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Discover the Fun of Language with “Hunny & Sunny Learn About Idioms”

In Updates by Punita Rice

Hello, young readers and language explorers! We’re thrilled to introduce the newest gem in the beloved “The Adventures of Hunny & Sunny” series, a book that’s a must-read for children and families: “Hunny & Sunny Learn About Idioms.” This latest addition isn’t just another children’s book; it’s an imaginative dive into the world of language that promises fun and learning …

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America is Not a Melting Pot

In Updates by Punita Rice

I wrote a little bit about the misunderstood concept of the “melting pot” over at Medium. Here’s the link. PS – You may also like these posts: some thoughts on American tragedies, and a post on the 2016 election. The art used in the featured image for this post is based on an original art piece called “Crowded,” by artist …

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Find your weird and run with it

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Last month, I shared a guest post about one of my favorite weird lessons, over on the blog of Doug Robertson writer of “He’s The Weird Teacher,” and the usual host of the weekly #WeirdEd Twitter chat (Wednesdays at 10pm EST). Weird Ed is a chat for teachers and other education leaders to come together to chat about all things weird that they do …

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On Cultural Proficiency – Radio New Zealand Interview

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Last week, I chatted with Kathryn Ryan, host of Radio New Zealand’s Nine to Noon (live!) about the importance of cultural proficiency in education, name pronunciation, and why teachers should understand their students’ backgrounds. The gist of our conversation was this: My saying your name correctly is a way of showing you respect… that empowers the student.  (More here). You can …

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The Spokesperson Phenomenon – EdWeek

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Last week, Education Week Teacher published an essay I wrote about the spokesperson phenomenon — that thing that happens in a classroom, where a student (almost always, a student of color, though other minority and/or marginalized identities also experience this) is expected or positioned to serve as a representative for their entire culture, race, or other category of people. (I’ve …

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Why Pronouncing Students’ Names Correctly is Important

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There are a million names from as many backgrounds, so it can feel overwhelming to expect teachers to get every single name right. But pronouncing students’ names correctly does matter. Here, I’m sharing YouTube video I recorded on why pronouncing names correctly is important, and I’m also sharing my list of practice ideals for how teachers can get names right. Read on for …

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5 Reasons You Should Be Blogging

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Have you ever contemplated starting a blog, and then thought, eh, why blog, what’s the point? Then read on, because there are definitely reasons why blogging can be great for your career! Blogging can support your career because it can let you help others, it can help you establish yourself professionally (online), it can create new career opportunities for you, …

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5 Ways Living in New Zealand has Changed Me (Guest Post)

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[Ed note] Maiera Mazelev is not only one of my oldest (and best!) friends, but she’s also easily the most courageous person I know: A few years ago, she packed up all her belongings, and moved from Maryland, to the other side of the world (not literally, but almost!) to Australia, and now Auckland, New Zealand, where she happily resides …