My College Students Act Like Third Graders

I did it. I started my second blog. Here’s my first post on, The Classroom Curator. I won’t be getting in the habit of reblogging my own posts; but this is the first post, so I wanted to give it a proper introduction.

The Classroom Curator

11:57 p.m.

It’s true. They act like third graders. I’m okay with that though, as long as they grow out of it by the time they enter college. Friday evenings usually provide me with a burst of classroom ideas. Don’t know why that is. Friday seems like the mostly likely time of the week, in which I’d be plum out of classroom inspiration. However, Fridays, post dusk, is when my creative gears spin. It may be due to the reflection that occurs during my Friday commute home. ‘Didn’t finish as much writing as I wanted them to. I yelled too much, today. Mondays I’m calm. Fridays I’m not. That’s not fair to them.’ Reflections like that, probably influence my Friday evening inspiration spurts.

Tonight’s spurt is this: Strunk and White’s Elements of Style in the classroom! That’s what we need. It can’t hurt to introduce it to third graders. My…

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Yes, Comics Can Empower Black Girls!

Fledgling

I’m thrilled that comics scholar Qiana Whitted took the time to write this amazing guest post—enjoy and please share!

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aya001It is unlikely that anyone who reads comics regularly will be surprised by Zetta Elliott’s answer to the question posed in her January 6, 2014 post, “Do Comics Empower Black Girls?” She’s doubtful, and understandably so, given the hypersexualized objectification of women that dominates superhero comics. Nevertheless, comics can tell deeply rewarding, complex stories about black women that affirm their intelligence, compassion, strength, and beauty on multiple visual and verbal registers. So I come away from the question with a different response, not only as someone who studies race and comics, but also as a black girl who has found much to love in a comic book!

Let’s be clear, though, about the term “comics.” Critics often take issue with the depiction of women in superhero titles produced by Marvel…

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S.T.E.A.M.ing Up Afrofuturism at The Studio Museum in Harlem

Renegade Futurism

As a moderator for the Enlightenment, Strange Mathematics & Rhythmic Equations panel at The Studio Museum in Harlem I am tasked with generating questions for the panelists. Here’s the museum’s description:

Conceived in dialogue with the exhibition The Shadows Took Shape, this panel discussion will be moderated by Nettrice Gaskins, Ph.D. candidate and researcher at Georgia Tech’s Experimental Game Lab (EGL) (part of the Digital Media program at the School of Literature, Communication and Culture), and features artists Coco Fusco, Jacolby Satterwhite and Saya Woolfalk, whose works are included in the two exhibitions currently on view at the Studio Museum, The Shadows Took Shape and Radical Presence: Black Performance in Contemporary Art. The program will introduce artists and their works in relationship to “STEAM” (science, technology, engineering, art, math) education. Presentations and discussion will explore topics such as fractal geometry, quantum physics and symmetry, and how…

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COLORLINES: A NEW RACIAL JUSTICE MOVEMENT?

I choose picture books, for my classroom, that support this kind of mentality. Thanks for reading The Picture Book Pusher.

BEAUTIFUL, ALSO, ARE THE SOULS OF MY BLACK SISTERS

The Return of Direct Action

It’s not just Trayvon. From immigrant rights to voter ID, young, Obama-era organizers have turned up. Dani McClain reports.

Building a New Racial Justice Movement

Rinku Sen writes that harnessing the new activist energy that will be witnessed at this weekend’s March on Washington takes more than putting the word “new” in front of “civil rights movement.

Stop and Frisk, South Asians and Kal Penn’s Tweets

When the actor tweeted support for NYPD’s policy, South Asian leaders responded with a clear rebuttal–and Penn agreed.

A Tale of Two (or Three) Marches in Washington, D.C. Brentin Mock hashes out the who, what and when of the March on Washington anniversary events.

Still Marching for Jobs The economic justice demands of the 1963 March on Washington remain unmet, writes Imara Jones.

‘Lee Daniels’ The Butler’ and the History of Black Work at the White House A look…

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Fear & Opportunity: How education can respond to digital natives

Amazingly well written, highly insightful, and relevant article, about how we as teachers educate, or don’t educate, students on using technology to learn. – The Picture Book Pusher

Sullivan Leadership

Many teachers have a real fear that students in the classroom are more tech savvy and process information differently than the teacher. Flat out terrifying for many teachers. I get it, as a teacher you are the captain of the ship steering the ship through the treacherous waters of adolescence. The captain must be master of his/her domain. Technology represents a mild form of mutiny with its allure of distraction and dissidence. Here’s my question does a ship captain fear a crew member who has spent more time on a boat than the noble captain? – I don’t know, depends.

The Marc Prensky’s term digital native has become somewhat popular, speaking to the gap in society between those who grew up before the most recent boom in the availability of technology and those who grew up during. While the term speaks to the acquisition of knowledge as well as the mastery of technology, digital immigrants (most adults) tend to just focus on the…

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Using Children’s Books to Teach About Love and Belonging

Yes to all of this!

the open book

Guest blogger Katie Cunningham is an Assistant Professor at Manhattanville College. Her teaching and scholarship centers around children’s literature, critical guest bloggerliteracy, and supporting teachers to make their classrooms joyful and purposeful. Katie has presented at numerous national conferences and is the editor of The Language and Literacy Spectrum, New York Reading Association’s literacy journal. 

We know love when we see it. The best mornings I have as a parent are when I see love between my sons. Moments like when my one-and-a-half year old spontaneously hugs my four year old, and he hugs him back. The best mornings I had as a teacher were when I saw love between my students. When a second grader high-fives a classmate for taking a risk with a math problem or when a student sits by someone at lunch who looks alone. As a parent and an educator, I am always on the…

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