Videos, podcasts, and more that cover themes of storytelling, identity, and inclusion. Thanks to Andria Warren for her contributions.

“Making Connections—The Power of Oral Storytelling”
Trent Hohaia shares with us what it means to find purpose and identity through oral storytelling—how narratives inform the world we live in through their repetition. Hohaia has spent much of his life attempting to reconcile being Māori with holding a positive self-image, and believes our story is one of the most important tools we have in understanding ourselves, accepting ourselves, and appreciating the skin we’re in.

“The Danger of a Single Story”
Chimamanda Adichie gives a powerful TedTalk about the danger of a ‘single story’ in which cultures are shown from only one angle. She promotes the telling, listening, and propagation of a diverse set of stories from each diverse part of our world–something she believes will transform that world into ‘a paradise.’

“How Students of Color Confront Imposter Syndrome”
In this inspiring TedTalk, Dena Simmons stresses the importance of cultivating an environment in which students of color feel comfortable to be themselves. She explains there exists a perceived dichotomy in which you can either be educated or maintain a non-white culture.

“The Boost Students Need to Overcome Obstacles”
Anindya Kundu stresses the importance of offering support to individuals belonging to marginalized groups. There is a belief instilled in our country that successful people of color are the exception—rare, unattainable to most, and this rhetoric is harmful to students’ self esteem and affects the way they view their futures.

“Help For Kids the Education System Ignores”
Victor Rios shares his story of success and urges educators (and everyone) to not see students as “at-risk,” but as “at-promising.” Students’ views of themselves are informed by the adults around them, and educators play a large role in their development—Rios illustrates how this simple extra push can be the deciding factor in a student’s ultimate success.

“Creating Culture with Storytelling”
A sense of culture affects how we see ourselves and how confident we are in our abilities to succeed, Kindra Hall explains, in this video highlighting  the importance of culture in storytelling. She also talks about how this relates to teams, focusing on workplace, though this concept could easily be adjusted for creating a sense of culture and teamwork in a classroom!

“The Power of Storytelling to Change the World”
Dave Lieber (hilariously) tells us how to tell a story–by telling us a story. The importance of storytelling is made clear through his relations with others in trying to relate to Texans as a native New Yorker.

826CHI’s Justice and Equity Dialogues
826CHI, the Windy City chapter of 826, holds monthly dialogues with their team to discuss social and racial injustices that affect students’ lives. These posts are complete with outlines, summaries, and follow-up readings.

Click here for related resources about interrupting bias and not being a bystander.

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Tools and tricks for teaching writing. Thanks to volunteer Jo Forman for sharing the resources below.

Graphic Organizer for Essays
Organizing your essay can sometimes be the toughest part. With this tool, knowing where to put your arguments is a breeze.

Edit Checklist
Use this checklist to help guide your eye when editing a piece of writing. It follows the Six Traits of Writing, which lines up with the Analytic Writing Continuum (with one exception: 826 Boston recommends prioritizing ‘Voice’ directly below ‘Organization’).

Memoir Graphic Organizer
An organizing tool for writing memoir, or other types of creative nonfiction.

More information and resources coming soon! If you have any questions about the Resource Library, please email us or call 617-442-5400.

The way we teach math is ever-changing. Here are some video guides to refresh you on everything from fractions to polynomials. Thanks to Andria Warren for her contributions.

Khan Academy
Khan Academy is an amazing, well-organized resource for math, with an impressive catalogue of videos on everything from basic addition to AP Calculus. Another great feature is the ability to create a personalized ‘mission’ which, according to the website, “Missions recommend what to learn next, help you remember what you’ve learned by mixing skills, and save your progress.”

Selections from the Khan Academy YouTube page:

Algebra Playlist
Sal Khan walks us through a multitude of algebra tutorials that align with the new Common Core standard of teaching.

‘Introduction to Solving an Equation with Variables on Both Sides’
Sal Khan walks us through solving an equation with variables on both sides.

Solving systems of equations:

In line with the Common Core ideal in which students have multiple options to choose from in order to solve problems, these videos show three different ways of solving a system of equations.

Basic Math (Pre-Algebra) & Algebra
This Youtube channel, ‘The Video Math Tutor’ features two playlists with videos that act as refreshers for a variety of math skills, beginning with basic concepts and entering algebraic territory.

‘Why is Math Different Now?’
Raj Shah explains how math is taught differently today, what that means for parents and tutors, and what benefits this new way of teaching has for our students.

More information and resources coming soon! If you have any questions about the Resource Library, please email us or call 617-442-5400.

General resources for being a tutor in any of our locations.

“Tips for Working with Middle School Students”
826 Boston tutors weigh in with their top strategies for working with students in middle school.

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Videos about child development and social-emotional learning. Thanks to Andria Warren for her contributions.

“Why We Should All Be Reading Aloud to Our Children”
Rebecca Bellingham
gives an inspiring TedTalk that addresses the importance of reading aloud to children and the impact it has on the development of healthy communication, empathy, critical thinking, and community, as well as how it benefits the adults involved as well. She explains that reading aloud to children gives them the freedom to inhabit the book in a way that early readers cannot when so much effort is put into decoding language and meaning.

“The Secret to Motivating Your Child”
Motivation is essential to produce a healthy sense of self, which in turn promotes good behavior, the ability (and desire) to stay on-task, and fosters responsibility in children. Jennifer Nacif presents us with four personalities as an introduction into determining what motivates different ‘types’ of people.

“The Importance of Raising an Emotionally Intelligent Child”
According Erika Brodnock, one in four children experience stress in their daily lives. Stress is an inevitable force to be reckoned with, but the negative effects of long-term stress do not have to be. Join Erika in ‘pollinating positivity’ by teaching children how to deal with stress and negative emotions as it arises.

“How to Get Your Kids to Listen and Engage”
To get children to listen and engage, they must feel that they have reason, validation, and the freedom to do so. Kris Prochaska believes that this begins with treating our children as equal in value to ourselves, recognizing that they, too, have a voice and something to say, and rely on adults to give them the tools to navigate.

“Learning with Nature: Inspiring the Next System-Thinkers”
Jamie Byron
presents a case for incorporating nature into education in order to engage, instruct, and inspire. By spending time in an environment that we a genetically programmed to understand, we gain the skills needed to become system-thinkers, which we can apply to learning systems outside of nature in myriad disciplines.

More information and resources coming soon! If you have any questions about the Resource Library, please email us or call 617-442-5400.