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5 Minute Changemaker: Track Every Penny (for at Least a Month)

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on September 19, 2016 | Filed under Humane Connection

by Marsha Rakestraw $300 on meals out. $50 for your caffeine buzz. A new shirt. The book you have to have (and then never read). In our super-sonic consumer culture focused on instant gratification and… More

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Start Your Classroom’s School Year with a Solutionary Lens

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on September 1, 2016 | Filed under Humane Connection

  by Marsha Rakestraw Infusing humane education into classrooms can happen year-round, but how teachers set the stage at the beginning of the year significantly influences the rest of the year. Especially for new teachers,… More

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5 Minute Changemaker: Speak the Good in Others

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on August 25, 2016 | Filed under Humane Connection

by Marsha Rakestraw My 4th grade teacher, Mrs. Leddy, had us students do something that I have never forgotten. She called it a “car wash.” Every week one of us would be the “car,” and… More

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5 Minute Changemaker: Break the Habit of Mindless Habituation

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | 2 Comments | Published on August 11, 2016 | Filed under Humane Connection

by Marsha Rakestraw You know how you’re lying in bed listening to the urban surf outside, and pretty soon you don’t even notice it? Or how we all ignore car alarms? Or how our eyes… More

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Altruism: The Power of Compassion to Change Yourself and the World

by Matthieu Ricard

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on August 1, 2016 | Filed under Books, Citizenship & Community, College/Adult, Language Arts, Media & Culture, Psychology, Resources, Science, Social Studies/History

Altruism: The Power of Compassion to Change Yourself and the World by Matthieu Ricard (864 pgs) is a remarkable piece of literature that deeply encourages us to examine ourselves, delves in to what altruism is,… More

¿Qué Caracteriza a Una Persona Humana?

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on July 21, 2016 | Filed under Animal Protection, Citizenship & Community, Elementary, Environmental Protection, Human Rights, Language Arts, Lesson Plans/Activities, Resources, Social Studies/History, Spanish

¿Cuáles son las cualidades más deseables e indeseables de los seres humanos? Utilicen ejemplos de historias y fotografías para ayudar a los estudiantes a identificar nuestras mejores (y peores) cualidades y cómo podemos fomentar más… More

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Let’s Help Each Other Awaken From the Fog of Culture

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | 4 Comments | Published on June 6, 2016 | Filed under Humane Connection

by Marsha Rakestraw The other day my husband and I were discussing our frustration with the human race. Nearly everywhere we looked (online and around our community), we saw cruelty, destruction, oppression, and casual indifference…. More

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How Online “Filter Bubbles” Are Influencing Your Reality (video)

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on June 4, 2016 | Filed under Humane Connection

by Marsha Rakestraw “There is no standard Google anymore.” In his TED talk, Eli Pariser talks about an invisible shift that’s happening online that can hinder our pursuit of democracy and meaningful citizenship: invisible algorithmic… More

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Beware Online “Filter Bubbles”

by Eli Pariser

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on May 29, 2016 | Filed under Citizenship & Community, College/Adult, High School, Media & Culture, Media Literacy, Middle School, Politics & Democracy, Psychology, Resources, Social Studies/History, Videos/Movies

In his TED talk (9:04 min), Eli Pariser talks about an invisible shift that’s happening online that can hinder our pursuit of democracy and meaningful citizenship: invisible algorithmic editing of the web. Pariser notes that… More

Heroes & Enemigos

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on May 24, 2016 | Filed under Citizenship & Community, College/Adult, Elementary, High School, Language Arts, Lesson Plans/Activities, Middle School, Resources, Social Studies/History, Spanish

A menudo se nos dice que debemos buscar heroes, que podemos acudir a ellos en busca de inspiración. ¿Que tan a menudo buscamos aprender de la gente con la que estamos en desacuerdo, nos disgusta… More