Sunday Salon: A Round-Up of Online Reading 8/24/14

Must-read Post of the Week: Chris Lehmann argues that we can do a much better job making schools places of humane care and community.   Start of a New School Year If every teacher reflected on Justin Tarte’s 5 Questions Every Teacher Should Ask Him/Herself, school just might be a little different. Alan November urges…

Sunday Salon: A Round-Up of Weekly Reading

  Round 2 of #Nerdlution begins tomorrow. I still haven’t decided what I’m committing to for my goals, but Colby Sharp, Katherine Sokolowski, Franki Sibberson, and Chris Lehman have. While you’re waiting for the announcements of the ALA awards on Monday, check out the books Philip Stead and Erin Stead selected for their annual Phildecott…

Sunday Salon: Weekly Links

  If you’re looking for some YA recommendations, Courtney Summers has a long list full of variety.  And if that’s not enough for you, check out Novel Novice’s year-end best of 2013 list. Jimmy Casas has a wonderful post about not giving up on students. We can always do a little bit more, and sometimes…

Advanced Methods: Where Do We Go From Here?

If you’re a Buffy fan–and I hope you are!–you can read this post while playing “Where Do We Go From Here?” Because I’m thoughtful like that. “Where do we go from here?” is the theme song for the end of all of my courses for pre-service teachers. By the end of the semester, we may achieve…

Being and Becoming

Last night, we had our final Methods class. I thought Mariah was kidding when she said one of her Methods classmates had been tapped to bring tissues to our last class. But nope. Kali brought a lovely holiday-themed box that she whipped out just in time to stem the teary tide. Nikki is outraged that I’m taking her photo while…

That Little Wandering Lost Good Feeling

This week in Methods class, I’m going to read aloud one of my favorite picture books, Russell Hoban’s The Little Brute Family. The Brutes are a horrible family–crabby and cranky, they fight over everything and they are never content with what they have.  They live in misery, until one day when Baby Brute finds “a…

The Answer to Every Question

I had two experiences this week that made me think I don’t really need to teach Methods anymore, because my students have got it. First, Nikki and Reba came to my office and told me about their visit to a school full of Thugging Hards. They saw the tough exteriors that are designed to keep…