Saturday, February 2, 2013
|Condoleeza Rice and mother, Angeleena Rice.|
She was raised just blocks away from the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham that the KKK bombed in 1963. She remembers the event. One of her playmates was killed in the blast. Growing up with that kind of terrorism aimed out you might discourage a girl from public office. But Condoleeza chose to be an achiever. Her parents were both involved in education, and taught her to be 'twice as good.' She became a professor at Stanford (not too shabby) and could have been a concert pianist. When she chose to go into government service, eventually the Secretary of State, she set an extremely high standard not just for Black American women, but for all Americans.
Here is her address at the Republican Convention last year. Politics aside, such intelligence and careful choice of words really stood out in the midst of the last election.
Address at the Republican National Convention
MzTeachuh: Think and Play Tweets of the Day 2/2/13: Never too old or young to learn. 1. 50 top websites to make you smarter http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/education/article3674233.ece ...
|Never too old or young to learn.|
1. 50 top websites to make you smarter
2. Arne Duncan On Early Education: Access Will Be Key Piece Of Obama's Second Term
3. Do You Know Your Black History?
4. Using Assistive Technology to Support Writing
5. In Context: Connecting Classrooms to the Real-World6. President Obama elevates immigration reform for students, their families and others
7. Lessons in action: Student book reviews blogging, visual book reports, and SAT comic strips
Friday, February 1, 2013
MzTeachuh: MzTeachuh's Top Posts of the Week 2/1/13: Recipe for Learning http://mzteachuh.blogspot.com/2012/09/recipe-for-learning.html Monday Is Your Best Opportunity of the Week ...
Recipe for Learning
Monday Is Your Best Opportunity of the Week
Movie Review: Lincoln
Climates for a Healthy, Growing Mind Tweets of the Day 1/30/13
Oh, That Sassy Mozart!
From Home To School To College To Career Tweets of the Day 1/26/13
Bringing Out The Best Tweets of the Day 1/27/13
And from these countries! USA, Russia, UK, France, Canada, Germany, Philippines, Japan, Australia and the Netherlands rounds out the top ten this week. It is a privilege to serve you.
MzTeachuh: Best Articles for Educators Week of 2/2/13: 1. Girls and Science: A Dream Deferred We must recognize that girls' choices might be linked to this old legacy of prejudice. http:...
1. Girls and Science: A Dream Deferred
We must recognize that girls' choices might be linked to this old legacy of prejudice.
2. The Antivaccine Movement and “Autism Biomed” vs. “Outgrowing” Autism
...should provide hope to parents of autistic children by emphasizing that autism is not static.
3. Advice to Help a Stepparent Start Strong
I’d appreciate any advice from those who have successfully navigated this difficult territory.
4. 7 Bell-Ringers for Remembering Langston Hughes
What happens to a dream deferred?
This is a paradox I see again and again: there’s the common stereotype of athletes as not-too-intelligent “meatheads.
6. The Best Way to Solve Your Child's Problems
Kids feel more capable when they get a chance to figure things out for themselves.
7. In Teaching Math, What’s the Right Mix of Content and Context?
“I’d like to delete polynomial functions, but I’d like my students to see a roller coaster and think, ‘There must be math involved in that,’ and to go online and try and figure that out.”
MzTeachuh: Stretchiiiiing the Morning Coffee Break Lungo styl...: Caffe Lungo by Lutz Baar I like the little pop of the percussion. Coffee Shop Jazz - Cafe Lungo http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q_L...
|Caffe Lungo by Lutz Baar|
I like the little pop of the percussion. And if you listen to the entire set of music, that is stretchiiiing the coffee break--1:17:25!
Cafe del Mar - Eternity
MzTeachuh: MzTeachuh: Black History Month: Chuck Berry: MzTeachuh: Black History Month: Chuck Berry : Chuck Berry Music contributed significantly to the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 19...
According to Wikipedia, Berry's recording of "Johnny B. Goode" was included on the Voyager Golden Record, attached to the Voyager spacecraft as representing rock and roll, one of four American songs included among many cultural achievements of humanity. Because of this, Carl Sagan, a fan of Chuck Berry, said "this music will last a billion years".
Like John Lennon said, "If you wanted to give rock and roll another name, you might call it Chuck Berry." I'm of the opinion that the Beatles, in their appreciation of Black American artists, also aided the Civil Rights Movement.
Here is a version of that song with Chuck and John Lennon (must have been Lennon's dream come true. Don't know about Yoko.) Love it when Chuck says to Lennon, "Johnny be good." This clip is from The Mike Douglas Show, February 1972.
Chuck Berry & John Lennon - Johnny B. Goode
|1973 El Dorado|
Chuck Berry's Cadillac A-Rollin' To The Smithsonian
|Roll over Beethoven...|
Chuck Berry - Roll Over Beethoven (1956) (2 minutes 25 seconds)
And here's the Beatles' version (2 minutes 20 seconds-- George Harrison shaved 5 seconds off it!) )
|..and tell Tchaikovsky the news!|
The Beatles Roll Over Beethoven Live at Washington
Lyrics Roll Over Beethoven
I'm gonna write a little letter,
Gonna mail it to my local DJ.
Yeah an' it's a jumpin' little record
I want my jockey to play.
Roll Over Beethoven, I gotta hear it again today.
You know, my temperature's risin'
The jukebox's blowin' a fuse.
My heart's beatin' rhythm
And my soul keeps a-singin' the blues.
Roll Over Beethoven and tell Tchaikowsky the news.
I got the rockin' pneumonia,
I need a shot of rhythm and blues.
I caught the rollin' arthiritis
Sittin' down at a rhythm review.
Roll Over Beethoven they're rockin' in two by two.
Well, if you feelin' like it
Go get your lover, then reel and rock it.
Roll it over and move on up just
A trifle further and reel and rock with it,
Roll it over,
Roll Over Beethoven, dig these rhythm and blues.
Well, early in the mornin' I'm a-givin' you a warnin'
Don't you step on my blue suede shoes.
Hey diddle diddle, I am playin' my fiddle,
Ain't got nothin' to lose.
Roll Over Beethoven and tell Tchaikowsky the news.
You know she wiggles like a glow worm,
Dance like a spinnin' top.
She got a crazy partner,
Ya oughta see 'em reel and rock.
Long as she got a dime the music wont never stop.
Roll Over Beethoven,
Roll Over Beethoven,
Roll Over Beethoven,
Roll Over Beethoven,
Roll Over Beethoven, dig these rhythm and blues.
You may wish to check this one out, too.
School Days (Daze?)
MzTeachuh: It's All a Part of Growing Up Tweets of the Day 2/...: 1. Mood Disorders and Teenage Girls http://specialneedssurvey.blogspot.com/2013/01/mood-disorders-and-teenage-girls.html?utm_source=f...
1. Mood Disorders and Teenage Girls
2. Sex! Beer! Blood! It’s Time for Super Bowl Ad Bingo
3. Read, Discuss, Debate: Evaluating Arguments
Grades 9-12, ELA, Analysis
Common Core Standards: ELA.RI.9-10.8
|U S of Ausism|
4. The United States of Autism Official Trailer
5. How Great Books Work Their Effects On Us
6. When love and attention just aren't enough
7. Approaches to Parental Involvement for Improving the Academic Performance of Elementary School Age Children
Thursday, January 31, 2013
MzTeachuh: Teachable Moment: Activities for Lincoln's Birthda...: Lincoln and his son, Tad. 1. Celebrate Lincoln's Birthday http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/collection/celeb...
|Lincoln and his son, Tad.|
1. Celebrate Lincoln's Birthday
2. Abraham Lincoln
Learning Games and Activities for Kids
|By Ingri and Edgar Parin D' Aurlaire|
3. THE 10 BEST CHILDREN'S BOOKS ON ABRAHAM LINCOLN
I'm thinking most community and school libraries have these, too.
You knew I was going to bring up American Rhetoric.
4. American Rhetoric: The Power of Oratory in the United States
There are seven speeches here by Lincoln, with various speakers. For example, there are six different readings of 'The Gettysburg Address.' I really like Colin Powell's interpretation.
5. Abraham Lincoln Printables
These include a wordsearch, vocabulary, crossword, challenge, others, but I really liked the Gettysburg Address page.
Here is my previous post about the movie and life of Lincoln.
Movie Review: Lincoln
|Daniel Day-Lewis as Lincoln.|
MzTeachuh: She Slept In The Lincoln Bedroom As A Kid: Lincoln cabin in Illinois. This is a lovely article by Candice Fleming, children's author, including an personal anecdote about gro...
|Lincoln cabin in Illinois.|
This is a lovely article by Candice Fleming, children's author, including an personal anecdote about growing up in Illinois. She is currently working on a book about Lincoln. http://www.readingrockets.org/books/interviews/flemingc/transcript/
Sleeping in the Lincoln bedroom
I mean, Abraham Lincoln is the person most people write — has been most written about in American history. You would think that with all those books, with all those people doing all that research, you would think that we knew everything about Lincoln. It's completely not true.
It's a wonderful time to go back and reexamine Lincoln, I think. Time to look at him not just as the legendary Lincoln but as a person just like you and I. When I was working on The Lincolns, one of the biggest goals of that biography was to introduce Lincoln the way I know Lincoln. It's not like I'm 200 years old, although my sons might tell you I was.
For me, I wanted to show Lincoln, the human. When I was growing up, I actually grew up in central Illinois. If you've ever been to central Illinois or you grew up in central Illinois, you know that Abraham Lincoln is a presence there. He is alive and living everyday.
He's everywhere you go and you live with him. He's a neighbor. He is somebody that just goes with you everywhere you go everyday. For example, my friends and I would ride our bikes out to the Lincoln log cabin, which was about two miles out of town, and it was the place where Tom and Sara Bush Lincoln built their cabin when they moved to Illinois in 1830.
In the '70s when I was a kid, it was a state park but the state of Illinois wasn't giving it much love. There wasn't a park ranger there. There wasn't a visitor's center. You would go to the log cabin and if the door was unlocked, you could go in and if it wasn't, you didn't go in.
As kids, we would ride out there and the door would be unlocked. We'd go in and we'd play in the loft and we'd play in the root cellar, and a couple times we actually tried to start a fire in the fireplace which was unsuccessful, luckily.
But you think about this. You're actually playing in the Lincoln log cabin and playing house! No one cared. If we got bored with the Lincoln log cabin, we would ride out to Shiloh Cemetery, which was about a half a mile away, and that's the place where Tom and Sara Lincoln are buried.
We'd hang out there. We'd sit against the gravestone and we'd eat peanut butter crackers. He really was everywhere. My best friend Emily, at the time, she had a house that Lincoln had slept in and, actually, her bedroom was the same room that Lincoln had slept in.
I always say from fifth grade to eighth grade every Friday night, I slept in the Lincoln bedroom. As a kid, you kind of didn't notice it. He was just a presence. He was so familiar. In central Illinois, we have the habit of marking everything, which is why it's called the Land of Lincoln.
Every street corner is marked. If Lincoln was there, we marked it. We have a plaque, "Lincoln dug a well here." "Lincoln was a little," you know, "bully here." "Lincoln bought a hut here." "Lincoln got off the train here." "Lincoln spat on the sidewalk here." We mark it.
You live with that day-to-day. When I approached Lincoln, he felt like a neighbor. He wasn't that legendary figure — the now mythological hero. He really was just a neighbor. I thought that's the Lincoln that I wanna introduce young readers to because that's the Lincoln I think is important to remember. That he was a man just like us; a human being just like us. Flawed. Flawed. That's what greatness really is.
MzTeachuh: Advice for Teaching, Parenting and Empathy Tweets ...: The Bro Bowl: Harbaugh vs Harbaugh 1. Super Bowl Curriculum Connections www.blogger.com/blogger.g?blogID=1441644043303616609#editor/...
|The Bro Bowl: Harbaugh vs Harbaugh|
1.Super Bowl Curriculum Connections
2. Prenatal Inflammation Linked to Autism Risk
3. Enhance Memory and Reading Skills with a Picture Game
4. Empathy: the Key to Social and Emotional Learning
5. Tips for Teaching Grade School Students How to Make Global Impact
6. When You Lose it With Your Child
7. E Literacy Changes Everything
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Top 12 Super Bowl Activities for the Classroom
By: Kim HaynesA significant holiday is approaching -- not Valentine’s Day or President’s Day – Super Bowl Sunday. While you won’t get a day off work, the Super Bowl practically counts as a national holiday, especially for your more sports-crazed students.
But how can you take advantage of the Super Bowl enthusiasm in the classroom? And how do you do a Super Bowl activity when some of your students – and maybe you yourself – aren’t really excited about football?
My Top 12 Super Bowl Classroom Activities are guaranteed to bring a winning attitude to your classroom, even if your home team isn’t playing.
For students learning measurements, this is a great chance to practice. For example, a first down is ten yards. The football field is 100 yards (plus the end zones). An easy field goal might be 20-30 yards. A hard field goal is 50 yards. Have students practice converting these numbers into feet or even into meters.For students learning measurements, this is a great chance to practice. For example, a first down is ten yards. The football field is 100 yards (plus the end zones). An easy field goal might be 20-30 yards. A hard field goal is 50 yards. Have students practice converting these numbers into feet or even into meters.
Data is an essential tool that can be a catalyst for change within a school...
Hometown History & Geography
Many – not all, but many –NFL teams got their names because of where they play. The New England Patriots, with their mascot of a Revolutionary War musket man, are one example. So are the 49ers (for the California Gold Rush), the Ravens (Edgar Allan Poe lived in Baltimore), and the Green Bay Packers (named for the meat packers who worked in the area).
Give students a blank U.S. map and the names of all 32 NFL teams (available on NFL.com). Have students do their best to place the team names on the map where they belong. As they do so, invite students to guess if the name is connected to the location or not. You can take this activity one step further by adding in the team logos, since some (like the New Orleans Saints’ fleur-de-lis) are also tied to local history.
Sport Weather Effects Experiment
This year’s Super Bowl will be outdoors, and in February it's likely to be cold or raining! Does the weather affect how the game is played?
Get several footballs. Keep some dry and warm. Put some in a bucket of water, and put some in a freezer or ice chest. Then take your class out to the football field. Allow each student to try throwing a normal football. Measure how far the balls go (and in what direction). Then invite each student to throw a wet ball and/or a cold ball. Measure how far those balls go (and in what direction).
Lead a class discussion about why the balls were different to throw if they were wet or cold. Ask students: if you were a football coach, what might you do to prepare your team to throw or catch in bad weather?
Super Bowl Media Interview Activity
The Super Bowl is one of the world’s biggest media events, which makes it a perfect opportunity to teach kids about interviewing skills.
Introduce students to the basics – what types of questions to ask (or not ask), how to behave during an interview, etc. Then have students research the quarterbacks, the coaches, the halftime entertainment (Madonna) or other people involved in the game.
For example, Mark Herzlich is a player on the Giants who survived a battle with cancer during college and was told he might never play again. Have students write up a fictional interview in which they ask one of these people questions. They should include answers that are as accurate as possible based on their research.
Sports Drinks & Nutrition Lesson
Many teams drink a sports drink like Gatorade during the game. For students learning about nutrition or the human body, this is an opportunity to do a little science. Why would players drink these sports drinks instead of water? Is there a difference between different brand name sports drinks – for example, Gatorade and Powerade?
The Health Behind Super Bowl Snacks
Another nutrition-oriented activity – have students put together a traditional Super Bowl party menu. It might include chicken wings, pizza, chips and dip, or desserts. Then have students determine the nutritional value of the party food. How much fat is there? How many calories? If possible, have students explore websites for Cooking Light or recipe sites like AllRecipes to find healthier alternatives for their party.
A Halftime Tribute Brainstorm
The halftime show often includes a salute to America’s Troops or a commemoration of a special occasion. Ask your students: if they were planning a halftime show, what group of people or anniversary would they want to honor and why? How would they honor them?
This could be a writing assignment or even a poster or presentation where students present their ideas in written, visual, or verbal form.
Super Bowl Statistics Activity
Football offers a natural entry point into statistics. Have students compare the stats of the two teams or the two quarterbacks playing.
How are those stats determined? Based on the stats, who should win the game? Have students write up their predictions based on the statistics, then revisit the predictions after the game.
Anatomy & Sports Injuries
Many football players suffer injuries, some of them serious. If you’re teaching health or anatomy, why not take some time to look at some of the more common injuries?
For example, what is “turf toe”? Both Tom Brady and Wes Welker of the Patriots have come back after serious knee injuries. What is it about the anatomy of the knee that makes it prone to injury in football? Why is it such a serious injury?
And of course, there is the question of concussions. What is a concussion? What are the potential long-term side effects of several concussions? How does the NFL test for concussions on the sidelines? What else could the NFL do to help players avoid concussions?
Super Bowl Commercials - A Lesson on Persuasion
Super Bowl commercials are legendary, and nowadays it’s easy to find favorite commercials of yesterday by searching YouTube. So why not use some commercials to teach a quick lesson on persuasion and advertising? For older students, you could look at persuasive language or the logic (or lack thereof) in a commercial’s argument.
For younger students, try a simpler approach: help students to recognize (in a basic way) how a commercial tries to win you over with humor, popular music, etc.
Super Bowl Commercial Writing ActivityOn the other hand, writing commercials can be a great language arts assignment. Tell students to imagine a millionaire has presented them with enough money to buy a Super Bowl ad slot. Students have 30 seconds to present their ideas on a topic connected to what you’ve been studying or on a topic that is personally important to them.
With these ideas, any teacher can add a burst of Super Bowl enthusiasm to these sometimes dreary winter days.
Super Bowl PoolLet students pick squares on the pool chart.
Remind them of the standard scores for football. They want to pick a square that is the likely sum of the final scores, so they’ll have to work out potential scores before picking.
Touchdowns – 6
Extra point – 1
Field goal – 3
Safety - 2
Students will be tracking numbers and working out potential scores while they watch. The winner can get extra credit or a homework pass.
MzTeachuh: Climates for a Healthy, Growing Mind Tweets of th...: Visual notes. 1. Why Inquiry Learning is Worth the Trouble http://blogs.kqed.org/mindshift/2013/01/what-does-it-take-to-fully-embrace...
1. Why Inquiry Learning is Worth the Trouble
2. Children's Mental Health: Experts Urge Focus On Screening Kids
3. Using Data in Your School: Part 2
4. Using Puppets to Promote Communication, Imagination and Socialization
5. Toxic Stress: the Facts
6. Day Care and Behavior Problems, Unlinked
|Doesn't Jiminy Cricket fit in there somewhere?|
7. Building Social and Emotional Skills in Elementary Students: Inner Meanie and Inner Friend
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Seven Super Bowl Lesson Plans and Resources for the Classroom
|May I say, 'Go Niners?'|
And I don't believe this is up just because there headquarters is across the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco.
MzTeachuh: What Did You Learn At School Today? Tweets of the ...: 1. A Game of Strengths and Weaknesses: Athletics Amid Academics http://www.ldonline.org/article/5814/?utm_source=Twitter&utm_medium...
1. A Game of Strengths and Weaknesses: Athletics Amid Academics
2. Understanding the School Counselor-Parent Connection
|Rosa, illustrated by Bryan Collier|
3. Bryan Collier
4. 3 Big Reasons To Consider A ‘Digital Classroom’
5. Paper Plate Groundhog- art project for Groundhog Day
6. Book Clubs in the Upper Grades
7. Valentine Math- math skills (graphing, estimation,fractions,symmetry,patterns, probability) for elementary or intermediate grades
8. Grades as measurements
Monday, January 28, 2013
|Take that, Kindle!|
1. Video: What Is Dyslexia?
2. Simplifying Text Complexity
All Grades, All Subjects, Standards
3. Teaching Kids to Read for FREE with online early reader books, videos, phonics lessons, and quizzes is possible!
4. Recommended Books for Kids
5. Abe's Honest Words: The Life of Abraham Lincoln
6.Helping Remedial and Reluctant Readers
Sunday, January 27, 2013
MzTeachuh: Bringing Out The Best Tweets of the Day 1/27/13: 1. Friday Five: 5 Fantastic Apps for the Common Core http://www.teachhub.com/friday-five-5-fantastic-apps-common-core 2. Deeper Le...
1. Friday Five: 5 Fantastic Apps for the Common Core
2. Deeper Learning: Why Cross-Curricular Teaching is Essential
3. How To Incubate A Creative Idea
4. Shifting Tactics: Rocketship Will Change its Computer Lab Model
5. We Must Provide Equal Opportunity in Sports to Students with Disabilities
6. Urban Districts Report Far-Reaching Changes for Common Core
7. No Name-Calling Week: Cultivating Kindness and Playgrounds of Respect
|I just thought this was adorable.|