- With thanks to Pablo Neruda for this blog post’s title, poetry is EXACTLY what we should be turning towards in these difficult times. Whether it’s National Poetry Month (which begins today!) or not, the Academy of American Poets wants to help you celebrate!
- Ask your students to write a response to a poetry video, and they just might hear back from that poet!
- As we all stay at home and do our part to slow the spread of COVID-19, check out the hashtag #shelterinpoems on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram!
- Create some spine poetry from the books you have around you!
- Sign up for a new daily poetry podcast (created by our current U.S. Poet Laureate) that might just make you feel better!
- Even though most of us are not riding the subways now, check out the MTA’s ongoing “Poetry in Motion” campaign.
- Think about what role poetry plays in your life…
- Sign up here to get a poem in your inbox every day!
- This year, Poem in Your Pocket Day is on April 30th, and even though we probably won’t be together at school on that day, plan to celebrate anyway! You can download some poems for the day here, put together by several national and international poetry organizations.
- Here are 22 Ways to Teach and Learn about Poetry with The New York Times (updated for 2020).
- Billy Collins is one of my favorite contemporary poets, and more than 15 years ago, he created and edited “Poetry 180”, a way for poetry to be shared to high school students for every day they were in the school building. Enjoy this resource at the Library of Congress!
- Here are two interactive tools that allow anyone to create, print, and share “erasure” poems: democratic texts and erasures.
- We can’t travel very far these days, but we can now easily get back to 1954 if we want to!
- Even though it’s physically closed, NYPL is still actively celebrating their 125th birthday! Click here to see 125 books that they just LOVE!
- Smithsonian Open Access is a brand-new way to access and re-use millions of images from the Smithsonian’s archives!
- The New York Times’ Learning Network now has a YouTube channel! Subscribe today!
Here are 17 things I thought were worth sharing:
Here are 17 things I thought were worth sharing:
Here are 11 things I thought were worth sharing:
1. It’s the best time of the year to buy books for yourselves (and maybe other people!) Here are some helpful end-of-year lists you can check out to help you make your decisions!
100 Notable Books (New York Times)
Best Books of the Year (So Far) (Amazon)
Best Books of 2019 (Goodreads)
Best Books 2019 (Publishers Weekly)
Best Books 2019 (School Library Journal)
Best Young Adult Books of 2019 (Kirkus Reviews)
Best Books of 2019 (New York Public Library)
CSMCL Best Books of 2019
NPR’s Book Concierge 2019
Time Magazine's Must-Read Books of 2019
2. Better World Books + the Internet Archive = Perfect Together!
3. Even in these trying global and local times, there are reasons to be cheerful...
4. Want to get ahead and add more tools to your mental toolkit? Take some of these classes/certifications!
5. Teaching climate change to your students? Subscribe to Acid News for free!
6. There are more and more great books for teens about depression and other mental health issues. Check out some of them here and here.
7. Did you know that Poets.org created poetry lesson plans for multiple subject areas?
8. Brooklyn Prospect now has access to Adam Matthew’s Race Relations in America database! Click here for more details!
9. Stay tuned for details on our new free online access to the Financial Times and their lesson plans for teachers!
10. The folks at Stanford are really helpful! Check out their new & free Civic Online Reasoning curriculum that you can use with your students to help them better evaluate the information they come across in their digital lives.
11. Teachers, check out FindNYCulture! It is a “a searchable directory of New York’s 4600+ museums, libraries, historical societies, science centers, parks, zoos, university art galleries, planetariums, and more.” Perfect for teachers and parents!
Here are 10 things I thought were worth sharing...
Here are 12 things I thought were worth sharing:
Here are 13 things I thought were worth sharing:
1. Some Summer Reading Lists for you!
UC Berkeley Summer Reading List
Book Your Summer (Barnes & Noble)
NYPL Summer Reading 2019/Teen Book Lists
Publishers Weekly Summer Reading 2019
The Best New Books Coming Out Summer 2019 (Southern Living)
The Most Anticipated Books of Summer 2019 (Parade Magazine)
The New York Times Books (interactive)
We are Kid Lit Collective
2. The kids should see this. No really, they should!
3. Creative Commons has upped their image game and now has over 300 million images, with advanced searching options coming soon!
4. Statewide Summer Reading Resources out of Albany!
5. Literature & Math teachers, Unite!
6. Here is a spiffy updated MLA formatting poster shared with us from a library in Beijing!
7. It’s time for the 10th Annual New York Times Summer Reading Contest!
8. Go see some great live music in Brooklyn this summer! And here is a longer listing for all five boroughs!
9. Request a Woman Scientist, right here.
10. The Best Advice You Ever Received (and are willing to pass on)
11. Last fall, Google launched a new search engine that is helping scientists find the data sets that they need.
12. Want to walk the runway representing the subject you teach? Check out these dresses!
13. Free computer science curriculum from Google? Yes, please!
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1. America’s Poet, Brooklyn’s Own Walt Whitman, will turn 200 on May 31st, 2019! There are a multitude of happenings celebrating a man who celebrated himself and the city and country he called home. Click here for the 8-page tabloid “America Celebrates Walt Whitman” that lists events in New York City, places all over the country, and beyond. Some events have already happened, and some stretch into the fall, so be sure to check the list soon!
2. There are two new interactive tools that allow anyone to create, print, and share “erasure” poems from both democratic texts or stories from the New York Times.
3. As Spring Fever grips us in its talons, procrastination can easily run amok. Here are two takes on procrastination (TED & NYTimes), which will help us understand it when it happens to us or to our students…
4. Have we forgotten how to read? How to pay attention to pages instead of screens? I have hope that we can balance what both bring to our lives. So does Michael Harris. Another call to action to put down our screens and take up life again…
5. Love Pharrell? Love STEAM? Then check out Pharrell’s new Netflix series called Brainchild!
6. SYNC returns on April 25th and runs through August 1st! Be sure to sign up so you can get 28 free audiobook downloads over 14 weeks and fall in love with the spoken word again…
7. Want to share videos with your students but don’t want the surprise of objectionable content popping up? Try boclips!
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Here are 11 things I thought were worth sharing:
1. Reading makes an enormous difference in the lives of millions of people. You should try to be one of those people! Watch a young man who vowed to read a book a week for a whole year talk about how this goal changed him. Here he is at 20 weeks in, and again at 6 months in.
2. The simple truth about reading 200 books a year (and how to make it a habit).
3. Books are good for your brain.
4. What does immersing yourself in a book do to your brain?
5. It is never too early to make summer plans and pad your resume in the process! Check out the PD offerings from these organizations and apply today!:
The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
American Bar Association
National Gallery of Art
USS Midway Museum
Historic Hudson Valley
New-York Historical Society
National Constitution Center
The National WWII Museum
National Portrait Gallery
Columbia University Teachers College
Supreme Court Summer Institute for Teachers
Summer Teachers Institute at St. John’s College
Summer Poetry Teachers Institute
6. The Books, Songs, Films, and other works that just entered the Public Domain two days ago...
7. Barack Obama shares his favorite books, music and movies of 2018.
8. The National Film Board of Canada has just created an online database of indigenous cinema for your viewing pleasure. Any dissemination of indigenous culture, anywhere in the world, is cause for celebration.
9. The Brooklyn Museum will be hosting a big Frida Kahlo show next month. Get your tickets for it now and get prepared by immersing yourself in Google’s online Frida celebration!
10. Speaking of Google, check out their new documentary series, “Search On", featuring “stories of people around the world using Google technology to solve big problems, answer hard questions, and take action.”
11. Find out more about the African Diaspora right here in New York City by going on a Black Gotham Experience Walking Tour, created and run by artist/historian Kamau Ware.
Here are 10 things I thought were worth sharing:
1. December is the month of End of Year Best of the Best Book Lists! Here are the lists for:
Amazon's Top 20 Picks for the Best Books of the Year So Far
Chicago Tribune 10 Best Books of 2018
Goodreads Choice Awards 2018
Library Reads Favorite of Favorites 2018
NYPL Best Books for Teens
The New York Times (10 Best of the Year)
The New York Times (100 Notable Books of 2018)
The New Yorker's Best Books of 2018
NPR’s Book Concierge
Publishers Weekly Best Books 2018
School Library Journal Best Books 2018
2. Kate DiCamillo on the magic of reading aloud.
3. NewsGuard is a new organization that employs journalists to combat misinformation, 24 hours a day. Download it as a free Google Chrome extension and see the reliability ratings of the news resources you visit and use in real time!
4. Some of our lucky 9th and 10th graders got to attend the National Book Awards’ Teen Press Conference last month and got to see all five YA finalists read excerpts of their books! Here is the list of which titles won across all categories.
5. The Library of Congress just launched Crowd, where you can volunteer to transcribe Abraham Lincoln’s letters and letters home from Civil War soldiers.
6. NYC Digital Safety is “a new initiative to bring resources covering digital privacy and data security to the City’s frontline public library staff”. Check out their modules and consider sharing them with your students!
7. “TeachRock is a standards-aligned, arts integration curriculum that uses the history of popular music and culture to help teachers engage students.” Get it today, free of charge!
8. Google recently launched Grow with Google, a platform that provides free training, tools, and events to support teachers, students, job seekers, and entrepreneurs.
9. The Gray Lady and Google Images are getting hitched!
10. “NASA just made their entire media library publicly-accessible and copyright free!”
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