February 25, 2015

Bookworm

My last post was a little heavy, so I thought I'd share two of my new favorite books about reading.  A teacher can never have too many good books up her sleeve.

 The first is The Book Monster:

 

I love this book because of the fun illustrations.  Follow a Book Monster as he eats his way through each genre.  It is perfect for younger audiences.  My two year old son will sit through this one twice.


 The second is The Incredible Book Eating Boy:

 

I found this one on a list off of pinterest. Henry loves books so much that he eats them.  As he eats he gets smarter and smarter.  Until he eats too many books and everything gets jumbled. The last couple of pages were my favorite.  A great book to introduce children to reading at the beginning of the year.  I checked it out from the library and shared it with my son.   It is probably intended for a slightly older audience. (6+)

Do you have any favorite reading books?

February 23, 2015

Colorblindness and Education

It's hard to believe it's been a year since I last wrote.  Life as a mom is a crazy, busy and thrilling adventure.  My life has shifted so much in the past couple of years. I no longer learn in a classroom, but through out every day life. I continue to frequent the library and am a voracious reader.  I look forward to the time that I can return to the classroom, but until then I do my best to keep my mind sharp.

I'm part of an excellent book club, that challenges me to read things outside of my comfort zone. It encourages me to read non-fiction in areas I would not normally choose.  This month we are reading, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness. Have any of you read it? It was written in 2010 by Michelle Alexander. Alexander is a civil rights advocate with a long history in law.

The premise of the book is that our prison system and the war on drugs are the new Jim Crow laws of our time.   It was a fascinating book and made me think back to my diversity classes at college.

One of the ladies in my group shared this video.  When I taught my class was predominantly Caucasian with a small percentage of Latino children.   I never had any disciplinary problems, but I taught younger kids.  Have you run into issues like this?




Do you have conversations about black history month? I looked at TPT and TN for resources for black history month and realized there are very few resources that highlight modern people.  Do you bring up situations like Michael Brown?  I realize that is a hot topic right now,  but I would love to hear how others are teaching about Black History Month.