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Weekend Reads: In honor of Thanksgiving, how to teach gratitude

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Please enjoy our weekly links list as a side with your turkey (or your favorite meat substitute) and stuffing. We’ll be back Monday with more stories about education in Colorado.

In honor of Thanksgiving, here are some ideas for how to cultivate a culture of gratitude in the classroom. (Edutopia)

Here’s a collection of resources for teachers hoping to talk to their students about Ferguson. (Teaching Now)

Working in early childhood education remains a low-paid, dead-end job. (Colorado Public Radio)

Early childhood education teachers find themselves in the midst of changing and sometimes conflicting expectations. (Slate)

A call for more humanities in U.S. schools says we need to give students more to be proud of. (New Republic)

After he won the Nobel Prize for literature, Albert Camus credited a childhood teacher. Here’s what he said. (Brainpickings)

A 22-year-old with a faked resume got the green light from New York to open a charter school. (Rochester Dem & Chronicle)

Three recent books — “The Teacher Wars,” “Building a Better Teacher,” and “Getting Schooled” — offer a trip through the past and present of American teaching. (NYRB)

Even as the educational game market blows up, some kids are still playing Oregon Trail. (Hechinger Report)

But teachers face some struggles using games in the classroom. (KQED)

One school of thought is that standardized tests should be harder and cost more. (Atlantic)

A new study shows that the digital divide isn’t going anywhere. (Marketplace L-12)

Digital learning may not be more cost-effective than traditional classroom set ups. (KUNC)

Child safety fears are wildly out of step with the actual dangers most children face. (Vox)

And parents are more likely than their children to think of their schools as safe. (Rules for Engagement)

Children benefit when their parents talk about race rather than avoiding the subject. (Colorado Public Radio)

In New York, after-school programs might be measured for how well they affect students’ academic performance. (Hechinger Report)

How to challenge children whose major literacy problem is that they just want to read too much. (Flypaper)

Some very silly jokes told by kids (maybe in school), courtesy of the internet. (IMGUR)

And speaking of Thanksgiving, have a great one! We are thankful for you.

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