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Happy Book Birthday Sara K. Ahmed – Win A Copy of Being the Change

Note:  A winner has been selected and notified, thank you so much to everyone who entered.  The book is incredible and I hope you love it.

There are books that will move you.

There are books that will challenge you.

There are books that will give you practical ideas.

There are books that will force you to reevaluate your practices and then offer you a new pathway.

There are books that become heart books because you know that within their pages your heart was changed and you somehow became something more than you were before.

And then there are books that are all of these things rolled into one.

This is the case for Sara K. Ahmed’s book Being the Change: Lessons and Strategies to Teach Social Comprehension which is released today by Heinemann.  Happy book birthday!!

I was lucky enough to read an advanced copy of this book and I will tell you this; it has totally transformed my teaching plans for the final quarter of the year.  That’s how powerful this book is.

With stories, reflection questions, and also actual lesson ideas, this is the perfect package for anyone who wants to bring the world in and also navigate these tough topics with their students.  I am telling you, this book is a game changer.

And so because I want as many educators to discover and read this book, I am giving a copy away.  This will be a quick giveaway ending March 30th already.  All you have to do is leave a comment and I will pull a random winner.  But in the meantime you really should order the book and then just enter the giveaway to have an extra copy.  You won’t regret it.

Official description:

Topics such as racegenderpoliticsreligion, and sexuality are part of our students’ lives, yet when these subjects are brought up at school teachers often struggle with how to respond. How do we create learning conditions where kids can ask the questions they want to ask, muddle through how to say the things they are thinking, and have tough conversations? How can we be proactive and take steps to engaging in the types of conversations where risk is high but the payoff could be even greater?

Being the Change is based on the idea that people can develop skills and habits to serve them in the comprehension of social issues. Sara K. Ahmed identifies and unpacks the skills of social comprehension, providing teachers with tools and activities that help students make sense of themselves and the world as they navigate relevant topics in today’s society.

Each chapter includes clear, transferable lessons and practical strategies that help students learn about a targeted social comprehension concept. From exploring identity and diversity to understanding and addressing biases and microaggressions, Sara demonstrates how to address real issues honestly in the classroom while honoring and empowering students.

Dealing with social issues is uncomfortable and often messy, but you can build habitats of trust where kids and adults can make their thinking visible and cultivate empathy; where expression, identity, and social literacy matter. There is no magic formula for making the world a better place. It happens in the moments we embrace discomfort and have candid conversations.


97 thoughts on “Happy Book Birthday Sara K. Ahmed – Win A Copy of Being the Change”

  1. Sarah’s thinking is amazing! Can’t wait to see what the book says. And you sealed the deal when you said it is changing your teaching.

  2. Powerful books are starting to move higher up on my want list on Amazon. Even after 16 years in the classroom, I find new things to learn daily. Thanks for continually giving me ideas to push myself to get better.

  3. Looks great. I’ll definetely order a copy (if I don’t win one of course) to use for social stories with my class

  4. Always love reading something that I can use to make my teaching more impactful! This one is going on my reading list!

  5. Dear Pernille, I appreciate your blog very much. I, like you, discovered that Sarah K. Ahmed has a rare and unique message which everyone should hear. I read and immediately bought Upstanders for my fifth and sixth-grade teachers in the fall. I would love to read Being the Change to continue my learning with Sara K. Ahmed. Thank you for sharing and thank you for the inspiration you are to me.

  6. Thanks for sharing; I’m headed to Amazon to order the book. If I win another copy, I’ll give it to my partner teacher who also happens to be my wife to keep in her classroom! The book sounds important, timely, and a necessary action for every teacher. Whenever we plan, we try to do it through a social justice lens. We have even been fortunate enough to share our thinking and teaching with colleagues as we’ve facilitated many professional development sessions. I love your blog. I’m always inspired by what you do, and I’m amazed at how much you do. Do you even sleep?

  7. In these times that try teachers’ souls, I need a handhold. This book sounds like it might be my new soulmate.

  8. I pre-ordered this book LONG ago, but would be so excited to share it with a colleague and get one more person on board with Being the Change.

  9. I look forward to exploring this book for using with my work counseling students and classrooms grades 3-5! Thankyou for sharing!

  10. I was taken by Sara Ahmed in your shared presentation at NCTE that has stayed with me. I’ve ordered the book. I can’t wait to get it. I am convinced that we have to address these issues to keep teaching and being teachers who care in this world.

  11. Thank you for the heads up on this book! I would love to have an extra copy to share with my amazingly supportive Principal. And I just love the following quote:

    “There is no magic formula for making the world a better place. It happens in the moments we embrace discomfort and have candid conversations.“

  12. Can’t wait to read this book. The timing is perfect… just when I’m losing a little energy for the day to day work… to be uplifted by this book (so I hope) is going to be just what I need! Thank you!

  13. I need help! I teach sixth graders who are beginning to question so many things. Their social conscience is really just beginning and is often pushed out of the way with the arrival of adolescence. This book could be a life saver!

  14. I have been hearing so much about this book and you have written a powerful recommendation. I cannot wait to read it!

  15. This sounds like a book I’d like to have available for my teachers to read. Their discomfort causes them to why away from these discussions. Even elementary kids have questions, and we need to be able to help the, with the answers.

  16. Awesome! I’m starting my first year of teaching next year. I’m excited to get my hands on anything I can to help me do my best!

  17. I would love to use this book when I meet with Middle Schooler’s for library time. Going on my wish list! thanks

  18. I am ALWAYS looking for new books to continue to develop professionally as an educator, instructional coach, and future administrator! I would truly LOVE to win this book from your giveaway! Thanks for the opportunity!

  19. This sounds like a book I would love to read and use in my classroom. Thanks for the recommendation.

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