Friday, April 21, 2023

The Sky Is Cheap Entertainment: Hey, look, a meteor!

Earth/Sky Meteor Guide 2023

The annual Lyrid meteor shower always brings an end to the meteor drought that occurs each year between January and mid-April. The Eta Aquariid meteor shower closely follows the Lyrids, in early May.

Earth/Sky Meteor Shower Guide

April 2023 meteors … the Lyrids

May 2023 meteors … the Eta Aquariids

June 2023 daytime meteor shower … the Arietids

Late July to mid-August 2023 meteors … the Delta Aquariids

Early to mid-August 2023 meteors … the Perseids

Early October meteors … the Draconids

Late October meteors … the Orionids

October into early November … the South and North Taurids

Mid-November meteors … the Leonids

Early to mid-December meteors … the Geminids

Earth/Sky Meteor Shower Guide

Saturday, April 1, 2023

MzTeachuh's Meditations The Lord Is Good And A Stronghold In The Day Of Trouble


The Lord Is Good And A Stronghold In The Day Of Trouble

Who is the Lord?

Acts 17: 24-28, “The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by hands. And he is not served by human hands as if he needed anything, because he himself gives all men life and breath and everything else.

The Lord is God, the creator, and yet is a person who loves you as an individual. He knows you-planned on you-has personal interest and help for you. 

If God is good, why does evil happen? God created free will-for people and angels-therefore, some choices are for evil and there is a constant battle. But Jesus said, “In the world ye shall have tribulation, but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world” (John 16:33). 

What is God's stronghold? One of the title of God from the Old Testament is Jehovah Shalom-the Lord of Peace. God's plan is to give peace of soul by bringing peace from spiritual alienation, peace from mental turmoil, and safety from danger. 

 Psalm 91:1 He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the LORD, "He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust."

Psalm 91:15,16 

"Because he loves me," says the LORD, "I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.
He will call upon me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him.
With long life will I satisfy him and show him my salvation."

Sunday, March 26, 2023

MzTeachuh's Meditations: The Joy of the Lord Is Your Strength


'Happy Earth,' Keith Haring

Related to JOY

Synonyms: beatitude, blessedness, bliss, blissfulness, felicity, gladness, happiness, warm fuzzies
Antonyms: calamity, ill-being, misery, sadness, unhappiness, wretchedness

Somehow, "The Warm Fuzzies of the Lord Is Your Strength," doesn't sound the same.

Nehemiah 8:10, "The joy of the Lord is your strength."

Saturday, March 25, 2023

Important Education Topics

Learning Disabilities and Differences

Types of Learning Disabilities

Learning disabilities are due to genetic and/or neurobiological factors that alter brain functioning in a manner which affects one or more cognitive processes related to learning. These processing problems can interfere with learning basic skills such as reading, writing and/or math.  They can also interfere with higher level skills such as organization, time planning, abstract reasoning, long or short term memory and attention.  It is important to realize that learning disabilities can affect an individual’s life beyond academics and can impact relationships with family, friends and in the workplace.

Signs and Symptoms of Autism Spectrum Disorder

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a developmental disability caused by differences in the brain. People with ASD often have problems with social communication and interaction, and restricted or repetitive behaviors or interests.

What is ADHD?

ADHD is one of the most common neurodevelopmental disorders of childhood. It is usually first diagnosed in childhood and often lasts into adulthood. Children with ADHD may have trouble paying attention, controlling impulsive behaviors (may act without thinking about what the result will be), or be overly active.

Student Mental Health and Social And Emotional Learning

Mental illness in children: Know the signs

Mental health is the overall wellness of how you think, regulate your feelings and behave. A mental illness, or mental health disorder, is defined as patterns or changes in thinking, feeling or behaving that cause distress or disrupt a person's ability to function.

Mental health disorders in children are generally defined as delays or disruptions in developing age-appropriate thinking, behaviors, social skills or regulation of emotions. These problems are distressing to children and disrupt their ability to function well at home, in school or in other social situations.

5 Keys to Successful Social and Emotional Learning

Studies show that sustained and well-integrated social and emotional learning (SEL) engages students and improves achievement. Explore classroom practices that make up the most effective SEL programs.

Equity in the Classroom

Seven effective ways to promote equity in the classroom

As a teacher, how do you address the diverse needs of all students? 

Equity in the classroom, or supporting the outcomes of students of all backgrounds and abilities, is essential to a productive learning environment. 

However, promoting equity is complex. When teachers prioritize the needs of white students, boys/men, or the non-disabled, they create barriers for students of color, girls/women, and studies with disabilities. This presents yet another challenge for educators trying to help their students succeed. 

Friday, March 24, 2023

MzTeachuh's Meditations: Telling the Storm

This is not a photo of the Sea of Galilee--this is an actual photo of Lake Erie.

Peace! Be still! In our world, our nation, our homes, our hearts. 
 Mark 4:35:41 KJV
37 And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the ship, so that it was now full.
38 And he was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow: and they awake him, and say unto him, Master, carest thou not that we perish?
39 And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.

 Amplified Bible
 37 And a [a]fierce windstorm began to blow, and waves were breaking over the boat, so that it was already being swamped. 38 But Jesus was in the stern, asleep [with His head] on the [sailor’s leather] cushion. And they woke Him and said to Him, “Teacher, do You not care that we are about to die?” 39 And He got up and [sternly] rebuked the wind and said to the sea, “Hush, be still (muzzled)!” And the wind died down [as if it had grown weary] and there was [at once] a great calm [a perfect peacefulness]. 40 Jesus said to them, “Why are you afraid? Do you still have no faith and confidence [in Me]?”

The Amplified Bible is like a thesaurus of translation, giving synonyms and further elaboration. Perfect peacefulness sounds good.

I Told The Storm - Greg O'Quin 'N Joyful Noize 

"I Told The Storm"
Kirk Franklin

Even though your winds blow I want you to know
You cause me no alarm cause I'm safe in His arms
Even though your rain falls I can still make this call
Let there be peace now I can say go away
I command you to move today
Because of faith I have a brand new day
The sun will shine and I will be okay
That's what I told the storm
(the storm, the storm)

I told the storm (oh yes i did)
to pass (ohhhhh..)
storm you cant last (go away)
go away (I command..)
I command you to move today
(oh storm)Storm (when God speaks) when God speaks
Storm (you don't have a choice in the matter, you have to cease)
You have to cease (yes that's....)
thats what I told the storm (what I told the storm)
[repeat once more]

I told the storm
(No weapons formed against me shall prosper I don't have to worry about a thing)
I told the storm
(I'm more than a conqueror through Jesus Christ, and he's gonna bring me out alright)
I told the storm
(It's amazing grace that's brought me safe thus far, and grace is gonna lead me home)
I told the storm
(I stood on solid ground and told my storm and you need to tell your storm today)

(Oh wind) Wind stop blowing
(Flood stop flowing) Flood stop flowing
(Lightening stop flashing) Lightening stop flashing
(Breakers stop dashing) Breakers stop dashing
(Darkness go away) Darkness go away
(Clouds move away) Clouds move away
(That's what I told...) That's what I told the storm

(Oh death) Death can't take me
(Job can't make me) Job can't make me
(No matter how the fares of this world...) Bills can't break me ( may seem to way me down)
Disease can't shake me
You won't drown me
My God surrounds me
That's what I told the storm

That's what I told the storm [repeat until end and fade]

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