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August 14, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo

Guest Post: Can an eighty-year old bull be a modern social justice warrior?


Editor’s Note: Thanks to Megan M. Allen for facilitating this guest post by Brett Bigham. I’m adding it to The Best Teacher Resource Sites For Social Justice Issues.

Brett Bigham is the 2014 Oregon State Teacher of the Year and a recipient of the NEA National Award for Excellence in Education. In 2015 he was given the Teacher Role Model of the Year Award by the NEA LGBT Caucus and is an NEA Global Fellow for both 2015 and 2018. He creates “Ability Guidebooks” to assist people with autism to get out into the world. Follow him @2014ORToy.

How can a children’s picture book from 1936 be included in one of the most socially progressive booklists of modern times?

Easily. Let me explain.

I’m talking about The Story of Ferdinand (and the fact you know who he is shows why this book deserves it’s spot on the NNSTOYSocial Justice Booklist).

Ferdinand was a creature of peace who shied away from bullrings for his quiet meadow life.  And yet, despite his quiet attitude, he was truly the bull who roared. In 1938, two years after its publication, it outsold Gone With the Wind as the top-selling book. Ferdinand has remained popular ever since and has become a shared cultural experience for generation after generation of Americans.

That’s why I say he is the bull who roared. Everyone has heard his message.

Ferdinand has also become a staple for educators teaching social justice. He speaks up through the decades to that common thread running through most social justice books. We all are different. We have the right to be unique. Teachers spend great time and effort to make sure students learn these valuable lessons.

This week the National Network of State Teachers of the Year (NNSTOY) stepped up with a roar of its own, with the support of the University of Phoenix. The NNSTOY Social Justice Booklist, edited by NNSTOY President and CEO Katherine Basset, NNSTOY Director of Communication Laurie Calvert, and myself, has brought together State Teachers of the Year and State Teacher of the Year Finalists from all over the country who are sharing their tried and true go-to texts for opening up student conversations about social justice. This list was created by some of our country’s most award-winning teachers to share their best practice with other teachers, parents, and anyone who cares about social justice.

There are books new and old. You will recognize many of the titles on the list, having flashbacks to your own school experiences. You will also be slightly surprised to realize that so many of these titles hold cherished and important moments in your childhood. How many of us learned the cruelty of man from Anne Frank? How many generations have grown from Hamlet’s tragedies?

The Booklist brings together those classics with some of modern literature’s most captivating and forward-thinking role models. These are books that our modern students will relate to as peers and learn from as cultural icons. Dr. Martin Luther King is still giving his “I Have A Dream Speech” and Ruby Bridges is still climbing those stairs for the first time in their biographies. But

Malala Yousafzai is a peer of your students and her journey is playing out live. This Booklist brings together the past and present of real people along with the vast imaginings of amazing authors and illustrators.

It is my hope that every teacher in the country keeps a copy of this list in their classroom. And NNSTOY and the University of Phoenix have made this possible, offering it free online.

Check it out now. It’s time to help our students find their own roar as they learn more about social justice.

August 14, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo

Five Most Popular Posts Of The Week

Here’s the latest edition of this regular feature . These are the posts appearing this blog that received the most “hits” in the preceding seven days (though they may have originally been published on an earlier date).

You might also be interested in Most Popular Posts From This Blog In 2017 – So Far; Tenth Anniversary Of This Blog — What Have Been My Most Popular Posts? (Part One) and Part Two: Tenth Anniversary Of This Blog — What Have Been My Most Popular Posts?

Here are this week’s top posts:

1.Video: “Voyager 2’s 11 billion mile journey at a human scale”

2. Answers To “What Do You Do On The First Day Of School?”

3. “Writing Sparks” Could Be A Useful Online Writing Tool

4. Check-out The #CharlottesvilleCurriculum

5. The Best Sites For Learning About The World’s Different Cultures

August 14, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo

The Best Resources For Planning “Learning Stations” – Please Add More

Learning stations, also called interactive stations, usually involve small groups of students rotating through several “stations” in different parts of the classroom and completing various activities at each one.

Here are some useful related resources (please suggest more):

Using Stations to Engage Secondary Students: 3 Ways to Incorporate Movement Into Learning is from Literary Maven.

Create Small Learning Communities with the Station Rotation Model is from Catlin Tucker.

Using centers to differentiate for English learners is from Multi-Briefs.

Student-Led Learning Centers in Secondary Classrooms is from ASCD.

Literacy Centers for Multilingual Students is from the Teaching Channel:

Literary Analysis Through Interactive Stations is from The Teaching Channel:

August 14, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo

Coming Soon – A New Season Of “Classroom Q & A” Radio Shows – Here’s Where You Can Listen To Previous Ones

A new season of my ten-minute online radio shows, Classroom Q & A, will start in about a month.

In the meantime, you can freely access all of the many previous shows at All My BAM Radio Shows – Linked With Descriptions.

They’ve become quite popular with over 60,000 downloads each month.

Of course, these shows accompany my Education Week Teacher column of the same name, which will also start a new season at the same time. You can see a list of those categorized columns here.

August 14, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo

Taking A Break….

I’ll be taking a “blog break” for the next ten days or so.

However, that doesn’t mean that there won’t be posts appearing here. Most of them will be highlighting the “best” posts from the past six months, and there will probably be a few others. But those will be scheduled automatically, and I won’t be moderating and approving any comments during that time, either.

I’ll be somewhat active on Twitter during that time, but no where near my usual level. But don’t expect any rapid email responses.

See you in a week-and-a-half!

August 13, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo

“Hyper” Gives You A Quick Survey Of The Web

Hyper is a new site that provides a daily listing of the top (though I’m not really sure how the determine which ones they include) stories from major online sites, including news sources. It’s also not clear to me how often they’re refreshed.

But I do like the fact that they appear relatively selective and list everything on one (very long) page.

In some ways, it’s a very trimmed-down version of the bloated AllTop site that tries to share everything from everybody.

I doubt that students would find Hyper interesting or useful, but teachers might want to periodically scan it to see if they find something useful….

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