high school: working at a bookstore. It was a mall bookstore, small, full of flashy commercial titles, popular series, and the occasional serendipitous discovery. I still remember the day I plucked Kendall Hailey’s The Day I Became an Autodidact from the…

The Week in Reading #imwayr 6/22/20

My reading totals are down this week, but packing was up, and since we have a move scheduled in less than three weeks, that’s probably a good thing! Katherine Bomer’s The Journey Is Everything was a reread for me and welcome prep for thinking about how to incorporate essay more organically and less formulaically in…

Taking Action in Our Sphere of Influence #sol20

I haven’t read the article yet, but I appreciated the challenge in the title of an op-ed a friend shared yesterday: “When Black people are in pain, white people just join book clubs.” I think there’s something true about that. More than anything else, what I’m seeing online right now as a response to this…

The Week in Reading #imwayr 6/15/20

On the blog: A links round-up of six good articles from the past week A request to teachers to stop assigning harmful books In reading: The whole time I was reading Rebecca Stead’s new middle-grade novel, The List of Things That Will Not Change, I kept wondering if there would be some kind of unexpected…

Teachers, Let’s Stop Assigning Harmful Books

(Note: This post has been in draft for a few weeks now. I’ve felt more urgency to finish in the last couple of days–especially as I see The Help trending on Netflix. That is NOT the film we need right now. Or anytime.) The other day I saw a tweet from a teacher asking for…

The Week in Reading #imwayr 6/8/20

On the blog: A Few Reflections for White Teachers Newly Committed to Equity, Justice, and Anti-racism In reading: Clap When You Land is a verse novel told in two voices. The tragic event happens right at the beginning: a plane from New York bound for the Dominican Republic crashes, and all the passengers die. The…

The Week in Reading 5/25/20 #imwayr

I can’t recommend “We’ve Been Doing It Your Way Long Enough”: Choosing the Culturally Relevant Classroom highly enough. Written by two elementary teachers and a teacher-educator, this book is grounded in theory and full of invitations to self-reflect and begin or deepen the internal work necessary to become a teacher who is committed to anti-bias,…