Monday, May 22, 2017

One Memorial Today

Orvis Henry Sweet, Union Army, Vermont

Orvis, age 21, will be shot in the lung one week after this picture was taken by Matthew Brady in Washington, DC. His younger siblings on the family farm in upstate New York (he volunteered from St. Alban's, Fifth Vermont) grew up and after the Civil War moved West to Idaho, Wyoming, Colorado, and California to become lawyers, Congressmen, ambassadors, journalists and teachers. His father, Haviland Livingston Sweet, died earlier in the War, under the leadership of General McClellan.  Their sacrifice was not in vain.

He volunteered while working at a Print Shop in Vermont, where his family had lived on Grand Isle for generations since the Revolutionary War. His ancestors were Pilgrims and Wampanoags.

He was a regular kid who lived and died for great things.
He fought with his unit through all the major battles of the Civil War, being mortally wounded in the Second Battle of the Wilderness. If you ever watched Ken Burns' documentary on the Civil War, you know how that one was particularly hellish.

One of Orvis' younger sisters was Alice Eliza Sweet Link, my great grandmother; she went West after the Civil War and became a teacher.

Trip to the Wilderness Battlefields 


With that haunting music that always brings tears to my eyes, Ashokan Farewell.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Educational Links 5/22/17

Why It's So Hard To Know Whether School Choice Is Working

Teachers' Low Expectations for Students of Color Found to Affect Students' Success

Using a Flipped Classroom Approach and Just-in-Time Teaching to Engage Students

20 Things You’ll Notice in a Productive Teaching Environment

Growing Up With ADHD

The Week in Review - The Most Popular Posts

Checklist: Informal Supports You Can Request for Your Child

A simple system for deconstructing your classroom in just one day

Problems with end-of-year close-out tasks arise when the teacher has things to do but the kids don’t.Students are perceptive—they know when we’ve given them busy work and are just trying to get them out of our hair, and we end up spending the whole day trying to keep them on-task.

It's Summer, There's Time To...

OMG! its summer!
...browse National Geographic and National Geographic Kids. (online or with your fingers with a real smooth magazine with pages.)


BTW its okay to color between the lines somedays.

Sorry, must gloat.

How to Go to the Zoo

Ah, those humans...always eating.

 Picnics With Kids

Picnics are easy (and free) family outings that kids love. 




go to the beach or river or shore; and get sand everywhere.

 Top Tips on What to Take to the Beach with kids 


Mom, what's for breakfast?


when its 101 F or 37C...

watch documentaries.

I believe you can find many, many online, through NetflixHulu, or other networks or channels.

Here are some suggestions.

Nature Documentaries for Kids and Families

I prefer the ones where the animals are not constantly eating eat other. I frequently match the documantaries to fiction, like White Fang and documentaries on wolves. It is so interesting for adults, too.

It's Summer, There's Time To Hang Out With Mom

          Thanks, Nat Geo, for these phenomenal pics. 

                                You are awesome.


Feeling the Melancholy of War

In the US, folks reenact the battles of the Civil War every year. The following link is profoundly insightful--almost ghostly as the reenactors pose in modern America.

The Colonists were mostly interested in finance, right?

I've decided not to include gruesome photos of the dead, or the trenches, or videos of American teenagers losing a leg to an improvised roadside device. 

Instead, here is a well-known poem from WWI.

In Flanders Fields
by John McCrae

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row, 
That mark our place, and in the sky, 
The larks, still bravely singing, fly, 
Scarce heard amid the guns below. 
We are the dead; short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow, 
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields. 
Take up our quarrel with the foe! 
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high! 
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow

 Canadian soldiers volunteered for WWI 
after reading this.
 The poem was found in their pockets after they died.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Educational Links 5/21/17

Summer Reading Picks for Educators

Free Online Tool Supports Differentiated Literacy Instruction

School Suspensions Take a Toll on Kids With IEPs and 504 Plans

Makerspaces are much less common in low-income schools where the academic focus remains on raising test scores, often through drill and practice. However, many communities of color have long traditions of using their hands for work and play that get left out of the discussion around making. Existing inequities play out when adults engage with kids around tinkering or making. And, while makerspaces are a unique kind of learning space, many of the techniques thoughtful educators are using to improve their interactions with students could be used in other venues.

Take a Walk With Ludwig

Vienna Woods, lessing-photo,com
A picnic would be lovely.

Beethoven - 6th Symphony - Pastoral

Toscanini Conducts Beethoven Symphony No. 6 "Pastorale" (1/7) 

What America Means To Me

...and the pursuit of happiness.

This is what America means to me: 

 1. A fair chance for everyone to succeed to the best of their ability. Here's a link (this should be old news)--

Dream Act Becomes Law in California 


2. Speaking of dreams be judged by the content of our character.

Thank you, Dr. King, et al, for speaking up for us all and enhancing our liberty.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Speech 'I have a Dream' 

 3. Choice in government through voting


If you are in California, this is where you can register to vote, or update your information. Nowadays, you can vote no matter your ethnicity, and even if you are female.

That was some kind of hard work to gain the right to vote in America. Thank you everyone, I appreciate your validation in getting me the vote even before I was born.

4. Sacrificing for what you believe in to the extent of helping other countries become democracies.

Pfc. Haviland John Link (Uncle Johnny)

 My mom's brother was killed at Bloody Ridge, North Korea, with UN forces in 1951. He assisted in the liberation of South Korea; maybe the day will come all Korea will be a united democracy. Our family still misses the singing, boogie-woogie piano playing jokester Johnny. He received the Purple Heart for throwing himself on a grenade to protect his fellow soldiers.

This is a link to the Veterans of Foreign Wars. 

 And America means so much more. 

                                            This is Arlington National Cemetery, Washington, D.C.

              'No man is entitled to the blessings of freedom unless he be vigilant in its preservation.'                                           So said General Douglas MacArthur.