What Stanfield is Reading and Watching: Special Education News February 2016
This extra day in February only comes once every four years! Think about it as a bonus day to do something awesome. Happy Leap Day!
Just For Laughs!
The Puberty Lady: Rethinking Sex Ed for Girls
Julie Metzger, known affectionately as “The Puberty Lady” wants to challenge the social norms when it comes to sex education for girls. The focus is on the vast changes in the young female body, and the difference is, these girls experience Metzger’s class with the most important women in their lives: moms or female caretakers.
Metzger noticed that, in teaching the girls with their mothers in the room, it eliminated a lot of the fear and embarrassment the young girls experienced when wanting to ask questions and discuss the changes their bodies are going through. “The Puberty Lady” also notes that these classes help the moms open up as well: she knows these conversations can be difficult or embarrassing, and she believes helping bridge the gap between mothers and daughters will result in valuable sex education for everyone.
From KQED’s MindShift:
“Pediatric nurse Julie Metzger saw how hard it was for parents to have engaging conversations with their kids about puberty and sex, so she started a sex ed course for girls and their female caregivers 27 years ago. She makes the conversation fun and silly, and most importantly, she models for the adults how to treat a child’s questions respectfully and not appear to dodge the tricky ones.
Metzger’s class has helped girls like Elaine — who at 10 would run out of the room screaming if her mom mentioned puberty — blossom into a confident teen advocate and teacher for her peers. Learn more about Elaine’s transition and how it felt to her mom, Sally, who was raised in a Catholic household.”
To listen to Julie Metzger’s podcast about what it’s like to teach girls and their mothers about reproductive health, click the soundcloud file below:
Running a little late this Monday? Check out this advice from Shakespeare himself: It’s always better to be over-prepared and early! The earlier you are, and the more time you give yourself, the less stressed and rushed you’ll be. Think about taking this advice this week! Happy Monday!
Valentine’s Day Activities for Kids/Students With Special Needs
Use Circles to talk about Valentine’s Day with your kids/students with special needs:
The Circle that is next and closest to you is the Blue BIG Hug Circle. Here you place the people you live with and love the most!! What type of talk and touch is appropriate with these people? Who is in your Blue BIG Hug Circle?
Next month, we’re releasing a Circles app that will provide students with an interactive tool to practice Circles. They’ll be able to create icons, take pictures of family and friends, and place them into their Circles!
Enter to win a free download of the app and learn more about the Circles Curriculum here.
Immigration Agents Won’t Be Allowed Onto LAUSD Campuses
A new resolution out this week directs school staff members, “not to let any federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents enter school campuses or to provide them with student data without clearance.” The decision comes from recent raids Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents carried out across the country last month. Out of fear, some families pulled their kids out of school.
LA Unified, as well as several counties and districts nationwide, voted unanimously in a school board meeting to prevent ICE agents from entering the campuses.
“We are afraid to send them to school or even myself to go to adult school,” one mother told the board members during their board meeting Tuesday. “We need you to make a plan. What will happen if I get picked up?”
Read the rest on Los Angeles Times
Photo via Los Angeles Times courtesy of Shawn Thew / EPA
Today’s motivational Monday quote is so important! Taking care of yourself and loving the person you are will make your relationships rich and meaningful. Remember to take care of yourself this week!
We love The Onion for their irreverent, and sometimes spot-on, articles. Formatted in perfect little doses of satire, their “local” stories are usually a riot. We share this one today with the intention of a good laugh. Teachers, do your students recoil in horror when you introduce a new activity?
The Onion: Oh God, Teacher Arranged Desks In Giant Circle
OVERLAND PARK, KS—Appearing stunned and unsettled as they entered her classroom Wednesday, students from Ms. Frederickson’s fourth-period social studies class were reportedly overcome with panic upon discovering that, oh God, all the desks had been arranged in a giant circle. “I have no idea what’s going to happen here, but it can’t be good,” said a visibly shaken Katie Wahl, 11, who according to reports began steeling herself for whatever god-awful group project, class discussion, or sharing of personal experiences the sixth-grade teacher might have in store for them. “We’re definitely going to have to go around one by one and talk or read aloud. God, we might even have to break into teams and debate something. This really, really sucks.” At press time, sources confirmed that, damn it, the only seats still available in the circle were the ones directly on either side of the teacher.
Read more like this on The Onion
Teaching Tools for Black History Month
February is Black History Month! This month goes hand in hand with teaching techniques, and this article from Edutopia details some great resources on this topic. Incorporating black history into your lesson plans should be done throughout the year, but Black History Month is a great opportunity to go into depth and connect your students with issues from the past & present.
Matt Davis, a freelance contributor at Edutopia, compiled these 6 resources (and many more) to help teachers and students make the most out of this learning experience!
The following article is from Edutopia:
Hallowed Grounds: Sites of African American Memories
- Black History Month Resources for the Classroom: PBS curated a valuable collection of teaching resources, covering a variety of themes and important locations central to African American history in the U.S. The focus is primarily on upper grades — 6-12 — and there are lesson plans, videos, and multimedia collections available. Also, check out the Civil Rights Collection From PBS LearningMedia, which features a trove of engaging content.
- EDSITEment’s Guide to Teaching Black History Month: EDSITEment, from the National Endowment for the Humanities, produced this useful resource covering black history through many eras. The guide features lessons plans and resources for teaching black history. Lesson plans and other resources are grouped according to different periods, including the Jim Crow era, the Twenties and Great Migration, and the World Wars.
- African American History Month Resources From the Library of Congress: There’s plenty for students to discover in this collection from the LOC. In addition to lesson plans for teachers, there’s also a cache of primary sources for students to explore, including artwork, baseball cards, political cartoons, and photographs. Also be sure to check out the Library’s civil rights-themed collection.
- African American History Month Collection From TeachingHistory: There is a stockpile of engaging content in this resource from TeachingHistory from the National History Education Clearinghouse. Included are interesting collections for students of all ages to explore, lesson plans for teachers, and interactive quizzes.
- African American History Through the Arts: In this collection from ArtsEdge, students can explore black history through the lens of a variety of artistic disciplines, including music, poetry, and dance. There are lesson plans, as well as collection of primary multimedia sources; and there are resources targeted at students of all ages. Another great arts-related collection, The National Association for Music Education’s lesson plans page, covers African American contributions to music.
- Smithsonian Education’s Black History Month Teaching Resources: These resources from Smithsonian Education feature various collections, from “The Blues and Langston Hughes” to “Harlem Renaissance: A Reading List.” It’s a great place to let your students explore primary sources, and there is something for students of all ages.
Happy Groundhog Day
Happy Groundhog day! Looks like spring is coming early this year. We thought we’d share this funny photo. Makes you think about this silly tradition…
In this edition of our special education news, we’d like to share this quote from Ernest Hemingway. You can learn so much by closing your mouth and opening your ears. Take the time to listen to one another, and you won’t regret it. Have a great week!
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