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Kindred Spirits

Kindred Spirits is a new teacher-led blog series from Share My Lesson that offers an opportunity for educators and school staff to gather in the exchange of ideas, resources, stories and lessons pertaining to human rights education and students’ social and emotional growth. 

There seems to be a point during the first day of my writing classes where I stare at a sea of faces. Most of them are static with a dull-glazed, apathetic “I know I have to be here, but I’m not exactly thrilled” look about them.

As the mom of a tween, and as a middle school teacher, I’m all too aware of the media representation of girls and women and the impact it has on fragile adolescents’ self-esteem. Objectification, body shaming, and glorification of thigh gaps and jutting collar bones should not be the purview of 13-year-olds, but there is no doubt that these issues impact them daily. What can we do about the onslaught of images that face our daughters, and how can we arm them with the information that will free them from these narrow constraints?

Wisewire

If you’re asked to describe camouflage, your first thought may be of an animal blending into its surroundings. Something that is otherwise hard to spot without sudden movement. Assessment writers assume the arduous task of camouflaging the correct answer, or key, into a set of incorrect choices, or distractors. On formative or summative assessments, a poorly camouflaged answer choice is an outlier. Your students will spot these and gravitate toward them like the school bus at the last bell.

Kindred Spirits

Are you a Kindred Spirit? If so, you’ve found your people.

Amber Chandler

Three Small Shifts for a Better Classroom Climate

By Amber Chandler

April Brown

It is drilled into us from childhood, sometimes explicitly, sometimes not, that failure is bad.  No one wants to be a failure, fail a test, or fail to live up to live up to expectations. 

Wisewire

On an average day, a teacher asks upwards of 400 questions, and that doesn’t even count the written assessments. Have you ever wondered if you’re asking the right questions?

Listenwise

In the aftermath of recent global electoral developments, it’s clear that the way we interpret and synthesize news is important. 

Cleary Vaughan-Lee

Teaching What Unites Us: The Values of Democracy

by Cleary Vaughan-Lee

Amber Chandler

As a teacher, my new year is really in September, and I always treat it that way, with resolutions to go along with my school supplies. I think most teachers are like that, and students too.

Hour of Code

Bring computer science to any classroom or school. Start with an Hour of Code!

Written by Renee Jain, Chief Storyteller at 

Ali Michael

“What should I say to my students after the election, if Trump wins?” a principal asked me recently.  Good question.  What should we tell our children?