Sunday Six: Six Must-Read Articles from the Past Week #sundaysix #linksilove

I’ve decided to revive one of my old blog series under a new title. I consume ridiculous amounts of the Internet each week, and The Sunday Six will curate six articles that I think are worth sharing from my reading over the past week.

Antero Garcia argues that we need to stop focusing on the tools of teaching remotely and start focusing on the “actual substance of what’s at the core of a classroom”.

If your district is mandating education that’s bad for kids (and teachers), Alex Shevrin Venet offers Some Thoughts on Pushing Back and Speaking Up (including helpful language you can use to share your concerns.)

Sara Tramp shares a list of 11 Unique Ways to Stay Connected While Apart. Some of these you’ve thought of, but I bet at least a couple will be new.

Will Oremus has a thought-provoking theory that makes a lot of sense about What Everyone’s Getting Wrong about the Toilet Paper Shortage.

Ibram Kendi explains why it’s so essential that we track the racial data of how the coronavirus is impacting people of color.

Finally, a Twitter thread that’s making me really happy is the Getty Museum’s challenge to recreate a work of art using the people and objects you have at home. Definitely worth falling down the Internet rabbit hole for this one.

8 thoughts on “Sunday Six: Six Must-Read Articles from the Past Week #sundaysix #linksilove

  1. I dove headfirst into your post. Thanks for this. I’m especially drawn to the Alex Shevrin Venet post. I’m feeling very discouraged. I was smashed like a bug because I was trying to connect with my students. Our district has gone overboard on the equity issue and answered it by providing Nothing! Words fail.

    • Oh Margaret, that’s so disappointing. Connecting with our students and offering care are the most important things teachers can be doing right now. I am mystified by what I’m seeing in numerous districts where equity issues are being interpreted to mean we should do nothing, be completely hands-off, disappear from students’ lives. We do not need computers to connect, though it does make it easier. How in the world is hands-off meeting our students’ needs?? Words definitely fail!

  2. My district has been hands off since March 13 because of “equity,” and only today were we allowed to start regular meetings with kids again. So discouraging. But, on the other hand, at least my district found some ways to make sure that every family had technology and that our special needs, language learners, and gifted kids could all receive the appropriate services in our very improvised and modified classrooms. We’ve been told to expect that school closures here will be extended until June 15, which is the end of our school year. At least now we can teach! I was so happy to see my 6th graders faces today (and my son’s 4th grade class too! There’s been a lot of Zooming around here.)

    • I am glad you are able to meet with kids again. I don’t think kids particularly need assignments right now, but they absolutely need connection with their teachers! I’m impressed that your district is trying to address the learning needs of the students who receive services. I am hearing so much from my friends who aren’t teachers about IEPs being completely disregarded and parents discouraged (sometimes not very politely!) from modifying the work their child is getting, which is so troubling.

  3. Oh- I got so excited by the Getty Challenge link yesterday that I immediately started going through it and planning. I made my family reconstruct art after dinner. My husband (both an artist and an architect) and I were really into it, but I think our poor boy was slightly bemused. (He still posed for a statue of Hercules though!)

      • It is truly hilarious. I will try to figure out a way to work our terrifying pictures into poetry somehow. I’ve taken a few days off because grades are due Monday and my district has changed our online rules and parameters three times in the last week. Something had to give, and it was poetry. And sleep.

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