Saturday, May 31, 2014

MzTeachuh: Next Week's Lesson Plans 5/31/14

MzTeachuh: Next Week's Lesson Plans 5/31/14: End of school? Don't celebrate just yet. Four Strategies to End the School Year http://www.elmers....

Next Week's Lesson Plans 5/31/14

End of school? Don't celebrate just yet.

Four Strategies to End the School Year

http://www.elmers.com/teachers-blog/post/2013/05/24/Four-Strategies-to-End-the-School-Year.aspx 

Annual Classroom Clean Out

http://www.terracycle.com/en-US/pages/annual-classroom-clean-out 

Thinking About Summer?

A Mighty Girl Book Club

http://www.amightygirl.com/book-club

News: MASTERPIECE 2014 Summer Schedule

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/masterpiece/programs/features/news/masterpiece-2014-summer-schedule/ 

Videos to Consider for Next Year's Teaching 

 How Design Thinking Can Empower Young People

http://www.edutopia.org/is-school-enough-design-thinking-video

10 Time-Saving Videos All About iPads In The Classroom

 http://www.edudemic.com/ipads-in-the-classroom-videos/

Inquiry-Based Discussion

https://www.teachingchannel.org/videos/inquiry-based-discussions-for-text 

No More Sedentary Classroom

The Undeniable Link Between Physical Activity, Academics 

http://www.teachhub.com/undeniable-link-between-physical-activity-academics 

Why Kids Need Nature

http://www.scholastic.com/parents/resources/article/parent-child/why-kids-need-nature 

 

Hey Teach, Take Some Time For Yourself!

Be More Productive By Doing Less

Four Strategies to End the School YearPhilosopher Explores Ethics of Brain TechnologiesHey Teach-- Take Time for Yourself!Be More Productive—By Doing Less

http://anniemurphypaul.com/2014/05/why-leisure-is-the-new-productivity/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=why-leisure-is-the-new-productivity 

 
http://rewildyourlife.com/challenge/

MzTeachuh: Ed Tech and STEM Tweets of the Day 5/31/14

MzTeachuh: Ed Tech and STEM Tweets of the Day 5/31/14: Three ways digital badges are used in education http://www.eschoolnews.com/2014/05/30/digital-badges-education-356/ Chrome Apps for As...

Ed Tech and STEM Tweets of the Day 5/31/14

Three ways digital badges are used in education

http://www.eschoolnews.com/2014/05/30/digital-badges-education-356/

Chrome Apps for Assistive Technology

 https://sites.google.com/site/eduonair/virtualization-for-chromebooks/hangout-schedule/chrome-apps-for-assistive-technology

 5 Robust Apps For The Chromebook Classroom

http://www.edudemic.com/5-robust-apps-chromebook-classroom/ 

Study shows that high-tech schools run into budget troubles and cut tech spending

http://educationbythenumbers.org/content/study-shows-high-tech-schools-run-budget-troubles-cut-tech-spending_1297/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+HechingerReport+%28Hechinger+Report%29 

Finnish Schools Not Relying on Ed Tech

http://dianeravitch.net/2014/05/31/finnish-schools-not-relying-on-ed-tech/ 

Bird Song Hero

Teaching and Learning Through Educational Software Programs

 http://edtechreview.in/e-learning/1232-teaching-and-learning-through-educational-software-programs

MzTeachuh: Special Needs Tweets of the Day 5/31/14

MzTeachuh: Special Needs Tweets of the Day 5/31/14: SUCCESS STORIES You’re not alone on your LD journey. Countless people have faced learning disabilities…and succeeded! ...

Special Needs Tweets of the Day 5/31/14

SUCCESS STORIES

You’re not alone on your LD journey. Countless people have faced learning disabilities…and succeeded!
http://www.ncld.org/learning-disabilities-resources/special-needs-stories 

The essence of sensory processing disorder

http://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/on-parenting/the-essence-of-sensory-processing-disorder/2014/05/20/1813d0a6-daac-11e3-8009-71de85b9c527_story.html 

Policy set to reduce gender inequality in biomedical studies

 http://sfari.org/news-and-opinion/blog/2014/policy-set-to-reduce-gender-inequality-in-biomedical-studies

Five Strategies to Avoid Meltdowns and Tantrums

 Welcome to Children With Special Needs

 http://www.childrenwithspecialneeds.com/

Twice-Exceptional Me 

http://ncld.org/types-learning-disabilities/adhd-related-issues/giftedness/twice-exceptional-me 

Talk It Up: Eight Ways to Have Self-Esteem Boosting Conversations About LD 

http://www.ncld.org/parents-child-disabilities/social-emotional-skills/self-esteem-talk-about-ld-your-child 

 

MzTeachuh: Keep Calm and Love the End of School Tweets of the...

MzTeachuh: Keep Calm and Love the End of School Tweets of the...:   Get a Start On Ending Your Year Right http://www.edutopia.org/blog/get-start-end-your-school-year-right-elena-aguilar   Can Games...

Keep Calm and Love the End of School Tweets of the Day 5/31/14

 

Get a Start On Ending Your Year Right

http://www.edutopia.org/blog/get-start-end-your-school-year-right-elena-aguilar 

Can Games Make High-Stakes Tests Obsolete?

http://blogs.kqed.org/mindshift/2014/05/can-games-make-high-stakes-tests-obsolete/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+kqed%2FnHAK+%28MindShift%29 

My Brother’s Keeper: Voices of Young Men in Denver

http://www.ed.gov/blog/2014/05/my-brothers-keeper-voices-of-young-men-in-denver/ 

When Students Fail: What Does it Really Mean? What's a Teacher to Do?

http://www.bamradionetwork.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=2003:when-students-fail-what-does-it-really-mean-whats-a-teacher-to-do&catid=105:teachers-aide&Itemid=299 

6 Q’s About the News | America’s ‘It’ School? Look West, Harvard

http://learning.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/05/30/6-qs-about-the-news-americas-it-school-look-west-harvard/?_php=true&_type=blogs&_r=0 

L.A. Unified suspension rates fall but some question figures' accuracy 

http://www.latimes.com/local/la-me-lausd-suspend-20140601-story.html#page=1

Measles Cases in U.S. at a Twenty Year Record High

http://shotofprevention.com/2014/05/29/measles-cases-in-u-s-at-a-twenty-year-record-high/ 

 

 

 

MzTeachuh: Principal's Suggestion Box Letter #1

MzTeachuh: Principal's Suggestion Box Letter #1: These suggestions are absolutely fictional (to protect the innocent and not-so-innocent.) But, with the hint of truth, maybe we can make som...

Principal's Suggestion Box Letter #1

These letters are absolutely fictional (to protect the innocent and not-so-innocent.) But, with the hint of truth, maybe we can make some adjustments. Principals have the best chance to do that.

Dear Principal,

You probably don't know me. I sub for the Special Ed. classes. Everything's okay, but I would like to ask for a little more information in the lesson plans. The instructional assistants (who are very nice and helpful) usually tell me who the difficult kids will be (for example, who is likely to throw a tantrum or a chair), but isn't there supposed to be a behavior plan or something? I would like to try to keep things consistent for the students. I was told I wasn't on the list to read the IEP.

I'm okay. For a retired teacher I'm pretty spry, and caught the stapler midair. I hope the referral was written adequately.

Thanks,
Rather Shaken Substitute

The best resource concerning the legalities of Special Education is the site Wrightslaw http://www.wrightslaw.com 

Here is a quote from the page on Discipline & Discipline Problems:

Discipline is a hot topic. When the federal special education law was passed in 1975, Congress found that most handicapped children were not receiving an appropriate education - and that millions of children were excluded from school altogether.
Students miss classes every day because of suspensions and expulsions, sometimes for only a minor infraction. Office for Civil Rights data shows that minority students and students with disabilities are disproportionately impacted.
Today, schools continue to suspend and expel students with disabilities for behavior caused by their disabilities. If you are advocating for a child with behavior problems, the articles and resources collected on this page will help.

Other resources:

Positive Behavioral Supports and the Law

 http://www.pbis.org/school/pbis-and-the-law

Substitute Teachers Gain National Voice

 Substitute Teachers Gain National Voice

http://www.educationworld.com/a_issues/chat/chat047.shtml

Routines help children with special needs

https://www.akronchildrens.org/cms/resource_library/files/e436859efc79226f/fin_facts_april_may_2012_routines.pdf 

My suggestion: Have a specific section in the lesson plans that indicate special interventions with students that have behavior needs but not necessarily include the exact section from the IEP. If a student has history of tantrums or violent outbursts he/she needs a Behavior Support Plan, and a substitute definitely needs input from the classroom teacher in writing, not instructions from an instructional assistant.

 

Friday, May 30, 2014

MzTeachuh: Special Needs Tweets of the Day 5/30/14

MzTeachuh: Special Needs Tweets of the Day 5/30/14: Better supervision: answer to active baby?  Treating babies with stimulants is reckless   https://www.blogger.com/blogger.g?blogID=14...

Special Needs Tweets of the Day 5/30/14

Better supervision: answer to active baby?

 Treating babies with stimulants is reckless

 https://www.blogger.com/blogger.g?blogID=1441644043303616609#postsstats 

Heritability Maps May Hold Clues to Delayed Onset of Mental Disorders

http://www.nimh.nih.gov/news/science-news/2014/genes-impact-suspect-cortex-areas-more-as-youth-mature.shtml?utm_source=govdelivery&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=govdelivery 

Autism and Special Talents: How Can We Help our Son Find His Passion?

http://www.autismspeaks.org/blog/2014/05/30/autism-and-special-talents-how-can-we-help-our-son-find-his-passion?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+AutismSpeaksBlog+%28Autism+Speaks+|+Official+Blog%29 

Five Strategies to Avoid Meltdowns and Tantrums
 
Parenting & Family

http://www.ldonline.org/questions/parenting 

Work it out

A summer job can be the key to future success for teens with learning disabilities.

 http://www.greatschools.org/special-education/health/2434-summer-job-special-needs.gs 

 RESOURCES

Find the tools you need to develop a better understanding of learning disabilities and to navigate your LD journey with confidence.

MzTeachuh: Summer Bump Not Slump: Fun with STEM

MzTeachuh: Summer Bump Not Slump: Fun with STEM: The sky is cheap entertainment. 6 Ways to Explore the Nighttime Sky With Your Kids http://www.mykidsadventures.com/discover-astrono...

Summer Bump Not Slump: Fun with STEM



The sky is cheap entertainment.

6 Ways to Explore the Nighttime Sky With Your Kids

http://www.mykidsadventures.com/discover-astronomy-for-kids/ 

10 Backyard Science Activities

 http://fun.familyeducation.com/outdoor-games/childrens-science-activities/34986.html

Math Playground

http://www.mathplayground.com/ 

5 Fun Science Experiments for Kids (w/ Grover!) #5facts 

http://www8.buyerpricer.com/Video.aspx?videoid=BeLT-O8Mz2M&slk=fun+stem+activities+for+kids&cid=50271632708&akwd=fun+stem+activities+for+kids&mt=b&nid=1&term=fun+stem+activities+for+kids&vx=0

Do Warmer Seas Make Stronger Hurricanes? 

http://www.sciencebuddies.org/science-fair-projects/project_ideas/OceanSci_p005.shtml#procedure 

Engage Kids in Hands-on Engineering

http://www.sciencekids.co.nz/ 

Wind Energy Activities

http://stem-works.com/subjects/2-wind-energy/activities

Science For Kids

http://www.sciencekids.co.nz/ 

STEM Websites for Kids
http://www.anderson5.net/Page/18087 

STEM Websites for Kids
http://www.minitex.umn.edu/Events/Conferences/Highlights/2013/Stem/BookshelfHandout2.pdf

Puzzlemaker

http://www.discoveryeducation.com/free-puzzlemaker/?CFID=49745321&CFTOKEN=61269147

A Big Pile of Fantastic Ideas to Get Kids Outside Making and Doing This Summer

http://parenting.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/05/22/a-big-pile-of-fantastic-ideas-to-get-kids-outside-making-and-doing-this-summer/?_php=true&_type=blogs&_r=0 

Twigs--exciting resource for innumerable projects.

 

For the Last Week of School Tweets of the Day 5/28/14

Not to be snarky, but environment is spelled wrong. I know, the pot calling the kettle black, me and all my typos.

A 4-Step Guide To Effective Lesson Planning

http://www.edudemic.com/effective-lesson-planning/

Instead of Framing ‘Failure’ As a Positive, Why Not Just Use Positive Words?

http://blogs.kqed.org/mindshift/2014/05/instead-of-framing-failure-as-a-positive-why-not-just-use-positive-words/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+kqed%2FnHAK+%28MindShift%29 

Ending on an Upswing

http://www.edutopia.org/blog/ending-on-an-upswing-nick-provenzano 

Diagnostic Teaching: Pinpointing Why Your Students Struggle

http://www.teachthought.com/learning/diagnostic-teaching-why-students-struggle/ 

First Lady Fights To Keep Healthful School Lunch Law Intact

http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2014/05/27/316457427/first-lady-fights-to-keep-healthy-school-lunch-law-intact?ft=1&f=139941248 

What Does Competency- Based Education Have To Do With Disruption?

http://educationnext.org/competency-based-education-disruption/ 

5 Ways to Say Goodbye to Your Graduating Students

http://www.edutopia.org/blog/five-ways-to-say-goodbye-graduating-students-rebecca-alber 

 

MzTeachuh: Free Cool Ed Sites for Kids Ed Tech and STEM Tweet...

MzTeachuh: Free Cool Ed Sites for Kids Ed Tech and STEM Tweet...: Oh, where shall we begin? 10 Best Educational Websites for Kids (that are free!) http://www.parenting.com/blogs/mom-congress/melissa...

Free Cool Ed Sites for Kids Ed Tech and STEM Tweets of the Day 5/30/14

Oh, where shall we begin?

10 Best Educational Websites for Kids (that are free!)

http://www.whyville.net/smmk/nice
http://www.spatulatta.com/
http://www.pottermore.com/
http://kids.nationalgeographic.com/kids/
http://kids.yahoo.com/

http://pbskids.org/
http://wonderopolis.org/
http://www.nga.gov/kids/kids.htm
http://www.funbrain.com/
I just can't choose.

 

MzTeachuh: MzTeachuh's Top Posts of the Week 5/30/14

MzTeachuh: MzTeachuh's Top Posts of the Week 5/30/14: Cast of 'Barnaby Rudge' a Charles Dickens story; Daniel Laurie is the lead on this BBC radio show and has Downs Syndrome. Spec...

MzTeachuh's Top Posts of the Week 5/30/14

Cast of 'Barnaby Rudge' a Charles Dickens story; Daniel Laurie is the lead on this BBC radio show and has Downs Syndrome.

Special Needs Tweets of the Day 5/25/14 

http://mzteachuh.blogspot.com/2014/05/special-needs-tweets-of-day-52514.html 

Summer Bump Not Slump: Summer Reading 
http://mzteachuh.blogspot.com/2014/05/summer-bump-not-slump-summer-reading.html 

 

 White Fang, by Jack London: Great Summer Read 

http://mzteachuh.blogspot.com/2014/05/white-fang-illustration-by-kako-white.html 

Nights in White Satin 

http://mzteachuh.blogspot.com/2014/05/nights-in-white-satin.html

Special Needs Tweets of the Day 5/27/14 

http://mzteachuh.blogspot.com/2014/05/special-needs-tweets-of-day-52714.html 

Ed Tech and STEM Tweets of the Day 5/27/14 

Maya Angelou 1957

http://mzteachuh.blogspot.com/2014/05/ed-tech-and-stem-tweets-of-day-52714.html 

Maya Angelou: Life Doesn't Frighten Me 

http://mzteachuh.blogspot.com/2014/05/maya-angelou-life-doesnt-frighten-me.html?spref=bl 

Summer Bump Not Slump: I'm Curious About... 

http://mzteachuh.blogspot.com/2014/05/summer-bump-not-summer-slump-im-curious.html

Next Week's Lesson Plans 5/24/14

http://mzteachuh.blogspot.com/2014/05/next-weeks-lesson-plans-52414.html 

Nights in White Satin 

http://mzteachuh.blogspot.com/2014/05/nights-in-white-satin.html 

Camille Pissarro: Boulevard Montmartre at night, 1897

 

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Thursday, May 29, 2014

MzTeachuh: Summer Bump Not Slump: I'm Curious About...

MzTeachuh: Summer Bump Not Slump: I'm Curious About...:   How to Get Kids Hooked on Nonfiction Books This Summer http://blogs.kqed.org/mindshift/2013/07/how-to-get-kids-hooked-on-nonfiction...

Summer Bump Not Slump: I'm Curious About...

 

How to Get Kids Hooked on Nonfiction Books This Summer

http://blogs.kqed.org/mindshift/2013/07/how-to-get-kids-hooked-on-nonfiction-books-this-summer/ 

  Children's Books You May Want to Re-read...You Might Learn a Few Things 

http://satisfyingmycuriousity.blogspot.com/2014/03/childrens-book-you-may-want-to-re.html 

Summer of Curiosity Mission to Mars Challenge

http://www.nasa.gov/offices/education/centers/johnson/student-activities/summer-of-curiosity.html 

 How Stuff Works

http://www.howstuffworks.com/ 

Biography - For Kids Life Stories 

http://www.ducksters.com/biography/ 

Astronomy for Kids

http://www.kidsastronomy.com/ 

 Future Vet

http://futurevet.net/

 

MzTeachuh: Somebody Come and Play!

MzTeachuh: Somebody Come and Play!: Nanny nanny boo boo you can't catch me! Weeee I'm freeee!   C'mon, silly, let's play! You can't be ...

Somebody Come and Play!


Nanny nanny boo boo you can't catch me!
Weeee I'm freeee!

 C'mon, silly, let's play! You can't be so grown-up and important all the time....

 Okay, I'm guilty, too, of being way too busy and important with grown-up style activities when I really should  just chill-out with the kids, whether in my home or in the classroom. Our inner young/fun person needs to come and play with our actual young/fun persons.

 Jona K. Anderson-McNamee and Sandra J. Bailey wrote a great article on this subject, "The Importance of Play in Early Childhood Development."

http://msuextension.org/publications/HomeHealthandFamily/MT201003HR.pdf 

Here's a good quote: "Your child needs time with you to relax and play. Playing with children builds lasting bonds. Playing allows parents to appreciate the uniqueness of each child. Playing with children can also be a stress reducer for over-worked parents. Laughing and relaxing are important to your own well-being."

 http://www.schoolsparks.com/blog/four-rules-for-playing-games-with-your-children

My turn. 1, 2, 3, 4.....

These  “Rules” for Playing Games with Your Children are very practical. Of course, all of our children are above average intelligence, but all kids go through a developmental process that places them at a certain emotional and skill level.

Anthony T. DeBenedet, M.D. and Lawrence J. Cohen, Ph.D, both extreme experts in their fields, wrote a book called, The Art of Roughhousing. I had no idea it took such advanced degrees to goof off with your kids; I wonder if it takes a Masters to tickle.

Here are some great thoughts from the book: 

Roughhousing is physical, which means that it integrates our bodies with our brains, and promotes physical fitness, release of tension, and well-being. 

Looks like so much fun, I wish I was at the lake.

“Roughhousing is play, which means that it is done for its own sake, it is joyful, and it flows with spontaneity, with improvisation, and without any worries about how we look or how much time is passing by.  

Roughhousing is interactive, which means it builds close connections between our children and ourselves, especially as we get down on the wrestling mat and join children in their world. 

Roughhousing is rowdy, which means that it pushes us out of our inhibitions and inflexibilities. Rowdiness is not dangerous, as long as we have the safety that comes from knowledge, close supervision, and carefully paying attention.”


Moms have a say, too, though I'm not sure about the sticky floor part; not that a sticky floor was never a frequent reality in my kids' growing up years. The author has a degree in Recreational Therapy.


http://www.playwithyourfamily.com/2011/09/good-moms-have-sticky-floors/
FB here we come!

 I remember taking walks, playing cards, singing, listening to stories, swimming, telling jokes--we are validated as real and important people by these moments in our formative years when the most valuable resource- time- is given to us. Why would someone play with children? We love them. They are cute. Its fun.

The PS22 Chorus sings an update of the Sesame Street classic "Somebody Come and Play" as a bounty of red balls and children launch in every direction celebrating the connection between music and play. Conceived, produced and directed by NELA Film.

"Somebody Come And Play" PS22 Chorus on Sesame Street! 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ftjs-BoWRYk 

Like your portrait?

MzTeachuh: Special Needs Tweets of the Day 5/29/14

MzTeachuh: Special Needs Tweets of the Day 5/29/14: ‘Tiger’ or ‘Hands-Off’ Mom? Both Types Motivate  http://www.specialneedsdigest.com/2014/05/tiger-or-hands-off-mom-both-types.html?utm_s...

Special Needs Tweets of the Day 5/29/14

‘Tiger’ or ‘Hands-Off’ Mom? Both Types Motivate 

http://www.specialneedsdigest.com/2014/05/tiger-or-hands-off-mom-both-types.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+blogspot%2FLUdSt+%28Special+Needs+Digest%29 

Has Health Insurance Affected Your Child's Education? 

http://ncld.org/ld-insights/blogs/does-health-insurance-affect-your-child-s-education 

LD & Math Challenges: Highlights from Our LD Chat

http://ncld.org/ld-insights/blogs/ld-and-math-challenges

States Take Steps to Make Sure Kids Get Vaccinated before School 

http://www.specialneedsdigest.com/2014/05/states-take-steps-to-make-sure-kids-get.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+blogspot%2FLUdSt+%28Special+Needs+Digest%29 

Motivation: Student Interest

http://www.specialeducationguide.com/blog/motivation-is-the-best-accommodation-using-student-interest-to-tap-into-the-common-core/ 

Behavior Management Tips: Parent and Student Involvement - See more at: http://www.educationworld.com/a_curr/behaviortips/behaviortips002.shtml#sthash.L6PnAJL7.dpuf

 Behavior Intervention

http://www.educationworld.com/a_curr/behaviortips/behaviortips002.shtml

Individualized Education Programs (IEPs)  

http://www.wrightslaw.com/info/iep.index.htm


 

 


MzTeachuh: Ed Tech and STEM Tweets of the Day 5/29/14

MzTeachuh: Ed Tech and STEM Tweets of the Day 5/29/14: America has a STEM crisis–and this is how to solve it http://www.eschoolnews.com/2014/05/29/stem-crisis-america-311/ Breaking Fina...

Ed Tech and STEM Tweets of the Day 5/29/14

America has a STEM crisis–and this is how to solve it

http://www.eschoolnews.com/2014/05/29/stem-crisis-america-311/

Breaking Financial Barriers to Classrooms

http://edtechreview.in/voices/interviews/1236-breaking-financial-barriers-to-classrooms 

The Backchannel: Giving Every Student a Voice in the Blended Mobile Classroom

http://www.edutopia.org/blog/backchannel-student-voice-blended-classroom-beth-holland?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=post&utm_campaign=blog-backchannel-student-voice-blended-classroom-link

Science Friday - Science Lesson Plans and Interesting Science Videos

http://www.freetech4teachers.com/ 

 Google Tip for Reading

http://www.educatorstechnology.com/2014/05/a-wonderful-google-tip-to-help-students.html

At the Movies: Films Focused on Education Reform

http://www.edutopia.org/education-reform-documentaries 

  The Best Laptops For Teachers

http://www.edudemic.com/best-education-technology/the-best-laptops-for-teachers/ 

 

MzTeachuh: Play (and Learn) Tweets of the Day 5/29/14

MzTeachuh: Play (and Learn) Tweets of the Day 5/29/14: 101 Ways to Play Outdoors Printable Poster 101 Ways To Play Outside http://childhood101.com/2014/03/101-ways-to-play-outdoors-print...

Play (and Learn) Tweets of the Day 5/29/14

101 Ways to Play Outdoors Printable Poster

101 Ways To Play Outside

http://childhood101.com/2014/03/101-ways-to-play-outdoors-printable-poster/ 

Redesigning School to Graduate Capable, Confident Learners

http://blogs.kqed.org/mindshift/2014/05/redesigning-school-to-graduate-capable-confident-learners-deeper-learning/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+kqed%2FnHAK+%28MindShift%29 

Improve Your Teaching with Student Feedback

101 Ways to Play Outdoors Printable Poster10Redesigning School to Graduate Capable, Confident Learnershttp://blogs.kqed.org/mindshift/2014/05/redesigning-school-to-graduate-capable-confident-learners-deeper-learning/3 Ways of Getting Student Feedback to Improve Your Teaching

 http://www.edutopia.org/blog/student-feedback-improves-your-teaching-vicki-davis?page=0&ea=1&utm_content=bufferf915a&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer#comment-188341

Little Children and Already Acting Mean 

http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304811904579586331803245244?mg=reno64-wsj&url=http%3A%2F%2Fonline.wsj.com%2Farticle%2FSB10001424052702304811904579586331803245244.html 

How to Reach Reluctant Learners

http://www.edweek.org/tm/articles/2014/05/27/ctq_barile_motivating.html?cmp=SOC-EDIT-FB 

In Defense of the Lecture

http://chronicle.com/article/In-Defense-of-the-Lecture/146797/?cid=at&utm_source=at&utm_medium=en 

The Country’s Cultural Capital Has a Big Arts-Education Problem

http://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2014/05/the-countrys-cultural-capital-has-a-big-arts-education-problem/371658/ 

 

 

 

 

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

MzTeachuh: Phenomenal Woman (referencing Maya Angelou)

MzTeachuh: Phenomenal Woman (referencing Maya Angelou): Phenomenal Woman: Maya Angelou by Stacy West Machine applique, quilting; hand beading. Phenomenal Woman  Ma...

Phenomenal Woman (referencing Maya Angelou)

Phenomenal Woman: Maya Angelou by Stacy West Machine applique, quilting; hand beading.
Phenomenal Woman 
Maya Angelou
Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.
I'm not cute or built to suit a fashion model's size
But when I start to tell them,
They think I'm telling lies.
I say,
It's in the reach of my arms
The span of my hips,
The stride of my step,
The curl of my lips.
I'm a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That's me.

I walk into a room
Just as cool as you please,
And to a man,
The fellows stand or
Fall down on their knees.
Then they swarm around me,
A hive of honey bees.
I say,
It's the fire in my eyes,
And the flash of my teeth,
The swing in my waist,
And the joy in my feet.
I'm a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That's me.

Men themselves have wondered
What they see in me.
They try so much
But they can't touch
My inner mystery.
When I try to show them
They say they still can't see.
I say,
It's in the arch of my back,
The sun of my smile,
The ride of my breasts,
The grace of my style.
I'm a woman

Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That's me.

Now you understand
Just why my head's not bowed.
I don't shout or jump about
Or have to talk real loud.
When you see me passing
It ought to make you proud.
I say,
It's in the click of my heels,
The bend of my hair,
the palm of my hand,
The need of my care,
'Cause I'm a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That's me.

MzTeachuh: Special Needs Tweets of the Day 5/28/14

MzTeachuh: Special Needs Tweets of the Day 5/28/14: Fifth-graders give adaptive bicycle to boy with special needs http://www.kmbc.com/news/fifthgraders-give-adaptive-bicycle-to-boy-with-s...

Special Needs Tweets of the Day 5/28/14

Fifth-graders give adaptive bicycle to boy with special needs

http://www.kmbc.com/news/fifthgraders-give-adaptive-bicycle-to-boy-with-special-needs/26209886 

Motivation is the Best Accommodation: Using Student Interest to Tap into the Common Core

http://www.specialeducationguide.com/blog/motivation-is-the-best-accommodation-using-student-interest-to-tap-into-the-common-core/ 

Feds Pledge Millions To Tackle Disability Employment

http://www.disabilityscoop.com/2014/05/28/feds-pledge-employment/19400/ 

Spec. Ed. Bill Advances in Louisiana, With Backing of State Schools Chief

http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/speced/2014/05/spec_ed_bill_advances_in_louis.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+OnSpecialEducation+%28Education+Week+Blog%3A+On+Special+Education%29 

Celebrating Milestone Birthdays in a Special Needs Family

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/rebecca-gallagher/celebrating-milestone-birthdays-in-a-special-needs-family_b_5377052.html 

Differentiation for SEN students: tips for boosting attainment

http://www.theguardian.com/teacher-network/teacher-blog/2014/apr/09/special-educational-needs-tips-boosting-attainment 

MzTeachuh: For the Last Week of School Tweets of the Day 5/28...

MzTeachuh: For the Last Week of School Tweets of the Day 5/28...: Not to be snarky, but environment is spelled wrong. I know, the pot calling the kettle black, me and all my typos. A 4-Step Guide To Ef...

MzTeachuh: White Fang, by Jack London: Great Summer Read

MzTeachuh: White Fang, by Jack London: Great Summer Read: White Fang illustration by Kako White Fang by Jack London: Great Summer Read Its like a hundred degrees outside. Even video games...

White Fang, by Jack London: Great Summer Read

White Fang illustration by Kako
White Fang by Jack London: Great Summer Read

Its like a hundred degrees outside. Even video games are boring. What's a kid to do?

Jack London will take you on an adventure anywhere, anytime. Boy or girl from grade 6 up will enjoy this, and you may even choose to go on the adventure, too, and share the reading. London's great talent at creating setting can give you goosebumps like its forty below when its July 10th and 97 degrees in the shade. White Fang, like the companion Yukon book The Call of the Wild, both really take you to the Gold Rush in Alaska in the 1890's. Maybe because Jack London, never one to be a wimp, actually lived in the ultra-rugged region himself. Here's more about him.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_London

It is still unbelievably difficult to get there and stay, but Jack's cabin is there for the visiting if you are a hearty soul. Or you can check out these websites:

http://www.yukoninfo.com/dawson/info/jacklondon.htm

http://www.arcticwebsite.com/LondonJackKlond.html

The She-Wolf leads the pack.
The very best aspect of this book for all readers is the point of view. Somehow London brought us to the wolves' minds. First, as we meet White Fang's parents and the wolf pack, and then the wolf cub's perspective of growing up and surviving the standard conflicts of nature, others, and self. The chapter when the cub first ventures out into the world by himself is absolutely amazing-- I really like Jack London. The several times I have taught this story to middle school kids, they have totally gotten sucked into the wolf's experiences.

White Fang is the lead
Of course, there is one crisis after another. It is an adventure story, with villains and heroes, both human and animal. And this book is truly much better than any movie--there is no way to portray White Fang's perspective except with London's narrative. And this book, unlike almost all other stories about canines, has a really happy ending. Whether you reveal that to the young reader at first or not is up to you.

Here is an online link with White Fang. The titles of the chapters are compelling just by themselves.

http://www.pagebypagebooks.com/Jack_London/White_Fang/

Jack London has numerous stories you may be interested in sharing with a youngster from middle to high school.

This is an online collection:http://london.sonoma.edu/

The dog wonders at the man's actions.
Maybe not such a good idea.
Here is a specific site for possibly London's most famous story, "To Build a Fire." Be warned, it is intense.

http://www.jacklondons.net/buildafire.html

These stories bring up themes of survival of the fittest and of man's inhumanity to man and animal, of course. But there are also rich veins of kindness to be mined, and gold nuggets of friendship and loyalty.

My family and my classes have made visits to Wolf Mountain Sanctuary here in Southern California. There are even movie star wolves there! Check it out, you may wish to contribute for their upkeep.

http://www.wolfmountain.com/

White Fang, the adventure hero!
Meet you on the Chilkoot Trail!