I always enjoy Betsy Bird’s Video Sunday posts, but I have to confess that I’m mostly linking to this one because I think everyone should watch this week’s off-topic video, Dogs Breaking Up Cat Fights! It’s every bit as awesome as you might imagine. Dogs to the rescue!
Wondering what to read next? Betsy Bird’s Caldecott/Newbery prediction post has some good recommendations. I can’t wait for the new Rebecca Stead.
If I could persuade my pre-service teachers to give up just one pernicious classroom practice, it would be teaching the whole-class novel.
One of the most important and easiest ways to improve our teaching? Ask ourselves if what we’re doing passes the authenticity test.
The Lee & Low Blog has a thought-provoking post on why we need to share sad and dark books with children (plus reading recommendations of course).
Shawna Coppola shares 10 Texts That Will Get Teachers Writing. A couple of my own personal favorites are on this list, especially the Amy Krouse Rosenthal.
Amanda has a thoughtful post on why blog and why tell our stories–both good and bad.
Devin Mitchell’s photographs of war veterans are devastating.
Rachel Garlinghouse despairs over a world where people think it’s okay to call her two-year-old son a “cute little thug.”
Rosebelle’s Blog has a post that’s a must-read for everyone despairing over that same world: I Never Knew How White I Was Until I Had a Black Child.