Saturday, April 19, 2014
MzTeachuh: Poem in Your Pocket Day on Thursday 4/24: Somehow Annabel Lee should be in the back pocket of a pair of Levis. April 24: National Poem in Your Pocket Day http://thecelebri...
April 24: National Poem in Your Pocket Day
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MzTeachuh: Next Week's Lesson Plans Week of 4/19/14: Emergency Lesson Plans--For Yourself! How to Deal When Your Lesson Plan Falls Flat http://saffron23.hubpages.com/hub/How-to-Deal-W...
Emergency Lesson Plans--For Yourself!
How to Deal When Your Lesson Plan Falls Flat
When a Lesson Goes Wrong
CCSS: ELA.RL.9-10.2 ELA.RL.9-10.9
Why Lesson Plans Don’t Work
Current Event--it's Earth Day, man!Earth Day 2014 News
Earth Day 2014
Earth Day 2014: Lesson Plans, Reading Lists, and Classroom Ideas
Thought Provoking, Aren't These?
Inventive Games That Teach Kids About Empathy and Social Skills
Why You Should Unplug
Test Prep--For All Involved
Ten Ways to Make Test Prep Fun
Test Prep with Virtual Tools: 10 Flashcard Apps for Mobile Devices
Music for the Soundtrack of Your Classroom: Test Prep Time
Teaching Is Giving Kids The Confidence To Try http://mzteachuh.blogspot.com/2012/11/teaching-is-giving-kids-confidence-to.html
MzTeachuh: Music for the Soundtrack of Your Classroom: Test P...: I have heard the debate about background music in the classroom, however, I don't believe that bends the truth about Mozart. Here a...
I have heard the debate about background music in the classroom, however, I don't believe that bends the truth about Mozart. Here are suggestions for tried and true, scientifically sound methods to increase learning--Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
Quiet review time, independent work time, reorganizing notes time--Mozart in the background. I swear by it. And actually, pretty much any Mozart will do.
This guy smalin also provides visual digital enhancements. Check him out.
Mozart, Piano Concerto No. 21, Andante ("Elvira Madigan") https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rKZr3ExeXUc
Mozart, Symphony 25 (G minor, 1st mvt)
Mozart, Marriage of Figaro, overture (bar-graph score)
We respect the rights of all people to have beliefs. I am not recommending showing films about Jesus or not showing them in your class; that is a decision for your school.
But beginning in Middle School, at least in the State of California, there are many passages from the Bible, and the New Testament in particular, that are considered worthy of literary consideration. The Book of Job, the Psalms, the Sermon on the Mount, parables. The King James version, which last year celebrated its 500th birthday, is considered a masterpiece itself. It is said Shakespeare made a contribution to it.
And this is a pretty good time of year to show portions of the Jesus story if you're going to. Even the History Channel, liberal bastion of cable TV, frequently shows the television film of "Jesus of Nazareth" in entirety, Jesus being a central person of historical interest. That's why this is the year 2012.
|Mary, the mother of Jesus in "The Passion of the Christ."|
|"The Passion of the Christ" 2004|
|"The Kings of Kings" 1961|
|"The Greatest Story Ever Told" 1965|
Several Bible-themed movies came out in the sixties with blue-eyed Jesus actors quoting the King James Bible. Jeffrey Hunter was in the "Kings of Kings," a remake from the Cecil B. DeMille's 1927 version.
Max von Sydow played Jesus in 1965 in "The Greatest Story Ever Told." The films are sympathetically presented, especially toward poor little misunderstood Judas, who is frequently the most interesting character. These films have a respectful mood if not accuracy, and for the viewer who is looking to connect with the words of Jesus quoted in the Bible, these films are very effective. Children who are familiar with the story should be okay with the crucifixion scenes which are not too graphic, but kids have to be prepared.
As children watch a film about Jesus, it is very intense. Jesus is a lovable and sympathetic character whether He is considered in a religious sense or not. Kids really have to be prepared for the story to transpire. I was invited by a friend to a theatre full of viewers from her Baptist church to see "The Passion of the Christ." All adults, all in tears (both men and women) by the end. It is just a really tough and sad story for both believer and non-believer.
|"Jesus of Nazareth" miniseries 1977|
My preferred film about Jesus to view with children is the television miniseries, "Jesus of Nazareth." (1977). It is frequently on television at the Christmas and Easter seasons. Visually, there are lots of references to famous works of art, and the music is sort of mysterioso in a supernatural sense that a good something, maybe a miracle, is going to happen; that something supernatural isn't always sinister. Jesus is compassionate, powerful and somehow one-of-the-guys while being divine. Peter is great with his bumbling, yet strong and sincere personality. Mary was a little young being portrayed by Olivia Hussey. Judas was indecisive until he was creepy and betrayed his best friend. I personally don't think Judas was sorry after he did that. Laurence Olivier portrayed Nicodemus.
|Nicodemus quoting Isaiah 53 as Jesus is on the cross.|
|Jesus hangin' with His homies, for which He was criticized severely.|
Here is the Prodigal Son, put up on youtube.
I would like to share a song that I still find marvelous. This was written during the Jesus Movement of the early 1970s and presents the case for Christianity at its most basic and radical. Which pretty much describes the Jesus Movement, and how Jesus happened in my life then, too. Enjoy.
"Jesus Is All That We Need."
The Way http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Way_%28band%29
|Good ole fashioned Jesus music from good ole fashioned Jesus People @1972|
MzTeachuh: Cheesy Jokes and Serious Thoughts About Easter: Confession is good for the soul, it is said. And I confess I do love the 'chocolate' holiday season from Halloween to Christ...
Confession is good for the soul, it is said. And I confess I do love the 'chocolate' holiday season from Halloween to Christmas to Valentine's Day to Easter. Cadbury has the queen of treats, the Creme Egg, appearing only at Easter. Absence makes the heart grow fonder.
I'm not alone. It is just too much fun decorating baskets with that eternal Easter grass (it never goes away, it's like glitter), and coloring the eggs the old fashioned way with vinegar, etc. The images of bunnies and chicks and ducklings are cute, even better than Santa who has a list and checks it twice. No unconditional love from him! And this is an outside sport, temps in the 70s, with light breezes, egg hunting, spring clothes and bonnets, blooming Easter Lilies. Well, at least here in SoCal.
Here's an article about how to dress your kid for Easter. The tradition began as symbolic of a new spiritual start. Now what is it?
|I did see a puddy tat!|
|Not one of Woodstock's, I'm guessing.|
The secularization of this holiday makes it acceptable to everyone. Afterall, anthropologists say that all peoples celebrated the return of spring after the difficulties of winter.
|Coaxing a smile from Eeyore.|
Easter is the most secularized of the holidays in the USA, and ironically, the most important for Christians acknowledging the death and resurrection of Jesus. Question: how can we honor the rights of all and permit our students to express their beliefs in public and private?
|This is not a student of mine. He is a model.|
And not only the latino kids. I've asked some of them what it means to them; sometimes they say it means they are Mexican, sometimes they tell me it is about their faith. Some say they just think it looks cool. So far, this practice has not been considered a dress code violation. In other places, it is dress code.
Neb. School's Ban on Rosary-Style Necklace Touches on Free Speech Issues, Christian News http://www.christianpost.com/news/neb-schools-ban-on-rosary-style-necklace-touches-on-free-speech-issues-57228/
What do you need if your Cadbury Creme Eggs suddenly disappear?
You need an eggsplanation.
They're both famous for stuffing baskets.
Did you hear the one about the fifty-pound jelly bean?
It was pretty hard to swallow
|The President and the Easter Egg|
Why do we paint Easter eggs?
Because it is too hard to wallpaper them.
What does the White House do when there are too many undiscovered Easter eggs on the South Lawn?
Call an eggsterminator.
I am a huge fan of the Cadbury Creme Egg Bunny, and was charmed when I found one I could buy as an Easter Bunny. A stuffed one that cackles like a chicken, not a real one.
So, enjoy these animal actors. Why is there no Emmy or Oscar for animal actors?
Cadbury Bunny Ad - Chocolate
Friday, April 18, 2014
MzTeachuh: Ed Tech and STEM Tweets of the Day 4/18/14: 1. 3 Must-Know Tips For Anyone Nervous About EdTech http://www.edudemic.com/nervous-edtech-tips/ 2. The One Room Schoolhouse Goes H...
1. 3 Must-Know Tips For Anyone Nervous About EdTech
2. The One Room Schoolhouse Goes High Tech
3. Why (And How) To Improve STEM Education In The U.S. http://www.edudemic.com/stem-infographic/
4. Do television and video games impact on the wellbeing of younger children?
5. 60 apps in 60 seconds
6. Making eBooks better curriculum tools with Classroom Connections
7. Welcome to Free Technology for Teachers!
MzTeachuh: National Poetry Month: Earth Day Every Day Gerard ...: This might be the first poem supporting the ecological movement. God’s Grandeur by Gerard Manley Hopkins THE WORLD is charged w...
This might be the first poem supporting the ecological movement.
|by Gerard Manley Hopkins|
|THE WORLD is charged with the grandeur of God.|
|It will flame out, like shining from shook foil;|
|It gathers to a greatness, like the ooze of oil|
|Crushed. Why do men then now not reck his rod?|
|Generations have trod, have trod, have trod;||5|
|And all is seared with trade; bleared, smeared with toil;|
|And wears man’s smudge and shares man’s smell: the soil|
|Is bare now, nor can foot feel, being shod.|
|And for all this, nature is never spent;|
|There lives the dearest freshness deep down things;||10|
|And though the last lights off the black West went|
|Oh, morning, at the brown brink eastward, springs—|
|Because the Holy Ghost over the bent|
|World broods with warm breast and with ah! bright wings.|
By Gerard Manley Hopkins
Nothing is so beautiful as Spring –
When weeds, in wheels, shoot long and lovely and lush;
Thrush’s eggs look little low heavens, and thrush
Through the echoing timber does so rinse and wring
The ear, it strikes like lightnings to hear him sing;
The glassy peartree leaves and blooms, they brush
The descending blue; that blue is all in a rush
With richness; the racing lambs too have fair their fling.
What is all this juice and all this joy?
A strain of the earth’s sweet being in the beginning
In Eden garden. – Have, get, before it cloy,
Before it cloud, Christ, lord, and sour with sinning,
Innocent mind and Mayday in girl and boy,
Most, O maid’s child, thy choice and worthy the winning.
Hopkins was a Jesuit priest in England during the Industrial Revolution.
Gerard Manley Hopkins
遗憾,κρίμα, jammer, llàstima, đáiong tiếc
|No human connect is as profound as mother to child. This is universal truth.|
Mother's Day, May 10, Sunday. Let's give Mom joy.
MzTeachuh: MzTeachuh's Top Posts of the Week 4/18/14: Moondance Mr. Moonlight, Where Did You Go? Music for the Lunar Eclipse on 4/15/14 http://mzteachuh.blogspot.com/2014/04/mr-moonlight...
Mr. Moonlight, Where Did You Go? Music for the Lunar Eclipse on 4/15/14
National Poetry Month: Poem #14
So That Explains It...Jackie Robinson's Brother...
Ed Tech and STEM Tweets of the Day 4/12/14
Does My Child Need Special Ed. Services?
Hello, Poetry Lovers
Who Showed You Who You Are?
Who Loves You Through Thick and Thin?
MzTeachuh: Special Needs Tweets of the Day 4/18/14: 1. Early Screening is Vital to Children and their Families http://www.ed.gov/blog/2014/04/early-screening-is-vital-to-children-and-thei...
1. Early Screening is Vital to Children and their Families
2. Do television and video games impact on the well being of younger children?
Symptoms and Causes
What are the symptoms of ADHD?
3. Causes of ADHD
4. ACCESSIBLE HOMES
5. Guides & Booklets- Learning Disabilities
6. In Move Hailed by Advocates, Iowa Defines Dyslexia in Change to State Law
7. In class flipped class
Thursday, April 17, 2014
MzTeachuh: News Alert: Preserving Religious Freedom in Ukrain...: Fourteen things to know for Passover 2014 http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2014/04/14/fourteen-things-to-know-for-passover-2014/ E...
Fourteen things to know for Passover 2014
Easter in Russia
|Easter traditions in the Russian Orthodox service, including the blessing of pussywillows.|
Secretary of State John Kerry calls allegations that Jews were required to register by pro-Russian forces "grotesque," as he also condemned threats against the Russian Orthodox Church in Ukraine.
‘Rights of believers are violated’: Orthodox priest flees Ukraine in fear
Here are resources to assist classroom discussion of this important topic:
Will we let history repeat itself?
The Berkeley Center Religious Freedom in Ukraine for Religion, Peace and World Affairs provides background.
Religious Freedom in Ukraine
The International School for Holocaust Studies
Antisemitism Workshop Using Statements
MzTeachuh: Ed Tech and STEM Tweets of the Day 4/17/14: 1. Why You Should Unplug http://www.edudemic.com/why-you-should-unplug/ 2. Creating Virtual Classroom with Edmodo http://edtechre...
1. Why You Should Unplug
2. Creating Virtual Classroom with Edmodo
3. FAQs About the Practical Ed Tech Summer Camp
4. Rosy Cosmic Cloud Glows with Stars in New Telescope View (Video, Photo)
5. Why (And How) Teachers And Students Should Backchannel
6. Deeper Learning Through Linked Learning
Grades 6-12 / STEM / PBL
7. 5 Reading Apps That are Revolutionizing the Way We Read [LIST]
MzTeachuh: Teaching Development Tweets of the Day 4/17/13: 1. 8 Tips for Reaching Out to Parents http://www.edutopia.org/blog/tips-reaching-out-to-parents-david-cutler?utm_source=facebook&u...
1. 8 Tips for Reaching Out to Parents
2. Childhood ‘eroded’ by 10-hour school day, teachers warn
3. Deeper Learning Through a Global Lens
Grades 6-12 / All Subjects / Global Competency
4. How Engaged Are Students and Teachers in American Schools?
5. Teacher Development Research Review: Keys to Educator Success
6. Projects to Engage Middle School Readers
7. Filling in Thought Holes: An Invaluable Social and Emotional Learning Lesson
MzTeachuh: Help that is perpetual Помощь, что вечно - вечно -...: "Our Mother (Lady) of Perpetual Help" Unknown artist, 12th c. ' Help that is everlas...
|"Our Mother (Lady) of Perpetual Help" Unknown artist, 12th c.||'|
Помощь, что вечно - вечно - многолетние - постоянные - постоянные.
Moms love unconditionally, want to always be there for you.
Mother's Day is May 10. Sunday.
|Cosmos bipinnatus, commonly called the garden cosmos or Mexican aster. And it's in my front yard!|
The Cosmos in a Cosmos
To see a world in a grain of sand, And a heaven in a wild flower, Hold infinity in the palm of your hand, And eternity in an hour.
Not to get all Carl Sagan or Neil deGrasse Tyson
on you, but with so many heated discussions pro and con
about intelligent design, I'm taking a moment to think of Artistic Design.
Here is the last verse of Blake's poem.
God appears, and God is light, To those poor souls who dwell in night; But does a human form display To those who dwell in realms of day.
Here is the entirety of William Blake's poem, remember, he is considered a mystic.
I see him as a caring person with a heart for the poor.
William Blake - Auguries of Innocence
MzTeachuh: Special Needs Tweets of the Day 4/17/14: 1. Ask the Advocate http://www.wrightslaw.com/howey/ask.htm 2. New Data Show Kids With Disabilities Shut Out of Gifted Programs, ...
1. Ask the Advocate
2. New Data Show Kids With Disabilities Shut Out of Gifted Programs, Held Back More Often Than Others
2. New Data Show Kids With Disabilities Shut Out of Gifted Programs, Held Back More Often Than Others
3. New method of screening children for autism spectrum disorders works at 9 months old
4. Students with Disabilities Disciplined More Than Others
5. Prominent Ed-Tech Players' Data-Privacy Policies Attract Scrutiny
6. Resources for Parents of At-Risk Teens
7. Special Needs and Disabilities
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
MzTeachuh: Special Needs Tweets of the Day 4/16/14: 1. Eight Videos That Explain What Dyslexia Is Like http://www.ncld.org/types-learning-disabilities/dyslexia/what-is-it-like-to-be-dysle...
MzTeachuh: Ed Tech and STEM Tweets of the Day 4/16/14: 1. Welcome to the Digital Citizenship Website http://www.digitalcitizenship.net/ 2. Infants 'unable to use toy building blocks&#...
MzTeachuh: Teaching the Heart Tweets of the Day 4/16/14: 1. School of Hard Knocks http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/26/books/review/how-children-succeed-by-paul-tough.html?pagewanted=all&...
1. School of Hard Knocks
2. Positive School Culture: How one school transformed from violence to haven
3. Can Kids Be Taught Persistence?
4. Resources and Lesson Plans for Social and Emotional Learning
5. Avon Heritage Elementary pilots a tutoring and mentoring program to help students
6. 10 Novels Every Middle Schooler Should Read
7. All Work, No Play: Why High School Students Should Have Fun
1. Welcome to the Digital Citizenship Website