Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Educational Links 6/22/17

Here are four good sites for outside STEM activities: 

Bird Sleuth (also has good ideas for a school garden.) 


North American Butterfly Association

Butterflies and Moths of North America

Science Beginning with body parts!

A Road Map To Becoming A Better Teacher

Five Things You Think Principals Want to Hear (and What They Really Want to Hear)



ADHD and Mood Swings: What You Need to Know

Kids with ADHD (also known as ADD) often struggle with managing their emotions. For some, that can mean mood swings that leave their parents, teachers and friends wondering what caused such a swift change in attitude and behavior.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Educational Links 6/21/17

Study Finds Online Courses ‘Reduce’ Students Grade Outcomes

‘Let’s celebrate teachers who quietly get on with the job, rather than the perceived wisdom of education gurus’

An Update on the Trump Administration’s Budget Proposal and Education Funding

A School That Provides The One Constant In Homeless Children's Lives

Treatment Options for Dyspraxia

What Is Intention Deficit Disorder?

Early Career Myth: If Students Don't Comply, They Aren't Learning

It is easy for a teacher to look at a student who is clearly not participating and assume that the student isn't engaging in the learning. Often, however, looks can be deceiving and what we thought was a totally disengaged young person, was actually a child who wasn't comfortable learning in the way we established learning should happen in our space.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Educational Links 6/20/17

6 Common Misunderstandings About Assessment

Why Are Schools Still Peddling the Self-Esteem Hoax?

Social-emotional learning is rooted in ‘faux psychology’ (opinion)

Community Voices: How one school relies on restorative justice to improve school climate

The Brain on the Bard: How Shakespeare Impacts Children With Autism

The Criminalization of Disabled Students

The Purposes of High-Quality PBL

Educators have taken note, and there is a corresponding movement in schools to shift to PBL. At the core of this shift should be clear purposes for implementing PBL. The changing demand in the workforce and economy certainly are causes to do projects, but what are other driving goals behind striving for the implementation of high-quality PBL?

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Educational Links 6/19/17

Neurodiversity: When you’re not flawed, just mentally different

How Can Technology Motivate the Reluctant Learner?

How Kids Pay Attention (and Why Some Kids Struggle With It)

Why I’m Optimistic About the Next Wave of Education Technology

Arts Integration

Say It with Your Hands

Poor Students Face Digital Divide in How Teachers Learn to Use Tech

America's most innovative schools constantly help train teachers to use new technologies, but the barriers to creating such a culture in high-poverty schools can seem insurmountable.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Educational Links 6/18/17

8 Expert Tips on Helping Your Child With Dysgraphia

Implicit Bias In the Classroom: Can Video Games Help Combat It?

Respectful Talk

Why Free Play Is the Best Summer School

12 Good Social Studies Apps for Middle School Students

Urgent Plea To School Leaders: Budget for Books

For school leaders across the country who are making plans and drafting budgets for next year, I have a simple but urgent plea for you: prioritize books. Though I know I don't have to convince anyone of how important building students' literacy skills is, I also know that we are not all on the same page about how to invest resources to help students grow as readers. 

Yosemite Trip: No Yogi Bear Or BooBoo But Lots Of Beauty

View from our Yosemite campsite.

We had site #25--near the river and restrooms.
'Welcome,' quoth the raven.

Visiting a National Park is a privilege, powerful and just plain fun.
We had the lovely experience this April to drive up to Yosemite National Park through the Sierras to a very nice campsite, complete with bear-proof food box, fire pit, wildlife and fantastic river running through marvelous trees and mountains.

Onward ho
Abraham Lincoln began the
process of
for Yosemite to become a National Park
--and it is
now also a World Heritage Site.

My daughter and I rented a covered wagon--er-- F150 truck--emulating our pioneer ancestors (like if.) The drive included a spectacular climb through the Sierra elevations to  the Yosemite Valley.

I love that river!
We camped near the Merced River, and at first I thought we heard the thundering waterfalls as we slept--but they are so huge, they seemed close but were actually miles away. It was rapids on the river I heard.

The trees were very tall, healthy, filled with lovely birds and the light through the branches (including the moonlight of a full moon) was transcendent.

Lil ole tree hugger me.

The trees make a person feel like a small child with tall, caring adults surrounding. Yes, I hugged them.

There is also excellent transportation (a fleet of vans) to Yosemite Village and the main sites. If you must have a pizza, civilization isn't far.

A multitude of fearless birds--robins, bluebirds, ducks, and the observant ravens, and so many I cannot tell you who they are. But they were all sassy.

Yosemite provides a healthy habitat for the critters, including squirrels with extraordinarily luxurious tails. Too early and chilly (in the 20s F at night) for butterflies. No bears. I think they were still hibernating.
Fine with me.

Me, taking the pic on the left.

The incredible Yosemite Valley has 360 degree views of mountains, waterfalls and grand vistas. There are no bad shots. The cool fresh air, light breeze and occasional mist--it was like camping in a fantasy story.

Collaborators in fun!
Head 'em up, move 'em out!

We actually left a day early--the weather forecast called for snow, and even if we thought we could get down the mountains okay, we were not too sure about all the other campers driving down the rather skinny mountain roads! So we headed back through Central California--Tulare and Bakersfield and Buttonwillow and the Tehachapi's winding trail (actually a freeway) on our way home. BTW, my daughter is a great driver!

The famous Bridal Veil Falls, Yosemite. 

Friday, June 16, 2017

Educational Links 6/17/17

10 Things Teachers Should Do in the Next 90 Days

A Day in the Life of a Child With Sensory Processing Issues

Why Prosody Matters: The Importance of Reading Aloud with Expression

Teacher Wellness

What’s Next In Language Learning?

300 Ways to Help Your Students Love Writing

Professional Development: Benefits of Social Networking

Social networking is a popular tool that many classroom teachers use today to help them stay connected with their colleagues as well as other professional educators. Today’s technology, meanwhile, allows you to connect with people all over the world.