Four (MORE!) Action Items for Pride in Your Classroom

Cait O'ConnorBlog, Connect Better, Engage Better, Lead Better

TL;DR: This post is a follow-up to the post: Three Action Items for Pride Month in Your Classroom (and Beyond!) Four additional action items for Pride in your classroom include following representative leadership, amplifying others’ voices, making concrete commitments, and celebrating joy. The response to this month’s post, “Three Action Items for Pride Month in Your Classroom (and Beyond!)” has … Read More

Three Action Items for Pride Month in Your Classroom (and Beyond!)

Cait O'ConnorBlog, Connect Better, Engage Better

TL;DR: Three action items to promote equality and inclusion of LGBTQIA+ community members in the classroom include learning the acronym, teaching and learning LGBTQIA+ history, and expanding your allyship to become a co-conspirator. Make a commitment to teach with pride! LGBTQIA+ Pride Month isn’t just parades and rainbows. It’s about history, celebration, struggle, and love. Students and teachers who identify … Read More

Ten Books About Mental Health for Your Classroom

Cait O'ConnorBlog, Connect Better, Engage Better, Manage Better, Reflect Better, Self Care Better

TL;DR: Talking about mental health is important all year beyond Mental Health Awareness Month in May. Hearing people share their own voice about their personal experiences may be hard to find but there are sources out there. In this post, you will discover 10 books about mental health for your classroom. Consider content warnings and avoiding tropes and stereotypes. Consider … Read More

Let’s Talk About Ableist Language

Cait O'ConnorBlog, Differentiate Better

TL;DR Ableism shows up in our language and actions, even at school. It’s important to consider both identity first and people first language. Ableist language factors into our daily interactions with each other and the structures of power around us. What is ableism? People experience disability differently. There are physical, cognitive, and learning disabilities, and mental illnesses, to name a … Read More

The Courage to Change Your Mind

Cait O'ConnorBlog, Connect Better, Engage Better

TL;DR: Teachers of argument should encourage students to lean out of their comfort zone and explore different points of view. Listening to things we don’t readily agree with actually helps us become more informed about our own values and ideas. Several strategies like believing/doubting, belief continuums, and confirmation bias assessment help students become better at argument writing and speaking. Have … Read More