For some students, back-to-school in 2021 may be the first time they have physically been in class in well over a year. During that time away, students have had vastly different at-home experiences which have potentially impacted their mental health. How can teachers and librarians best prepare for the wide range of anxieties a return to school may bring?
I was born in Asia, in a country called Pakistan. I grew up calling myself Pakistani, as well as Asian. As a young girl, I received a global education, learning not just about my home land but also about other countries, especially Asian nations.
Growing up, I learned that Pakistan has a very unique symbolic place in Asia. It’s surrounded by India, China, Afghanistan and Iran… all different portraits of Asia, a variety of cultures and ethnicities. A myriad of peoples. Just like Asia itself.
Whenever I think about Astrid and Apollo, I can’t help but think of my childhood. Growing up, I didn’t have a lot of toys to play with, so I had to rely on my imagination. My siblings and I assembled cardboard boxes to make toy furniture. We connected chairs to create trains. Couches were hills and the dinner table was a mountain we would climb and leap from. When we landed on the floor, we waved our arms in circles and swam back and forth in an ocean of carpet.
Here are a few areas educators can explore as they guide students in learning about the Trail of Tears.
Access goes beyond being a core value for libraries. It’s the reason they exist. The idea that any student can check out a book at no cost and be trusted to return it for the next reader says something wonderful and important about our values.
Learning to read is a foundational milestone in a child’s life. Each year new research continues to show its compelling importance. Reading increases your vocabulary and writing skills, deepens your understanding and insight, expands your imagination, raises your happiness, improves your health, and even boosts your memory.
Readers of all ages know the appeal of scary stories, with plots that twist and turn, spine-tingling terrors and surprise endings. But parents, teachers, and librarians alike wonder if such fare is appropriate for children. Age-appropriate scary reads can actually be good for kids. Find out why.
The young girls and women I read about in books as a child were always white. While none of the characters looked like me or spoke any of the languages I did, I loved traveling to their worlds in my mind.
Context/sentence clues can help readers figure out the meaning of a word or words they don’t know in a story. Try this activity with students to make predictions before they read a book.