Saturday, June 7, 2014

MzTeachuh: C'mon, Come to Daddy

MzTeachuh: C'mon, Come to Daddy: 'Farmstead,' Van Gogh Father's Day June 15.

C'mon, Come to Daddy

'Farmstead,' Van Gogh
Father's Day June 21.




MzTeachuh: Well Rounded Summer Resources: Reading, Art, STEM...

MzTeachuh: Well Rounded Summer Resources: Reading, Art, STEM...: Parks and Recreation Centers have great outdoor activities, too.   With a school break, there is time to read, do arts an...

Well Rounded Summer Resources: Reading, Art, STEM, Nature



Parks and Recreation Centers have great outdoor activities, too.

 
With a school break, there is time to read, do arts and crafts, hang around outside checking out nature--summertime, what a great gift. (And just for a little while of relaxing math, don't forget

http://www.coolmath4kids.com/
NATURE

Backyard Birding


http://animals.nationalgeographic.com/animals/birding/ 


Nature Activities & Nature Experiments


http://www.education.com/activity/nature-activities/ 

eButterfly
http://www.e-butterfly.org/contents/?portal=ebutterfly 













Outdoor Activities:Taking Science Outside


http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/lesson-plan/outdoor-activitiestaking-science-outside 


Birding with Children


http://www.birdwatching.com/tips/kids_birding.html 

   

The sky is cheap entertainment.

SUMMERTIME: ONLINE AND OUTSIDE

Kids Astronomy

http://www.kidsastronomy.com/index.htmature-activities/

Nature Activities & Nature Experiments

http://www.education.com/activity/nature-activities/







Outdoor Activities:Taking Science Outside


http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/lesson-plan/outdoor-activitiestaking-science-outside 

SCIENCE AT HOME
Flowers, like these verbena in my yard, will cross-pollinate creating blended colors. How cool is that?

Kids can also identify insects and their habitats, which is important for safety reasons. The critters become like family, and kids learn to respect their lives in the garden, rather then hunt and squish them.

Mojave lizard, eater of Black Widow Spiders. Bon appetit, dude.


Knowing native plants and birds, how to use water wisely. Kids are easily recruited from an early age to be assistant gardeners and landscapers. 


Checking out the weather by looking at the sky, feeling the humidity, temperature, and the wind patterns are also safety points. Plus, chatting about the weather is just a necessary social skill globally.


And realistically, the sky is cheap entertainment.


  1. Go on a Backyard Botany Hunt




2. What’s Up in the Sky this Month 
 http://liebacklookup.com/whats-up-in-the-sky-this-month/ 

3. Weather Wiz Kids


http://www.weatherwizkids.com/ 


4. Summer Science Projects


 http://www.hometrainingtools.com/summer-science-projects/a/1406/


5. Summer Birding Tips


http://birding.about.com/od/birdingbasics/a/summerbirdingtips.htm

ARTS AND CRAFTS



I want to make some chalk!
More time, more art! It's summer!

This site is great for little kids on up.

 http://crafts.kaboose.com/holidays/seasons/summer/

This site has listed a number of other sites with links.

One of a kind tie dye.


Got my backpack, let's go on a picnic.
http://thelongthread.com/?p=4054










Fun sewing will teach kids about needle and thread and maybe buttons. This site has more than this one project, but this looked the cutest to me.



http://familyfun.go.com/crafts/crafts-by-type/sewing-fabric-projects/sewing-projects/backpack-shirt-922871/

More sewing. Lots of choices.


Its a softie!
http://www.skiptomylou.org/2011/06/21/sewing-with-kids-craft-camp/
This is just the beginning of a creative summer.

READING



This is Scholastic's program online. Looks like fun.


http://www.scholastic.com/summer/



Make a deal with the bookstore.


Barnes & Noble Summer Readinghttp://www.barnesandnoble.com/u/summer-reading/379003570


 This is sponsored free by Sylvan. Looks like fun! (Do I keep saying that? I guess I think reading is fun!)

Best sellers for kids of the last 100 years.
http://www.bookadventure.com/Home.aspx

This would be worth some research. And Chuck E. Cheese, too.
 

A List of Summer Reading Programs for Kids That Give Free Books, Money and More

http://freebies.about.com/od/familyfreestuff/tp/summer-reading.htm

Have a Do-It-Yourself with your kids' friends. Sounds like fun to me (doh! I said it again.)
I used to have a reading party with my tutoring students at the end of the summer--we'd dress up as favorite characters. Not too original, but really cool since they kids had just fallen in love with reading for the first time.

MzTeachuh: Special Needs Tweets of the Day 6/7/14

MzTeachuh: Special Needs Tweets of the Day 6/7/14: Disabled World Travel: Accessible Disability Travel Information http://www.disabled-world.com/travel/   What’s the Relationship Betwe...

Special Needs Tweets of the Day 6/7/14

Disabled World Travel: Accessible Disability Travel Information

http://www.disabled-world.com/travel/ 

What’s the Relationship Between ADHD and Executive Function? 

http://www.ncld.org/types-learning-disabilities/executive-function-disorders/relationship-adhd-attention-deficit 

Toddlers Given ADHD Meds Despite Pediatric Guidelines

 http://foxnewsinsider.com/2014/05/20/toddlers-being-prescribed-adhd-meds-despite-pediatric-guidelines-study-finds

8 Ways to Help Your Grade-Schooler Pick Up on Social Cues 

http://www.ncld.org/parents-child-disabilities/social-emotional-skills/help-grade-schooler-pick-up-on-social-cues 

Freedom Chair Video - by Crosswind Concepts

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xVBGfQ1WYCw&feature=youtu.be 

Summer Reading Program to Boost Comprehension Skills

http://www.additudemag.com/adhd/article/7484.html 

Confusing Mental-Health Intervention and Violence Prevention

http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2014/05/the-folly-of-conflating-mental-health-intervention-and-violence-prevention/371577/ 

 

 

 

MzTeachuh: Perk Yourself Up

MzTeachuh: Perk Yourself Up: ...like your coffee. bot un dotta dot uh...bot un dotta dot uh.... dot dot dot dot duh. Cafe Paris Lounge ...

Perk Yourself Up

...like your coffee.

bot un dotta dot uh...bot un dotta dot uh.... dot dot dot dot duh.

Cafe Paris Lounge - Mixed by DJ Dimsa

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xrB6w5S9uqo

MzTeachuh: Ed Tech and STEM Tweets of the Day 6/7/14

MzTeachuh: Ed Tech and STEM Tweets of the Day 6/7/14: Great weekend to identify planets! Moon and Mars June 7 http://earthsky.org/tonight/moon-mars-out-from-nightfall-till-after-midn...

Ed Tech and STEM Tweets of the Day 6/7/14


Great weekend to identify planets! Moon and Mars June 7

http://earthsky.org/tonight/moon-mars-out-from-nightfall-till-after-midnight-june-7?utm_source=EarthSky+News&utm_campaign=696ac26ab7-EarthSky_News&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_c643945d79-696ac26ab7-393705197 

The Best Web 2.0 Applications For Education In 2014 – So Far

http://larryferlazzo.edublogs.org/2014/06/05/the-best-web-2-0-applications-for-education-in-2014-so-far/ 

Every Thing I know about Minecraft I stole from. . . . 

http://www.mypaperlessclassroom.com/2014/05/every-thing-i-know-about-minecraft-i.html 

New Technology in the Classroom: Amplify Tablet 

http://www.teachhub.com/new-technology-classroom-amplify-tablet 

Service Through Video - A Next Vista Challenge 

http://www.freetech4teachers.com/2014/06/service-through-video-next-vista.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+freetech4teachers%2FcGEY+%28Free+Technology+for+Teachers%29#.U5MBIyiKjhA 

Sharing Google Doc drives with students

http://www.educatorstechnology.com/2014/06/google-drive-file-sharing-tips.html 

How to Use Wacom, SmoothDraw and Camtasia Studio for Creating Engaging Videos like Sal Khan

http://edtechreview.in/trends-insights/insights/1241-how-you-can-use-wacom-smoothdraw-and-camtasia-studio-for-creating-engaging-videos-like-sal-khan 

 

Friday, June 6, 2014

MzTeachuh: Special Needs Tweets of the Day 6/6/14

MzTeachuh: Special Needs Tweets of the Day 6/6/14: Apps for Special Needs http://blog.momswithapps.com/apps-for-special-needs/   8 Activities to Help Young Children Develop Fine Motor ...

Special Needs Tweets of the Day 6/6/14

Apps for Special Needs

http://blog.momswithapps.com/apps-for-special-needs/ 

8 Activities to Help Young Children Develop Fine Motor Skills 

http://ncld.org/types-learning-disabilities/dyspraxia/activities-to-help-young-children-develop-fine-motor-skills 

Children with autism have elevated levels of steroid hormones in the womb

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/06/140603092428.htm#.U45S31s2Bpw.email 

Children with autism benefit from peer solicitation

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/12/131212141942.htm 

 

MzTeachuh: Ed Tech and STEM Tweets of the Day 6/6/14

MzTeachuh: Ed Tech and STEM Tweets of the Day 6/6/14: Preventing Summer Slide: Why Not Try Internet Research? http://www.edutopia.org/blog/preventing-summer-slide-internet-research-cathy-kn...

Ed Tech and STEM Tweets of the Day 6/6/14

Preventing Summer Slide: Why Not Try Internet Research?

http://www.edutopia.org/blog/preventing-summer-slide-internet-research-cathy-knutson 

Learning Technology Is About Relationships

http://www.teachthought.com/technology/learning-technology-relationships/ 

10 Ways To Use Mobile Devices in the Classroom

http://www.edudemic.com/mobile-devices-in-the-classroom-2/ 

Sanoma and Knewton to Bring Adaptive Learning Solutions to K-12 Classrooms Across Europe

http://edtechreview.in/news/994-sanoma-and-knewton-to-bring-adaptive-learning-solutions-to-k-12-classrooms-across-europe 

Simple Guide to Create Narrated Comic

http://www.educatorstechnology.com/2014/06/a-simple-guide-to-create-narrated-comic.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+educatorstechnology%2FpDkK+%28Educational+Technology+and+Mobile+Learning%29 

Use SlideRule to Find an Online Course This Summer 

http://www.freetech4teachers.com/2014/06/use-sliderule-to-find-online-course.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+freetech4teachers%2FcGEY+%28Free+Technology+for+Teachers%29#.U5Ib1SiKjhA 

Video Playlist: Active and Exploratory Instruction

 https://www.teachingchannel.org/blog/2014/05/23/video-playlist-active-and-exploratory-instruction/?utm_content=buffer9a3dd&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

 

 

 

MzTeachuh: Principal's Suggestion Box Letter #5

MzTeachuh: Principal's Suggestion Box Letter #5: These letters are absolutely fictional (to protect the innocent and not-so-innocent.) But, with the hint of truth, maybe we can make some...

Principal's Suggestion Box Letter #5

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,


Thank you, thank you, thank you for this school year. My daughter Yolanda had the best year ever. Mr. --- ran such a fun, interesting class, her Fifth Grade couldn't be better. Her grades were up and her IEP goals met. We are so grateful.

Yolanda loves to help, and Mr. --'s style of classroom management gave her lots of chances to be busy, up and about, not just in her desk. She loved the projects in class and activities outside. The school garden was heaven to her. And she was so excited to meet the PE goal in the fifth grade mile.

Her previous teacher (in another district)  felt that the active kids needed to learn to be quiet and controlled, and Yolanda's desk was lined up facing out the window with about six other students. When she told me, I wasn't sure if that was really happening until I brought treats for the holiday party, and there there they were, segregated from the class, and couldn't even see the board. It wasn't just the Resource kids, or the bad kids, either. Just the talkative ones who had trouble focusing on the workbooks. I am so relieved to have found your school.

I hear great things about the Sixth grade teachers--projects, PE, afterschool clubs. Yolanda is interested in computers (her older brother has a computer business.) I understand the kids learn to code.

Thank you again, from the bottom of my heart. I will volunteer as I can. Yolanda's brother, Angel--the computer guy--is interested in helping also.

Your Truly,
Yolanda's Mom

Why Is Project-Based Learning Important?

http://www.edutopia.org/project-based-learning-guide-importance 


Teaching Techniques for Inattentive and Overactive Children 

http://www.education.com/reference/article/Ref_Teaching_Techniques/ 

Physical activity may help kids do better in school, studies say 

http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/physical-activity-may-help-kids-do-better-in-school-studies-say/2013/10/21/e7f86306-2b87-11e3-97a3-ff2758228523_story.html 

My suggestion: Creating a well-balanced class is crucial for kids, they are like Renaissance learners and need daily experience in STEM, ELA, the Arts, PE, and throw in a school garden while you're at it. All learners (IEP or not) deserve a well-rounded, healthy experience. A sedentary, punitive classroom does them harm.

If a teacher has active kids, diagnosed ADHD or not, the classroom management needs to match the need. The very opposite of what active kids needs is isolation--it makes matters worse as their brains crave activity. Teachers can collaborate by grade level or subject to provide resources for the classroom all kids need. Special education teachers have important strategic input for kids with ADHD as well.

Principals must be aware of the functioning of all classrooms. That is surely part of  leadership. I have observed both classroom scenarios described above. The brilliant classroom outcome was a direct result of staff working hard together under the leadership of a good principal. The other was the isolation not only of the kids, but the teacher from schoolwide and district resources to aid in the design of a better schedule of activities for this specific group of kids. The principal didn't have a clue what was happening.

MzTeachuh: Life Too Fiberoptic? Take A Cafe Jazz Coffee Break...

MzTeachuh: Life Too Fiberoptic? Take A Cafe Jazz Coffee Break...:   Cinnam on Sp ice Mocha , anyone? Your Own Rhythm (Cafe Jazz Coffee) Acoustic Alchemy - Playing for The Time  http://www...

Life Too Fiberoptic? Take A Cafe Jazz Coffee Break

 

Cinnamon Spice Mocha, anyone?

Your Own Rhythm (Cafe Jazz Coffee) Acoustic Alchemy - Playing for The Time 

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

MzTeachuh: MzTeachuh's Top Posts of the Week 6/6/14

MzTeachuh: MzTeachuh's Top Posts of the Week 6/6/14: Digital badges. Ed Tech and STEM Tweets of the Day 5/31/14  http://mzteachuh.blogspot.com/2014/05/ed-tech-and-stem-tweets-of-day-5311...

MzTeachuh's Top Posts of the Week 6/6/14

Digital badges.

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

http://mzteachuh.blogspot.com/2014/05/ed-tech-and-stem-tweets-of-day-53114.html 

The Delight of Learning Tweets of the Day 6/3/14 

http://mzteachuh.blogspot.com/2014/06/the-delight-of-learning-tweets-of-day.html 

 Special Needs Tweets of the Day 5/31/14 

http://mzteachuh.blogspot.com/2014/05/special-needs-tweets-of-day-53114.html 

 Ed Tech and STEM Tweets of the Day 6/2/14 

http://mzteachuh.blogspot.com/2014/06/ed-tech-and-stem-monday-review-6214.html

Principal's Suggestion Box Letter # 2 

http://mzteachuh.blogspot.com/2014/06/principals-suggestion-box-letter-2.html 

 Ed Tech and STEM Weekly Review 6/3/14 

http://mzteachuh.blogspot.com/2014/06/ed-tech-and-stem-weekly-review-6314.html 

 Summer Bump Not Slump: Summer Reading Opportunities 

http://mzteachuh.blogspot.com/2014/06/summer-bump-not-slump-summer-reading.html 

Wherefore, Oh Summer's Day? 

http://mzteachuh.blogspot.com/2014/06/wherefore-oh-summers-day.html 

Go Play! Tweets of the Day 6/2/14 

http://mzteachuh.blogspot.com/2014/06/go-play-tweets-of-day-6214.html 

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Thursday, June 5, 2014

MzTeachuh: Summer Bump Not Slump: Summer Reading Opportunitie...

MzTeachuh: Summer Bump Not Slump: Summer Reading Opportunitie...: 2014 Summer Reading List   http://www.ala.org/alsc/2014-summer-reading-list The Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge ™ is a free onli...

Summer Bump Not Slump: Summer Reading Opportunities

2014 Summer Reading List

 http://www.ala.org/alsc/2014-summer-reading-list

The Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge is a free online reading program for children.

http://www.scholastic.com/ups/campaigns/src-2014 

2014 Book Lists--Goodreads

 https://www.goodreads.com/list/tag/2014

Raise a Reader!

http://www.pbs.org/parents/education/read/ 

Book Adventure-

 http://www.bookadventure.com/Home.aspx

Get Free Kids Stuff From Summer Reading Programs for Kids

http://freebies.about.com/od/familyfreestuff/tp/summer-reading.htm 

{Barnes and Noble Summer Reading}

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/u/summer-reading/379003570/ 

A Free Book, Summer Reading Kit and More  http://www.barnesandnoble.com/u/summer-reading/379003570/

 

MzTeachuh: Everyone Helps Kids Read

MzTeachuh: Everyone Helps Kids Read: Teaching kids to read and helping those who struggle Reading Rockets is an extremely valuable resource for rea...

Everyone Helps Kids Read

Teaching kids to read and helping those who struggle

Reading Rockets is an extremely valuable resource for reading education, but more especially, the mechanics of reading.






Reading Rockets
http://www.readingrockets.org/

For Parents
http://www.readingrockets.org/audience/parents/



For Teachers

http://www.readingrockets.org/audience/teachers/ 

For Principals

http://www.readingrockets.org/audience/professionals/principals/ 

For Librarians 

http://www.readingrockets.org/audience/professionals/librarians/ 

 

For School Psychologists

http://www.readingrockets.org/audience/professionals/schoolpsychologists/ 

For School Counselors

http://www.readingrockets.org/audience/professionals/counselors/ 

First Book http://www.firstbook.org/

For Preschool & Childcare

http://www.readingrockets.org/audience/professionals/preschool/ 

ABCs of Teaching Reading

http://www.readingrockets.org/teaching/ 

The Common Core Standards

http://www.readingrockets.org/teaching/commoncore/ 

Classroom Strategies

http://www.readingrockets.org/strategies/ 

Reading Topics A-Z

http://www.readingrockets.org/atoz/ 

The Best in Children's Literature

Children’s Books & Authors

http://www.readingrockets.org/books/ 

Breton Children Reading  Emile Vernon

 

 

MzTeachuh: Ed Tech and STEM Tweets of the Day 6/5/14

MzTeachuh: Ed Tech and STEM Tweets of the Day 6/5/14: Keyboarding games for kids http://www.educatorstechnology.com/2014/06/keyboarding-games-for-kids.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_med...

Ed Tech and STEM Tweets of the Day 6/5/14

Keyboarding games for kids

http://www.educatorstechnology.com/2014/06/keyboarding-games-for-kids.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+educatorstechnology%2FpDkK+%28Educational+Technology+and+Mobile+Learning%29 

Three Awesome Games That Help Kids Make Games

http://blogs.kqed.org/mindshift/2014/06/three-awesome-apps-that-help-kids-make-games/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+kqed%2FnHAK+%28MindShift%29 

4 Free And Simple Blogging Platforms That Are NOT WordPress

http://www.edudemic.com/minimalist-blogging-platforms/ 

Efficient Email Management Tools to Help Students

https://www.blogger.com/blogger.g?blogID=1441644043303616609#editor/target=post;postID=3259728514297110771 

Just Revised & Updated “Best” List On Creating Online Slideshows

http://larryferlazzo.edublogs.org/2014/06/04/just-revised-updated-best-list-on-creating-online-slideshows/ 

 Success At The Core

http://successatthecore.com/

Implementing New Instructional Strategies

All Grades / All Subjects / Implementation 
 

 

 

 

MzTeachuh: Special Needs Tweets of the Day 6/5/14

MzTeachuh: Special Needs Tweets of the Day 6/5/14: Comic Book Adds Character With Disability   http://www.disabilityscoop.com/2014/06/04/comic-book-disability/19417/ Using Praise to Enh...

Special Needs Tweets of the Day 6/5/14

Comic Book Adds Character With Disability

 http://www.disabilityscoop.com/2014/06/04/comic-book-disability/19417/


Using Praise to Enhance Student Resilience and Learning Outcomes
https://www.apa.org/education/k12/using-praise.aspx?item=1 

  S
Is it the 'terrible twos' or ADHD? Unethical pediatric marketing reports surface

http://www.reportingonhealth.org/2014/05/26/it-terrible-twos-or-adhd-unethical-pediatric-marketing-reports-surface 

Keeping Your Child Safe

 Keeping Your Child Safe

http://www.autismconsortium.org/blog/detail/keeping-your-child-safe?utm_source=Autism+Consortium+eNewsletter

Sparking Literacy Gains for Students With Intellectual Disabilities

http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/speced/2014/06/sparking_literacy_gains_for_st.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+OnSpecialEducation+%28Education+Week+Blog%3A+On+Special+Education%29 

Holding The Conversation About Mental Health

http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/leadership_360/2014/06/holding_the_conversation_about_mental_health.html?cmp=ENL-EU-NEWS3 

IDEA Dispute Resolution Parent Guides

http://www.directionservice.org/cadre/DRparentguides2014.cfm 

 

 

MzTeachuh: Don't Take My Word For It Tweets of the Day 6/5/14...

MzTeachuh: Don't Take My Word For It Tweets of the Day 6/5/14...: Reading Rainbow aims to improve literacy once more http://www.eschoolnews.com/2014/06/05/reading-rainbow-kickstarter-421/   ...

Don't Take My Word For It Tweets of the Day 6/5/14

Reading Rainbow aims to improve literacy once more

http://www.eschoolnews.com/2014/06/05/reading-rainbow-kickstarter-421/ 

How Do We Educate Global Problem Solvers?

http://www.edutopia.org/blog/educating-global-problem-solvers-zoe-weil 

Do Educators Really Need Blog Posts?

http://www.edutopia.org/blog/do-educators-need-blog-posts-tom-whitby 

What’s Your Learning Disposition? How to Foster Students’ Mindsets 

http://blogs.kqed.org/mindshift/2014/03/whats-your-learning-disposition-how-to-foster-students-mindsets/

Behind the Headline: Segregation by Ability

http://educationnext.org/behind-headline-segregation-ability/ 

Four Ways to Move from ‘School World’ to ‘Real World’

http://blogs.kqed.org/mindshift/2014/06/four-ways-to-move-from-school-world-to-real-world/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+kqed%2FnHAK+%28MindShift%29 

Boring School Staff Meeting? Here Are Some Ideas

http://www.teachthought.com/teaching/boring-school-staff-meeting/ 

 

 

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

MzTeachuh: Wherefore, Oh Summer's Day?

MzTeachuh: Wherefore, Oh Summer's Day?: Kindergartener's portrait of Emily Dickinson after reading this poem. The bee is not afraid of me. I know the butterfl...

Wherefore, Oh Summer's Day?

Kindergartener's portrait of Emily Dickinson after reading this poem.

The bee is not afraid of me.
I know the butterfly -
The pretty people in the Woods

Receive me cordially -


The Brooks laugh louder
When I come -
The Breezes madder play;
Wherefore mine eye thy silver mists,
Wherefore, Oh Summer’s Day?
 Emily Dickinson 
Visiting with my busy friend on Sweet Alyssum.