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{Being The Change} Part 3 #cyberPD

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This July we are reading and learning together around the new title 
from Sara Ahmed 



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My Thoughts and Reflections for Week 3: Chapter 5 & 6
"You have to be able to see the humanity in others before you can activate your empathy by self-identifying and making connections." (Ahmed, p.103)
Takeaways:  Sara shares two more lessons that will provide a great depth on reflection and conversation, both geared towards upper grades.Our Universe of Obligation: Naming people and groups that we feel responsibility for, those that you will be an upstander for, and how this circle may include others in certain situations. My circle was pretty tight, but I also know that it would expand and grow to include others in various situations. But I have to consider, as Sara suggests: "Are you activ…

{delightful messages of joy} #sol18

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Every evening, we take our Harley-dog for a family walk. The girls are never too excited about just walking the neighborhood. Thankfully, they are creative and fun, and figure out a way to manage the boring walk.
Some days they decide to hop on their scooters. Some days they create a game along the way full of hops, steps, and jumps -- worth points. Some days they ride their new bikes. Some days they guess and then count the number of steps until the next shade tree. Some days they roller blade.
But, tonight, they grabbed a bag of chalk. All along the sidewalks through the neighborhood they left delightful messages of joy ...

{Being the Change: Week 2} #cyberPD

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This July we are reading and learning together around the new title from Sara Ahmed 




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My Thoughts and Reflections for Week 2: A Little Late

Chapter 3: Being Candid
"We have come a long way together and I am watching  your minds and hearts grow a little stronger every day." (Ahmed, p.73)
Takeaways:  At first I thought ... social comprehension was more of a SEL approach.Now I think ... social comprehension is an inquiry approach at it's best with the students' as the curriculum and students asking the most important questions that matter to them. At first I thought ... the term microaggressions was new to me and possibly meant small hostile behaviors.Now I think ... microaggressions are happening more often than I think. And I'm just as guilty. I am trying to be more aware of …

{Being The Change: Week 1} #cyberPD

It's the 8th Annual  #cyberPD Summer Event!
Join in our #cyberPD Google+ Community to participate! We want YOU to join in the conversations!
This July we are reading and learning together around the new title from Sara Ahmed 





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My Thoughts and Reflections
"... we will give ourselves permission to create learning conditions where kids can ask the question they want to ask, muddle through how to say the things they are thinking, and have tough conversations. We will be proactive in this pursuit. Truthfully, we will not have all the answers. No one does."  (Ahmed, p.xxii)
An Introduction to Social Comprehension and Strategies to Prepare You for the Work Ahead: 
Takeaways:  This introduction was packed with so much helpful information!This is the explanation of social comprehension and beginning thinking that I needed to ground myself in the hard work to come in our classrooms and homes.Sara reminded me throughout this chapter th…

{late night writing} #sol18

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Summer months Time to enjoy A little extra freedom
To stay up later Doing what we love In slow motion
Quiet time before bed Reading another book Writing one more story
Until her eyes could No longer stay open And she rested her head
Holding her pen In place savoring Her last words ...


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This could have been me this evenin