Here’s my (incomplete) list of what has inspired me in 2015. Some of these resources found their way into my Humanities curriculum. All of it helped to encourage my unexpected optimism. In no particular order.
3. The acknowledgement of marriage as a human right. And all of the love stories that came out to celebrate love winning.
4. Being invited to share Why I Teach My Students to be Brave at the University of Washington last February.
7. Poussey’s funeral for books speech.
8. Jenny Zhang’s stunning response to Michael Derrick Hudson’s use of a Chinese pen name to publish his poetry.
9. Margaret Cho’s rebirth.
10. This public library making it easier for teens to help themselves.
11. Hally Marlino’s homage to yoga, spicy Cheetos, and body love.
12. This woman reading Citizen at a Donald Trump rally.
13. Amy Schumer’s Glamour speech.
14. Liz Fraser’s heartbreaking reminder that parenting little kids is the best job we’ll ever survive.
15. These text messages between Virginia Woolf and Vita Sackville-West.
16. These dudes using their moving company to support domestic abuse survivors.
17. Kiese Laymon’s facebook posts.
18. This essay about how the Kardashian make-up artist is the most influential artist of our time.
19. Olivia Liang’s profile of the “vulgar and restrained, loud and retiring, straight-up and mysterious” Sarah Lucas.
20. Alessia Cara’s anthem for introverts.
21. Finally being able to put into words how powerful it is for me to practice reading with students.
22. This guided meditation to help us all stay focused on what’s really important.
23. The living room protests of Stacyann Chin and Zuri.
24. Barack Obama’s thoughts posted on Humans of New York about being raised by a single mom.
25. My students. Especially during our Socratic Seminars. But on their off days too. And maybe especially on my off days.
Happy 2016, teachers! And happy half-way point too. Feel free to share your favorite resources from the last year below. We’re the village!
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