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A Review of Springboards by Two Secondary Teachers

Springboards once again came through for this last-minute participant! An hour before the virtual conference, after putting aside the natural mess and noise that is now ubiquitous with teaching during a pandemic, I sent a frantic registration request to ATEQ. I felt that letting ATEQ’s line-up of exceptional speakers and dedicated educators slip by me would be a mistake at a time when we must act with urgency to change public education. This year’s virtual conference was particularly moving because it opened with evocative poetic narratives by Nikki Grimes, the keynote speaker. ​Check out our review in verse.

Miss, do you have any books about videogames?

Read about how this teacher answered this seemingly simple question. No matter how well-stocked we think our literary bookshelves are, we still have a lot to learn about what kids want to read and what will motivate them to read. The best way to do this is to listen. In this article, Ruwani says “We learned that a shelf dedicated to the video game genre must include books about art, design, and the culture of videogames. We learned that when it comes to books about videogames, students are knowledge bearers.