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.
Spring is here, which means birdwatching season is in full swing! Ideally you have bird feeders right outside of your classroom windows so that you can easily watch your local native birds in real time. But you can also check out the live cam in Gettysburg, PA!
If you follow me on Twitter or Facebook, you have seen me share numerous Edutopia articles. I just love that site. I had stumbled upon a few of their articles in the past, but now get a weekly list of curated content based on my personal preferences.
Most of the articles are written by public school teachers and armed for that arm of education. But so many of these have nuggets of wisdom that are easily translated to or adapted for a Montessori environment. My brain often springs into action and I share them on my Twitter and my Facebook, hoping to also inspire followers and readers.
It’s easy to get lost in a rabbit hole of reading on this site, because there is so much content. But as I always say, it’s imperative for educators to constantly educate themselves. I also think it is helpful to gain the perspective of other educators. I always love it when I see someone come up with what they feel is an innovative idea, but it’s actually something that we’ve been doing for a while in Montessori already. Or they share studies that back up what we do.
They cover topics for early childhood all the way through high school and even administrative topics. I enjoy skimming through articles for all ages.
You can follow them on Twitter or on Facebook to keep up on their latest submissions. I subscribe to the newsletter and get a weekly list curated to my topic preferences, both new and archived articles. It provides a nice break from my day to read through them and then decide which ones I want to share or perhaps even comment further on.
When I had the original Montessori Writer website over 10 years ago, I created the Twitter account and Facebook page to go with it and ended up meeting a lot of wonderful people. We were all getting started online and loved sharing ideas. One of those people was Deb, the creator of Living Montessori Now. She’s going to be my first featured website on my Website Wednesdays.