Sunday, March 24, 2019

Educational Links 3/25/19

How to Create The Perfect Set Of Class Rules

New bill would require California schools to restrict, ban students using smartphones

Response: Strategies for Effective Parent-Teacher Conferences

I’m Concerned My Child Might Have Dysgraphia. Now What?

The Coolest Ways Teachers Are Using Robots in the Classroom

How social studies can help young kids make sense of the world

Too Much Screen Time May Affect Children's Brain Development, Early Findings Show

Children who use smartphones, tablets, and video games more than seven hours a day are more likely to experience premature thinning of the cortex, the outermost layer of the brain that processes thought and action, according to a new study released by the National Institutes of Health.


Maranatha! 2 - Jesus Is All That We Need (1972)

Saturday, March 23, 2019

Educational Links 3/24/19

The Big List of Student Contests and Competitions

Decluttering Your Classroom

Will new standards improve elementary science education?science instruction, 

Why Writing Is So Painful for Kids with ADHD

Why Teacher-Student Relationships Matter

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Basics

Student Complaints as Teachable Moments

Students’ critical comments may throw new teachers off, but they can be useful for sparking engagement and learning.

Friday, March 22, 2019

What is Personalized Learning?

8 Tips For Successful Implementation of Personalized Learning + Infographic

Educational Links 3/23/19

Scaffold Reflection for Deeper Metacognition and Better Feedback


26 Must-Watch TED Talks to Spark Student Discussions

Tips for Calming Anxious Kids

“I Think With My Feelings and See With My Heart:” A Child’s-Eye View of ADHD

7 April Fools’ Pranks for Teachers That Will Melt the Minds of Students

How to help struggling young readers

 The end of third grade is a turning point for young readers; it’s where skilled readers take off, finally able to competently read a variety of texts, and struggling readers teeter off track, often unable to ever catch up. This crucial juncture and its far-reaching implications for those who don’t meet the mark is why some educators are focusing their literacy efforts on the school years that come before third grade — hoping through innovation to offset what could be a terrible and lasting deficit in children’s reading skills.

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Educational Links 3/22/19

Changing How The World Sees Disability One Photo At A Time

Accountability, education reforms and a failure to embrace technology are all blamed for teachers' excessive overtime

Challenging The Average

Chief Privacy Officers: The Unicorns of K-12 Education

Creative Ways To Get Kids To Thrive In School

Why do teachers work more overtime than anyone else?

Accountability, education reforms and a failure to embrace technology are all blamed for teachers' excessive overtime.

Vincent: Not Wandering Lonely As A Cloud

Vincent Willem van Gogh, Dutch, 1853 ‑ 1890. Oil on canvas, 19 1/2 x 39 1/4 inches (49.5 x 99.7 cm). Cincinnati Art Museum, Bequest of Mary E. Johnston
My first daffodil this year.

Daffodils are starting to blossom in my part of the world, and always remind me of Wordsworth's famous poem, 'Daffodils,' also called, 'I Wandered Lonely As A Cloud.' It is the narrative of an introspective poet taking a countryside hike and as he walks over a slight hill, encounters the serendipity of thousands of daffodils.

Here is a thoughtful piece of Impressionistic music:

Debussy - Reverie

Vincent illustrates a similar encounter with a couple. Love the warmth of Van Gogh.

I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud

By William Wordsworth

I wandered lonely as a cloud

That floats on high o'er vales and hills,

When all at once I saw a crowd,

A host, of golden daffodils;

Beside the lake, beneath the trees,

Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.

Continuous as the stars that shine

And twinkle on the milky way,

They stretched in never-ending line

Along the margin of a bay:

Ten thousand saw I at a glance,

Tossing their heads in sprightly dance.

The waves beside them danced; but they

Out-did the sparkling waves in glee:

A poet could not but be gay,

In such a jocund company:

I gazed—and gazed—but little thought

What wealth the show to me had brought:

For oft, when on my couch I lie

In vacant or in pensive mood,

They flash upon that inward eye

Which is the bliss of solitude;

And then my heart with pleasure fills,

And dances with the daffodils. 
Check out the excellent resource that is the Poetry Foundation-- and maybe introduce a 'Poem of the Week,'  which is the quickest way to get to the top Bloom's Taxonomy.