Saturday, May 18, 2019

Educational Links 5/19/19

Equity in Education: Where to Begin?

How student-created VR can enhance SEL and special ed

Following the lessons of learning science in schools isn’t convenient

‘We must end the unconscious bias in teaching’

How Teacher Training Falls Short for English-Learners and Students With IEPs

Why You Really, Absolutely Shouldn't Change the English Curriculum

Friday, May 17, 2019

Educational Links 5/18/19

How Can Teachers Bounce Back From Failure?

Experienced teachers key in California districts that ‘beat the odds’

It’s Time To Think Differently About Writing In The Classroom

THREE THINGS TO TRY IN WRITING WORKSHOP BEFORE THE END OF THE SCHOOL YEAR, equity, reflection, -writing-workshop-before-the-end-of-the-school-year/?fbclid=IwAR0RbmF3uyrWiPZzygVldZTjbzXvnRIf3kzqapaRM1F89FqHUF-oa8kf5Js

Motivating Reluctant STEAM Learners: Changing how you assess can inspire students

I, Too, Am America: Making All Students Feel Like They Belong

Treating Reflection as a Habit, Not an Event

Regular reflection helps students learn, and some simple strategies can make it a regular and meaningful routine.

The Sky Is Cheap Entertainment: Full Flower Moon! And It's Blue

Blue, Full Flower Moon Coming Soon


Thursday, May 16, 2019

Educational Links 5/17/19

17 Things Teachers Wish People Understood About Teaching

Communicating in Crisis – How Preparedness Leads to Successful Crisis Management

Teacher qualifications best predictor of student success

House Appropriations Labor-HHS-Education Committee Increases Education Funding

What Is Trauma-Informed Teaching?

Restorative Justice in the English Language Arts Classroom

Students Learn Less When They Sense Teacher Hostility

Just as many students have stories of their favorite, inspirational teacher, many also can recall at least one class spent living in dread of a teacher's acid comments. Maybe the teacher wanted to project take-no-guff sternness, or considered sarcasm the way to connect with adolescents.
Regardless of the reason, those teachers may have hurt their students' academic progress, according to a new study in the journal Communication Education.

Hey, Meet Me At Recess By the Swings!

Fitness expert has games for a 'trouble-free' playground

1. Recess Makes Kids Smarter 

2. Yay for Recess: Pediatricians Say It’s as Important as Math or Reading 

3. The 3 R’s? A Fourth Is Crucial, Too: Recess 

4. The Role of Recess in Children’s Cognitive
Performance and School Adjustment 
5. The True Loss of Recess

All-American Music To Grill To

This is mostly for Americans. And maybe you wish to grill in quiet--that's okay, too.
Multi-generational fun.
But for us in the States, these might be fun tunes.
1. Born in the U S A Bruce Springsteen

A traditional song sung with soul.
2. Ray Charles - "America, the Beautiful" 

Maybe this is Juneteenth.
The History of Juneteenth

This includes some good ole America poetry with the music.

3. Ragged Old Flag * Johnny Cash * USA 

Johnny makes non-verbal comment. 

 While we're on Johnny Cash and poetry, the lyrics began as a poem by Julia Ward Howe

4. Johnny Cash sings The Battle Hymn Of The Republic

Friends can have a cook out, too.

5. Simon & Garfunkel - American Tune

6. Bob Dylan "With God on our side"

7.  Creedence Clearwater Revival - "Fortunate Son"

Good field for football later, soccer, or baseball. 

Here's classical based on the Quaker tune, "Simple Gifts." Another poem.

'Tis the gift to be simple, 'tis the gift to be free
'Tis the gift to come down where we ought to be,
And when we find ourselves in the place just right,
'Twill be in the valley of love and delight.
When true simplicity is gain'd,
To bow and to bend we shan't be asham'd,
To turn, turn will be our delight,
Till by turning, turning we come 'round right.[2]
Earliest American Bar B Que: Jamestown

8.  Aaron Copland - "Appalachian Spring" 

9. God Bless The USA (Lee Greenwood) 

Little known fact about Jimi Hendrix--he served in the U S Army as a paratrooper. 

Jimi in the 101st


10. Jimi Hendrix - "The Star-Spangled Banner"

And just a little homage to my home state--

11. The Beach Boys California Girls

Beautiful place for a picnic

I've heard many folks say, who were from other nations on the continents of North and South America, that they, too, could claimed to be Americans.

America the Multicultural.

So, here is Celine, our Canadian friend, to sing God Bless America.

12. God Bless America - Celine Dion (With Lyrics & History) 

 Don't forget the marshmallows and s'mores.

Here's a Youtube link to all this music from my Youtube site:

All American Music To Grill To

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Major Ed Websites for Teacher Resources (Truly Excellent!)

Major educational websites have topical resources that are both helpful and fascinating.


Find resources to help build an inclusive school community for students from different cultural, socioeconomic, and linguistic backgrounds and for children with unique instructional needs. 

The Teacher’s Guides To Technology And Learning
This part of Edudemic is meant to offer you, the teacher, some of the best and most popular resources available today. We’ve combed through hundreds of resources in order to narrow down our guides into something easy to read, easy to use, and easy to share. 

Common Core Archives

Articles concerning learning theory, curriculum design, and the use of technology in support of the standards.


Teaching Strategies 

Ed tech use, bilingual instruction, teaching methods, teacher collaboration, parent communication, gaming--all the important topics for education. 


Learning Disabilities

Learning disabilities (LD) are neurological disorders that can make it difficult to acquire certain academic and social skills. They are not the result of poor intelligence or laziness. Knowledge about LD will allow you and your child to advocate for success in learning and in life. Find out more by exploring the sections below. Learning Disabilities


 Teaching Reading

Articles, webcasts, videos for teachers on ELA skills and early literacy.