Sunday, February 19, 2017

All American Cheesy Jokes and Serious Thoughts

Hurrah for the red, white and silly. And Garfield has just the light hearted touch we sometimes need.

Try not to turn each of these jokes and riddles into too much of an opportunity to teach, though with younger children, you might have some 'splaining to do, Lucy.

Teacher: Where was the Declaration of Independence signed?
Student: On the bottom.

Teacher: The Declaration of Independence was written in Philadelphia. True or false?
Student: False. It was written in ink.

What did Paul Revere say at the end of his ride? I've got to get a softer saddle.

And just to be teachery, don't forget Longfellow's adventuresome poem, 'The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere.' It's so cheesy, kids love it.

Embarrassed someone saw my crack.
Keep in torch!
Did you hear the one about the Liberty Bell? Yeah, it cracked me up.

What did the visitor say as he left the Statue of Liberty? Keep in torch.

What did one flag say to another--nothing, it just waved.

'What kind of tea do Americans thirst for? Liber--ty. Ha ha.'
                                    What colonists told the most jokes? Punsylvanians.

Very good read.
Now for a serious thought. The greatest founding father, in my opinion, was John Adams. He supported all citizens, and did not believe in slavery, not a bit. He and his family had no connection with slavery at all. He argued in  the Continental Congress for the abolition of slavery, foreseeing the schism it would cause in a new America; which it surely did in the Civil War. He and his wife Abigail supported integration in their home town of Braintree, Massuchusetts, in the local school. John Adams had the education, brilliance and insight to see that the colonies needed to empower all the people no matter what; he worried that the British would treat the American colonies as they had Ireland. He was humble enough to recommend Thomas Jefferson be the compiler and writer of the Congress' thoughts, but historians know it was Adams who was the prime thinker. He was an innovative diplomat, a President who would see the big picture, and a faithful and loving husband and father. I think the latter should count for a lot. Thank you, John Adams, for taking care of baby America.

Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other. John Adams

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Educational Links 2/19/17


7 Essential Principles of Innovative Learning


What's Happening With Virtual Charter Schools This Year?

If School Isn’t For Collaborating, Why Does Anyone Come?

What is Asperger's?

Social Challenges of Kids With Learning Problems

When we think of children with learning challenges, we think of difficulty with reading or math, with being organized, with paying attention and staying focused in school. But many students with learning and attention disorders also have social and communication problems.

Man, this art is messing with my mind! Original Op Art

Victor Vasely Vonal Stri 1975

Victor Vasarely
The art seems to move--before animation.

Though Victor doesn't seem like a rave kind of guy in this pic--I felt his art needed some background music. BTW, they consider him to be the grandfather of op art.

Top 10 Electronic Music u should hear (only music - no lyrics)

Victor Vasarely Website


Outside art, too. Tribute to Malevitch (1954), Ciudad Universitaria de Caracas

Friday, February 17, 2017

Education Links 2/18/17


Are Teachers Becoming Obsolete?


Video: Why Executive Function Is So Important for Your Child

The way we teach most children to read sets them up to fail

Study: Teacher Satisfaction, Collaboration Are Keys to Student Achievement

Librarians: Information literacy is a must-have skill

Nearly half of librarians in a recent survey said their libraries do not advocate for information literacy as much as they should.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Educational Links 2/18/17

26 Research-Based Tips You Can Use in the Classroom Tomorrow

Podcasts and the Classroom

5 Math Apps That Are Great for Differentiation

Media Literacy: Five Ways Teachers Are Fighting Fake News

Can Virtual Reality “teach” empathy?

In her first public speech, DeVos praises a choice many endorse: magnet schools

Education Department Records Uptick In Special Ed Enrollment

The uptick appears to stem from an increase in the number of children identified with autism, developmental delay and a catch-all category known as “other health impairments.”
At the same time, national totals for kids with intellectual disability, multiple disabilities, the largest category — specific learning disabilities — and several other categories were largely flat.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Educational Links 2/16/17

Can Micro-credentials Create More Meaningful Professional Development For Teachers?

Uncertainties as Congress Takes Aim at ESSA Regulations

18 Incredible Digital Citizenship Web Resources for Teachers

Pupils with alcoholic parents are 'Britain's biggest secret scandal', MPs warn

My Child’s 504 Plan Doesn’t Seem to Be Working. Now What?

27 Unexpected But Totally Awesome #TeacherPerks

Betsy DeVos: I'll Look for Unnecessary Programs to Cut at the Education Dept.

26 Research-Based Tips You Can Use in the Classroom Tomorrow

26 Research-Based Tips You Can Use in the Classroom Tomorrow

With so many classroom research studies published daily, you can be forgiven for missing some. The techniques below are super-tactical and, for the most part, unsung strategies that you’ll be excited to try tomorrow.

Teaching Is Making A Kid Feel Uniquely Important

1. How Can Teachers Foster Self-Esteem in Children?

Teachers play an important role in nurturing a student's sense of dignity and self-worth. 

 2. Incorporating Cultural Diversity in the Classroom 

3. Social Emotional Learning

In the classroom, social skills come first. Keep kids on track with these ideas.

4. Social and Emotional Learning: What is it? How can we use it to help our children? 

5. Core Strategy: Social and
Emotional Learning

6. Why Champion Social and Emotional Learning?

It's not enough to simply fill students' brains with facts. Educators must also help children develop the skills to manage their emotions, resolve conflicts nonviolently, and make responsible decisions. 

7.  Build Self-Esteem in Children

Some Thoughts on Helping Children Build Self-Esteem

8. Self-Esteem