2017- A Year to Use Our Literacies to Make a Positive Difference!
Our reading, writing, speaking, listening and thinking skills are used to make sense of our everyday world. How can we use them as thoughtful educators in today's classroom? How can we teach students to use them to care for themselves and for those around them?
* Thanks to the National School Reform Faculty (NSRF), the creators of Critical Friends Groups (CFG), newsletter for featuring several resources on this topic and to nycore.org.
Speaking and Listening to Make a Difference-
YES Magazine outlines 8 Strategies for Confronting Hate that teach us to utilize our speaking and listening skills to combat hate:
- Educate yourself
- Be the first to speak
- Practice being conspicuous
- Ask for help
- Find a heroic role model
- Make connections with people different from you
- Ask people what they really need
- Press the mental pause button
Critical Reading and Thinking to Make a Difference-
Teaching Tolerance provides resources for teachers to help students use critical reading and thinking strategies to read Beyond Taglines and Headlines:
Writing to Make a Difference-
On page 18 of WriteOn! Writing for Social Justice, the authors provide a collection of multi-grade level lesson plans, writing prompts, student writing, classroom activities, and other resources to encourage writing for social justice.
Upcoming Professional Learning
Find out where to locate material that can be used in the library and classroom during Black History Month. This webinar is geared toward Media Specialists, teachers, and other K-12 staff.
There are two times for this hour-long webinar. Please be sure to register and save your spot:
Disciplinary Literacies Showcase:
EMU Student Center
How to Really Prepare Students for College and Career Writing
February 11 (Saturday), 9 am – 2 pm
Join colleagues from across the disciplines and subject areas at both the secondary and college level to talk about writing—and about how we can help our students make smooth transitions across the grade levels and into the workplace
Please register for the event here.
*This workshop is free to all participants