Sunday, January 22, 2017

Aww Garsh--Love Songs for Valentine's Day #1

Study for a Variant, Adobe, Wassily Kandinsky 1936

Peter, Paul and Mary - The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face


The first time ever I saw your face
I thought the sun rose in your eyes
And the moon and stars were the gifts you gave
To the dark and the empty skies my love
To the dark and the empty skies.

The first time ever I kissed your mouth
I felt the earth move in my hand
Like the trembling heart of a captive bird
That was there at my command my love
That was there at my command.

The first time ever I held you near
And felt your heartbeat close to mine
I thought our joy would fill the world
And would last till the end of time my love
And would last till the end of time.

Educational Links 1/23/17

Say It With Your Hands

What Inclusion Means to Me

Assistive Technology for Math

There are many ways to access AT tools for math. You can find traditional “low-tech” classroom tools, like rulers, basic calculators and graph paper—including calculators with large numbers and symbols and graph paper with large graph squares—at a school supply store. Your child’s teacher may also be able to provide these tools.
There are also adaptive tools designed for kids with math issues. A common adaptive tool is manipulatives like blocks and number lines. The school may provide these in your child’s classroom. But you can also buy them online.

Today, however, lots of AT tools for math are being used on one of three computer platforms for assistive technology:

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Educational Links 1/22/17

The Batman Effect: What My Research Shows About Pretend Play and Executive Functioning

Small Changes in Teaching: The First 5 Minutes of Class

Exclusive: Schools may try to 'lose' vulnerable pupils 

Why you should never focus on teaching someone with Asperger's social skills first (and what to do instead

Civic Engagement in the Digital Age

Top Four Ways to Support Title I Teachers

Does growing student diversity mean a renewed focus on personalized learning?

Research shows that diversity in today’s students (e.g. socio-economic background, gender, race, and previous learning experiences) is greater than ever before. In fact, a conservative 30-40 percent of students may require an alternate learning path or support during their learning, since a diverse student body means different strengths and weaknesses for each individual student.

Friday, January 20, 2017

Educational Links 1/21/17

With More Exposure to Science, English-Learners' Achievement Soared

Five Compelling Reasons For Teaching Spatial Reasoning To Young Children

Raise expectations, raise outcomes: Why we need equity in the special education system

At a Glance: What Anxiety Looks Like in Kids

Hate PD? Try Voluntary Piloting.

What We Know About the Long-Term Effects of ADHD Medications

5 Effective Teaching Strategies for Reading

As you know, reading is a fundamental skill that we all use every day of our lives. From reading the mail to a food menu, to reading your text messages and email, there is no escaping it, reading is everywhere. This makes the development of proficient reading skills for primary learners even more essential -- not only for their academic success, but for their daily lives as well.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Educational Links 1/20/17

I get what you want us not to do, but what should we do? Getting higher test scores.

States cut in half the number of K-12 students lacking high-speed broadband

17 Ways to Help Students With ADHD Concentrate

Personalized Learning Isn’t Just for “Big Kids”

Five Principles of Courageous School Leadership

How Education Is Failing Rural America

Home Visits 101

Teachers often find themselves wondering why their efforts at organizing opportunities for parents to become more involved in classroom activities do not pan out. They send written reminders home with their students, make phone calls, email, and text. When their repeated attempts to communicate with parents are left unanswered, many teachers become discouraged and begin making negative assumptions about parents’ involvement.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Educational Links 1/19/17


Why Teachers Need Formative Assessment Too

Successful education requires a stronger student voice

The Difference Between Teasing and Bullying

5 state policies to sustain computer science education

Millions more jobs in fields like advanced manufacturing, business and medicine will also require individuals to possess high-level computing skills in areas like software development, programming and network maintenance. These jobs are sometimes characterized as requiring “double-deep skills”–significant computing expertise in addition to knowledge of the field.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Educational Links 1/18/17

How Technology Can Address Maslow’s Hierarchy Of Needs

How to use student voice to improve engagement

What Do Successful Teachers Do with the First Hour of Their Work Day?

The Beauty and Chaos of Free Play

A Dispatch From the Outgoing U.S. Education Secretary

Assistive Technology Devices and Services

3 Ways To Fall In Love with Teaching Again

There’s an old saying that the things that change your life are the books you read, the places you go, and the people you meet. But I’d like to add a fourth: the challenges you face (and how you face them) will always change your life. If we want our students to respond to challenges with creativity and inventiveness, we must create the conditions in which innovation is not only possible but encouraged. You don’t help students learn to invent by giving worksheets or cookie-cutter assignments. In fact, these one-size-fits-all approaches may actually take up the time that could be used for such creativity.