Saturday, January 25, 2014

MzTeachuh: Ed Tech and STEM Sites for Teachers

MzTeachuh: Ed Tech and STEM Sites for Teachers: Hey, check out these great sites for ed tech! This first site is the giant of ed tech sites. Not only does it have info on lo...

Ed Tech and STEM Sites for Teachers

Hey, check out these great sites for ed tech!



This first site is the giant of ed tech sites. Not only does it have info on lots of new innovations, but also articles for the newly-ed-tech-initiated that are not too complicated for a beginner.

http://www.edudemic.com/
Edudemic also has articles on teaching methods and learning theory. Their chief-cook-and bottle-washer, Katie Lepi, is not only an actual classroom teacher, but has an instinct for what educators need and want to know. She also has a good sense of humor. 

Who doesn't want a freebie?
http://www.freetech4teachers.com/
 This site serves the most knowledgeable in ed tech.

http://higherinnovation.net/
  Well, maybe technology made  easier.
 Ed Tech Review will send you a plethora of interesting info every day.
http://edtechreview.in/


 
http://www.tmadeeasy.com/
Great for BYOD classrooms.




 Edutopia has everything a teacher could want, an emporium of helpfulness. The ed tech spin is info and advice for the working classroom, for folks who actually see children everyday.

http://www.edutopia.org/

MzTeachuh: Does My Child Need Special Ed. Services?

MzTeachuh: Does My Child Need Special Ed. Services?: Resource Specialist in General Ed. Class No need to panic! Kids develop on their own schedules. But it is a good idea to notice...

Does My Child Need Special Ed. Services?

Resource Specialist in General Ed. Class
No need to panic! Kids develop on their own schedules. But it is a good idea to notice how your child (or a child in your class) is responding to instruction since there could be a learning disability hampering their success.

Here are some general questions to ask:

  • Does the child remember verbal instructions well?
  • Does the child retain information in written or graphic form?
  • Is the child's attention span similar to that of her/his peers?
  • Does the child's handwriting and art fall within the general expectations of the grade level?
  • Can the child spell within grade level expectations?
This is a very general list. If parents and teachers do think there may be a learning disability, the most common are auditory and/or visual. In my experience, the students usually qualify for services in Reading/ELA with a mild visual processing disorder.

In this state, the Special Education teacher would use specialized testing materials to pinpoint the current academic levels for the student. We tested with WIAT II or Woodcock Johnson and sometimes the TOWL, but there are many tests that will be sufficient. The law states that a qualified staff member must do the testing. To discern a processing disorder or other handicap, a district educational psychologist will administer other tests. Then the IEP team will initially meet and a decision will be made if the child qualifies for services.

Here are some links to further inform a parent or teacher of what performance or behavior might indicate a learning disability.

Learning Disabilities Association of America
http://www.ldanatl.org/index.cfm


Visual Processing Disorder (Dyslexia)
  • Reads slowly and painfully
  • Experiences decoding errors, especially with the order of letters
  • Shows wide disparity between listening comprehension and reading comprehension of some text
  • Has trouble with spelling
  • May have difficulty with handwriting
  • Exhibits difficulty recalling known words
  • Has difficulty with written language
  • May experience difficulty with math computations
  • Decoding real words is better than nonsense words
  • Substitutes one small sight word for another: a, I, he, the, there, was 
National Center for Learning Disabilities
http://www.ncld.org/ld-basics/related-issues/information-processing/auditory-processing-disorders-in-detail

 Auditory Processing Disorders


  • Learning to read
  • Distinguishing difference between similar sounds. Example: Seventy and seventeen
  • Understanding spoken language, following directions and remembering details
  • Seems to hear but not listen
  • Remembering people's names
  • Memorizing telephone numbers
  • Following multi-step directions
  • Recalling stories or songs 
  • Confusing multi-digit numbers, such as 74 and 47
  • Confusing lists and other types of sequences 
  • Remembering the correct order of a series of instructions
These are the two prominent processing disorders, with Reading/ELA being the most common area to qualify for Special Ed. services, at least in my experience.  Attention Deficit and its variations  is another topic altogether, but can aggravate other learning problems.

Check with the child's team--parents, teachers, Special Education staff--see what's up and how this young one can get the assistance to succeed.

MzTeachuh: Teachable Moment: Learning About Lincoln

MzTeachuh: Teachable Moment: Learning About Lincoln: Spielberg's 'Lincoln' is a great resource to feel as well as understand Lincoln. It is always an important moment to le...

Teachable Moment: Learning About Lincoln


Spielberg's 'Lincoln' is a great resource to feel as well as understand Lincoln.
It is always an important moment to learn about Abraham Lincoln. But Steven Spielberg has brought him to current prominence in a huge manner, much like Ken Burns did in the 90's with 'The Civil War' documentary.

These are incontrovertible facts about Lincoln: he was born into extreme poverty in Kentucky during the formative years of the US; he was a pioneer boy, self taught--reading, too-- in Indiana.  He lost his mother at an early age, and revered her input into his life. He was highly intelligent and motivated, becoming a successful pioneer lawyer in the early days of Illinois. He could read people. He had a conscience based on his morality. He was courageous. Did he have flaws? Of course. He retained a bias against Native Americans but continued to be willing to risk everything due to his belief that all men are created equal.

What a time to be a hero! An American period raw with passion, polarization, and violence. Kind of sounds like now.

Here are links that will help teachers put together pertinent information on Lincoln.
Movie Review: Lincoln 

http://mzteachuh.blogspot.com/2012/12/movie-review-lincoln.html?spref=tw 

I love American Rhetoric. Of course, there is not a recording of his voice, but you can find excellent actors reading his eternal speeches. Then you could compare them to Daniel Day-Lewis' interpretation. And you know I'll be reminding you to listen to FDR's 'Nothing to Fear but Fear Itself' speech on Dec. 7.



1.  American Rhetoric: The Power of Oratory in the United States
www.americanrhetoric.com/
I'm thinking you can find these in the library, but don't tell Amazon.com I said so,



2. THE 10 BEST CHILDREN'S BOOKS ON ABRAHAM LINCOLN





http://www.amazon.com/BEST-CHILDRENS-BOOKS-ABRAHAM-LINCOLN/lm/RDGZFLW2A0MKB 




 








Doris Kearns Goodwin is the author of Team of Rivals, the basis of Spielburg's film and Barrack Obama's cabinet (he says the book inspired him.) Henry Louis Gates is a highly respected author and filmmaker who recently has specialized in helping folks find their genetic roots and family history and making documentaries, such as African American Lives. I can't imagine a better team for this assignment. Check it out.

http://www.pbs.org/wnet/lookingforlincoln/



Carl Sandburg
Carl Sandburg, who won the Pulitzer Prize for his Lincoln books. It is great history with a poetic flair every so often.

 Abraham Lincoln: The Prairie Years and The War Years: Carl ...

For the upper grades:

Abraham Lincoln


http://ushistorysite.com/lincoln.php 


Thank you, Poetry Foundation, again, for having such wonders convenient and waiting.


Walt Whitman

Here are only two poems about Lincoln, both by Walt Whitman.


O Captain! My Captain!


By Walt Whitman
http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poem/174742 

When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom’d

By Walt Whitman
 http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poem/174748 

Lincoln signing the Emancipation Proclamation.


Lincoln freed all Americans, including those in the future. A free and appropriate education for all, including the handicapped. Voting rights, even for women. Equal pay for equal work. Freedom to be who you are, and the right to say it.


The Civil Rights Movement is still moving because of Lincoln; let's keep in step. 

MzTeachuh: Teaching For Life

MzTeachuh: Teaching For Life: 1. Resources and Lesson Plans for Social and Emotional Learning  http://www.edutopia.org/stw-louisville-sel-resources-downloads...

Teaching For Life

1. Resources and Lesson Plans for Social and Emotional Learning 

http://www.edutopia.org/stw-louisville-sel-resources-downloads#graph5?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=post&utm_campaign=STW-download-SEL-Reading-List

2. Can Fostering Positive Emotions Help Stop Suicide?

http://greatergood.berkeley.edu/article/item/can_positive_emotions_stop_suicide

3. Seeing Opportunities in 21st-Century Challenges

http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2014/01/09/16withers.h33.html?tkn=TQVF4%2FCnf5GhBNdQ4kewJo4CanR3mj0Dcxho&intc=EW-QC14-FB 

4. Education Laws Overdue for Renewal Languish in Congress

http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2014/01/15/17congress_ep.h33.html?tkn=XOMFtjH4xxQhS%2BVfyK%2BycS98DMQN0cR%2BV1qF&cmp=SOC-EDIT-FB 

5. Honoring MLK Day: 8 Resources for Service Learning

https://www.teachingchannel.org/blog/2014/01/09/honoring-mlk-day/?utm_source=fb&utm_medium=post01151402&utm_campaign=fbt 

6. David Greene: Building a Culture of Respect

http://blogs.edweek.org/teachers/living-in-dialogue/2014/01/dave_greene_building_a_culture.html 

7. True Grit: The Best Measure of Success and How to Teach It

http://www.edutopia.org/blog/true-grit-measure-teach-success-vicki-davis 

 

 

 

MzTeachuh: Aw Garsh: Love Songs for Valentine's Day # 8

MzTeachuh: Aw Garsh: Love Songs for Valentine's Day # 8: Love Sign Language Andy Warhol   U2 - The Sweetest Thing  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ib2zq-ev7tc     My love throws me like a...

Aw Garsh: Love Songs for Valentine's Day # 8

Love Sign Language Andy Warhol

 

U2 - The Sweetest Thing 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ib2zq-ev7tc 

 My love throws me like a rubber ball
Oh oh oh, the sweetest thing
She won't catch me or break my fall
Oh oh oh, the sweetest thing
Baby's got blue skies up ahead
But in this I'm a rain cloud
You know she likes a dry kind of love
Oh oh oh, the sweetest thing

I'm losing you
I'm losing you yeah
Ain't love the sweetest thing

I wanted to run but she made me crawl
Oh oh oh, the sweetest thing
Eternal fire, she turned me to straw
Oh oh oh, the sweetest thing
You know I got black eyes
But they burn so brightly for her
This is a blind kind of love
Oh oh oh, the sweetest thing

I'm losing you
Oh oh oh, I'm losing you
Ain't love the sweetest thing

Blue-eyed boy meets a brown-eyed girl
Oh oh oh, the sweetest thing
You can sew it up but you still see the tear
Oh oh oh, the sweetest thing
Baby's got blue skies up ahead
But in this I'm a rain cloud
Ours is a stormy kind of love
Oh oh oh, the sweetest thing
Oh oh oh, the sweetest thing
Oh oh oh, the sweetest thing
Oh oh oh, the sweetest thing

 

Friday, January 24, 2014

MzTeachuh: Aww Garsh--Love Songs For Valentine's Day #3

MzTeachuh: Aww Garsh--Love Songs For Valentine's Day #3: Paul McCartney and Jane Asher (his muse for this song.)   The Beatles - Here, There and Everywhere (Mono) Revolver http://www.youtub...

MzTeachuh: MzTeachuh's Top Posts of the Week 1/24/14

MzTeachuh: MzTeachuh's Top Posts of the Week 1/24/14:   Hey, Teach, Take Care of Yourself Tweets of the Day 1/22/14  http://mzteachuh.blogspot.com/2014/01/hey-teach-take-care-of-yourself-...

MzTeachuh: Ed Tech and STEM Tweets of the Day 1/24/14

MzTeachuh: Ed Tech and STEM Tweets of the Day 1/24/14: 1. The Tricky Task of Figuring Out What Makes a MOOC Successful http://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2014/01/the-tricky-task-of...

MzTeachuh: Special Needs Tweets of the Day 1/24/14

MzTeachuh: Special Needs Tweets of the Day 1/24/14: 1. ADHD Parenting Center: Sleep, Nutrition, Healthy Activities http://www.additudemag.com/resource-center/healthy-minds-and-bodies.html...

Special Needs Tweets of the Day 1/24/14

1. ADHD Parenting Center: Sleep, Nutrition, Healthy Activities

http://www.additudemag.com/resource-center/healthy-minds-and-bodies.html

2. Five Misconceptions About IEPs

 http://www.ncld.org/students-disabilities/iep-504-plan/misconceptions-about-ieps

3. How to Get the Most Out of Picture Books

http://www.ncld.org/students-disabilities/homework-study-skills/getting-most-out-of-picture-books 

4. Learning Disabilities: Recognizing Dysgraphia in Children with ADHD

http://www.additudemag.com/adhd/article/725.html 

5. Seven Organizations that provide support for individuals with ADD/ADHD

 http://www.friendshipcircle.org/blog/2014/01/20/seven-organizations-that-provide-support-for-individuals-with-addadhd/

6. Is There Research on that Reading Intervention?

http://www.shanahanonliteracy.com/2014/01/is-there-research-on-that-reading.html?utm_source=ReadingRockets.org&utm_medium=Twitter 

7.  Spelling and Dyslexia

http://www.readingrockets.org/article/24882 


 

 

 

Ed Tech and STEM Tweets of the Day 1/24/14

1. The Tricky Task of Figuring Out What Makes a MOOC Successful

http://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2014/01/the-tricky-task-of-figuring-out-what-makes-a-mooc-successful/283274/ 

2. 15 Technologies That Were Supposed to Change Education Forever

http://paleofuture.gizmodo.com/15-technologies-that-were-supposed-to-change-education-1481232959 

3. Storytelling: Games, Coding and Student Writing

http://www.middleweb.com/12269/ 

4. Is It Plagiarism or Collaboration?

http://blogs.kqed.org/mindshift/2014/01/is-it-plagiarism-or-collaboration/ 

5. 14 Apps That Will Revolutionize Your Walk in the Woods

http://blog.nwf.org/2014/01/14-apps-that-will-revolutionize-your-walk-in-the-woods/ 

6. Teachit Timer - A Slick Classroom Activity Timer  

http://www.freetech4teachers.com/2014/01/teachit-timer-slick-classroom-activity.html#.UuG1nrTTm1s 

7.  3 Ways To Use Data In The Classroom

 http://www.edudemic.com/3-ways-use-data-classroom/

 

 

MzTeachuh's Top Posts of the Week 1/24/14

 

Hey, Teach, Take Care of Yourself Tweets of the Day 1/22/14 

http://mzteachuh.blogspot.com/2014/01/hey-teach-take-care-of-yourself-tweets.html 

Ed Tech and STEM Monday Review 1/20/14 

http://mzteachuh.blogspot.com/2014/01/ed-tech-and-stem-monday-review-12014.html 

Teachable Moment: Learning About Lincoln

http://mzteachuh.blogspot.com/2014/01/teachable-moment-learning-about-lincoln.html 

Special Needs Tweets of the Day 1/20/14

 http://mzteachuh.blogspot.com/2014/01/special-needs-tweets-of-day-12014.html

Ed Tech and STEM Tweets of the Day 1/18/14 

 http://mzteachuh.blogspot.com/2014/01/ed-tech-stem-tweets-of-day-11814.html

 Special Needs Tweets of the Day 1/23/14 

 http://mzteachuh.blogspot.com/2014/01/special-needs-tweets-of-day-12314.html

Ed Tech and STEM Tweets of the Day 1/21/14 

 http://mzteachuh.blogspot.com/2014/01/ed-tech-and-stem-tweets-of-day-12114.html

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


http://mzteachuh.blogspot.com/2014/01/aww-garsh-love-songs-for-valentines-day_19.html

Study for a Variant, Adobe, Wassily Kandinsky 1936

Thank you to our international audience. It is a privilege to serve you. USA, Canada, France, Germany, UK, Ukraine, Russia, India, Australia, Japan.




















 

 

 

Aww Garsh--Love Songs For Valentine's Day #3

Paul McCartney and Jane Asher (his muse for this song.)
 The Beatles - Here, There and Everywhere (Mono) Revolver

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HMAf4Uq9mrs

To lead a better life
I need my love to be here
Here, making each day of the year
Changing my life with a wave of her hand
Nobody can deny that there's something there
There, running my hands through her hair
Both of us thinking how good it can be
Someone is speaking, but she doesn't know he's there
I want her everywhere
And if she's beside me I know I need never care
But to love her is to need her
Everywhere, knowing that love is to share
Each one believing that love never dies
Watching their eyes and hoping I'm always there
I want her everywhere
And if she's beside me I know I need never care
But to love her is to need her
Everywhere, knowing that love is to share
Each one believing that love never dies
Watching their eyes and hoping I'm always there
I will be there, and everywhere
Here, there and everywhere

Thursday, January 23, 2014

MzTeachuh: MzTeachuh: Ed Tech and STEM Tweets of the Day 1/22...

MzTeachuh: MzTeachuh: Ed Tech and STEM Tweets of the Day 1/22...: MzTeachuh: Ed Tech and STEM Tweets of the Day 1/22/14 : Hey, check out these great sites for ed tech! This first site is the giant of ed...

MzTeachuh: Cheesy Jokes and Serious Thoughts for Valentine's ...

MzTeachuh: Cheesy Jokes and Serious Thoughts for Valentine's ...: What did the boy bird say to the girl bird? Garfield is one of my closest friends. The alarm goes off around 4:30 am...

MzTeachuh: Ed Tech and STEM Tweets of the Day 1/23/14

MzTeachuh: Ed Tech and STEM Tweets of the Day 1/23/14: http://earthsky.org/tonight/second-supermoon-of-the-month-falls-on-january-30-2014 1. 2 Pros And 2 Cons To Education Technology http...

MzTeachuh: Special Needs Tweets of the Day 1/23/14

MzTeachuh: Special Needs Tweets of the Day 1/23/14: 1. Congress Gives Special Education $500 Million Boost http://www.disabilityscoop.com/2014/01/17/congress-sped-boost/19024/   2. Plan...

MzTeachuh: The Broad Reaches of Teaching Tweets of the Day 1/...

MzTeachuh: The Broad Reaches of Teaching Tweets of the Day 1/...: 1. Writing on the Walls: Graffiti as an Integrated Study Project   http://www.edutopia.org/blog/writing-walls-graffiti-integrated-study...

Aww Garsh: Love Songs for Valentine's Day #7

 

John Lennon could be sweet, too.

The Beatles - In My Life

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-eCh3y5VROM

 

"In My Life"

There are places I remember
All my life though some have changed
Some forever not for better
Some have gone and some remain
All these places have their moments
With lovers and friends I still can recall
Some are dead and some are living
In my life I've loved them all

But of all these friends and lovers
There is no one compares with you
And these memories lose their meaning
When I think of love as something new
Though I know I'll never lose affection
For people and things that went before
I know I'll often stop and think about them
In my life I love you more

Though I know I'll never lose affection
For people and things that went before
I know I'll often stop and think about them
In my life I love you more

In my life I love you more


 

The Broad Reaches of Teaching Tweets of the Day 1/13/14

1. Writing on the Walls: Graffiti as an Integrated Study Project 

http://www.edutopia.org/blog/writing-walls-graffiti-integrated-study-shani-leader?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=post&utm_campaign=blog-graffiti-shani-link

2. How Free Play Can Define Kids’ Success

http://blogs.kqed.org/mindshift/2013/02/how-free-play-can-define-kids-success/ 

3. NEW! Raise Money for Your School Using Crowdfunding (available in Spanish)

 http://www.edutopia.org/crowdfunding-fundraising-resource-guide?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=post&utm_campaign=guide-crowdfunding-image-steps

4. You Must Always May Show Your Work

http://blogs.edweek.org/teachers/coach_gs_teaching_tips/2014/01/you_must_always_may_show_your_work.html 

5. How to Increase Homework Completion

 http://www.teachhub.com/how-increase-homework-completion

 6. The Hidden Challenges of Teaching Homeless Students

http://player.fm/series/teachers-aid-with-rae-pica/the-hidden-challenges-of-teaching-homeless-students

7. Let’s not lose perspective

http://smartblogs.com/education/2014/01/21/lets-not-lose-perspective/ 

Special Needs Tweets of the Day 1/23/14

1. Congress Gives Special Education $500 Million Boost

http://www.disabilityscoop.com/2014/01/17/congress-sped-boost/19024/ 

2. Planning for Postsecondary Transition 

http://www.ncld.org/parents-child-disabilities/teens/planning-for-post-secondary-transition 

3. Why Autistic Children Need to be Taught to Swim

 http://www.emaxhealth.com/11406/why-autistic-children-need-be-taught-swim

4. 8 Sentence Starters to Use When Talking to Teachers

http://www.ncld.org/students-disabilities/rti-parent-school-relationship/conversation-starters-talking-to-teachers 

5.  The Organized ADHD Child

 http://www.additudemag.com/resource-center/the-organized-adhd-child.html6.

6. Which Autism Interventions Work Best?

 http://www.disabilityscoop.com/2014/01/21/which-autism-work-best/19037/

  Shar
7.   SIn Push For Community Living, States Offered Incentives

http://www.disabilityscoop.com/2014/01/22/in-push-states-incentives/19042/ 

Ed Tech and STEM Tweets of the Day 1/23/14

http://earthsky.org/tonight/second-supermoon-of-the-month-falls-on-january-30-2014
1. 2 Pros And 2 Cons To Education Technology

http://www.edudemic.com/education-technology-pros-cons/ 

2. Working through online issues

http://www.readingrockets.org/blog/working-through-online-issues?utm_source=Twitter&utm_medium=Hootsuite&utm_campaign=RRSocialMedia 

3. Interpreting the Data: 10 Ways to Teach Math and More Using Infographics

http://learning.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/01/22/interpreting-the-data-10-ways-to-teach-math-and-more-using-infographics/ 

4.  How Google Is Changing Your Memory

http://www.edudemic.com/google-memory/ 

5.  Untangle the Web With Me, Adam Bellow, and Steve Dembo 

http://www.freetech4teachers.com/2014/01/untangle-web-with-me-adam-bellow-and.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+freetech4teachers%2FcGEY+%28Free+Technology+for+Teachers%29&utm_content=My+Yahoo#.UuB987TTm1s 

 6.  Writing Prompts to use with your student (iPads, etc.)

http://www.educatorstechnology.com/2014/01/excellent-writing-prompts-to-use-with.html

7.  Building Science Vocabulary


All Grades / Science / Literacy 

 

Cheesy Jokes and Serious Thoughts for Valentine's Day


What did the boy bird say to the girl bird?



Garfield is one of my closest friends. The alarm goes off around 4:30 am, I reach for the laptop and see what Garfield is up to. As a substitute teacher, I would bribe the class with his jokes. I'd draw his picture on the board, put the questions to the riddle up and tell the kids I wouldn't give them the punchline unless...the whole class could be complete 15 minutes of work, or be good until recess, or clean up the class. Whatever needed to be done. The rascalliest students really wanted the joke, so everyone would cooperate. I told them I wasn't sure if it was even legal to keep a punchline from them, it seemed like cruel and unusual punishment (but I never had to withhold a punchline ever.) Humor is a great break in the authoritarian regimen; and puns do teach language arts in their multiple meaning words. Oh, the punchline: let me call you Tweetheart. Maybe to be current I should change the riddle to, 'What did the boy bird text to the girl bird?'

Let me call you Tweetheart.

http://med.stanford.edu/ism/2012/january/reiss.html
 “Humor is a very important component of emotional health, maintaining relationships, developing cognitive function and perhaps even medical health,” said Allan Reiss, MD, who directs the Center for Interdisciplinary Brain Sciences Research at Stanford. Most of us know the ancient proverb, 'A merry heart doeth good like a medicine.' Leave it to Stanford to use an MRI to prove it! They hooked up kids and showed them funny and nonfunny material. I wonder how these jokes would do.


If you don't like cheese, don't read these!

Here is some more silly:

Did you hear about the romance in the tropical fish tank?
It was a case of guppy love.
What did one piece of string say to the other piece of string?
Please be my valentwine!
What did the French chef give his wife for Valentine's Day?
A hug and a quiche.
What did the farmer give his wife for Valentine's Day?
Hogs and kisses.
What did Frankenstein ask his girlfriend?
Won't you be my Valenstein?


What is serious about this holiday is that some of our students are in difficult circumstances due to stressors in their families. They can't write a valentine to mom or dad or other relatives. They may be in the middle of a family break up, in foster care, or suffered a great loss. Our job is to be aware of this, first of all, and maybe have an additional activity to take the edge off the intensity of the student's actual life. Maybe valentines to mail to troops overseas, or to a local nursing home or hospital. Maybe a writing project to write an anecdote of  a time someone showed kindness and love to the student. This could be emotional, but also cathartic. Life is tough, and the facade of the perfect family life is very difficult at times for many kids. Recalling a time of warmth and stability can be a positive moment on a dark day. I've had unique class situations where we could share such a writing project in discussion, and the other students were very supportive.


                                             Thanks, Garfield and other silly souls for
                                                             keeping it real. Real silly.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

MzTeachuh: Counseling and Supervision; Supervision and Counse...

MzTeachuh: Counseling and Supervision; Supervision and Counse...: What to change in a school? I have reflected upon what change would have the greatest impact based just upon my own observations. ...

MzTeachuh: Special Needs Tweets of the Day 1/22/14

MzTeachuh: Special Needs Tweets of the Day 1/22/14: Here are a few very helpful Special Needs sites for parents, educators, and advocates. Knowledge is power! The National Center for Lear...

MzTeachuh: Ed Tech and STEM Tweets of the Day 1/22/14

MzTeachuh: Ed Tech and STEM Tweets of the Day 1/22/14: Hey, check out these great sites for ed tech! This first site is the giant of ed tech sites. Not only does it have info on lots of new...

MzTeachuh: Teachable Moment: Learning About Lincoln

MzTeachuh: Teachable Moment: Learning About Lincoln: Spielberg's 'Lincoln' is a great resource to feel as well as understand Lincoln. It is always an importan...

MzTeachuh: Hey, Teach, Take Care of Yourself Tweets of the Da...

MzTeachuh: Hey, Teach, Take Care of Yourself Tweets of the Da...:   Edutopia-- the overprotective mother we never had. 1. Teachers: 10 Tips for Slowing Down http://www.edutopia.org/blog/ten-ways-to-s...

MzTeachuh: Awww Garsh: Love Songs for Valentine's Day #6

MzTeachuh: Awww Garsh: Love Songs for Valentine's Day #6: Brian Wilson said he wanted to write a masterpiece--so he wrote this. Epic success.     The Beac...

Awww Garsh: Love Songs for Valentine's Day #6

Brian Wilson said he wanted to write a masterpiece--so he wrote this. Epic success.


 


 The Beach Boys - Good Vibrations (with lyrics on screen)


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B0yoiBYbT2I 


Good Vibrations

 I-I love the colorful clothes she wears
And the way the sunlight plays upon her hair
I hear the sound of a gentle word
On the wind that lifts her perfume through the air

I'm pickin' up good vibrations
She's giving me excitations (Oom bop bop)
I'm pickin' up good vibrations (Good vibrations, oom bop bop)
She's giving me excitations (Excitations, oom bop bop)
Good, good, good, good vibrations (Oom bop bop)
She's giving me excitations (Excitations, oom bop bop)
Good, good, good, good vibrations (Oom bop bop)
She's giving me excitations (Excitations)

Close my eyes, she's somehow closer now
Softly smile, I know she must be kind
When I look in her eyes
She goes with me to a blossom world

I'm pickin' up good vibrations
She's giving me excitations (Oom bop bop)
I'm pickin' up good vibrations (Good vibrations, oom bop bop)
She's giving me excitations (Excitations, oom bop bop)
Good, good, good, good vibrations (Oom bop bop)
She's giving me excitations (Excitations, oom bop bop)
Good, good, good, good vibrations (Oom bop bop)
She's giving me excitations (Excitations)

(Ahh)
(Ah, my my, what elation)
I don't know where but she sends me there
(Oh, my my, what a sensation)
(Oh, my my, what elation)
(Oh, my my, what)

Gotta keep those lovin' good vibrations a-happenin' with her
Gotta keep those lovin' good vibrations a-happenin' with her
Gotta keep those lovin' good vibrations a-happenin'

(Ahh)

Good, good, good, good vibrations (Oom bop bop)
(I'm pickin' up good vibrations) (Oom bop bop)
She's giving me excitations (Excitations, oom bop bop)
Good, good, good, good vibrations

Na na na na na, na na na
Na na na na na, na na na (Bop bop-bop-bop-bop, bop)
Do do do do do, do do do (Bop bop-bop-bop-bop, bop)
Do do do do do, do do do (Bop bop-bop-bop-bop, bop)

Hey, Teach, Take Care of Yourself Tweets of the Day 1/22/14

  Edutopia-- the overprotective mother we never had.

1. Teachers: 10 Tips for Slowing Down

http://www.edutopia.org/blog/ten-ways-to-slow-down-teachers-elena-aguilar

2. Teachers: How Slowing Down Can Lead to Great Change

http://www.edutopia.org/blog/teachers-slowing-down-lead-to-change-elena-aguilar 

3. Don't Reinvent the Wheel: Seven Tips for New Elementary Teachers to Save Energy, Time and Tears

http://www.edutopia.org/blog/new-teachers-energy-time-tears-otis-kriegel 

4. A Mid-Year Reflection for Teachers and Students

http://www.edutopia.org/blog/mid-year-reflection-teachers-students-maurice-elias 

5. Teacher Burnout: Four Warning Signs

http://www.edutopia.org/blog/teacher-burnout-four-warning-signs-nicholas-provenzano 

6. Teacher Burnout: What Are the Warning Signs?

http://www.edutopia.org/blog/teacher-burnout-warning-signs-maurice-elias 

7. How to Rewire Your Burned-Out Brain: Tips from a Neurologist

http://www.edutopia.org/blog/teacher-burnout-neurology-judy-willis-md 

8. Teachers Helping Teachers: Eight Ways to Prevent Burnout 

http://www.edutopia.org/blog/preventing-teacher-burnout-katy-farber

9. Setting Boundaries Can Mean a Happier Teaching Career

http://www.edutopia.org/setting-boundaries-teachers 

 


 

Teachable Moment: Learning About Lincoln


Spielberg's 'Lincoln' is a great resource to feel as well as understand Lincoln.
It is always an important moment to learn about Abraham Lincoln. But Steven Spielberg has brought him to current prominence in a huge manner, much like Ken Burns did in the 90's with 'The Civil War' documentary.

These are incontrovertible facts about Lincoln: he was born into extreme poverty in Kentucky during the formative years of the US; he was a pioneer boy, self taught--reading, too-- in Indiana.  He lost his mother at an early age, and revered her input into his life. He was highly intelligent and motivated, becoming a successful pioneer lawyer in the early days of Illinois. He could read people. He had a conscience based on his morality. He was courageous. Did he have flaws? Of course. He retained a bias against Native Americans but continued to be willing to risk everything due to his belief that all men are created equal.

What a time to be a hero! An American period raw with passion, polarization, and violence. Kind of sounds like now.

Here are links that will help teachers put together pertinent information on Lincoln.
Movie Review: Lincoln 

http://mzteachuh.blogspot.com/2012/12/movie-review-lincoln.html?spref=tw 

I love American Rhetoric. Of course, there is not a recording of his voice, but you can find excellent actors reading his eternal speeches. Then you could compare them to Daniel Day-Lewis' interpretation. And you know I'll be reminding you to listen to FDR's 'Nothing to Fear but Fear Itself' speech on Dec. 7.



1.  American Rhetoric: The Power of Oratory in the United States
www.americanrhetoric.com/
I'm thinking you can find these in the library, but don't tell Amazon.com I said so,



2. THE 10 BEST CHILDREN'S BOOKS ON ABRAHAM LINCOLN





http://www.amazon.com/BEST-CHILDRENS-BOOKS-ABRAHAM-LINCOLN/lm/RDGZFLW2A0MKB 




 








Doris Kearns Goodwin is the author of Team of Rivals, the basis of Spielburg's film and Barrack Obama's cabinet (he says the book inspired him.) Henry Louis Gates is a highly respected author and filmmaker who recently has specialized in helping folks find their genetic roots and family history and making documentaries, such as African American Lives. I can't imagine a better team for this assignment. Check it out.

http://www.pbs.org/wnet/lookingforlincoln/



Carl Sandburg
Carl Sandburg, who won the Pulitzer Prize for his Lincoln books. It is great history with a poetic flair every so often.

 Abraham Lincoln: The Prairie Years and The War Years: Carl ...

For the upper grades:

Abraham Lincoln


http://ushistorysite.com/lincoln.php 


Thank you, Poetry Foundation, again, for having such wonders convenient and waiting.


Walt Whitman

Here are only two poems about Lincoln, both by Walt Whitman.


O Captain! My Captain!


By Walt Whitman
http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poem/174742 

When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom’d

By Walt Whitman
 http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poem/174748 

Lincoln signing the Emancipation Proclamation.


Lincoln freed all Americans, including those in the future. A free and appropriate education for all, including the handicapped. Voting rights, even for women. Equal pay for equal work. Freedom to be who you are, and the right to say it.


The Civil Rights Movement is still moving because of Lincoln; let's keep in step.