Our Classroom Libraries Need to Reflect What It Looks Like to be a Reader | Game Changer!

Our classrooms and school libraries should evolve to meet the needs of the readers we serve. In this video, Donalyn Miller and I talk about the importance of have a school and classroom library that reflects the readers we have in our schools and our classrooms.

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We Have A Book For That | Game Changer!

Kids need both a classroom and a school library. It is what is best for them. In this video, Donalyn and I discuss how having a classroom library helps us as teachers.

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Don’t Plan the Budget, Budget The Plan | Game Changer!

Last summer, at ILA in Austin, Donalyn Miller and I sat down with a film crew to talk about our book Game Changer! Book Access For All Kids. We’ll be releases the videos one at a time over the next three weeks. You can find the first video below.

We’ll be adding to the playlist below as the videos become available.

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One Question With Author Jake Burt

Jake Burt is a fifth grade teacher and middle grade author. I loved his first book, Greetings From Witness Protection, and I am really looking forward to reading his next book The Right Hook of Delvin Verma. I asked Jake to share how his work as a teacher helps him as a writer. Be sure to answer his question at the end of the video in the comments below.

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Being the Change by Sara K. Ahmed |Video Book Talk + GIVEAWAY

I think that EVERY SINGLE TEACHER needs to read Sara K. Ahmed’s Being The Change. It is having a huge impact on my students.

Purchase the book through Indie Bound: https://www.indiebound.org/book/9780325099705

 

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Book description (from the publisher):

Topics such as race, gender, politics, religion, and sexuality are part of our students’ lives, yet when these subjects are brought up at school teachers often struggle with how to respond. How do we create learning conditions where kids can ask the questions they want to ask, muddle through how to say the things they are thinking, and have tough conversations? How can we be proactive and take steps to engaging in the types of conversations where risk is high but the payoff could be even greater?

Being the Change is based on the idea that people can develop skills and habits to serve them in the comprehension of social issues. Sara K. Ahmed identifies and unpacks the skills of social comprehension, providing teachers with tools and activities that help students make sense of themselves and the world as they navigate relevant topics in today’s society.

Each chapter includes clear, transferrable lessons and practical strategies that help students learn about a targeted social comprehension concept. From exploring identity and diversity to understanding and addressing biases and microagressions, Sara demonstrates how to address real issues honestly in the classroom while honoring and empowering students.

Dealing with social issues is uncomfortable and often messy, but you can build habitats of trust where kids and adults can make their thinking visible and cultivate empathy; where expression, identity, and social literacy matter. There is no magic formula for making the world a better place. It happens in the moments we embrace discomfort and have candid conversations.