Carrie Gelson wrote one of my favorite posts this week celebrating her rich reading life and the ways that she shares that life with her students.
Chris Lehmann collects resources from many different educators on Teaching about the Jordan Davis Murder. I really appreciate all the educators who contributed to this post, and I plan to use some of the ideas next week in class.
Katherine Sokolowski reflects on the legacy of Don Graves, notes that even now workshop classrooms are not the norm (in six years of teaching pre-service teachers, I have worked with only one student who has observed a workshop classroom and none who have experienced such classrooms in their own education) and concludes that teachers have to stand up in our schools and our districts for what we know is right for our students.
This is an older post I came across this week: The Blue Door shares his brilliant classroom redesign.
Malinda Lo analyzes diversity in the books on the new Best Fiction for Young Adults list. Spoiler alert: it’s really disappointing. As Lo points out, librarians are the gatekeepers for many teen readers: they have a real opportunity to recognize, honor, and promote diverse books.
I’ll be sharing this interview with Zetta Elliott about diversity in children’s lit in Children’s Lit and Adolescent Lit.
Beth Revis asked several authors why diversity is important. I especially liked Alaya Dawn Johnson’s response.
This post is from last year, but I was pleased to find an interview with Eric Gansworth, whose YA novel, If I Ever Get Out of Here, I’m reading right now.