Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Educational Links 2/21/18

Wikispaces is Closing - Here Are Some Alternatives

"Yes, I Am a Teacher, a Very Good Teacher, but I Need Help Too"


The Link Between Autism and Violence Isn’t Autism

Can I give you some feedback? And other ways to not offer ideas

Setting the Tone for All Learners with Visual Cues


These differences in ability are not just academic. Think of your own classrooms and the different behaviors and social skills you navigate each day. We have kids all over the place — so we teachers are going to be teaching all over the place.

Monday, February 19, 2018

Educational Links 2/19/18

The Best of Arts in Education

5 Things I Wish People Knew About Parenting a Child With Sensory Processing Issues


Students Who Lived Through Florida Shooting Turn Rage Into Activism

How Should Schools Acknowledge Black History Month?


Days of Remembrance: JFK’s and Lincoln’s Legacies in the Classroom


School Safety Training Program Founder On Preparing For A Shooting

INSKEEP: So if you have that advantage of numbers, are you saying that students and teachers should flee in every direction, or are you suggesting confronting the shooter in some way?

CRANE: I'm suggesting you teach them to do both, and you let them make that decision. You know, it - there's two ways you will survive these events if contact is made with a determined killer. You will either find a way to remove yourself from that danger area, or the good guys will take back control, and we will render the danger area no longer dangerous. It doesn't take a good guy with a gun to beat a bad guy with a gun.

Black History Month: Kirk Franklin

Revolution https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jr41skFqzb8

The musicality invigorates your entire brain--beat, rhythm,harmony, lyrics (sometimes Gospel, sometime hip-hop.) The musicianship- a variety of instruments reminiscent of Quincy Jones with Michael Jackson-is superior. But somehow Kirk Franklin's music is also spiritual, like the Ave Maria or Mahalia Jackson. That's his goal. 

Kirk Franklin has shared his story of humble beginnings in Fort Worth, his missteps, his victories. All the time never deviating from his faith in Jesus. He will upset more traditional Christians be associating with musicians that are considered way too wicked--but I hear Jesus did that, too.

Here are some of my favorites--having a tough time? need encouragement? feel like worshiping? feel like stomping? Here you go. 
 Like the lyrics in Brighter Day-

I never knew I could be so happy
And I never knew I'd be so secure because of your love
Life has brand new meaning
It's gonna be a brighter day, brighter day

The Storm is Over Now

Brighter Day - Kirk Franklin


Kirk Franklin - Melodies From Heaven

And of course,

Kirk Franklin - Stomp

Gospel Star Kirk Franklin Wants To Help You Lose Your Religion

Kirk Franklin on How to Live Above Life's Storms


How Kirk Franklin Is Pushing the Boundaries of Gospel

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Educational Links 2/19/18

Infographic: Which Content Areas Are Most Valuable In Real Life?

How YA Novels Help Teachers Build Empathy

Help students show their learning with these 4 apps

Modeling Assertiveness With Students

NPR Segment on Teaching About Slavery Features Zinn Education Project

Giving Constructive Lesson Feedback

The most effective feedback allows for the colleague to engage in the conversation and you both construct steps forward together. This can be applied to lessons both above and below the expected standard. Here two feedback models show how to structure these conversations effectively.

Black History Month: My Brother's Keeper

History is happening right now.

My Brother's Keeper

“That’s what ‘My Brother’s Keeper’ is all about. Helping more of our young people stay on track. Providing the support they need to think more broadly about their future. Building on what works – when it works, in those critical life-changing moments.”
President Barack Obama, February 27, 2014

My Brother’s Keeper Community Challenge
In September 2014, President Obama issued a challenge to cities, towns, counties and tribes across the country to become “MBK Communities.” This challenge represents a call to action for all members of our communities, and mayors in particular, as they often sit at the intersection of many of the vital forces and structural components needed to enact sustainable change through policy, programs, and partnerships.
The MBK Community Challenge encourages communities (cities, rural municipalities, and tribal nations) to implement a coherent cradle-to-college-and-career strategy for improving the life outcomes of all young people to ensure that they can reach their full potential, regardless of who they are, where they come from, or the circumstances into which they are born.
The six goals of the Challenge are:
  • Ensuring all children enter school cognitively, physically, socially and emotionally ready
  • Ensuring all children read at grade level by 3rd grade
  • Ensuring all youth graduate from high school
  • Ensuring all youth complete post-secondary education or training
  • Ensuring all youth out of school are employed
  • Ensuring all youth remain safe from violent crime

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Black History Month: Oprah

Oprah Winfrey Biography


13 black women who’ve changed history 


Oprah Charity Work, Events and Causes


Oprah Winfrey, John Legend March in Selma With Film's Stars for MLK Day: Photos


Movies Featuring Oprah Winfrey in Acting or Voice Roles





Educational Links 2/18/18

     Managing the Oppositional-Defiant Child in the Classroom

      10 steps to developing a powerful professional-learning culture

       Kindness: How You Can Teach Children to Care for Others

8    Ways to Reduce Risky Behavior in Teens With ADHD

      Personalized vs. differentiated vs. individualized learning

Positive Charge: How to Reinforce Good Behavior

Maybe STEM Isn’t the Future After All. Soft Skills Are Coming on Strong

Turns out that soft skills aren’t so soft after all. New research finds that from 2000 to 2012, jobs that require “non-cognitive” skills, such as the ability to communicate and work in teams, grew much faster than jobs mainly requiring skills measurable by IQ or achievement tests.