Monday, August 28, 2017

A Youthlight Book Review: Miguel: A Deportation Story

What occurs to children when they lose a parent to deportation? This book shares just that. Miguel is about a boy who was born in the United States, but his parents were not. They escaped their country for a better life in America.  During the story we learn that one of Miguel's parents is deported. We then look through the lens of a child and what that experience does to him. How it effects him...changes him.

This story is great for those students who may be facing similar situations, so they know they are not alone in their thoughts and actions AND for students who are so far removed from understanding or knowing a situation like this; for we can teach empathy through this story.

The story is not upbeat. It is a little melancholy, but it is real and totally supports advocacy, equity and diversity initiatives.

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Monday, August 21, 2017

New Kinds of "Fidget Toys"

All year I have been hearing about, reading about, and horrible and awful fidget spinners have been for educators. They are everywhere! UUGGHHHHH!!! However, there are some great alternatives for students and adults alike. I found that Trainer's Warehouse has some really cool versions of spinners. Now granted, they could still be used inappropriately by students, but they are more quiet and a better quality product. They may cost a little bit more than the spinners at your corner convenience store, but they have been tested and researched by the company.

Loopeez - I actually like this one the best. It is easy to use, it's quiet and it feels good in your hands.

Other versions are shown below. There are a variety created for your personal preference.