1. adventuresinlearning:

    Ralph Tells a Story By Abby Hanlon

    Summery:

    Nothing ever happens to Ralph. So every day when it’s time to write stories, Ralph thinks really hard. He stares at his paper. He stares at the ceiling. But he has no stories! With the help of his classmates, Ralph realizes that a great story can be about something very little … and that maybe he really does have some stories to tell. Debut author/illustrator Abby Hanlon’s endearing text and charming watercolor and colored pencil illustrations prove that writing can be fun! This story works nicely with Lucy Calkins’ Writer’s Workshop model of teaching.

    Quite Brilliant. After reading this story today, my class was able to generate over 100 story ideas in their writing journals! Very funny with great drawing and very clever questions. It really helps students think about where stories come from, which is everywhere. Perfect for students who think they don’t have any stories to tell.  Find here

    Do you have any favorite stories about writing or what it means to be an author?

  2. adventuresinlearning:

    Mindfulness in the Classroom book series

    by Thich Nhat Hanh

    Summery:Initially designed as stretching breaks between long periods of sitting meditation, Thich Nhat Hanh’s Mindful Movements became so popular they’re now an integral part of his retreats. Based on yoga and tai chi movements, these simple, effective exercises reduce mental, physical, and emotional stress. The book Mindful Movements introduces the program to the general public. The ten routines are designed to be easily accessible and can be performed by people of all ages and all body types, whether they’re familiar with mindful practices or not. They can be done before or after sitting meditation, at home, at work, or any time the reader has a few minutes to refresh both mind and body. For those new to meditation, the exercises are an easy way to get acquainted with mindfulness as a complete, multifaceted practice. For current practitioners, the movements add a welcome physical element to a sitting meditation practice.

    This is the second book of my recommendation for teaching mindfulness in the classroom.  Find it here  and find the first book here

    -Adventures in Learning

  3. adventuresinlearning:

BRAND NEW Book!

I Am Jazz by   Jessica Herthel
Summery: 

I Am Jazz is the story of a transgender child based on the real-life experience of Jazz Jennings, who has become a spokesperson for trans kids everywhere.
From the time she was two years old, Jazz knew that she had a girl’s brain in a boy’s body. She loved pink and dressing up as a mermaid and didn’t feel like herself in boys’ clothing. This confused her family, until they took her to a doctor who said that Jazz was transgender and that she was born that way. Jazz’s story is based on her real-life experience and she tells it in a simple, clear way that will be appreciated by picture book readers, their parents, and teachers.

This new book is awesome! Glad Gender is becoming more of a nuance conversation! Great to think kids can have a book to help them feel more at home in their body! Excited to get this for our class. We are very sensitive to this in our class and we are hoping to create a community in our class that in open to any identity that students feel good about themselves.  Find it here and please support it or share it!
-Adventures in Learning

    adventuresinlearning:

    BRAND NEW Book!

    Summery:

    I Am Jazz is the story of a transgender child based on the real-life experience of Jazz Jennings, who has become a spokesperson for trans kids everywhere.

    From the time she was two years old, Jazz knew that she had a girl’s brain in a boy’s body. She loved pink and dressing up as a mermaid and didn’t feel like herself in boys’ clothing. This confused her family, until they took her to a doctor who said that Jazz was transgender and that she was born that way. Jazz’s story is based on her real-life experience and she tells it in a simple, clear way that will be appreciated by picture book readers, their parents, and teachers.

    This new book is awesome! Glad Gender is becoming more of a nuance conversation! Great to think kids can have a book to help them feel more at home in their body! Excited to get this for our class. We are very sensitive to this in our class and we are hoping to create a community in our class that in open to any identity that students feel good about themselves.  Find it here and please support it or share it!

    -Adventures in Learning

  4. diversityinya:

    6 Novels in Verse About Characters With Disabilities

    Thanks to Carli Spina at YALSA’s The Hub for permission to post her list of YA novels in verse about characters with disabilities. Read the original post here to see more about the books.

    links in Bold

  5. A Still Quiet Place: A Mindfulness Program for Teaching Children and Adolescents to Ease Stress and Difficult Emotions by Amy Saltzman MD

    Summery:

    A Still Quiet Place presents an eight-week mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) program that therapists, teachers, and other professionals can use to help children and adolescents manage stress and anxiety in their lives, and develop their natural capacities for emotional fluency, respectful communication, and compassionate action. The program detailed in this book is based on author Amy Saltzman’s original curriculum, which has helped countless children and adolescents achieve significant improvements in attention and reduced anxiety.

    One of the easiest ways to find the still quiet place within is to practice mindfulness—paying attention to your life experience here and now with kindness and curiosity. The easy-to-implement mindfulness practices in this guide are designed to help increase children and adolescents’ attention, learning, resiliency, and compassion by showing them how to experience the natural quietness that can be found within.

    The still quiet place is a place of peace and happiness that is alive inside all of us, and you can find it just by closing your eyes and breathing.

    Find it Here

    I am hoping to use some to use this book this year to help create a culture of mindfulness in our classroom. I will be sharing a number of other books on mindfulness that I hope to use in the classroom this year.

    -Adventures in Learning

  6. Books on Mindfulness for Kids
  7. 3M Peltor X-Series Over-the-Head Earmuffs, NRR 22 dB, One Size Fits Most

Product Features

Over-the-head hearing protection with Noise Reduction Rating (NRR) of 22 dB for low to moderate noise exposures
Twin headband design helps reduce heat buildup with good fit and balance
Wire headband offers comfortable pressure during prolonged usage
Earcups tilt to ensure a customized fit and comfort for individual users
Electrically insulated (dielectric) wire headband helps reduce exposure to electrical hazards



We bought a few pairs of these for our first graders. Do you have successful experience using these in your class to help with students who need help with processing or have sensory needs  in the classroom?

Love to hear your thoughts and stories using these in your classroom.

find them here. 

-Adventures in Learning

    3M Peltor X-Series Over-the-Head Earmuffs, NRR 22 dB, One Size Fits Most

    Product Features

    • Over-the-head hearing protection with Noise Reduction Rating (NRR) of 22 dB for low to moderate noise exposures
    • Twin headband design helps reduce heat buildup with good fit and balance
    • Wire headband offers comfortable pressure during prolonged usage
    • Earcups tilt to ensure a customized fit and comfort for individual users
    • Electrically insulated (dielectric) wire headband helps reduce exposure to electrical hazards
    We bought a few pairs of these for our first graders. Do you have successful experience using these in your class to help with students who need help with processing or have sensory needs in the classroom?
    Love to hear your thoughts and stories using these in your classroom.
    -Adventures in Learning
  8. jtotheizzoe:

Parrots Over Puerto Rico
Just discovered this beautiful children’s book over at Brain Pickings. It tells the story of an endangered avian species, Puerto Rico’s iguaca parrots. Once abundant, they have been in decline since the first settlers arrived from Europe, another sad victim of Earth’s most invasive species: Homo sapiens.
But instead of a tale of doom and gloom, an early obituary for another jewel of nature, this book is a species celebration, highlighting what’s great about the birds and the scientific work being done to save them. The artwork is awesome, too :)
Sure, the extinction danger is real, but isn’t ecological optimism a better call to action? Isn’t it better to highlight the incredible splendor we can work to save rather than a list of losses? 

Love this book. We had it at our library this year… beautiful! Find it here.

    jtotheizzoe:

    Parrots Over Puerto Rico

    Just discovered this beautiful children’s book over at Brain Pickings. It tells the story of an endangered avian species, Puerto Rico’s iguaca parrots. Once abundant, they have been in decline since the first settlers arrived from Europe, another sad victim of Earth’s most invasive species: Homo sapiens.

    But instead of a tale of doom and gloom, an early obituary for another jewel of nature, this book is a species celebration, highlighting what’s great about the birds and the scientific work being done to save them. The artwork is awesome, too :)

    Sure, the extinction danger is real, but isn’t ecological optimism a better call to action? Isn’t it better to highlight the incredible splendor we can work to save rather than a list of losses? 

    Love this book. We had it at our library this year… beautiful! Find it here.

  9. Invent To Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom by Sylvia Libow Martinez (Author), Gary S. Stager

    This is a great resource for any teacher who wants to create a “maker space” in their classroom or begin to incorporate Maker Space learning into your curriculum. 

    I have taken a workshop with Gary Stager and know him online (find him on twitter here. His work is really great.

    here is a summery:

    Join the maker movement!
    There’s a technological and creative revolution underway. Amazing new tools, materials and skills turn us all into makers. Using technology to make, repair or customize the things we need brings engineering, design and computer science to the masses. Fortunately for educators, this maker movement overlaps with the natural inclinations of children and the power of learning by doing. The active learner is at the center of the learning process, amplifying the best traditions of progressive education. This book helps educators bring the exciting opportunities of the maker movement to every classroom.

    Also here is a great article by the author

    Top ten ways to start with “maker education”

    -Adventures in Learning

  10. Two books on Grassroots Organizing that Every Teacher Should Read.

    Bridging the Class Divide: And Other Lessons for Grassroots Organizing

    summery:

    Again and again social change movements—on matter s from the environment to women’s rights—have been run by middle-class leaders. But in order to make real progress toward economic and social change, poor people—those most affected by social problems—must be the ones to speak up and lead.

    It can be done. Linda Stout herself grew up in poverty in rural North Carolina and went on to found one of this country’s most successful and innovative grassroots organizations, the Piedmont Peace Project. Working for peace, jobs, health care, and basic social services in North Carolina’s conservative Piedmont region, the project has attracted national attention for its success in drawing leadership from within a working-class community, actively encouraging diversity, and empowering people who have never had a voice in policy decisions to speak up for their own interests. The Piedmont Peace Project demonstrates that new ways of organizing can really work.

    Bridging the Class Divide tells the inspiring story of Linda Stout’s life as the daughter of a tenant farmer, as a self-taught activist, and as a leader in the progressive movement. It also gives practical lessons on how to build real working relationships between people of different income levels, races, and genders. This book will inspire and enrich anyone who works for change in our society.

    Collective Visioning: How Groups Can Work Together for a Just and Sustainable Future

    summery:

    In far too many organizational meetings, equal speaking opportunity seldom results in equal say. Factors such as race, class, and personal history too often inhibit open dialogue within and among groups, which can lead to a sense of disenfranchisement within the organization, and subsequently, disillusionment with the movement.
    Collective Visioning is the first visioning method to address these hurdles in the organizing process and to fully enable members to share their opinions without hesitation. Linda Stout uses her background and her own personal experience of marginalization within the organizing community to show how trainers can be more mindful of the diversity of their members as they strive toward a common goal.

    The book features a clear, actionable, step-by-step process to set up and create a welcoming space for activist leaders to collaborate for positive change. Stout details ways in which trainers should reach out to different groups, listen to and understand needs and concerns of the group, create a welcoming space for all voices, foster agreements, ensure the visibility of all members.

    Highly recommend each of these books. I have had the pleasure of working with and learning from Linda Stout. These two books changed the way I approach at my role as a teacher; my role as a community organizer and change maker.   Her approach is both straight forward and positive, focusing on giving voice and vision to new leaders and changemakers. Her work is profound and will help teachers understand how to use their role in education to help create positive change in their communities both locally and nationally.

    It is also important during the current events in #Ferguson to know how to talk to your students and families about what is happening. Also what is happening their could easily happen in your communities. The visioning method is also just a great way to thinking about approaching a student centered education. I love this work, so feel free to message me if you want to discuss it or have any questions.

    Find both books here

    -Adventures in Learning