The Voices from the Middle Podcast is a regular radio show that extends and enriches the content offered in the print and digital pages of the journal. Tune in to learn alongside a team of middle school English/language arts teachers from across the United States as they interview teacher leaders, YA authors, researchers, columnists, classroom teachers, and students, whose voices shape Voices from the Middle and our classrooms.
In Episode 19, our teacher panelists Gretchen Taylor, Katherine Sokolowski, and Beth Shaum speak with author Jason Reynolds. The conversation covers topics such as Jason's writing process with Brendan Kiely, social media's impact on the families of the victims of police brutality, breaking stereotypes in YA, and the ways in which schools can foster spaces for teens to feel safe and cared for. In addition, Jason provides us with a list of books that he's loving right now, as well as a sneak peak of what we can expect from him in the near future.
Books discussed in the podcast:
- Dear Martin by Nic Stone
- Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward
- The Stars Beneath Our Feet by David Barclay Moore
- Anything by Kwame Alexander
- Calling My Name by Liara Tamani
- Miles Morales by Jason Reynolds (August 1st)
- Patina by Jason Reynolds (August 29th)
- Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds (October 17th)
In this episode, our teacher panelists Gretchen Taylor, Katherine Sokolowski, and Beth Shaum speak with children's book author Laurel Snyder about her latest book, Orphan Island. They also ask questions about the books that inspired her when she was young, her writing process, and the importance of getting young people to step away from their phones long enough to engage in their own writing.
In this episode, we center our discussion around the topic of summer reading as it relates the literacy practices of teachers who read. Our teacher panelists Gretchen Taylor, Beth Shaum, Amy Fleming, Alex Corbett, and Katherine Sokolowski joined us and helped us better understand how to set and achieve reading goals during the summer. In addition, they provide us with some reading suggestions based on their students' suggestions and their own reading interests.
Here is a list of texts mentioned in this episode:
- The Handmaid's Tale-—Margaret Atwood
- Everyday Editing—Jeff Anderson
- Mechanically Inclined—Jeff Anderson
- March—John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell
- The Daily— New York Times Podcast
- York: The Shadow Cipher—Laura Ruby
- Bone Gap—Laura Ruby
- Disrupting Thinking—Kylene Beers and Bob Probst
- The Inexplicable Logic of My Life—Benjamin Alire Sáenz
- Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe—Benjamin Alire Sáenz
- Dynamic Teaching for Deeper Reading—Vicki Vinton
- What Readers Really Do—Dorothy Barnhouse and Vicki Vinton
- Shark Lady: True Adventures of Eugenie Clark—Ann Mcgovern and Ruth Chew
- Swimming with Sharks: The Daring Discoveries of Eugenie Clark—Heather Lang
- Funny Girl: Funniest. Stories. Ever—Betsy Bird
- Unshakeable: 20 Ways to Enjoy Teaching Every Day ... No Matter What—Angela Watson
- The Giver/Gathering Blue/The Messenger/Son aka The Giver Quartet—Lois Lowry
- Ashes—Laurie Halse Anderson
- Brilliant Imperfection: Grappling with Cure—Eli Clare
- El Deafo—Cece Bell
- The Smell of Other People's Houses—Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock
- Orphan Island—Laurel Snyder
- Two Naomis—Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich and Audrey Vernick
In this episode, teacher panelist Gage Jeter talks with Jennifer Serravallo about her article "Dropping Everything to Read? How about Picking Some Things Up!" which appears in the May issue of Voices from the Middle. In this week's segment of Voices from the Bookshelf, Beth Shaum (@BethShaum) talks about some of her most popular Instagram book reviews, including Preaching to the Chickens by Jabari Asim, The Hate you Give by Angie Thomas, Strange Fruit by Lillian Smith, The Artists in Me by Shane Peacock, and The Princess and the Pony by Kate Beaton.