Happy Birthday, Anna J. Cooper, & Can learning languages help when you are under stress? Yes! Write your Dreams in your favorite Languages!

Anna J. Cooper was a strong advocate for education, especially in Washington, DC, and one of the first Black women to earn a PhD. August 10th is her birthday, and as she fought to make the dreams of Black students possible, we must fight to make all of our collective dreams possible for a safer,… Continue reading Happy Birthday, Anna J. Cooper, & Can learning languages help when you are under stress? Yes! Write your Dreams in your favorite Languages!

Day 43/67 of GED in Five Months, Area vs. Circumference, and, transportation — Inspiring Critical Thinking and Community via Books, Lessons, and Story

Adulting often requires knowing how transportation ties in with a variety of types of knowledge, like the distance around an obstacle, given the area of the area you want to avoid.  Also, when does it make more sense to use   mass transit than to drive?  Start of week 12/18 Day 43, Lesson Plan: Grammar: […] Day… Continue reading Day 43/67 of GED in Five Months, Area vs. Circumference, and, transportation — Inspiring Critical Thinking and Community via Books, Lessons, and Story

Day 42/67: Five Month GED, “Discrete What?” & Health Terminology (and a Note…) — Inspiring Critical Thinking and Community via Books, Lessons, and Story

(Quick note: Dear Readers, this is nearly the end of my lesson plan series, which I am working to post so that the new Page listing these plans will have fresh links.  Then, we will return to our regularly schedules stories… -Shira)      Adulting often requires understanding vocabulary, and how certain words have slightly […] Day… Continue reading Day 42/67: Five Month GED, “Discrete What?” & Health Terminology (and a Note…) — Inspiring Critical Thinking and Community via Books, Lessons, and Story

ShiraDest’s Ann and Anna, (serial short story, Part 16): Power — Inspiring Critical Thinking and Community via Books, Lessons, and Story

…  Parts 15 (Knowledge),  14 (Words),  13 (Interruptions),  12 (Gifts),  11 (Punishment),  10 (Warmth),   9 (Found),  8 (Lost),  7 (Rock),  6 (Believe), 5 (Naming), 4 (Home), 3 (Trust), 2 (Hope), and 1 (Nightmares) have posted on previous Sundays… —      Anna looked at us, her mischievous smile mirroring that of little Tilly.  They […] Ann… Continue reading ShiraDest’s Ann and Anna, (serial short story, Part 16): Power — Inspiring Critical Thinking and Community via Books, Lessons, and Story

Day 41/67, Five Month GED: Cycles, and, “Wh” Questions — Inspiring Critical Thinking and Community via Books, Lessons, and Story

Adulting often requires Public Library resources to answer important questions about issues ranging from the life cycle of an organism, as in today’s science reading, to election cycles.  Or resources like the old “Who’s Who…” books that recorded facts like the number of presidents who have been impeached, and why.       Questions like what, […] Day… Continue reading Day 41/67, Five Month GED: Cycles, and, “Wh” Questions — Inspiring Critical Thinking and Community via Books, Lessons, and Story

Ann and Anna, (serial short story, Part 15): Knowledge — Inspiring Critical Thinking and Community via Books, Lessons, and Story

…  Parts 14 (Words),  13 (Interruptions),  12 (Gifts),  11 (Punishment),  10 (Warmth),   9 (Found),  8 (Lost),  7 (Rock),  6 (Believe), 5 (Naming), 4 (Home), 3 (Trust), 2 (Hope), and 1 (Nightmares) have posted on previous Sundays… —      Not long after beginning our lessons, Mrs. H. had noted a peculiarity about me.  While […] Ann… Continue reading Ann and Anna, (serial short story, Part 15): Knowledge — Inspiring Critical Thinking and Community via Books, Lessons, and Story

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