February Antiracist Book Club: White Fragility, by Robin DiAngelo

In 2020, I’m attempting to read at least one book each month specifically to help me on my antiracist journey. I’m not an expert, and I’m not a professional. You’re welcome to read and learn along with me, if you’d like. January: Waking Up White, by Debby Irving   My February antiracist read was White […]

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On Pronouncing Names and Owning Mistakes

All of our 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders have been learning about the amazing work of Vashti Harrison in preparation for her visit through the Virginia Festival of the Book next month. They’ve been talking about her nonstop, and we’ve been studying her work in many of my classes. And last week, in a meeting about […]

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50 Books We Loved for a Skin Tone Picture Book Walk

After posting Finding our Color Words Using Honeysmoke last week, readers asked me to share a list of the picture books that we used and loved for our skin tone picture book walk. I pulled these books thoughtfully and with my human skin tone palettes in hand, hoping to include as many shades as possible. […]

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Finding Our Color Words using Honeysmoke

Since our schoolwide conversation about Black History Month, the kids have been curious and open about discussing race and differences. Here’s a lesson, inspired by middle schoolers, that I shared with my K-4 students last week, if you’d like to see.     Last week, I was talking to my middle schoolers about what they […]

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Person-First Language in the Library

How do you best prepare your students for discussions about race, ability, and other human differences in your classroom? The conversations in the library since our community Black History Month discussion have really been remarkable. I’ve been so impressed with the way that students have opened up and asked questions out loud that they’ve previously […]

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Antiracist Book Club: Your Reading Suggestions

I’ve set a goal to read at least one book each month specifically to help me on my antiracist journey. In early January, I put out a call to my online community: What books should I read? What have you tried and love? What impacted you the most? Here’s what you suggested. How to Be […]

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Antiracist Book Club: A moment from White Fragility, by Robin DiAngelo

This moment from my February #antiracistbookclub read flipped a switch in my brain. OF COURSE! How didn’t I think of this before?! My conversations with students are already so different because of this small, but critical, distinction. What do you think of this purposeful language? Would you use it in your conversations, with people of any […]

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Black History Month 2020

February is Black History Month!  The image above is this year’s display outside of the library, which I created with Ms. Smith, kindergarten teacher and one of my all-around favorite humans. The silhouettes belong to strong and proud little members of our school community. Their names are sure to be on walls like this someday! […]

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January Antiracist Book Club: Waking Up White, by Debby Irving

In 2020, I’m attempting to read at least one book each month specifically to help me on my antiracist journey. I’m not an expert, and I’m not a professional. You’re welcome to read and learn along with me, if you’d like. Although I began thinking about and attempting this journey years ago, I didn’t find […]

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Three OwnVoices Reads Helping Me on My Antiracist Journey

Hi! My name is Sarah, and I’m on a journey to become a better Antiracist. I’m not an expert. I am learning. Have you ever heard or read Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum’s moving walkway theory? “I sometimes visualize the ongoing cycle of racism as a moving walkway at the airport. Active racist behavior is equivalent […]

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