I'm very thankful I had a gift card and chose to spend it on Being the Change by Sara K. Ahmed to participate in #cyberpd. I initially didn't look at this book very closely because it's marketed for grades 4-8. When it was selected I found some tidbits that others felt things in the book could be tweaked for primary grades. As, I finish chapters one and two I would agree.
As I read chapter one, the sentence, "We have an obligation to make kids feel visible." I enjoyed reading Sarah's thoughts that followed discussing how this can be done through establishing relationships. I think if you are reading this book you are invested in communities and relationships and wonder if any of you had thought about the work we do in these two areas as making kids feel visible. I hadn't and I want to make sure my students do feel visible.
As I read about identity webs, I found myself comparing them to Georgia Heard's heart maps. I was wrestling if they were different ideas and I concluded they are. I think identity webs could help build heart maps later in the year. I loved the idea of starting identity webs the first day of school. Kristi Mraz did a wonderful blogpost with Heinemann where she lays out how she would adjust identity webs for her kindergarten students. It's doable with primary students.
I drew a little heart in my book on p36 where Sara encourages us to kid-watch. In the age of data driven meetings, reports, and testing I long for someone to justify kid-watching. I also think the suggestions on p36 and p37 could be guidance for an Reflection/Closing Circle at the end of the day.
I started tweaking the language used for discussing the discomfort during disagreement. This is just a rough draft and I'm open to any thoughts for further revising for younger students.
- Listen with an open mind and heart.
- It might not feel right.
- What is your body doing?
- Others can think differently than you.
- We can have different ideas.