Thursday, December 31, 2015

Next Semester...we'll have a healthier classroom

This schoolyear teachers, students, and families are faced with serious communicable health risks to every generation. The first precaution is timely and appropriate vaccinations. Then, teachers (and families) should provide healthy environments and experiences so students and staff are less likely to fall victim to this year's serious round of infectious diseases. Influenza is serious this year. Whooping Cough has made a comeback, with Measles coming right behind. When watching the news, its like a movie and you expect Dustin Hoffman to appear in full hazmat suit, particularly when patient zero spreads measles from Disneyland. What's a teacher to do?

Five Ways to a Cleaner, Healthier Classroom 

Teaching Students Healthy Habits 

Strategies to Keep Schools Clean and Students Healthy 

More Fresh Air in Classrooms Means Fewer Absences

Study: Classroom ventilation affects student performance 

15 houseplants for improving indoor air quality 

Vaccines are Effective 

Weekly U.S. Influenza Surveillance Report

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

MzTeachuh: Principal's Suggestion Box Letter #6

MzTeachuh: Principal's Suggestion Box Letter #6: These letters are absolutely fictional (to protect the innocent and not-so-innocent.) But, with the hint of truth, maybe we ...

Next Semester...I'll Do Better With Google Classroom

Not all of us are IT-type folks, so we may need to practice new skills. But we can learn!

Google Classroom: First Look{creative}&utm_term=%2BUsing%20%2Bgoogle%20%2Bclassroom 

Google Classroom 

Introduction to Google Classroom 

Google Classroom Review 

Google for Educators: The Best Features for Busy Teachers 

It might take grit to learn this, but we can do it.

60 Smarter Ways To Use Google Classroom

Welcome to the Google Classroom Help Center

Educational Links 12/31/15

Response to Intervention: Resources for Educators 

Before final speech, Arne Duncan promotes work on high-speed broadband 

Overlooked Useful YouTube Features - A PDF Handout 

Lessons from Living Through the Transition to Common Core Standards 

Do Boys Have Learning and Attention Issues More Often Than Girls? 

Your Favorite Special Education Posts of 2015 

10 Emerging Education Technologies


Next Semester...we'll celebrate diversity

Music! Dancing! And dont forget the great Mexican food!

If you teach in a school that is ethnically isolated, by geography or by choice, I suggest finding commonality in sports, for example. Especially in baseball, you can find just about all ethnicities coming together to celebrate a fun time through sports. If you have a favorite team in the MLB, NFL, or NBA--you are celebrating diversity. The same is true of most entertainment and lists of famous inventors, performers of heroics, and remarkable accomplishments.  You can also spotlight through calendar events (St. Patrick's Day, or MLK Day, for example.) Discretion is important if your community is sensitive to discussions of diversity. But it is clear that not only tolerance is mandatory but appreciation of diversity, also. We are America, afterall.

Here are links from Edutopia, TeachThought and Edudemic to get you started on your appreciation of diversity.


Vibrant art! Parades! Learn to use chipsticks!

Culturally Responsive Teaching Starts With Students 

15 Resources: Prepare for Cultural Diversity in Class 

Ballpark saurkraut hotdog!

Here are links for the major self-reported ethnicities in the USA according to census reports. I'm just following the order of the self-reporting. Sounds like fun--music, dance, food, art. Serious thoughts and inspiration. Check out American Rhetoric: The Power of Oratory in the United States  for speeches.

German-American Corner: History and Heritage 

Speeches of JFK .

Irish Contributions to the American Culture 

Cesar Chaves Si Se Puede

National Hispanic Heritage Month and Cinco de Mayo Lesson Plans 

The Pilgrims landing at Plymouth Rock.


English Americans 


Little Italy, New York City


Italian Americans 

The Italian Americans PBS 

Steven Spielberg--and don't forget Jurassic World!


The Jewish Americans PBS 



Native American Resources

500 is one of my favorite resources, I have taught the info on the Aztecs to my Mexican-American students. They are also fascinated with the Mayans.
Sequoyah--created Cherokee written language

500 NATIONS a video series 

We Shall Remain--PBS

Celebrate African-American History

 Please don't neglect the arts when enjoying these lessons. And the food, if possible. Mmm, soul food.
MLK--we never needed your influence more than now!

Teacher Resolution #3

I solemnly resolve...
#3. I resolve to not let the kids drive me completely nuts.

Seventh grade teachers, I feel your pain. But let's be realistic.

How about:

I won't let the students bait me as much.

How 'interesting' your students are vary from year to year, grade to grade, and there are plenty of other factors. But how to respond to your 'interesting students' is in your domain of influence. Keeping a consistent, regulated classroom management system every second of classtime will stabilize the experience of the students and yourself. This isn't easy, but when Teacher realizes the efficacy of relying on a good classroom management system, it becomes a pleasure--no, that's too strong--a relief. Include the parents, for sure, with reports of success and rascality. Be efficient with reports to the Discipline Office--only after other options are truly exhausted unless it is a safety issue or some other extreme situation. Be fair, be thorough, be relentless in your pursuit of every student's success. You'll be the teacher that very 'interesting' student thanks when he/she is a successful stand up comic.

Top Ten Classroom Management Ideas and Resources 

25 Sure-Fire Strategies for Handling Difficult Students 

How to Handle Discipline Problems with Effective Classroom Management

Using Detention Wisely


This is not my school--but it could have been! Don't think we're ever going back to this classroom management, as far as I know.

MzTeachuh: Hey, Meet Me At Recess By the Swings!

MzTeachuh: Hey, Meet Me At Recess By the Swings!: Fitness expert has games for a 'trouble-free' playground

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Educational Links 12/30/15

Beyond Working Hard: What Growth Mindset Teaches Us About Our Brains

The 10 Skills Modern Teachers Must Have 

22 Resolutions Special Needs Parents Are Making for 2016 

Reading List To Help Students Begin To Grapple With Race 

How Kids With Learning and Attention Issues Can Set and Stick to New Year’s Goals 

When Success Leads to Failure

Importance of the Arts for Young People 

School Testing 2016: Same Tests, Different Stakes 

Teacher Resolution #2

I solemnly resolve...
#2. I will keep up with all the paperwork, all the time.

Quite a goal. But how realistic is it?

How about this:

I will keep up with mandatory paperwork in a timely manner, and not create unnecessary paperwork for myself. 

There are plenty of deadlines for all teachers that are universal: grades, behavior reports, cum files' stuff. But sometimes in our enthusiasm we create lots of paperwork related activities that don't really need our personal touch but as teachers we may not want to let go of the control. Our time is our most precious resource and if we can expedite the necessary paperwork through better organization, we should also let go of time-consuming, and possibly unnecessary, teacher grading/commenting interactions on everything.

Overwhelmed with Grading Papers? Try These Time-Saving Tricks 

Grading Made Simple 

Classroom Management: Top 12 Ways to Tackle Teacher Paperwork 


Monday, December 28, 2015

Educational Links 12/29/15

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Classroom Activities 

How Parents and Teachers Can Work Together For Powerful Learning Outcomes 

Top 5 Videos And Blogs of 2015 

Periscope: Connecting Classrooms to the World 

Most Popular in 2015, No. four: 8 things every teacher can do to create an innovative classroom 

Kick Me: Making Vocabulary Interactive 

Evidence that Brain-Chemical Imbalance Drives Autism Symptoms 

15 Assistive Technology Tools & Resources For Students With Disabilities 


Next Semester: ...we'll have plants in the classroom

Just a little bit more planning and maintenance and your class has fresh oxygen, color, STEM motivation, and a little bit of elegance. Plants in the class!

15 houseplants for improving indoor air quality 

The Best Air-Purifying Plants 

 The 15 easiest indoor house plants that won't die on you

Easy Classroom Houseplants 

  Best Plants for the Classroom

Do You Keep Plants In Your Classroom? 

The Psychology of Nature


MzTeachuh: Teacher Resolution #1

MzTeachuh: Teacher Resolution #1: I solemnly resolve... #1. I will be a better teacher. Great sentiment, a little too general. How about:  I will pay more attenti...

MzTeachuh: Take a Walk With Ludwig

MzTeachuh: Take a Walk With Ludwig: Vienna Woods, lessing-photo,com A picnic would be lovely.   This is my favororite symphony ...

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Next Semester: A Soundtrack for Our Classroom

You are working to the easy listening music of Johann Sebastian Bach.

Using Music in the Elementary Classroom (Warning: It May Get Loud) 

I like classical quite a bit for background.

Here are some of my choices.:

Antonio Vivaldi

Four Seasons ~ Vivaldi 

Beethoven's 5th Symphony

TEOC - Symphony No. 06 - Beethoven | Full Length 45 Minutes 

Symphony No. 9 ~ Beethoven 
Ludwig Van Beethoven 

Mozart - Symphony No. 40 in G minor, K. 550 [complete] 


Wolfgang Mozart


Mozart Flute & Harp Concerto C major K 299 Neville Marriner RTSI 

Mozart Piano Concerto No.21 in C major, 'Elvira Madigan' K.467 

It is my opinion that listening to Bach's Brandenburg Concertos  is truly 'busy bee' motivation, but the students generally like Beethoven the best.

Johann Sebastian Bach


J.S. Bach Brandenburg Concertos, Complete, Ton Koopman 

We do know that Mozart is the best soundtrack--based on decades of research.  Kids like it, too.


Best Articles for Educators 2015

What Great Teachers Know About Their Students 

Check Yourself: Why Self-Reflecting on Privilege Matters 

Understanding Dyslexia and the Reading Brain in Kids 

How People Learn: An Evidence-Based Approach 

What If Everybody Understood Child Development? 

Go Green in Your Classroom: 16 Resources for Environmental Lessons 


These 6 questions determine if you’re technology rich, innovation poor 


The Play Deficit 




50 Resources For Teaching With Bloom’s Taxonomy 

MzTeachuh's Meditations: I Know The Plans I Have For You

Jeremiah 29:11
King James Bible
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.

International Standard Version
For I know the plans that I have for you,' declares the LORD, 'plans for well-being, and not for calamity, in order to give you a future and a hope. 

New Living Translation
For I know the plans I have for you," says the LORD. "They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.

Well-being and peace are good. Hope is really, really good.

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Educational Links 12/27/15

Teacher Development 

27 Ways to Inspire Students to Innovate 

10 Good YouTube Channels for Math Lessons 

Here’s A Stephen Curry Quote Teachers Can Use With Their Students! 

EdSurge's Top Articles in 2015

The Play Deficit 

What You Need to Know About Developmental Delays

Here’s A Stephen Curry Quote Teachers Can Use With Their Students!


Friday, December 25, 2015

Educational Links 12/26/15

7 Skills Students Will Always Need 

What Online Tools Work for Teaching Language Arts? 

Lifelong Success Starts With Social-Emotional Learning 

Teach Emotional Intelligence & Build Social Competence

Understanding Sensory Processing Issues 

50 Questions To Help Students Think About What They Think 

What Teaching That Lifts All Students Could Look Like 




Thursday, December 24, 2015

Nature, My Garden and Me: How Does Your Classroom Grow?

Nature, My Garden and Me: How Does Your Classroom Grow?

Educational Links 12/25/25

Stretching Your Curriculum Canvas: Reading the World Through Art 

Survey: Teachers could improve their content knowledge 

Socialization in Online Schools 

English Grammar Activities App Helps Students Learn Grammar Rules 

Dyslexia-Related Gaps Can Appear By 1st Grade, Study Finds 

Reflections on Practice & Growth 

Learning and Attention Issues in the News: 2015 Year in Review