26 Ways I Can Do More to Support the Black Lives Matter Movement

Posted October 1, 2020 by Neiman
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F is for from Racism to Non-Racism to Anti-Racism

To be antiracist is a radical choice in the face of history, requiring a radical reorientation of our consciousness. –Ibram X. Kendi, Author

The material from these websites may cause cognitive dissonance for many, but a stage that must occur if we are to move from racism to non-racism to anti-racism.

Berrett-Koehler Publishers: This website is a good place to start to examine your own beliefs with lots of resources and formats. And, there’s a bookstore and some free online learning courses. It also lists actions that range from personal to public.

National Museum of African American History and Culture: To create an equal society, we must commit to making unbiased choices and being antiracist in all aspects of our lives. These are the opening words on National Museum of African American History and Culture website. Many of us are looking for definitions of racism to deepen our understanding of racism and where we stand within a continuum.

Just the Facts: OK, this is really an interesting website. Their opening statement might push someone from racism to non-racism and maybe even to anti-racism. In any case the website provides the facts to form an informed opinion on a variety of issues.

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26 Ways I Can Do More to Support the Black Lives Matter Movement

Posted September 30, 2020 by Neiman
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E is for Educators

The paradox of education is precisely this: that as one begins to become conscious one begins to examine the society in which he is being educated.      James Baldwin, Author

As I reviewed the following websites, I couldn’t help getting excited about possible lesson plans and units, even though I’m a retired educator. I still remember getting overwhelmed with all the possibilities for new units…so explore one resource now and maybe another one later. So many ideas, so little time…

Teaching Tolerance: This is one of my favorite organizations that offers all kinds of free resources for K-12 teachers, teacher education professors, and more on a variety of current topics and issues. Teaching Tolerance is a project of the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Social Justice Books: One of the many resources offered is the review of social justice books for students and teachers.

Teaching for Change: Among the many resources for teachers and parents that are free from this organization, is also newsletter.

Do Something: Projects for youth plus lots of ideas that definitely transfer to the classroom for older students.

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26 Ways I Can Do More to Support the Black Lives Matter Movement

Posted September 29, 2020 by Neiman
Categories: Black Lives Matter, Social Justice, Uncategorized

D is for Donate

We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop.    –Mother Teresa

It’s not about the amount that is donated, it’s about the act of giving. Individuals give in a variety of ways—time, goods, and money—all of them important. During the Covid Pandemic, we have focused sending money to local food banks. While we will continue to support local food banks, I decided that I would like to give to the following organizations. My check may only be a drop in the bucket, but it may be the drop that makes the bucket overflow. Here are just a very few organizations that you might consider.

The Bail Funds: Lists local organizations by city and state. For example, in Las Vegas, Nevada, the organization is Vegas Freedom Fund and includes step by step instructions how to donate.

Black Mamas Matter Alliance: The vision of the Black Mamas Matter Alliance is to advocate, drive research, build power, and shift culture for Black maternal health, rights, and justice. They take donations online or provide an address to receive checks.

The Congressional Black Caucus: Their commitment is to get African Americans and non-white Black allies elected to the highest positions in Congress. There is a donation/contribute button on the website with step-by-step instructions how to donate.

The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. From their website: The NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund is America’s premier legal organization fighting for racial justice. Through litigation, advocacy, and public education, LDF seeks structural changes to expand democracy, eliminate disparities, and achieve racial justice in a society that fulfills the promise of equality for all Americans. There is a donation/contribute button on the website with step-by-step instructions how to donate as well as other ways to contribute.

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26 Ways I Can Do More to Support the Black Lives Matter Movement

Posted September 28, 2020 by Neiman
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C is for Children’s Books by Black Authors

“I am what I read. All the books, all the papers, all the stories. I think that’s what I’ve always been.” Walter Dean Myers, Author

I love reading and I love to give books as gifts. The daughter-in-law of a dear friend is expecting her first baby. My go-to-gifts for new babies are books. The first book listed on the Book Riot’s list of Black Children’s Books by Black Authors was Lullaby (for a Black Mother) by Langston Hughes, Illustrated by Sean Qualls. Perfect gift!

Naturally I went to Amazon to buy it, when I stopped and thought: What am I doing? I just wrote a blog about supporting Black bookstores. And, lo and behold, on my first try, I found I could order this book from Black Garnet Bookstore in Minneapolis and visit the store when we are in Minneapolis where we have family. And there, I found another book, Baby Blessings: A Prayer for the Day You Are Born by Delores Jordan (Michael Jordan’s mother) and James E. Ransome.

These children’s books are not just for Black children; they’re for all children and adults, too! Here are some websites to find quality children’s literature…to list a very few!

Book Riot: Offers multiple book lists by genre as well as a sign-up for a free newsletter with opportunities to win free books.

Huff Post: 21 Children’s Books Every Black Kid Should Read: A list of delightful books for black children and all children. A list that might be shared with colleagues, librarians, parents and guardians.

Here Wee Read: This is a rich website with a variety of resources for teachers, librarians, parents, grandparents, and guardians. And, they sell books and include a list of children’s magazines. I love this site!

Pragmatic Mom: Get inspired with these African American books for kids! Perfect for a wide range of ages to read with your child about African American culture. Includes lots of booklists by a variety of categories.

Imagination Soup: This is an awesome website for preschool and elementary teachers, parents, grandparents, and guardians. Lots of resources. I like her newsletter, too!

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26 Ways I Can Do More to Support the Black Lives Matter Movement

Posted September 27, 2020 by Neiman
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B is for Black-Owned Business and Bookstores

“By diverting your purchasing power to more Black-owned businesses, you’re not only helping to strengthen local Black economies—it can also contribute to shrinking the racial wealth gap, foster more job creation for Black people, and help to hold larger companies accountable in regard to diverse representation.”    –Dylan Hass, Reporter

Support Black-owned businesses and bookstores! Makes sense, but then I was wondering how do I find them. Then to my surprise—mostly because I never thought about it—there are online lists of Black-owned businesses and bookstores around the country. I’m bookmarking these sites to refer to when there are services, products, or books I need or want. (I do need to work on breaking the Amazon habit.)

Literary Hub: Black-Owned Independent Bookstores: This website includes Black bookstores that include online sales.

Oprah Magazine-List of Black-Owned Bookstores: I love the way Black bookstores are listed by state.

Official Black Wall Street: This website lists many services for consumers and owners.

Support Black Owned: This website makes it easy to find Black Owned businesses by state.

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26 Ways I Can Do More to Support the Black Lives Matter Movement

Posted September 26, 2020 by Neiman
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A is for Action

“An idea doesn’t exist unless you do something about it. Thought has no real living meaning unless it’s followed by action of some kind.”   –John Pitts, Artist

I was surprised to see Breonna Taylor on the cover of the September 2020 issue of O, the Oprah Magazine. It’s the first cover ever without Oprah. I started paging through the issue just to get an overview of the articles. Then I noticed on the bottom of almost every page was a red stripe with a key word and something you could do to further the cause of Black Lives Matter.

I went back to the beginning of the issue and read every red strip, making note of those things I could do. That’s when I decided I can do more. A few years ago I was inspired by the blog Compulsively Quirky written by Irene to take the A to Z Challenge—that is to write a blog for each letter of the alphabet for 26 days in a row. And I did write 26 blogs corresponding to each letter of the alphabet.

Today I am picking up the challenge again, but this time writing a blog for each letter of the alphabet that corresponds to something I can do to support the Black Lives Matter movement. So, here we go with A for ACTION!

Protests and demonstrations bring awareness to burning issues in our society, but action must follow for change to happen. The following three websites offers a variety of ways to act to fight racism. Read one or more and commit to trying one or two ideas—perhaps something you haven’t done in the past. There are big and small acts—they all count! Let me know ways you are doing more to fight racism.

NPR: 5 More Ways to Channel Anger into Action to Fight Racism. Explore this website to learn how to listen, use your voice, give, speak through your talents, and take care of yourself.

Forbes: Dear White People: Here Are 10 Actions You Can Take To Promote Racial Justice In The Workplace. If you are in the workplace, there maybe one or two actions you might consider listed in this article.

Anti-Defamation League: 10 Ways Youth Can Engage in Activism. These ten ways are not just for youth, but for all of us. One way is to write letters to organizations to call attention to bias. I can do that!

Note: In 1963, John Petts designed and created a stained glass window featuring a Black Jesus for the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama, following a racially motivated bombing that killed four little Black girls.

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Free Online Teaching Activities

Posted July 25, 2020 by Neiman
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So many teachers, instructors, and professors will find themselves teaching online during this pandemic.  Few are given any strategies or activities for engaging students online. Building a community of learners is central to student learning. As technology improves online learning platforms, it is still a challenge to build community among students.

Surviving to Thriving LjL would like to share a new product: Teaching in the New Normal: Teaching Strategies for the Online Classroom. It includes eight Getting to Know You activities and five Student Reflection activities. The platform you use determines how you might share these activities with your students and among your students.

If you have an account with Teachers Pay Teachers, go to our store, Surviving to Thriving LjL. It’s free! If you do not have an account with Teachers Pay Teachers, email us at survivingtothrivingljl@gmail.com and we will gladly email you a free copy.

Good luck to all of you and stay safe and healthy.

 

A Hungry Reader Cooks Her Way though Great Books

Posted August 31, 2017 by Neiman
Categories: Adolescent Literature, Books, Enrichment Activities Esperanza Rising, Esperanza Rising, Novelty, Reading, Uncategorized

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But the truth is that I fell in love with cooking through reading, and I learned quickly that being in the kitchen offered me the kind of peace that settling in with a good book did.  Cara Nicoletti

For those of us who love to read and love to cook, this is the book for you. Cara Nicoletti, author of Voracious, creates recipes for her favorite foods from some of her favorite books.  Nicoletti is a professional chef so some of her recipes were a bit daunting for me, but I loved reading the essays and the recipes that followed. I’m definitely going to try a few. For example, breakfast sausage from Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder and cherry pie from Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood. My sister-in-law and dear friend, Janet, put me on to this book–she too is a reader and cook!510U2mQDcfL._SX332_BO1,204,203,200_Esperanza Enrichment

In the novel, Esperanza Rising by Pam Muñoz Ryan, food plays an important role, literally and figuratively. I developed Enrichment Activities for Chapter Foods that are designed to increase students’ connection to the novel through food. It was fun to create and after reading Voracious, I will definitely look for other opportunities to include lessons around important food in novels.

Back to School…again!

Posted July 30, 2017 by Neiman
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From Surviving to Thriving

August is here! While there is still summer left, teachers everywhere start thinking about their classrooms and the opportunities that await in a new school year. There will be new teachers and administrators to meet, old colleagues to connect and celebrate with, new students to build relationships with, and new goals to set for a successful school year. It really is an exciting time!

I’ve had too many first days of school to even count, but I still get excited for that “Back to School” feeling. I’ve written many times and shared lots of advice for getting ready to go back to the classroom, or for some of you to get ready for your first classroom. Check out these previous  posts. (I didn’t realize how many I had written.) It’s good stuff!

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Back to School with Best Practice Resources

Posted July 30, 2017 by Linda C.
Categories: Back to School, Best Practice, First Days of School

August is here! While there is still summer left, teachers everywhere start thinking about their classrooms and the opportunities that await in a new school year. There will be new teachers and administrators to meet, old colleagues to connect and celebrate with, new students to build relationships with, and new goals to set for a successful school year. It really is an exciting time!

The newspaper and social media are advertising Back to School sales. It’s time to get ready.

Surviving to Thriving LjL is dedicated to providing high quality curriculum based on Best Practices for today’s classrooms. We have products for grades K-12, and we too are “throwing a sale” on TPT on August 1 & 2. Visit our store to check it out.

Our most popular products are perfect for the first days of school. Best Sellers 2017https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Surviving-To-Thriving-Ljl

 

Try our lesson plans for the First Days of School.

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