I have been thinking a lot lately about our students that don’t have it easy. The ones who just don’t feel they belong, because of circumstances far beyond their control. My thoughts this week, have gone to the homeless children. Sometimes we aren’t even aware they are homeless. It’s not something kids want to talk about!

So how can we make a difference? What if we got started just by reading aloud? A story shared  to make these children feel they are not alone, that there are other kids in a similar situation. Teaching students to have empathy and understanding for others is never wrong. We see homeless people around our cities. I feel that learning to be kind and compassionate is far better than ignoring what makes us uncomfortable.

These are some of the books I have looked at this week.

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This article talks about how teacher beliefs influence everything:

http://gazette.teachers.net/gazette/wordpress/editor/star-teachers/

This article addresses the pedagogy of poverty:

http://www.habermanfoundation.org/Articles/Default.aspx?id=75

Other books about homelessness:

https://www.goodreads.com/shelf/show/homelessness