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Friday, March 6, 2020

Erasing Black Girls' Education Entitlement



After reading the article, Girlhood Interrupted: The Erasure of Black Girls' Childhood by Rebecca Epstein, Jamilia J. Blake and Thalia González (consent given from Georgetown Law Center on Poverty and Inequality), I had to take action. Just look at these alarming graphics:



As you will read in the article, the biased suspension rate of young Black girls are an extension of a prejudice mindset. As educators and librarians, we must constantly re-examine policies that affect our youth. For those unfamiliar, so many times Black students are penalized for culturally ingrained behaviors unfamiliar to authorities in charge (i.e. white leaders). Within the aforementioned article such biased behavior is defined as "adultification."



I hope you read and then share this survey I created with your Black female high and middle school students. I truly want to know how they feel in an American school system that was not designed with their future in mind. One more time, as I can't say it enough, PLEASE READ THE ARTICLE

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Craft vs. Crook

Recently, I was asked to create a lesson on teaching students how to differentiate and determine use of websites as credible online resources. I created a handy acronym (CRAFT vs. CROOK) on grading websites. I made a previous knowledge connection between "handcrafted toys" vs "mass-produced toys" via a "t-chart" checklist on the dry-erase board. Below is the word document for the lesson plan and a brief slide presentation using some of additional resources.





Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Unraveled Thread



I've never posted a thread to my blog in my life...but this thread stopped me dead in my tracks because this mother desperately wants to stop the dangerous propaganda that's consuming the minds of our young men.



Remember the 3 Rules of Propaganda:
1. To distract & manipulate you from logic.
2. To hide factual truth in clouds of corruption.
3. Toxic and destructive in the hands of government.


For a ready-made lesson on propaganda as it relates to hate symbols, please click on this Teaching Tolerance lesson!

Monday, April 15, 2019

CSK 50th Anniversary w/Crossover

This post is all about CELEBRATION and FUN!! In, honor of the Coretta Scott King Book Award's 50th Anniversary, I've taken one of their recently beloved books, the Crossover (2014), and created a game called...POETIC SHOT!

It's inspired from the one of the lessons linked on Teaching Books.

Directions: The following words are printed separately on cardstock: bounce, free, throw, pass, shot, block, rim, foul, buzzer, and dunk. The students would have to think of words to rhyme with them during the game. On the flip side of each word is printed one of Kwame's basketball rules (referenced in the link above from lessons on TB). The kids are divided into groups of 5-7 (depending on class size). They create a circle. In the center of the circle is round and empty waste basket. They pass the ball around, rhyming, until some one is without a rhyme. That person either has to take a 2-try FREE THROW shot from their position in the circle or DRIBBLE in a weaving pattern through the other players in the circle, without losing control of the ball. The last person standing is the winner and they recite the basketball rule printed on the back of the rhyming word.

Here's the visual:





The game instructions are included and here's a fun little video that provides the fun and frolic for those visual learners! Enjoy!



P.S. This is the same lesson I presented with Nick Glass at 2019 TLA Conference. There are a couple of pictures below. Also, I had to represent the CSK committee with my bright yellow, CSK shirt you can buy here!

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Black History Jeopardy

In an effort to self-improve, I created a better representation for Black History Month...especially after watching some SNL Black History Jeopardy. I hope you enjoy my version more than SNL.



I found the template here. As a footnote, I created this game using the template in Microsoft PowerPoint. However, I saved it as a PowerPoint Show and then converted it into video. I found the ease to use directions here.