Saturday, October 4, 2014
MzTeachuh: Cheesy Jokes and Serious Thoughts for Halloween: Pumpkin carving as fine art: The Headless Horseman This holiday is very controversial; not only does it offend many family's ...
|Pumpkin carving as fine art: The Headless Horseman|
You don't have to believe in the supernatural to be offended or freaked out by Halloween. The concentration on aberrant behavior is enough to be unsettling. What might we do to take the edge of of the disturbing aspects of Halloween?
All children go through various developmental levels (Piaget's theory of cognitive development http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Piaget%27s_theory_of_cognitive_development) and it is possible to create an experience appropriate for the child's development. It is not easy, particularly if you live in the modern world, but with effort, a classroom and a family experience can be healthy for a child. For example, even though I enjoy the television show, 'Grimm," it is really not for young children. Friday's episode, La Llorona, will freak out millions of folks, Hispanic or not. Another urban legend I have learned to never mention in class is Bloody Mary; the kids are truly scared. And what's the point of that? ELA classes can study folklore and Edgar Alan Poe without being traumatized.
How about the Simpson's version? I think Edgar would have enjoyed it.
The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe http://www.schooltube.com/video/e850bdb733e729c582a9/The-Raven-by-Edgar-Allan-Poe
|Bart always cracks me up as the raven.|
Many families, school, and community groups concentrate on Harvest Festivals. That is a fine contrast to the ghastly. But even if you choose a study of nature, for example, spiders are freaky. Most are just helpful little garden buddies, but there are some dangerous ones. Kids need to know. Same with bats, and various birds. Around here we have huge ravens; I see them with their beady eyes focused on my chihuahua.
So we temper the fun, the imaginative, the quaint qualities of this season with supervision and wisdom. If you feel your child's school is offending your family's sensibilities--tell the principal. Tell the superintendent. You and your child have rights, especially when it comes to the quality of the school community activities. Offer an alternative. Autumn and harvest time (in the northern hemisphere) offers very lovely opportunities for art and activities. You could skip the dark side and go straight to Thanksgiving.
|Yeah, Linus, I agree with you.|
And don't forget, 'It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!' http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/It%27s_the_Great_Pumpkin,_Charlie_Brown
Here's a download: http://www.fanpop.com/spots/halloween/videos/67218/title/peanuts-cartoon-great-pumpkin-charlie-brown
So, where are the jokes? These are just riddle-diculous.
|You can actually buy this in NYC.|
Did you hear about the new ice cream for monsters?
Its called cookies and scream.
This is a pic of an actual CookiesNScream Sundae.
This is a pic of an actual CookiesNScream Sundae.
Knock, knock, who's there?
Ivan to bite your neck.
Where did Mzteachuh take the ghost for lunch?
|Why isn't he purple?|
Where do werewolves stay on vacation?
The Howliday Inn.
Where does the Wolfman live?
In a werehouse.
Also, my classes used to play 'Name that Tune' with 'Elvira Presents Haunted Hits' just to be very silly. Once we won a decorating contest with our classroom door covered with original panels and comic style story of the Purple People Eater. (Was the People Eater Purple, or did he eat purple people? Inquiring minds want to know.)
And Drac finally got with it.
bobby 'boris' pickett & the cryptkickers - monster mash
|The mashed potatoes was really a dance?|
How do zombies celebrate Halloween?
They paint the town dead.
What oinks and drinks blood?
Sheb Wooley - Purple People Eater (1958)
Dad: Your older brother sure looks weird and scarey tonight.
Younger brother: Yeah, just wait til he puts on his mask.
What did the poultergeist serve at his Halloween party?
|Routine frequently seen at Middle School dances.|
We can't forget Michael Jackson's 'Thriller."
What do birds say on Halloween?
Trick or Tweet.
What do fishermen say on Halloween?
Trick or Trout.
THE ADDAMS FAMILY - THEME SONG http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Rn1bzECgHY&feature=relate
What did the little ghost have in his lunch box?
A boo-loney sandwich.
What did he have to drink?
A little box of Ghoul-Aid.
What do you call the eyeglasses for a ghost?
How did the bootician dry the Wolfman's hair?
With a scaredryer.
Is it good to drink the three weird sister's brew from the Scottish Play?
Yes, its very newt-tricious.
What do baby ghosts like to play?
What happened when the phantom disappeared into the fog?
He was mist.
|Don't get me started on comic books!Sabrina the Teenage Witch|
Did you hear about the hippie werewolf?
He was fur-out, man.
What does an Aussie witch ride on?
|(Well, I'm not.)|
And the greatest favorite of all--I even created a tee shirt for myself at Zazzle that read on the back:
I Ain't Afraid of No Ghosts!
Who ya gonna call?
Ghostbuster theme song
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MzTeachuh: Teaching Is Leading The Adventure To Middle Earth: 1. The Hobbit FREE lesson plans and links Do you love Tolkien and The Hobbit ? http://www.betsyanne.com/Hobbit_Links.ht...
1. The Hobbit FREE lesson plans and linksDo you love Tolkien and The Hobbit?
|Hmm, where's Hobbiton?|
3. Welcome to Tolkien's Middle-earth
4. J. R. R. Tolkien
Lesson plans for The Hobbit & The Lord of the Rings
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies - Official Teaser Trailer [HD]
5. Ideas for Teachers
6. Worksheets for The Hobbit
|I think we're in time for Hobbit Second Breakfast.|
7. The Hobbit Lesson Plans
Find teacher approved The Hobbit lesson plan ideas and activities
8. The Hobbit By J.R.R. Tolkien
|When tech doesn't mind its own business.|
File this under, The Sky Is Cheap Entertainment
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For those of us still in the three-dimensional world.
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Friday, October 3, 2014
Focus on the Process and Results Will Follow
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|Great smile, teacher: warm, sincere, and look at all that info for the student.|
This first section of information is from the NCLD website, a rich source of information on dyslexia.
What's Dyslexia Like?
DyslexiaAs with other learning disabilities, dyslexia is a lifelong challenge. This language-based processing disorder can hinder reading, writing, spelling and sometimes even speaking. Dyslexia is not a sign of poor intelligence or laziness or the result of impaired hearing or vision. Children and adults with dyslexia have a neurological disorder that causes their brains to process and interpret information differently.
This link from NCLD has the following topics concerning dyslexia:
Featured Video: Reading Tips for Children With LD
What Is Dyslexia?
Common Warning Signs of Dyslexia in Children Pre-K to Grade 2
Common Warning Signs of Dyslexia in Children in Grades 3–8
Common Warning Signs of Dyslexia in Teens in Grades 9–12
Eight Videos That Explain What Dyslexia Is
http://www.ncld.org/students-disabilities/assistive-technology-education/apps-students-ld-dyslexia-reading-difficulties37 Common Characteristics of Dyslexia
|Steven Spielberg, too.|
Famous People With Dyslexia
Here are links to support groups:
Dyslexic Like Me
Autumn is Goldilock's favorite season: its not too hot or too cold.
Let's go outside! Such fun with nature!
1. Halloween and Bonfire Night
This site has so many diverse activities.
2. Autumn Fun activities
3. 50 Autumn Play and Art Activities for Kids
4. Autumn Activities
5. The best Autumn Activities, Fall Traditions and Fun Fall Ideas
6. Outdoor Fall Activities
Playing outside in the crisp air makes a kid peckish; older kids, too, like me. The cranberry recipes look especially good.
7. 39 Favorite Fall Desserts
Thursday, October 2, 2014
MzTeachuh: Ed Tech Equity: Let All Students Learn in the 21st...: Ye Olde Computer Room--an archeological dig for computers in a storage space down the hall from the classrooms. And the kids are ...
|Ye Olde Computer Room--an archeological dig for computers in a storage space down the hall from the classrooms. And the kids are happy to visit it for CoolMath once a week.|
All teachers need to become master teachers right now to successfully develop classroom effectiveness in using ed tech if the demographic includes serious stressors such as poverty, diversity, and instability. Every quality of sound teaching is in play to create and maintain a positive, secure learning environment for kids in difficult situations. To briefly research what it is to be an effective teacher, you can check out my Mzteachuh's 'Teaching Is...' Collection of posts, http://mzteachuh.blogspot.com/2012/12/mzteachuhs-teaching-is-collection-of.html
Have I always been the perfect teacher? Heavens, no, but I do always give it my best shot. What else can we expect of ourselves?
Why would students not bring devices to school?
Teachers can expect a higher level of disruption in some demographics. Property damage and theft discourages students from exposing expensive tech at school. Admin and effective classroom management can create a safe place for students to use ed tech equipment. That means in every area of the school: the gym, lunchroom and classes in which the tech isn't used. Making a safe facility for personal property involves security, including all school staff as well as teachers and admin. Everyone needs to be at their best every day.
Why are teachers relunctant to use personal devices in class?
Many teachers really love direct instruction because it requires less classroom management. The students sit. They don't talk to each other, and there is no required teacher interaction. That doesn't work now. (Never did very well.) A teacher must be active to facilitate the students using devices in class, make the rules clear and implement the rules through interaction with the students. Get up out of that computer chair and participate in what's going on in class.
How to minimize digital classroom distractions