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This year I established the Lions Literacy Alliance Club, a book club that focuses on books that offer windows, a story that offers you a view into someone else's experience, and mirrors, a story that reflects your own culture and helps you build your identity, with teachers and students throughout the entire school. We have even had some parents participate! The topics have touched on racial injustice, recognizing bullying culture, appreciating the religious and cultural differences that make our community great, and mental health. The conversations have run deep and provided us a way to reflect thoughtfully with one another. When our teachers and students feel empowered that their voices are heard and matter, they are more engaged in the learning community. When our teachers and students learn about others in this way, we all become more empathetic individuals who are more understanding and respectful of the various paths our individual lives are moving along.
Our book selections are listed below. What do you think we should have on the list for next year?
I know, I know. Teen Tech Week is technically no more (find out about the replacement, TeenTober here). However, that is not stopping our AMMS Lions from participating in our own Teen Tech Week! If you're like us and still love the idea of a week dedicated to exploring technology for teens, feel free to take some ideas from this post.
Our SWAT (Students Working to Advance Technology) will host tech workshops for students during homeroom time March 10th-March 13th. In addition to this, we are hosting a Teen Tech Week BINGO to promote the use of our MakerSpace and digital literacy.
Skype is an amazing tool to break down barriers for our students in connecting with others to explore and learn. I have always used Skype for World Read Aloud Day, but this year we explored Microsoft Teams to make it easier on our infrastructure to connect. This made a huge difference for our teachers and volunteer readers because the learning curve wasn't too high. All they needed was the link! We were also able to record to share out later as well.
See our experience below!