What does Math have to do with being a Courageous Ally?

What does Math have to do with being a Courageous Ally?

In this inspiring article, Glennon Doyle Melton describes what she learned about her son’s math teacher and the secret math that was going on ever since Columbine…

http://momastery.com/blog/2014/01/30/share-schools/

Here are some great ideas about how you can be a pro-active courageous ally in your classroom and encourage the kind of connection that builds community and attachment, not violence and detachment.

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Tattling got you down?

Every teacher of Elementary-age teacher knows what a nuisance tattling can be!  How do we take the proper steps to encourage students to communicate for themselves and take personal responsibility, while ensuring that our students feel comfortable telling us when someone is doing something unsafe or bullying them?

The following articles have some excellent suggestions:

http://www.babycenter.com/0_tattling-how-to-nip-it-in-the-bud_66622.bc

http://breezymama.com/2010/06/21/tattle/

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Link Spotlight: Mind Shift

Link Spotlight: Mind Shift

Interested in the future of education and learning?  MindShift is a blog with a lot of interesting articles on what’s new.

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Description: “Launched in 2010 by KQED and NPR, MindShift explores the future of learning in all its dimensions, covering cultural and technology trends, innovations in education, groundbreaking research, education policy, and more. The editor is Tina Barseghian. Get in touch by sending an email to MindShift [at] KQED [dot] org.”

Hacking School

Logan LaPlante is one 4C youth with a lot of big ideas about what he wants from his education and life, most of which revolves around something not taught in school very much: how to be happy and healthy. Check out this video for a little inspiration on what young people are capable of with support and empowerment.

Link Spotlight: Creative Resistance

Link Spotlight: Creative Resistance

Check out this website for great ideas and inspiration from around the world on activist art and creativity in service of progress and social justice!  Browse by cause or by artistic medium, with works in music, visual art, animation, puppetry, poetry, performance art, and more!

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Description:  

“Launched in February, 2014, Creative Resistance was started with the goal of promoting and supporting activist art. Creative Resistance is a place for artists to share their work and for everyone to be inspired.

Our home page is a Pinterest-style poster board providing a daily stream of activist art. You’ll see pictures of puppets, protest signs and other visual art, along with embedded videos of music and performance art. Our art groups page lists activist art groups around North America to help you connect and participate locally.

We also have a news blog where we report on current happenings within the activist art world. Our site is constantly expanding. If you have other ideas or you would like to get involved, please contact us.

And don’t forget to submit your own art as we are constantly adding new content. Come back often to see the latest posts, and to share, pin and tweet them. By doing so you are supporting the individual artists as well as the movement for social and political change!

Creative Resistance is a project of PopularResistance.org.”

As Lindsay Palmer said, this website is “as though made just for us!” Thanks for sharing, Lindsay!