Using young adult literature to explore adolescent identity Everybody has a story. These stories comprise the events in our lives that intersect in complicated and uniquely beautiful ways to shape our perceptions and general outlook of the world. They demonstrate our strengths and vulnerabilities, they humanize our experiences, and allow us to empathize with others.
Trade books and classroom activities help students see the positive impact one person can have Change. A six-letter word bandied around a lot. Politicians use the word every election cycle to argue for the need of the electorate to select new leaders. In a democracy, change means so much more. Citizens have the ability to
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Using children’s literature to explore “rich” representations and purposeful tools in mathematics “Everything seems cheap—when was this book made?” asked one student as we embarked on an activity to engage students in a meaningful exploration focused on mathematical modeling and connections using the children’s literature book, Alexander, Who Used to Be Rich Last Sunday (Viorst 1978). In
Helping students draw meaning and demonstrate skills in discussing thematic elements Teaching literacy skills through the story of Anne Frank has evolved for me—I’ve learned so much through my students and what they like in the music world! Their creativity and insights show academic progress, but even more importantly show me their middle school selves—feelings
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Classroom strategies for using literature to help students with daily struggles It didn’t take long to realize Marissa was not going to be focused on the day’s lesson. Shortly after arriving in class, she took her seat, placed her head in her hands, and started crying. She shared that her best friend had betrayed her.
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Building community, reading comprehension, and student leadership Tying shoes. A simple activity that’s typically performed one or more times daily. Once people learn how to tie shoes, they can do so almost without thinking. One of my favorite activities to do with teachers and students is to teach them how to tie their shoes in
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