Saturday, March 8, 2014
MzTeachuh: Check Out NCLD Special Needs Tweets of the Day 3/8...: http://www.ncld.org/ This site is such a rich resource, very clearly stated with current research and helpful hints for parents ...
This site is such a rich resource, very clearly stated with current research and helpful hints for parents and teachers. You must check this out and keep current with their input whether you teach Special Ed., General Ed., or are a parent of a Special Needs child or not. It is just very wise to be aware of these topics.
Here are some samples:
LEARNING DISABILITIES 101What are the different types of learning disabilities, and what effect does LD have an on individual? Find answers
EDUCATION ISSUES AND LDOur team in Washington, D.C., explains what's happening with legislation that affects people with LD. Find out what's happening on the Hill. > Where President Obama Stands > What Is a 504 Plan, Anyway? > How to Stand Up for Your Child > Video: Dyslexia Accommodations
10 DYSLEXIA RESOURCESLD.org offers an array of basic dyslexia info, but where else can you seek assistance and find help? Check out these 10 dyslexia resources. > Video: How Do I Request an Evaluation
> Scholarships and Financial Aid
> Checklist: Is It LD?
MzTeachuh: Check Out Edudemic Ed Tech and STEM Tweets of the ...: This site appeals to ed tech folks and the rest of us. There are so many interesting variations on the same theme: tech in the classroo...
Here is a little sample:
24 Multimedia Tools That Support The Common Core
5 Big Education Technology Trends of 2013
35 Digital Tools That Work With Bloom’s Taxonomy
- How To
- Online Learning
- Social Media
- iPad Magazine
- App Directory
- Online College Guide
|Ed tech is not new to the kids.|
MzTeachuh: Next Week's Lesson Plans Tweets of the Day 3/8/14: This link may help you develop plans for current events. Kiev in Chaos: Teaching About the Crisis in Ukraine http://learning.bl...
This link may help you develop plans for current events.
Kiev in Chaos: Teaching About the Crisis in Ukraine
News for Students and Teacher Resources
7–12 Grade Level
This link can bring depth to your lesson plans:
How Technology Trends Have Influenced the Classroom
This link will help you keep your class moving along.
This link will help you keep organized (and sane):
Ultimate? Let's maybe aim for a little better.
The Ultimate Organized Classroom
MzTeachuh: Teaching Is Understanding Child Development: 1. Child Development Tracker Use the Child Development Tracker to get insights on the stages of growth. http://www.pbs.or...
1. Child Development TrackerUse the Child Development Tracker to get insights on the stages of growth.
2. Child Development
3. T. Berry Brazelton, M.D.
4. Middle Childhood Development
5. Developmental Issues With Pre-Adolescents
6. Adolescent Stages of Development
7. Piaget's Stages of Cognitive Development
|I like Piaget and his beret.|
|Spring, just waking up from a dreamy winter's sleep|
Morning by Edvard Grieg
Written for the play Peer Gynt by Ibsen, who thought this music was too cheerful for his play. Oh well, morning is like that.
MzTeachuh: Cheesy Jokes and Serious Thoughts for St. Patrick'...: We're all Irish on St. Patrick's Day--and since the Irish diaspora was over 600 years long, and the Irish lived long and ...
We're all Irish on St. Patrick's Day--and since the Irish diaspora was over 600 years long, and the Irish lived long and prospered wherever there was a Catholic church worldwide--it's probably true we're all Irish. Geneticists say that Genghis Khan was the foremost contributor to Y chromosomes worldwide, followed by O' Neill of the Nine Hostages (Irish).My grandmother was completely Irish, her mother immigrating from the Old Sod, so I have been successfully indoctrinated about the Isle of Saints and Scholars. Trust me, no demeaning stereotypical jokes about the Irish in my growing up. Sister Francis Eileen, O.P., was the principal of St. Louis Bertrand's School in Oakland, California, and her lilting Irish brogue came over the P.A. system every morning. She was cool, all the nuns I had were cool; I never had a negative experience in parochial school. Many were from Ireland, many were Irish Americans like my sainted grandmother. And I was in that school both when John F. Kennedy ran for president, was elected, and was assassinated. Powerful stuff.
I am so thankful I didn't have to unlearn prejudice and bias--my Oakland elementary school was perfect. The only almost-bias I had to unlearn was that not everyone was from my church.
I was stunned when I heard my first negative joke about the Irish. Didn't they realize we saved western civilization?
|The Isle of Saints and Scholars-to be sure|
And I didn't even say, "Pog Mo Thoin." Which shows a lot of maturity and restraint.
Ethnic jokes and teasing are a form of bullying--so kids and adults really need to knock it off. Are we that desperate to feel superior? The quiet kid in the back of the room won't be able to stand up for herself in the midst of biased-based laughter. Bullying includes those jokes about physical appearance, churches, where you're from, and let's throw in sports teams since kids are so sensitive about them. Kids should have the right to be in school without bullying or humiliation of any type. Grown-ups, too.
So, anyway, here are the jokes. (That's pretty Irish of me: stick up for the underdog and then tell jokes.)
|Green, and Garfield provides the orange|
How did the leprechaun get to the moon?
In a shamrocket.
Why is Ireland like a bottle of wine?
Because it has a Cork in it.
What would you get if you crossed a leprechaun with a Texan?
A pot of chili at the end of the rainbow.
|No relation to Bono. Or the Edge.|
Shamrock and roll.
What do you call a leprechaun's vacation home in Fort Lauderdale?
Love Irish music. O'Sullivan's March, The Chieftans.
My gggrandmother (later immigrated to Kansas) was a Sullivan leaving from Cork in 1844, and who survived a coffin ship to Grosse Isle Quebec.
|Top o the mornin' to ya, from Betty O'Boop|
Friday, March 7, 2014
MzTeachuh: MzTeachuh's Top Posts of the Week 3/7/14: 1. Ed Tech and STEM Tweets of the Day 3/1/14 http://mzteachuh.blogspot.com/2014/03/ed-tech-and-stem-tweets-of-day-3114_1.html?spref=bl ...
2. Best Articles for Educators Week of 2/9/14
3. Teachable Moment: Brian Boru in the Irish (Brian Bóramha in Gaeilge)
4. Do I Have to Go to the IEP meeting? I'm Not Special Ed. Special Needs Tweets of the Day 3/3/14
5. Special Needs Tweets of the Day 3/1/14
6. Festival of Irish Arts and Music Day 3
7. Common Core Literacy Strategies Tweets of the Day 3/5/14
8. Las Vegas Color Run
Many thanks to our international audience. It is a privilege to serve you. USA, Canada, France, UK, Germany, India, Russia, Saudi Arabia, China, Indonesia.
MzTeachuh: ePLNs for Teachers –Getting Connected Ed Tech and ...: Teachers can find professional networking online. Educational sites afford convenience, privacy, and expertise in a variety ...
Teachers can find professional networking online. Educational sites afford convenience, privacy, and expertise in a variety of educational areas. There are also interactive activities for teachers joining an online community. Here are a few advantages to connecting online:
· Current educational topics discussed by experts and educators in a timely, thorough manner. For example, the latest input on educational technology use in the class, special education innovations, and school-wide interventions such as social and emotional interventions are hot topics currently inspiring teachers in their professional pursuits.
· Convenience and privacy comes with networking online. Professional development is generally limited to scheduled on-campus staff or team meetings, conferences, or District trainings. A teacher may have a question or comment on a topic with no opportunity during these gatherings, or the teacher feels the question or comment is too basic or too sophisticated for the discussion. Educational sites can provide a responsive venue through articles, group discussions, webcasts, videos or a search by a teacher using key words at the teacher’s convenience.
· Opportunities to investigate new teaching areas and/or extend teaching expertise abound through sites that are specific to educational technology, special education, or improved teaching methods. A teacher may want more information about learning disabilities, for personal or professional reasons, and find helpful information and professionals online. Maybe a video demonstrating a specific lesson would be very helpful. There is an abundance of sites to enhance a teacher’s knowledge and methods.
Here are well-established educational sites excellent for teacher connections.
Edutopia This is an attractive, vast website that is has numerous educational topics: experts and educators writing articles, groups to join, videos, classroom guides. Edutopia is a great support for teachers.
Edudemic is a clear, concise, and thorough guide to educational technology, blended and flipped learning, and educational innovation using technology. There are many guidelines on a wide variety of topics that a teacher may not even have enough background in ed tech to ask about. For a teacher wishing to deepen knowledge of ed tech, or a beginner hoping to catch up--Edudemic is very effective.
MzTeachuh: Do Behavior Support Plans Work? Special Needs Twee...: I don't know how many BSPs I have written, probably an average of five a year for fifteen years. This is a pretty way to pict...
|This is a pretty way to picture it.|
1. My experience in Special Education included directing a Non-Public School (that's a separate facility for kids with extreme behavior problems due to behavior dysfunctions or emotional disturbance who have been expelled from their home public school.) At the small school I directed, we had students who had been expelled from the larger non-public schools. It follows that the Behavior Support Plans added to the IEPs (Individualized Educational Programs) for these students were written with input from medical doctors, educational psychologists, counselors, and frequently psychiatrists as well as District personnel and myself as the case carrier.
These were precision directives, much like a medical prescription or a protocol for physical therapy. There was nothing haphazard about this. With a carefully administrated system of positive reinforcement, interesting curriculum, and above all, parent buy-in, we saw progress. This was the elite level of teaching. Only the few, the proud and the thoroughly trained can maintain.
2. Behavior Support Plans are also written for students in other areas of Special Education. Many students on a public school are classified as Moderately Handicapped, and mostly learn in one classroom separate from general education. The handicaps are not the same, and could include OHI (Other Health Impaired), autistic, SLD (Specific Learning Disability) or a variety of disabilities identified as Moderate by special testing done by the District psychologist. In our state, for many years this was called Special Day Class requiring more specialized instruction for the students to succeed. There are separate Special Day Classes for Emotional Disturbed students because the regimen required is differently structured than other classes. The BSPs for these students are similar to the ones in a non-public school, addressing specific behaviors that can be modified by positive intervention.
|Finger pointing is not considered a positive support.|
3. A student identified as Mildly Handicapped may also need a BSP. Students in this category may have only one class taught by a Special Education teacher, mainstreaming the remainder of the day. If a student exhibits behavior that merits certain discipline interventions from administration, then the Special Education teacher schedules an addendum IEP meeting, prepares a BSP to support the student to begin showing positive improvement. The whole IEP team includes the student, the parents, all teachers, administration and District Psychologist. This is the team that will help the student replace the inappropriate behavior with appropriate behavior. Again, the BSP is only as effective as the adults administering it. And this is a challenge.
|IEP meetings are really, really important.|
If you are reading this, you are an educator, a parent, or a concerned friend. Maybe you're the student. If you have a concern, check with a professional more trained than yourself to answer questions about your child or student's behavior.
I would also check out (and this advice is for teachers, too) to see how organized the school site is--are the rules consistent? Is the work appropriate for your child's developmental stage? (For example, is there recess? Does your child or class have creative opportunities? Are bullies under control? Is there enough supervision?) Teachers and administrators need to constantly self-evaluate the soundness of a school's program--the entire school. When kids' needs are met, there is less disruptive behavior.
But sometimes there are other forces in a child's experience. That's when a parent or teacher checks out what a psychologist or doctor has to say.
Here are some resources on the topic of Behavior Support Plans.
|1. Behavior Support Plans|
|What is a Behavior Support Plan (BSP)? http://www.pent.ca.gov/beh/bsp/bsp.htm|
2. Behavior Assessment, Plans, and Positive Supports
3. What to Do When Challenging Behavior Persists
4. Write Your Own Behavior Plan
This last link is for teachers. Don't forget to check with families, other teachers, administration, and/or a Special Education teacher if a student it giving you a tough time. Maybe you don't know the whole story!
|Here's another platitude that may also help: This, too, shall pass.|
5. Keep Your Cool: Tips for Handling Difficult Students
|I also like the one that says, 'May you be in Heaven a half an hour before the devil knows you're dead.'|
|That's some pot of gold.|
'Darby O'Gill and the Little People' includes a rundown of many well-known Irish superstitions from leprechauns to banshees, as well as a very young Sean Connery.
'The Secret of Roan Inish' is another film that also reveal lovely Irish landscapes as well as the legend of the silkies.
Numerous fantasy and faerie stories. These are old timey ones by
W.B. Yeats. Read them first yourself before reading them aloud to children; some are rather creepy.
|Oh no, not a changling!|
Here's more on the gift of gab (remember our Irish American presidents?
|Tip O'Neill and Ronald Reagan|
Irish Quotations, Irish Blessings, Irish Proverbs and Irish Toasts
Here is live Irish music from a pub in County Clare--great fun even if you're just drinking O'Douhl's.
Traditional Irish Music - Brogan's Bar - Ennis, IrelandIrish dance has worldwide participants and audiences.
I don't know if this happens every day at the Dublin Airport, but how cool if it did.
TAKE THE FLOOR Flashmob Dublin Airport
|Love the sentiment.|
MzTeachuh: Reflets dans l'eau--Reflections in the Water: Water Lilies, Monet There's more than one kind of reflection: thoughtful reflections are dynamic, too. Debussy, Reflets d...
|Water Lilies, Monet|
Debussy, Reflets dans l'eau -- Reflections in Water (James Boyk, solo piano) and smalin's graphics
Thursday, March 6, 2014
MzTeachuh: Broadening Learning Horizons Tweets of the Day 3/6...: 1. Cultivating Imagination http://www.edutopia.org/blog/cultivating-imagination-ainissa-ramirez?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=post...
1. Cultivating Imagination
2. 5 (Recent) Historical Events You Should Discuss with Your Students
3. Responding to Tragedy: Resources for Educators
4. The 3 E's of Literacy: Strategies to Nurture A Love of Reading
5. 8 Ways to Liven Up the Museum Field Trip
6. Sounds & Symbols
7. First-Grade Close Reading
MzTeachuh: Where I Get My Special Needs Tweets of the Day 3/6...: Special Needs Digest 1. http://www.specialneedsdigest.com/ 2. http://www.disabilityscoop.com/ 3. http://www.ncl...
Special Needs Digest
Special Education & IEP Advisor