Help Students (and Others) Draw Better Conclusions With the Ladder of Inference
by Marsha Rakestraw and Barbara Fiore We all make assumptions and draw conclusions. And often not positive (or correct) ones.…
6 Videos for Teaching Students About Tech Bias and Influence
by Marsha Rakestraw Technology is not neutral. And while we’re increasingly learning about (and addressing) the pervasive influence of fake…
15 Most Popular Blog Posts From 2017
by Marsha Rakestraw Happy New Year! 2018 promises to be a year full of enormous changes, and even more opportunities…
You’re Judging People By That Bag They’re Carrying
by Marsha Rakestraw Every day we make split-second assumptions about others, often without being aware we’re doing it. We may…
Helping Students Make Beautiful Music With Their Lives
by Mary Pat Champeau “Children learn to smile from their parents.” ~ Shinichi Suzuki I learned so much about parenting…
Piecing Me Together
Books
by Renee Watson Scholastic, 2017 261 pgs Grades 7-12 Jade is a junior at St. Francis High School, a…
Use This Tool to Help You Think More Critically About Your Beliefs
by Zoe Weil Especially in today’s world, most of us know how important it is to think critically; and most…
Let’s Stop Our Pickiness From Helping Plunder the Planet
by Marsha Rakestraw “Pickiness” can be a good thing. As citizens striving to do the most good and least harm…
Scrubbing Our Assumptions About Our Students
by Marsha Rakestraw and Mary Pat Champeau “Your assumptions are your windows on the world. Scrub them off every once…
What a Humane World Looks Like: Engaging Others with Compassion and Acceptance
by Cassandra Scheffman Editor’s Note: One of the most challenging aspects of being a humane educator or activist is engaging…
5 Assumptions We Should Try to Make About Everyone
by Marsha Rakestraw The recent US election has highlighted a significant divisiveness. And the media and social media have been…
The Struggle: A Black Mother’s Perspective
by CKrystal Stokes I was at Walgreens after my children’s gymnastics classes, when I ran into a friend near the…