When I was in the classroom, I thought I was working toward being more inclusive. And while I gave a good effort at the time, I now realize there is so much more that I could have done and that all of us should be doing in our classrooms and communities.
ABAR means Anti-Bias Anti-Racism. Educators who are truly working on this are working on themselves as people as well as what is being reflected and taught in the classrooms. And as one panelist said in a recent webinar I attended, if you’re in education and you’re not working toward this, then you need to get out.
It’s not an easy road to travel. It can be taxing and will leave you unsettled. But that’s kind of the point. But if you can dedicate the time and effort into doing the work, you will be a better educator and your students will benefit for a lifetime.
We just put in our first Scholastic Book Order since I took over at my new school. And in one of my Montessori educator groups, we were just discussing what some of the best nonfiction books would be for the classroom. I of course had to mention the Nat Geo Kids Books. And then lo and behold, what do I find in my inbox, but another great giveaway of them! Check out these titles and get some for your home or classroom library. Enter to win a set for yourself or to share. Best of luck entering!Continue reading “$76 National Geographic Kids Hop Into Spring Book Prize Pack #Giveaway! Ends 5/27”
As a Montessorian, you are likely concerned about social justice. You’re working to improve on yourself by recognizing your own biases and learning more about history and culture. You’re dedicated to representing ALL of the children in your classroom in the literature that you choose to share. You’re helping to mold and empower the future.
Books are an important tool for learning, both for children and adults. But how do you know which ones are the best to use? Which ones should you be reading on your own or with the kids? Social Justice Books contains multiple booklists that fit a strict criteria that will help you find appropriate books on just about any topic you can think of.
Visit the website to find over 90 curated booklists that are constantly being updated. Search by theme or topic. See a list of new contributions. Learn how to evaluate a book for anti-bias via their guide. Use this to go through the books you currently have in your children’s library.
They also have numerous other articles about why certain books are recommended – or not recommended. You can find out more about current banned books, which is unbelievably still an issue in 2023. You can also learn about the history of diversity in children’s literature to better understand where it is lacking and why we need to include it.
There are so many great resources on this site. You may fall down the rabbit hole reading everything, but you’ll also be a better person and educator for doing so.
As teachers, I feel like we are constantly struggling to make ends meet, particularly within our Montessori focus. Any time I got extra cash, I always wanted to spend it on my kids and my classroom. And of course, you should feel comfortable doing so! But I also want to encourage you to take care of yourselves and consider using this extra cash to treat yourself! Good luck!Continue reading “Fabulous Fall $100 Cash #Giveaway Ends 11/1 @TheNerdyDadRP”
Ah, August. That fresh new year smell permeates the air with so much hope and promise. For some of you, you’ve just started back wtih children in the classroom. For others, you’re just receiving your Welcome Back packets and are getting ready to prepare your environments.
I always remember feeling like the summer ran away from me after my birthday hit in July. Two weeks later, I would have my classroom packet in hand and was starting to plan, even though we didn’t go back until the end of August. It was always nice to get or do something for myself. So let me help you out! In honor of my birthday, I’m giving one winner a $15 Amazon gift card. Good luck!
If you are in the classroom, I know you have done units on dinosaurs. In fact, it’s probably one that you touch upon every school year, because it’s one of the most popular topics we ever do. And I’m sure that you have had at least one of these titles included at one point. I know I definitely had a few! Let me help you get more in your collection with this giveaway!
One of the most important things you need to do as an educator is to take care of yourself. And we all know how important it is to get a good night’s sleep. What works for you? I like essential oils, melatonin, and my weighted blanket. This giveaway is full of great products that will help you to get a good night’s sleep. And when you get a good night’s sleep, you’re a better version of yourself for those young ones. Best of luck entering! Continue reading “Sleep Well Prize Pack #Giveaway Ends 6/7 @ReposeUSA @HomeJobsByMom”
You already know that I often talk about the value of the Nat Geo Kids books both in the classroom and at home. I had these on so many different topics and loved watching the kids go through them to discover new scientific facts about the world around them. Home Jobs by Mom is doing another giveaway! These are some of the bird books in this special Feathered Friends Book Bundle giveaway. Best of luck entering and enjoy!
I read The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas last year and recently reread it and its sequel. Considering the current social justice climate, I think it is a good one for everyone to read. But if you’re a Montessorian, I think there is an extra need to do so.