Friday, July 20, 2018

Educational Links 7/21/18

Four Qualities of The Most Useful Apps For The Classroom


50th Anniversay of Inclusion--Special Olympics

Classroom Management to Discover Student Strengths

How to Use Blended Play for Classroom Review Games

6 teacher recommendations to help students with math

Are You Doing Recess Right? A New Tool Can Help

An analysis of nearly 500 playgrounds finds that recess can be optimized to build social skills and relationships.

Next Semester: ...we'll have plants in the classroom

Just a little bit more planning and maintenance and your class has fresh oxygen, color, STEM motivation, and a little bit of elegance. Plants in the class!

15 houseplants for improving indoor air quality 

The Best Air-Purifying Plants 

 The 15 easiest indoor house plants that won't die on you

Easy Classroom Houseplants 

  Best Plants for the Classroom

Do You Keep Plants In Your Classroom? 

The Psychology of Nature


Summer Bump Not Slump: MzTeachuh's Top 20 Movies To Watch

Maybe watching 'Rudy'?
You've got the time, you've got the audience. So share some of your favorite movies with your kids. It's almost, almost, like an important reading list. But films that were central to our growing up, and our cultural experience are worth sharing. And making a special occasion creates a lasting bond as the older generation shares experiences and preferences from your own life with your kids. Some of these films may be famous, but that doesn't mean your 14 year old ever heard of it. Let them know why you chose this film, what it represented to your generation at the time, why you want to watch it with them. Be conscious of appropriate ratings for your audience.

Here are some of my favorites, that I also think are important to view for a cultural background. I watch a lot of television and movies (documentaries, too.)
Hurrah for Hulu and Netflix!
Set a time to watch when it is really too hot to go outside, or you are replacing Xbox time. 

 In no particular order, here is MzTeachuh's Top Twenty Movies to Watch:

Forrest Gump (1994)

Lincoln (2012)

Men in Black (1997) 

Frankenstein (1931) 

A Hard Day's Night (1964) 

Selma (2014)

All in the Indiana Jones series, but especially  

Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) 

All in the series, but especially The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) 

All Mel Brooks' films, but especially  The Producers (1967) 

A Patch of Blue (1965) 

Gravity (2013) 

Sleepless in Seattle (1993) 

Schindler's List (1993) 

Glory (1989) 

All Episodes--but definitely Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) 

The Sound of Music (1965) - IMDb 

Saving Private Ryan (1998) 

My Left Foot (1989)  

Gone with the Wind (1939)

  Here are a couple lists from experts:

The 55 Essential Movies Kids Must Experience (Before They Turn 13) 



Thursday, July 19, 2018

Educational Links 7/20/19

Behind The Campaign To Get Teachers To Leave Their Unions

Why Critical Hope May Be the Resource Kids Need Most From Their Teachers

7 Shifts To Create A Classroom Of The Future

Shocker – NOT: Study Finds Not Sweating The Small Stuff Is A Good Classroom Management Strategy

A Different Kind of Education


What You Need to Know About Neurodiversityneurodiversity

“Neurological differences like autism or ADHD are considered to be dysfunctional, disorders, and disabilities under the medical model of mental health,” she explained. “When most of us think of diversity, we think of things like race or sexual orientation. But there’s a different kind of diversity you might not know about: neurodiversity.”

'I Paint Flowers So They Won't Die.' So said Frida.

Folk Flowers, Frida Kahlo
Born in Coyoacán, Mexico, young Frida's life was punctuated by prominent events: polio, the Mexican Revolution, and a horrific bus accident among them. Recovery from the bus trauma left her isolated and in extreme pain; painting became her distraction and solace. Self-portraits were her frequent focus, as she explained, "I paint myself because I am so often alone and because I am the subject I know best."

Long celebrated as a folk icon in her homeland, it was not until the 1980s, well after her 1954 death, that Kahlo became widely recognized for her artistic skill. Now, her brightly-colored, often surreal artwork is in high demand. She has also been memorialized in movies and songs, on currency, and in countless books. Her birthplace and adult residence, The Blue House, is maintained today as a museum in her honor.

From the marvelous website, A Mighty Girl

Self-Portrait with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird, 1940

Hey Teach--Get a PLN

How Teachers Are Learning: Professional Development Remix

10 Reasons Every Teacher Needs A Professional Learning Network

Personalized Learning as Teacher Development?

Teacher To Teacher: My Journey To Personalized Learning

What is a PLN? Why Do I Need One?

Personal Learning Network

Great educators never stop learning. Discover and share new ways to collaborate, network, grow and vent with fellow educators in person and online.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Educational Links 7/19/18

The Learning And Design Principles Of Connected Learning

The New Librarian: Building confidence through coding

New Study Finds – Wait For It – More Money For Education Helps Students & Teachers

Empowering Kids In An Anxious World

Talk Of Segregating People With Disabilities Alarms Members Of Congress

Effective EdTech Developers Listen to Educators


Affirmative action has roots going back to 1957, with the Civil Right Movement. As part of the Civil Rights Act, college admissions officers were tasked with the responsibility of ensuring that higher education is equally available to all students regardless of race or ethnicity. Historically, most colleges and universities have taken this mandate even farther with policies that actively pursue racial and ethnic diversity on their campuses.
In the last few years, such policies have become increasingly controversial. Here is a look at some of the issues around affirmative action and where it may be headed in the future.