Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult. This was a re-read for me. I picked it up again after quite a few years when I overheard a teacher talking about it in the hallway. I remember how much this book created my love for all things Picoult and knew it would be a great way to pass the time over winter break. It was as good as I remember – an interesting look at a school shooting and the elements at play. One of the reasons I love this book is it makes you think about the shooter’s family, in a way that you might not have before. When someone behaves monstrously, who is to blame?
I am Malala by Malala Yosafzai
I have finally started the memoir, and I am enjoying it so far. It is an interesting look into a world that I know very little of and one that is often only highlighted in certain ways through the media. I am taking this one slowly and just reading little by little.
Articles that I particularly enjoyed:
- “All Teachers Should be Trained to Overcome Their Hidden Biases” by Soraya Chemely – posted on time.com on February 12,2015. This is a really interesting discussion of the dangers facing both boys and girls in school when teachers don’t stop to examine their hidden bias. Wouldn’t it be amazing if we actually took the time to video our lessons once in awhile and examined our own teaching for potential bias? New Years Resolution, perhaps.
Some of my student blog posts this week:
- “How to Solve the IS Issue” by chrisx12
- “Most Overrated Beauty Products of 2015” by Kaitlin864
- “3 Projects to Start this Year” by KK052920
- “KITH Treats (Cereal Bar) Review” by eugtheo
- “The Effect of Light” (Photography tips) by lifesethics