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4 Tips to Help Us Make Those Ethical Changes We’re Struggling With

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on September 8, 2014 | Filed under Humane Connection

We want our lives to reflect our deepest values. We know the harmful impacts of some of our choices. We fully acknowledge the benefits of certain actions, and yet we struggle. We struggle to make… More

Growing Changemakers

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on September 2, 2014 | Filed under Activism, Arts, Citizenship & Community, College/Adult, Elementary, High School, Language Arts, Lesson Plans/Activities, Middle School, Resources, Social Studies/History

Through this activity students will gain insight into their own lives, and will be able to connect how their past and who they are as individuals today will help guide them to become changemakers. Through… More

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Do Your Students See Themselves (and Others) in Your Classroom?

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on August 28, 2014 | Filed under Humane Connection

When school resumes this fall, “black, Latino, Asian, and Native American students will together make up a narrow majority of the nation’s public school students,” according to the latest figures from the National Center for… More

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12 Children’s Picture Books About Sharing

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | 2 Comments | Published on August 7, 2014 | Filed under Humane Connection

One of the first lessons we’re taught as young children is about the importance of sharing. Yet examine our actions as adults—the ways we treat each other, nonhuman animals, and the earth—and it may seem… More

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The Man in the Clouds

by Koos Meinderts and Annette Fienieg

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on July 24, 2014 | Filed under Books, Children's Books, Citizenship & Community, Consumerism, Elementary, Language Arts, Media & Culture, Resources

Every day, the “man in the clouds,” who lives at the top of a mountain, sits and looks at a painting: “… a landscape so beautiful, so marvelously empty … this is what it must… More

Circulo de Compasión

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on July 23, 2014 | Filed under Animal Protection, Arts, Elementary, Environmental Protection, High School, Human Rights, Language Arts, Lesson Plans/Activities, Middle School, Resources, Social Studies/History, Spanish

Esta actividad puede servir como un excelente  trampolín para explorar la compasión e para introducir asuntos sobre cambio social a los estudiantes. Recomendado para grados 4 y mayor Duración: 60-90 minutos Averigüe más sobre Normas… More

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In Trying to Do Good, Have You Lost Sight of the Bigger Picture?

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on June 23, 2014 | Filed under Humane Connection

Browse bookshelves and blogs and you’ll find stories of people striving toward extraordinary goals: zero waste, plastic-free, gender-neutral, a level 5 vegan, no products made in China. Reducing the harm we cause is an important… More

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How Well Are You Spending the Jellybeans of Your Life?

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on April 14, 2014 | Filed under Humane Connection

One of the humane education activities we use to help students and changemakers think more deeply about their passions, goals and choices is to ask them to imagine that they’re very old, approaching the ends… More

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7 Tips for Paying Attention to What We’re Paying Attention To

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on March 17, 2014 | Filed under Humane Connection

Spanish philosopher Jose Ortega y Gasset said, “Tell me to what you pay attention, and I will tell you who you are.” As 21st-century citizens, we have a lot competing for our attention. What we… More

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Are Picture Books Cultivating Consumerism in Kids? This Study Says Yes

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on February 3, 2014 | Filed under Humane Connection

If you’re a teacher, parent or picture-book aficionado, you know the powerful messages and values (both positive and otherwise) that can be embedded in children’s literature. As a babysitter, Rachel Franz started noticing a trend…. More