Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Who Told You Stories and Sang You Songs?

Grandmother Storyteller by Ada Suina, Cochiti New Mexico

I'm giving this one to Grandma.

Mother's Day. May 14. Don't forget Granny.

Check out the pottery from New Mexico:

Pueblo Storytellers



This is a little ceramic piece I found at Furnace Springs, Death Valley, CAL. I wish I could hear what Grandma was singing.

National Poetry Month: Poem #20

Cosmos bipinnatus, commonly called the garden cosmos or Mexican aster. And it's in my front yard!

The Cosmos in a Cosmos 

William Blake


To see a world in a grain of sand,
And a heaven in a wild flower,
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand,
And eternity in an hour.


Not to get all Carl Sagan or Neil deGrasse Tyson
on you, but with so many heated discussions pro and con 

about intelligent design, I'm taking a moment to think of Artistic Design. 


Here is the last verse of Blake's poem.


God appears, and God is light,
To those poor souls who dwell in night;
But does a human form display
To those who dwell in realms of day. 


Here is the entirety of William Blake's poem, remember, he is considered a mystic.

I see him as a caring person with a heart for the poor.


William Blake - Auguries of Innocence


William Blake


Reverie: A State of Abstracted Musing

Starry Night by Van Gogh
I've never noticed that little church in the center of the painting before.

Reverie by Claude Debussy.


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

  • Subject: Social/Emotional Health  

Monday, April 24, 2017

Educational Links 4/25/17

10 Reasons to Take Advantage of the Every Kid in a Park Initiative

How Many States Are Following Federal Restraint and Seclusion Guidelines?

A Mindset Shift to Continue Supporting the Most Frustrating Kids

Teaching Students to Set a Purpose for Reading

The four ways we can train teachers to use technology that hasn’t been invented yet

How the Challenge of Creating Balanced Classrooms Completely Changed My Career

Building Choice Into Your Students’ Reading

As more and more teachers are building choice reading time into their daily classroom schedules, making a variety of books available to a diverse group of students can be challenging. Inspired and challenged by several teachers 
to incorporate daily independent reading into class, I have set aside 15 minutes in each 90 minutes block for independent choice reading.

Who's Praying for You?

"Virgin in Prayer" by Giovanni Battista Silva
Bet your mom is.

Mother's Day is May 14, 2017. Sunday.

National Poetry Month: #19

Romeo and Juliet, 1968, Franco Zeffirelli
Romeo & Juliet, Act 2 Scene 2, spoken by Romeo

But, soft! what light through yonder window breaks?
It is the east, and Juliet is the sun.
Arise, fair sun, and kill the envious moon,
Who is already sick and pale with grief,
That thou her maid art far more fair than she:
Be not her maid, since she is envious;
Her vestal livery is but sick and green
And none but fools do wear it; cast it off.
It is my lady, O, it is my love!
O, that she knew she were!
She speaks yet she says nothing: what of that?
Her eye discourses; I will answer it.
I am too bold, ’tis not to me she speaks:
Two of the fairest stars in all the heaven,
Having some business, do entreat her eyes
To twinkle in their spheres till they return.
What if her eyes were there, they in her head?
The brightness of her cheek would shame those stars,
As daylight doth a lamp; her eyes in heaven
Would through the airy region stream so bright
That birds would sing and think it were not night.
See, how she leans her cheek upon her hand!
O, that I were a glove upon that hand,
That I might touch that cheek!

Balcony scene from Romeo & Juliet