If we had to sum the whole of the relationship-driven methodology up in one word, it’s this: listen. Listen, listen, listen. It isn’t a model at all, not really. It’s just one action. And upon that one action, the whole methodology is based. To have a strong relationship with anyone, you must listen. Listen to the children when they talk to you. Stay right there in the moment and pay attention. Hear what they are saying as opposed to what you think or want them to be saying, or as opposed to thinking about all the undone work or what you are supposed to pick up at the grocery store on the way home. The moment you manage to communicate in whatever manner you find best, be it your attitude, your posture, your words, your eye contact, or that you are fully present and genuinely listening to them, they will begin to trust you.
Marlowe, M., & Hayden, T. (2012). Teaching children who are hard to reach: Relationship-driven classroom practice. (via yesdarlingido)
I’ll leave you with this tidbit. 73% of all female characters in the 100 highest grossing films of 2013 were Caucasian, 14% were African American, 5% were Latina, 3% were Asian, and another 3% were aliens or fantasy races. Yes. In 2013, American theater audiences were about as likely to see a woman of an animal species or completely made up race as they were to see an Asian woman.
Let’s Get Mad: Center for Study of Women in TV and Film Releases 2013 Findings on Female Characters (via bodyfluids)
Don’t be characterized by what you lack.
Me (via asdeepcriesout)
She remembers her friends, those who left their homes for the edges of geography and fled to where being merely content about their situation is their ultimate goal. These dreams visit them like flying, transitory desire, like frozen, lifeless self-assurance. They are now on those distant continents, in the hell of work. They still sing about the sweetness of yesterday, the fluttering wings of the past, the discovery of how golden childhood was. In the distance, they philosophize about the definition of “place” and the coming future, with the speed of a broken-legged, sick turtle.
Burning In The Past Tense, Suhail Shadoud (via ismiamora)