Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Educational Links 3/23/17

Anatomy of School Bullying

Does Processing Speed Vary From Task to Task?


School Vouchers: What You Need to Know


A Continuum on Personalized Learning: First Draft


You Probably Believe Some Learning Myths: Take Our Quiz To Find Out


When Students Know More About Technology Than Their Teachers


High Court Backs More Robust Standard For FAPE


In a unanimous ruling with major implications for special education, the U.S. Supreme Court said that public schools must provide students with disabilities more than a minimal benefit.
The decision issued Wednesday comes in a case known as Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District, which pitted the parents of a Colorado boy with autism against their school district.
After Endrew F. made little progress attending public school, his parents placed him at a private school and sought reimbursement. However, a lower court rejected their claim saying that reimbursement was unwarranted since the boy received “some” educational benefit.

Nature, My Garden, and Me: OMG! Daffodils, Tulips, Iris and Friends!

Mendax and the varied daffies.
Wild mustard, daffies, and tulips.
The blooms of early spring--I get so jazzed, like a little kid-- more fun than opening Christmas gifts. This is the best side of 'reaping what you sow' which is usually a solemn warning about wild oats--but in the garden it is wonderful advice for future floral joy.

The bees overwinter here, so I allowed the wild mustard and dandelions to grow. Bees don't considered them weeds--wildflowers , maybe. I will admit to thinning out the mustard, and dandelions in the more 'dignified' parts of the Butterfly Garden to have less competition for water when I plant sunflowers, lantana, and other annuals. The back garden, much more of a Wildlife Refuge, will have lots of whatever 'weeds' (wildflowers?) choose to survive the high desert here SoCal.

Iris making a grand entrance.
Early morning, closed tulips waiting to open.

New tulip bulbs in what will soon be in the vibrant Rose Garden. White House, eat your heart out. Old iris tubers were transplanted 2 years ago and chose this year to be spectacular--Van Gogh would love these!





I purchased collections of bulbs online, called 'English Garden' and 'Cottage Garden.' That's funny, my garden climate is so far from an English garden, and I do not have a cottage, but a little mission style home--but the variety of bulbs are welcome, and doing well after a satisfactory El Nino winter.
Hyacinth--perfumes to whole neighborhood.
Crocus outside Mendax' door.

All the effort in the summer and autumn, the choosing and purchasing online bulbs from around the world; the gathering of bulbs from my garden shelves in the laundry room; the dig-dig-digging during the hot desert days--all is nothing compared to the scent and site of the hyacinth!
Master Liberamens on Tulip Memorial Day.


The splash of color on a late winter's day--crocus and daffodils in February, tulips and hyacinth in March, iris making a royal appearance--very cheerful, reminding there is warmth and anticipation for spring.

Anemone--also red and white.

Crocus, intense, tiny beauty.
Grape hyacinth.



I sort of have a 'Chef's Garden,' I say sort of, because I am truly not a chef or even a particularly good cook. But I love to grow herbs, garlic, onions, working on greens. Just the smell of the mint and rosemary is worth it. But I digress. I plunked some flower bulbs in my backyard herb/veg area--so while  I wait for Tre Verde--spinach, chard, and kale--I have hilarious flowers and very pleased bees.
Early spring in the herb--oops--bulb flower garden. My funky little solar water fountain looking to catch some sunlight is in the center.



Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Here Comes the Sun (Eventually) Harrison and Monet

Fields in Spring, Claude Monet

Here Comes the Sun 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GwmVfewqu7I


Here comes the sun, here comes the sun
And I say it's all right

Little darling, it's been a long cold lonely winter
Little darling, it feels like years since it's been here

Here comes the sun, here comes the sun
And I say it's all right

Little darling, the smiles returning to the faces
Little darling, it seems like years since it's been here

Here comes the sun, here comes the sun
And I say it's all right

Sun, sun, sun, here it comes
Sun, sun, sun, here it comes
Sun, sun, sun, here it comes
Sun, sun, sun, here it comes
Sun, sun, sun, here it comes

Little darling, I feel that ice is slowly melting
Little darling, it seems like years since it's been clear

Here comes the sun, here comes the sun
And I say it's all right
Here comes the sun, here comes the sun
It's all right, it's all right


Educational Links 3/22/17



4 Tools To Help Kids Understand Conflict and Self-Control


Special Education Advocacy and the Quality of Life
http://www.makespecialeducationwork.com/special-education-advocacy-quality-life/#sthash.Y9IAtolY.Oa2hnJhb.dpbs


Betsy DeVos to State Chiefs: Time for Ed. Dept. to 'Let You Do Your Job'



Parents Guide to Developmental Milestones



What If Students Only Went to School Four Days a Week?


The Difference Between Dyspraxia and Dysgraphia


An unexpected consequence for kids who sit too much


The list of consequences for kids forced to sit too long is a lengthy one. Among other things, sitting is now considered as detrimental to health as is smoking (the human body was built to move!). Research also has shown us that sitting increases fatigue and reduces concentration, neither of which is an optimal condition for learning. And we all know that young children need to physically experience concepts to best understand them. So, when I tell you that too much sitting in classrooms also leads to an inability to master body and spatial awareness, you might think that it’s no big deal, considering the other consequences.

World Poetry Day: Don't Like Poetry? Betcha Do


...don't forget all those Valentine's rhymes!



 You say you don't like poetry--I doubt that. We just have to establish what we mean by poetry.


That come-on line is nothing but poetry.

Yes, you enjoyed a movie that is all poetry.


Romeo + Juliet


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Romeo_%2B_Juliet 


Sing in the shower? Those lyrics are poetry.

Adele - Hello

Hello, it's me
I was wondering if after all these years you'd like to meet
To go over everything
They say that time's supposed to heal ya
But I ain't done much healing
Hello, can you hear me
I'm in California dreaming about who we used to be
When we were younger and free
I've forgotten how it felt before the world fell at our feet
There's such a difference between us
And a million miles
Hello from the other side
I must have called a thousand times
To tell you I'm sorry for everything that I've done
But when I call you never seem to be home
Hello from the outside
At least I can say that I've tried
To tell you I'm sorry for breaking your heart
But it don't matter it clearly doesn't tear you apart anymore
Hello, how are you?
It's so typical of me to talk about myself I'm sorry
I hope that you're well
Did you ever make it out of that town where nothing ever happened
It's no secret that the both of us
Are running out of time
So hello from the other side
I must have called a thousand times
To tell you I'm sorry for everything that I've done
But when I call you never seem to be home
Hello from the outside
At least I can say that I've tried
To tell you I'm sorry for breaking your heart
But it don't matter it clearly doesn't tear you apart anymore
Ooooohh, anymore
Ooooohh, anymore
Ooooohh, anymore
Anymore
Hello from the other side
I must have called a thousand times
To tell you I'm sorry for everything that I've done
But when I call you never seem to be home
Hello from the outside
At least I can say that I've tried
To tell you I'm sorry for breaking your heart
But it don't matter it clearly doesn't tear you apart anymore


The Cat in the Hat--even my name is poetry.

You can't say you never liked Dr. Seuss--what's that--you forgot it was poetry?





The Cat in the Hat


http://www.seussville.com/books/book_detail.php?isbn=9780394800011 


     


Betting you have quoted poetry, though maybe not all at once.


Tis better to have loved and lost/Than never to have loved at all  Tennyson To err is human; to forgive, divine  Alexander Pope  A thing of beauty is a joy forever  KeatsAnd miles to go before I sleep  Robert Frost Hope springs eternal in the human breast  Alexander Pope To be or not to be: that is the question Shakespeare I know why the caged bird sings Maya Angelou O Romeo, Romeo; wherefore art thou Romeo Shakespeare...there's no joy in Mudville, the mighty Casey has struck out.Thayer


You probably chuckled at the Limerick about the girl from Venus, but I won't print that since this is a family edublog. But this poem  might make you smile, especially noting the poet.


The marriage of poor Kim Kardashian
Was krushed like a kar in a krashian.
Her Kris kried, "Not fair!
Why kan't I keep my share?" 
But Kardashian fell klean outa fashian.
—Salman Rushdie 


Maybe you didn't realize you were accessing poetry during spiritual moments. The Psalms are poems, like the most quoted Psalm 23.
Lena Moore Psalm 23 Quilt ca. 1930 Collection of Janet M. Green "Talking Quilts" American Folk Art Museum
Remember when you were in ninth grade and you kind of liked that wild story with the Greek guy and all the monsters like the Cyclops and the crazy-haired Medusa? 

That was poetry, thanks to Homer, not Simpson. The Odyssey by Homer.
Cyclops AKA Claymation
 


Achilles AKA Brad Pitt.








 And don't forget Achilles, not the heel. The Illiad(and the story of Troy) was  a poem, too.


 Speaking of Homer Simpson, here is my last evidentiary item. You enjoyed "The Raven: the Simpson's Version." I know you did. Though they did a really Poe job of it. (Ha, English major joke.)



The Raven: The Simpsons Version


http://www.teachertube.com/viewVideo.php?video_id=251203 


Poetry...you like poetry. Told ya so.

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Monday, March 20, 2017

Educational Links 3/21/17

      

O   TOP 10 SITES TO HELP STUDENTS CHECK THEIR FACTS

The Elephant In The (Staff) Room - Why We Need To Talk About Teacher Wellbeing


Why Autism Diagnoses Are Often Delayed


Preparation for the New World of Work


Why Even Great Teaching Strategies Can Backfire And What To Do About It


The Difference Between Sensory Processing Issues and ADHD

Disagree With a Student’s Opinion?


Principal of a School on the Edge


U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos delivered what's become her standard prescription for K-12 education—school choice, state flexibility, and rollback of federal intrusion—to a roomful of state school board members gathered for a legislative conference here Monday. 
"Common sense doesn't win out in Washington," she said to members of the National Association of State Boards of Education. "The [U.S. Department of Education] has created roadblocks for states in the past, and it's not right or acceptable. It's time for the department to get out of the way to let you do your job."   

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Educational Links 3/20/17

WHY THE NEXT 10 YEARS OF EDTECH WILL CRUSH THE LAST 10


9 must-read blogs for innovative teachers


5 Things for Educators to Consider About Neil Gorsuch's Confirmation Hearing


Five steps to faster, better lesson planning


Poetry Across the Curriculum


What’s ADHD (and What’s Not) in the Classroom

Starting Out with Project-Based Learning


Maximizing Your Feedback’s Impact


“If we want feedback to have maximum impact on learners’ development, then how learners engage with and implement feedback is just as crucial as the quality and timing of the feedback itself. No matter how high quality the feedback teachers provide, it will never have high impact unless we support learners to become ‘proactive recipients’ of feedback.”