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,…

The Week in Reading #imwayr 5/18/20

It was a really busy week with the summer semester starting, so I didn’t read very much, but everything I finished was a five-star read. I’m not sure I’ve ever read a poetry collection where every single poem speaks to me in some way, where I legit love every single poem in the book. Even…

Things I Wish I Loved But Don’t: Slice of Life #sol20

This topic came from a suggestion on Shawna Coppola’s blog. running puppies staying up late parties public speaking corn e-reading house cleaning tempeh sewing summer fireworks paperwork mashed potatoes camping meditation electric blankets lined notebook paper What are some things you wish you loved but don’t?