Social Media and Parenting, Summer Reading Pick, FlourishingKids, and Joshua Nash.
I’ve got a new hero and her name is Reshonda Tate Billingsley. She is eloquent and well written in her statements about children and Social Media. Check out her article about tough love on MyBrownBaby.com . It transcends color; it’s all about good parenting and being responsible for your actions online. For those of you that may have missed the story, her daughter posted a picture of herself holding a liquor bottle with the comment that she “wished she could drink this Vodka” on Instagram. The daughter is 12, which resonated for me since I have a 12 year old and I teach 10 and 11 year olds. It is Reshonda’s response that has brought about the flurry of discussions. Her daughter had to hold a sign that said, “since I want to post photos of me holding liquor, I am obviously not ready for social media and I will be taking a hiatus until I learn what I should and should not post. Bye Bye.” The picture was then put up on Instagram and on Reshonda’s facebook page. Responses have been varied and run the full range, but overall, it has been overwhelmingly in her favor for having done this. Those that are opposed to it consider it to have been humiliating. I’m sorry, but there is nothing in there that is humiliating, simply factual. If Reshonda had chosen to make the child say that she was “stupid” for what she did or placed a “dunce cap” on her head, it would be a different story. But her wording was precise and wonderful. Not ready for Social Media and needing to have a better understanding of what is appropriate and what is not appropriate is NOT humiliating, simply a statement of what was done. Read her excellent article all the way to the end. Find out what her daughter is doing now and how she feels about it. It was not a poor punishment choice. It was perfect.
It’s summertime. I said good bye to my students yesterday. I have started stockpiling my books for the summer and I’m ready to read. Along with some of the usual suspects, like James Patterson’s second book in his Middle School series, I’m branching out. I’m starting out with Spy School, by Stuart Gibbs. Then I am moving on to The Dead Gentleman by Matthew Cody. The first book in a new series by Evan Angler called Swipe looks to be an exciting Dystopian future kind of book that always keeps you on the edge of your seat.
Every citizen of the American Union is required to get the Mark on their 13th birthday in order to gain the benefits of citizenship. The Mark is a tattoo that must be swiped by special scanners for everything from employment to transportation to shopping. It’s almost Logan Langly’s 13th birthday and he knows he should be excited about getting the Mark, but he hasn’t been able to shake the feeling he’s being watched. Not since his sister went to get her Mark five years ago…and never came back. When Logan and his friends discover the truth behind the Mark, will they ever be able to go back to being normal teenagers?
This week’s EdTech spotlight falls on Joan Young
I got involved with Twitter and Social Media as a way to expand my knowledge by finding great people to follow and serve as mentors to me. Joan is one of the first people that I Followed. Her Twitter handle, FlourishingKids, said a lot to me. Her bio on her blog, All Kids Can Flourish, says it even better.
I am here to share ideas to reach all learners, building on student strengths and successes to empower active, independent learners. By utilizing a wide range of strategies to excite, inspire and engage students, we can make a difference.
As a teacher, this is what we all want for our students. Joan’s tweets and posts on her blog, though, help guide us so that we CAN have this for our students. I often say to my students, “Others may teach you about math and reading along the way, but I hope that from me, you will learn how to learn.”
Joan emphasizes the emotional and positive reinforcement side of teaching that we all need to work on (just ask my wife about that). Her post about fostering kindness in children needs to be printed out on everyone’s file cabinet in their classroom. Check her out on Twitter @flourishingkids and on her blog. One of her latest tweets brought the Book A Day Almanac to my attention. This is Anita Silvey’s amazing kidlit book resource. Don’t let another day go by without visiting it.
And now for our Spotlight on KidLit on Joshua Nash
He is an illustrator that has worked on a wide variety of projects. From The Kids of Einstein Elementary to Moose N’ Me (written by singer/songwriter Kenny Loggins), Joshua has had a chance to really work with a great range of subject matter and great clients like Scholastic, Hooked on Phonics, and Kenny Loggins. It is his work with Child Heroes Publishing that made me chose him for spotlighting this week. With titles like Morty The Meerkat Has Autism and Eli The BiPolar Bear, you can quickly see that the books are going to make an impact on children that are going through challenges. I applaud him for hooking up with projects like this. Check him out at his website Joshua Nash.