Tuesday, January 19, 2016

A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words: Teacher's Plight in Detroit

I've joined a blog linky to help make everyone aware of horrific conditions of Detroit Schools. Please read on and don't forget to read the posts from teachers all over the country who are with Detroit in spirit.

A picture is worth a thousand words. I'm going to show through images the deplorable conditions that Detroit children have to deal with each day that they go to school.  I believe that this quote says it all, the dedicated teachers are taking the first step to help improve conditions so that they can do what they know best and that is to teach. We all need to show our support. 

These images were taken by Detroit teachers. It is just appalling.
Research has proven that mold can be deadly. It's not only found here, but you can find it all over the school. Would you want to send your child here?

Imagine, mushrooms found in a school.

How about this for breakfast?  Moldy pastry!

What about walking on this?

or this!!!

 Toilets have leaked into pre-school classrooms.

Looks like children with disabilities don't need a toilet seat.

Teacher's bathroom. I wouldn't want to work here, would you?

One of the many classrooms catching water from leaking roofs when it rains.

No wonder these students look bored. I wouldn't want to be here. Very sad!

Look at this hallway, disgusting, huh!

We need to march behind these caring educators and let them know that we are on their side. Please sign this petition to tell those in charge that they need to do something and the time is now!





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Sunday, January 10, 2016

Let's Celebrate the Life of Martin Luther King Jr.

As a child of the 60’s I remember so vividly that fateful April day in 1968 when Martin Luther King Jr. was brutally gunned down by James Earl Ray. I remember sitting by the television set, just horrified by what I had just witnessed. Thoughts kept racing through my mind about our freedom, I just couldn’t understand why such a heroic person was dead because he had “a dream.” When Bobby Kennedy was murdered in June of that year, again I sat with disbelief as I watched his assassination, live, on the television. Their deaths as well as the killing of John F. Kennedy in November of 1963 were the turning points in our lives. I felt enraged that these things could happen in our day and age.

 In January,  we remember Martin Luther King Jr. and what he stood for. Equal rights, de-segregation, tolerance of other races are essential especially now-a-days with so much persecution of human beings.

It is so important to stand in another’s shoes and feel what they have felt. The old adage "one picture is worth a thousand words," is so true, you can discuss racial injustices, but to actually see a film about it will bring it to life. An excellent flick that will get this point across to your students is Selma.  After viewing it, have an open discussion about it. Have the children role play different people from the film, such as Dr. King, Coretta King, a black/white civil rights marcher, a black person living then, Annie Lee Cooper, President Lyndon B. Johnson, etc. Finally, have them write a paper from the perspective of one of the characters they encountered in the film. 

I’ve just finished a Martin Luther King Jr. History and Literacy Bundle with many activities that you can use with your 5-8 grade classes. Here is a study guide with historical facts about him.
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No Prep Martin Luther King Literacy Activities


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Saturday, January 02, 2016

Did You Know that Writing New Year's Resolutions is Ancient History?

Did you know that writing New Year’s Resolutions dates back to around 4000 years ago?

At the beginning of the new year, the Babylonians made promises to their gods to return borrowed items and to pay off their debts.  Back then, the new year didn’t begin onJanuary first, it started in mid-March because that’s when spring begins and crops are planted.  It was important for them to keep their promises and please their gods so that the crops would grow and they would have a good harvest.  The Babylonians believed that an angry god would cause hardships and they didn’t want to take the chance so they made sure to keep their resolutions.

This practice was carried over to the Romans who offered resolutions of good behavior to their god Janus who represented “beginnings and endings. “ Janus looked back at the old year and forward to the new. 

During Medieval times, the knights started their year by taking the “peacock vow,” which
acknowledged their commitment to chivalry.  The Christians  understood the first day of the new year was to be spent pondering their past mistakes and vowing to improve during the next year. The majority spent the night praying and making these promises at their Watchnight Services.

There are other parallels found throughout the world. One example cais in the Jewish religion. During the Jewish New Year of Rosh Hashanah, and  Yom Kippur or Day of
Atonement, they are to think about their wrong doings and hope for forgiveness of these sins.

Now-a-days, we make promises to ourselves, rather than to the gods. Though many of us have the best intentions, we rarely are able to keep our resolutions. Perhaps because we know that the gods won’t punish us for our failure..

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With this in mind. I’ve created a  No Prep New Year’s Resolution Writing Activity for Middle School.  A great way to start to begin the first few days of the new year with yourstudents.   If they make resolutions that they know they can keep, they will feel as if they've accomplished something throughout the year.


I just can’t believe it’s  2016 already. The past year just flew by.  I’m linking up with Mrs. Beatties Classroom for a look back at 2015.

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