- GRIOT participants performed outside Minisink Townhouse to raise awareness about Puerto Rico recovery efforts.
- Harlem Renaissance LTW had a door decorating contest. Mary McKevitz, the program’s social worker, won the contest. Two LTW students helped Mary decorate her office door (pictured below). The LTW students will receive a prize.
- Mission Society’s LTW programs are going apple and pumpkin picking at Stuart’s Fruit Farm on Tuesday, October 23rd.
- GRIOT is hosting GRIOT Groove Night on Thursday, October 25th. Participants will showcase what they have learned so far this year. Parents and family members will participate in a jam session.
Sharing Immigrant Experiences in the Classroom
Literature, Social Studies and History classes often provide students with opportunities to explore the perspectives of others. In this Edutopia article, Benjamin Barbour discusses how exploring the perspectives of immigrants with students can help them better understand their own journey and the meaning of citizenship.
- Today, the foreign-born population of the United States is the highest it has been in more than a century.
- Nearly a quarter of the U.S. population does not speak English at home.
- The number of undocumented immigrants in the United States may be as high as 22 million.
- Immigration continues to be one of the most contentious issues facing the United States. Social studies and history teachers have the opportunity to bring the conversation about immigration to the classroom.
- Barbour suggests bringing guest speakers into the classroom, as well as using testimonials, books, and videos that show the immigrant experience.
- Personal stories help students relate to others and open up discussion around immigration law, history, and concepts like economic migration, legal and illegal immigration, and refugee rights.
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THIS WEEK IN EDUCATION
Boys Don’t Read Enough
Girls read more than boys in almost every developed country and it has a huge impact on their educational outcomes.
- Women now comprise a growing majority of students on college campuses in the United States, up from around 40% in the 1970s.
- Girls routinely perform better than boys at reading.
- In two of the largest studies ever conducted into the reading habits of children in the United Kingdom, Keith Topping (an educational and social research professor at University of Dundee) found that boys spend less time than girls processing words, are more prone to skipping passages or entire sections, and frequently select books that are beneath their reading levels.
- Girls are also more likely to read for pleasure. A 2009 global study of academic performance of 15-year-olds found that in all but one of the 65 participating countries, more girls than boys said they read for pleasure.
- Some psychologists suggest that psychological factors—”like girls’ tendency to develop self-awareness and relationship skills earlier in life than boys”—could play a role in this disparity.
- Experts cite the importance of giving boys books that appeal to their tastes and interests. School libraries should have non-fiction and comic books.
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