Saturday, March 21, 2015

MzTeachuh: The Up-Side of Teaching

MzTeachuh: The Up-Side of Teaching: Learn the Top 10 Benefits of a Being a Teacher http://www.alleducationschools.com/education-careers/article/teaching-career-perks   W...

The Up-Side of Teaching

Learn the Top 10 Benefits of a Being a Teacher

http://www.alleducationschools.com/education-careers/article/teaching-career-perks 

Why Teach?

http://teach.com/why-teach 

Why Consider Becoming a Teacher?

http://www.unc.edu/uncbest/teacher.html 

Why Teaching is Good For You

https://www.edsurge.com/n/2013-04-03-why-teaching-is-good-for-you 

What's good about teaching?

http://www.tes.co.uk/article.aspx?storycode=6008829 

 

 

MzTeachuh: Differentiating Instruction

MzTeachuh: Differentiating Instruction: Differentiated Instruction http://www.edutopia.org/blogs/tag/differentiated-instruction   Delivering Differentiated Instruction in Yo...

MzTeachuh: Ed Tech Sites for Teachers

MzTeachuh: Ed Tech Sites for Teachers: Here is a list of helpful ed tech sites for you to get to know. http://www.edudemic.com/ Edudemic supplies thoughtful articles...

Ed Tech Sites for Teachers




Here is a list of helpful ed tech sites for you to get to know.


Edudemic
http://www.edudemic.com/
Edudemic supplies thoughtful articles on education as well as resources for ed tech. There are many drop downs, including news, trends, how to, update, tools social media, Teacher's Guides, the best ed tech, for students, for teachers.




eSchool News
http://www.eschoolnews.com/



eSchoolNews has nine dropdowns full of interesting articles. Admin., data, curriculum, IT management, mobile, online, policy professional development, social media.


http://edtechreview.in/

 
EdTechReview has an international focus. Their drop downs include Resources, Needs (types of learning using ed tech), Voices (news), For (specified info for eduction, government and business.)


Educational Technology and Mobile Learning
http://www.educatorstechnology.com/

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning has nine buttons that lead to a plethora of resources: ed tech, posters, iPad, teachers (guides books and tools), and free downloads.



Richard's buttons include a guide to free ed tech and up to date info concerning iPads, Android, Google Tutorial, Free Guides, Alternatives to YouTube, Favorite Resources, Video Creation Resources.


These two sites are  not predominantly ed tech, but have both thoughtful discussions and practical input on the ed tech subject.

http://blogs.kqed.org/mindshift/
http://www.edutopia.org/

Differentiating Instruction

Differentiated Instruction

http://www.edutopia.org/blogs/tag/differentiated-instruction 

Delivering Differentiated Instruction in Your Classroom

http://www.edudemic.com/delivering-differentiated-instruction/ 

What Is Differentiated Instruction?

http://www.readingrockets.org/article/what-differentiated-instruction

A Teacher's Guide to Differentiating Instruction

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

Differentiating Instruction: Meeting Students Where They Are

http://www.glencoe.com/sec/teachingtoday/subject/di_meeting.phtml 

A Teacher's Guide to Differentiating Instruction 

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

What Is Differentiated Instruction?

http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/article/what-differentiated-instruction 

10 Examples & Non-Examples Of Differentiated Instruction

http://www.teachthought.com/teaching/what-is-differentiated-instruction/ 

 

 

MzTeachuh: Educational Links 3/21/15

MzTeachuh: Educational Links 3/21/15: Strategies for Teaching Culturally Diverse Students  https://www.teachervision.com/teaching-methods/resource/6039.html Teaching with ...

Educational Links 3/21/15

Strategies for Teaching Culturally Diverse Students https://www.teachervision.com/teaching-methods/resource/6039.html

Teaching with Tech: How Can Teachers Embrace Technology Tools

Feeling Alone as the Opportunity Gap Widens for Kids


3 Strategies to Foster Sociability

http://www.edutopia.org//blog/8-pathways-strategies-foster-sociability-marilyn-price-mitchell?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+EdutopiaNewContent+%28Edutopia%29

Childhood Trauma Leads to Brains Wired for Fear


Classroom Activities & Spring Craft Projects

How Teaching Mindfulness Benefits Learning

http://www.nesca-news.com/2015/03/how-teaching-mindfulness-benefits.html

Churches Work To Include People With Disabilities



MzTeachuh: Music to Grow a Garden By

MzTeachuh: Music to Grow a Garden By: “Gardening Tools,” Hand colored linocut  © Liz Lyons Friedman Got my gloves, rake, man, where's my hat? The Gardener, Van Gogh...

Music to Grow a Garden By

“Gardening Tools,” Hand colored linocut  © Liz Lyons Friedman

Got my gloves, rake, man, where's my hat?


The Gardener, Van Gogh
Well, at least here's the Beethoven to back me up. Very busy music, the Sonata for Piano and Violin No 5, "Spring Sonata." Great active sound for working with the bees, fingers in the dirt, splashed by the water, digging around, optimistically placing new petaled friends in my home. And maybe this guy can help with any heavy lifting. 





The Second Movement of Beethoven's Spring Sonata is for sitting, pouring some herbal mint iced tea from that teapot into the chalice, and catching your breath! Bit of a gardening break in that comfy green strap chair.






Time to resolve the garden, and the plans for the remainder of the day. The last Movement of the Sonata, and the gardener. Pansies, rest in your bed. Roses, gently hang on your trellis. Jasmine, exhale, sweeten the air. Four-o-clocks, it is four o'clock, say your prayers and close your petals have sweet dreams. You, too, moss roses, rest and regain your strength for your nuclear brightness in the morning. As for me, I'm joining my family to renew my strength. The one in the house.

Friday, March 20, 2015

MzTeachuh: MzTeachuh's Top Posts of the Week 3/20/15

MzTeachuh: MzTeachuh's Top Posts of the Week 3/20/15: Educational Links 3/18/15 http://melanielinktaylor.mzteachuh.org/2015/03/eduational-links-31815.html Educational Links 3/17/15 http:/...

MzTeachuh's Top Posts of the Week 3/20/15

Educational Links 3/18/15
http://melanielinktaylor.mzteachuh.org/2015/03/eduational-links-31815.html

Educational Links 3/17/15

http://melanielinktaylor.mzteachuh.org/2015/03/educational-links-31715.html

Women's History Month: Abigail Adams
http://melanielinktaylor.mzteachuh.org/2015/03/womens-history-month-abigail-adams.html?spref=bl

Empowering Kids to Kindness
http://melanielinktaylor.mzteachuh.org/2015/03/empowering-kids-to-kindness.html

Teachable Moment: Danny Boy, The Soul of Melancholy, The Soul Of Ireland - See more at: http://melanielinktaylor.mzteachuh.org/2015/03/teachable-moment-danny-boy-soul-of.html#sthash.WzjOcbLG.dpuf
Teachable Moment: Danny Boy, The Soul of Melancholy, The Soul of Ireland
http://melanielinktaylor.mzteachuh.org/2015/03/teachable-moment-danny-boy-soul-of.htmlMlovie about Jesus

Movies About Jesus

http://melanielinktaylor.mzteachuh.org/2015/03/movies-about-jesus.html

Teaching Is..Writing Your Lesson Plans in Pencil
http://melanielinktaylor.mzteachuh.org/2015/03/teaching-is-writing-your-lesson-plans.html

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 reading education, but more...

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: Teaching Is Trying New Activities

MzTeachuh: Teaching Is Trying New Activities: 1. Greta's Game Station http://games.pppst.com/languagearts.html   2.  MATH LAND http://www.schooltimegames.com/Mathematics.html ...

Teaching Is Trying New Activities


1. Greta's Game Station
http://games.pppst.com/languagearts.html 

2.  MATH LAND
http://www.schooltimegames.com/Mathematics.html

3.   10 simple activities to encourage physical
activity in the classroom

http://www.yourtherapysource.com/files/10_simple_activities_classroom.pdf 


4. Classroom Activities

http://pbskids.org/lab/classroom/ 


5.  Activity Ideas for Middle School Students 


http://www.austinpartners.org/sites/default/files/images/Activity%20Ideas%20for%20Middle%20School%20Students.pdf 


6. Games We Can Play in Middle School


http://gatornet.chapin.edu/~msgames/ 


 7. Kagan Professional Development


http://www.youtube.com/user/kaganvideo 


 

 

MzTeachuh: Good Morning, Spring, Time To Get Up

MzTeachuh: Good Morning, Spring, Time To Get Up: Spring, just waking up from a dreamy winter's sleep Morning by Edvard Grieg https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-rh8gMvzPw0 Written ...

Good Morning, Spring, Time To Get Up

Spring, just waking up from a dreamy winter's sleep

Morning by Edvard Grieg
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-rh8gMvzPw0

Written for the play Peer Gynt by Ibsen, who thought this music was too cheerful for his play. Oh well, morning is like that.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

MzTeachuh: Women's History Month: Michelle Obama and Her Mom

MzTeachuh: Women's History Month: Michelle Obama and Her Mom: Michelle Obama is a very unusual First Lady. She is brilliant (Harvard and Princeton trained lawyer), has style, both high end and low ...

Women's History Month: Michelle Obama and Her Mom


Michelle Obama is a very unusual First Lady. She is brilliant (Harvard and Princeton trained lawyer), has style, both high end and low end fashion. Cares for the underdog, like Eleanor Roosevelt; loves her children, like Jackie Kennedy. Lives her beliefs (Christianity) through personal service described in the Sermon on the Mount. Her uniqueness is not that she is the first African American First Lady. It is because she brought her mom into the White House to help raise her girls, which is such a rare family thing for a First Family to do. And most importantly, she has an amazing manner of presenting herself with class and humor despite incomprehensible personal and rascist remarks. She has strength of character.

I won't repeat the negative comments (recently in the news) but list positives, even in the news today. Like her 'Let's Move' Initiative.

Museums and Gardens Across the Country Join the Let’s Move! Initiative

http://www.letsmove.gov/blog/2015/03/19/museums-and-gardens-across-country-join-let%E2%80%99s-move-initiative 

Here are comments on rights for our kids, all of our kids.

Michelle Obama Calls Education The Most Important Civil Rights Issue

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/02/23/michelle-obama-education-civil-rights_n_6737454.html 

And Michelle Obama is the least stuck up First Lady I can think of--she's quite a bit of fun.

Ellen Degeneres And Michelle Obama Had An “Uptown Funk” Dance-Off And They Shut It DOWN

http://www.buzzfeed.com/alivelez/ellen-degeneres-and-michelle-obama-had-an-uptown-funk-dance#.gx1nOX6e6 

I also very much like Michelle's garden at the White House (and bee hives) and if kids don't like healthy lunches, I blame the junk-food-buying parents.French fried sweet potatoes are the bomb.

Michelle's mom is also quite a remarkable lady. Both her kids are very successful, and Malia and Sasha are blessed to have her close.

 The China trip: Michelle, Grandma Sasha and Malia exit Air Force One.

The elusive Mrs. R.: Marian Robinson, the White House’s not-so-typical live-in grandma

http://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/the-elusive-mrs-r-marian-robinson-the-white-houses-not-so-typical-live-in-grandma/2014/03/31/72f7547a-b6c1-11e3-a7c6-70cf2db17781_story.html 

Marian Shields Robinson

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

Michelle Obama

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

Michelle Obama

http://www.biography.com/people/michelle-obama-307592 

MzTeachuh: Teaching Is... Making A Kid Feel Uniquely Importan...

MzTeachuh: Teaching Is... Making A Kid Feel Uniquely Importan...: 1. How Can Teachers Foster Self-Esteem in Children? Teachers play an important role in nurturing a student's sense of dignity and...

Teaching Is... Making A Kid Feel Uniquely Important


1. How Can Teachers Foster Self-Esteem in Children?

Teachers play an important role in nurturing a student's sense of dignity and self-worth.


http://www.greatschools.org/special-education/health/773-teachers-foster-self-esteem-in-children.gs 


 2. Incorporating Cultural Diversity in the Classroom


http://www.teachersofcolor.com/2009/04/incorporating-cultural-diversity-in-the-classroom/ 


3. Social Emotional Learning


In the classroom, social skills come first. Keep kids on track with these ideas.


4. Social and Emotional Learning: What is it? How can we use it to help our children?


http://www.aboutourkids.org/articles/social_emotional_learning_what_it_how_can_we_use_it_help_our_children 


5. Core Strategy: Social and
Emotional Learning


6. Why Champion Social and Emotional Learning?

It's not enough to simply fill students' brains with facts. Educators must also help children develop the skills to manage their emotions, resolve conflicts nonviolently, and make responsible decisions. 
http://www.edutopia.org/social-emotional-learning 

7.  Build Self-Esteem in Children





Some Thoughts on Helping Children Build Self-Esteem
 http://www.stressfreekids.com/resources-2/self-esteem-in-children/build-self-esteem-children

8. Self-Esteem


  • Subject: Social/Emotional Health  
http://www.discoveryeducation.com/teachers/free-lesson-plans/self-esteem.cfm  


MzTeachuh: An Entire Life in Ten Minutes--Picasso, Chopin and...

MzTeachuh: An Entire Life in Ten Minutes--Picasso, Chopin and...: The Lovers, Pablo Picasso   This piece by Chopin and interpreted by Rubinstein is said to express a lifetime in ten minutes;...

An Entire Life in Ten Minutes--Picasso, Chopin and Rubenstein

The Lovers, Pablo Picasso


  This piece by Chopin and interpreted by Rubinstein is said to express a lifetime in ten minutes; joy, peace of mind, conflict then decision. All of it. Finding love and living love.

Chopin - Ballade No. 4, Op. 52 (Rubinstein) 


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7tmQSWuYwrI

MzTeachuh: Learning Ed Tech? Feel Lost At Sea?

MzTeachuh: Learning Ed Tech? Feel Lost At Sea?: I won't say the 'average' teacher has issues with the rapidly changing ed tech classroom. I would say 'normal' teachers...

Learning Ed Tech? Feel Lost At Sea?

I won't say the 'average' teacher has issues with the rapidly changing ed tech classroom. I would say 'normal' teachers do. The complexities of the nano-second ed tech progress confuses even the techies. Now the Common Core requires testing online soon and very soon K-12.

Try not to panic, 92% of teachers that are floundering with these all pervasive, complex, overwhelming classroom changes. Don't cry. You are not alone. Not really.
  • Where can I find help? We're going to Chromebook.  I'm a teacher with not much tech expertise.  
Google Chromebook is a good deal for many districts. And the students can really learn to write with it. I have an affiliation with a district that I feel represents the complexities of rural, poor, and tech challenged students and their teachers. They have just acquired 1:1 Chromebooks in the classroom for grades 2-12 . Just weeks ago. The only required training for teachers was the very first level for Google Certified Teachers, and they are walked through it district assistance. Is that enough? For the great number of average teachers who only go online maybe for Facebook, no. What should I do if I'm a teacher in this category? Here are some resources: 

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning
 http://www.educatorstechnology.com/2014/08/everything-teachers-need-to-know-about.html

Understanding Google Certification
http://www.edudemic.com/understanding-google-certification/ 

Chrome: Getting started
https://www.google.com/chrome/education/devices/gettingstarted.html

This is a quote from this page. DON'T YOU FEEL BADLY after reading it. If you are a teacher, such as myself, who has actually spent 24-7 planning and teaching and not sitting in your computer chair--this isn't that simple to you. So here is the smug quote:

It’s easy to get started with a Chrome device, whether you are an IT administrator, a teacher or a student. There’s no steep learning curve standing in the way of learning, teaching and sharing, and the web-based management console makes it easy to administer a fleet of Chrome devices.

I really despise the stuck-up attitude given by some of the ed tech community. We are not stupid, and we have legitimate questions. Don't you tell me, sonny, there's no steep learning curve. Anywho, ask for help, from your grade level, from the tech person, from family. You could pray about it. Don't give up. Some teachers I spoke to said they were retiring because of the changes with ed tech. Retire if you are ready, not to avoid learning something new.

  • I'm a Principal and my teaching staff has the deer-in-the-headlights-look when we talk about ed tech at staff meetings. Its just about an emergency. What to do?
Be reassuring. Remember teaching? Evaluate your students (staff) and differentiate instruction. Organize trainings lead by compassionate ed tech savvy staff that won't embarrass or leave the teachers behind. Maybe there's a Special Ed. teacher who knows ed tech and could do this for you. I'm actually not joking about that. Don't take the teachers' word that they understand ed tech, (their jobs depend on this, they'll smile and nod just like a student), check for understanding through walk-throughs, demonstrations, asking the right questions in a non-threatening environment. Just like a good teacher. Grade level reports with evidence of success. Remember teaching? Check for understanding and, as we all know, teachers (and everyone else) don't do what you expect, they do what you inspect. Ed leadership has to actively support ed tech learning with your staff. Your future test scores depend on your teachers knowing ed tech. Here are some resources:

Office of Education Technology
http://tech.ed.gov/ 

Why Teachers Hate Tech Training ... and What to Do About It
http://www.infotoday.com/MMSchools/jan04/combs.shtml 

Training Teachers to Integrate Technology 
http://www.edtechmagazine.com/k12/article/2011/11/team-effort
  • I want to use ed tech in my class, but we are not getting the ed tech equipment. I teach Special Education, and also need time for training in ed tech.

Red flag here. By my informal observation, special education classes are not receiving current ed tech. In the past, special education classes customarily received out-dated textbooks, inadequate or inferior classrooms, no equipment or it was shoddy, and somehow funding earmarked special education did not make it to the student even when in an IEP. I'm not naming names, or stating it happened under my watch (it didn't because I'm kind of a watchdog about that.) I have recently been in a Special Education for the Severely Handicapped/Autism Classroom that very effectively used iPads with the students. I would be very interested to see how Chromebooks with the simplified writing opportunities work with this student community. Do Special Education students have a right to ed tech like the other students? How about the teachers?

This is a Special Education legal website. Don't tell anyone I sent you.

Technology and Assistive Teachnology  

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

Chromebooks for Special Education and Assistive Technology

http://doceocenter.org/resources/chromebooks_sped_at 

What does edtech look like in the special ed classroom?

https://www.edsurge.com/n/2014-12-15-inside-the-special-education-classroom-how-tech-can-help-special-needs-students

  •   Ed tech looks so exciting online. Why does seem so dull in a real classroom?

News from Skype in the Classroom

 https://education.skype.com/news?page=2
Ed tech is absolutely, mind-boggingly exciting. We have lived to see the future! And the kids are launched exponentially, literally launched into a future of success, productivity, equity, and fascination no one can even dream about. Some teachers are like the explorers of the 'New' World, the New Digital World. What are they reporting back? How can all teachers get in on it? First, all teachers need to board the Nina, Pinta and Santa Maria and launch into the unknown. Shake up those lesson plans from 1989 (or even 2011) and incorporate the communication values of the internet. Skype. Email. Virtual tours. TED talks. Research using curiosity. Poetry Slams. Virtual Art Shows between schools. Dance Festivals. School Gardening Shows. Sing offs. Pen pals--an online community for your class from anywhere your district will let you skype. IMAGINATION will drive the best teachers to learn ed tech. Truth be told, not all teachers need to be ed tech experts. Collaborate with ideas for educational experiences within your PLN--how exciting to have all that enthusiasm and expertise united for learning fun. The best part is no one is bored, not the kids, not the teachers. The Common Core is reinforced with teachers reaching the highest level of Bloom's Taxonomy. Principals can arrange for collaboration time. Go beyond CoolMath and Accelerated Reader. The teachers that don't want any change? Let them retire or find another profession.

Exciting Ideas for the Implementation of Educational Technology in the Classroom

http://edtechreview.in/trends-insights/trends/1762-exciting-ideas-for-the-implementation-of-educational-technology-in-the-classroom 

Learn the Ins and Outs of Google Classroom from an Expert

http://www.edtechmagazine.com/k12/article/2015/02/learn-ins-and-outs-google-classroom-expert 

Cool Ways to Use Skype in the Classroom 

http://www.teachhub.com/using-skype-classroom

Teaching Is Learning Ed Tech
Teaching Is...Learning Ed Tech http://melanielinktaylor.mzteachuh.org/2014/12/teaching-is-learning-ed-tech.html


Teaching Is...Learning Ed Tech II

http://melanielinktaylor.mzteachuh.org/2015/03/teaching-islearning-ed-tech-ii.html

 

Teaching Is...Learning Ed Tech II

 

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

MzTeachuh: Empowering Kids to Kindness

MzTeachuh: Empowering Kids to Kindness: Teaching Kindness: More Than a Random Act http://www.edutopia.org/blog/teaching-kindness-the-kind-campaign-lisa-dabbs   Why ...

Empowering Kids to Kindness


Teaching Kindness: More Than a Random Act


http://www.edutopia.org/blog/teaching-kindness-the-kind-campaign-lisa-dabbs 


Why Teaching Kindness in Schools Is Essential to Reduce Bullying


http://www.edutopia.org/blog/teaching-kindness-essential-reduce-bullying-lisa-currie 


The Golden Rule Across Cultures (World Religions Series)


http://kidworldcitizen.org/2014/05/20/world-religions-golden-rule-across-cultures/ 


Help Others


http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/lesson-plan/help-others 


GUIDE TO IMPLEMENTING PAY IT FORWARD DAY IN SCHOOLS


http://payitforwardday.com/get-involved/schools-universities/sample-lesson-plans/ 


Lessons and Activities for Teaching Respect

Random Acts of Kindness: How can our lesson plans make a difference in your classroom?


http://www.randomactsofkindness.org/lesson-plans-pilot-program 


Teaching Kindness


http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/lesson-plan/be-kind


Teaching Is...Soothing the Soul (SEL) 


http://mzteachuh.blogspot.com/2014/08/teaching-issoothing-soul-sel.html?spref=bl 


  Maybe It’s Time To Stop Talking About Bullying, And Talk Kindness Instead


http://www.teachthought.com/culture/maybe-time-stop-talking-bullying-talk-kindness-instead/

 

 

MzTeachuh: Teacher Burnout--U Gotz It?

MzTeachuh: Teacher Burnout--U Gotz It?: 1. Teacher Burnout: Four Warning Signs http://www.edutopia.org/blog/teacher-burnout-four-warning-signs-...

Teacher Burnout--U Gotz It?







1. Teacher Burnout: Four Warning Signs


http://www.edutopia.org/blog/teacher-burnout-four-warning-signs-nicholas-provenzano?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=post&utm_campaign=blog-burnoutsigns 


2. How to Rewire Your Burned-Out Brain: Tips from a Neurologist


http://www.edutopia.org/blog/teacher-burnout-neurology-judy-willis-md

3. Mentorship for New Educators Helps Combat Teacher Burnout, Improve Retention

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/education-july-dec13-teachers_07-04/ 


4. Blogs on Teacher Burnout


http://www.edutopia.org/blogs/tag/teacher-burnout 


5. Staying Healthy and Managing Stress While Teaching


http://www.advice-for-teachers.com/healthy.html 


6.  5 Stress Reduction Strategies for Teachers


http://www.edubabbling.com/5-stress-reduction-strategies-for-teachers/ 


7.  Staying Healthy in the Classroom - Or Not 


http://www.weac.org/professional_resources/new_teacher_resources/articles/amelia_armstrong/staying_healthy.aspx 

 

MzTeachuh: Educational Links 3/19/15

MzTeachuh: Educational Links 3/19/15: Zeroing out Zero Tolerance http://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2015/03/zeroing-out-zero-tolerance/388003/   Can Free Play Pr...

Educational Links 3/19/15

Zeroing out Zero Tolerance

http://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2015/03/zeroing-out-zero-tolerance/388003/ 

Can Free Play Prevent Depression and Anxiety In Kids?

http://blogs.kqed.org/mindshift/2014/06/can-free-play-prevent-depression-and-anxiety-in-kids/ 

Google Launches Free Tool To Let You Run Your Own Online Courses

https://www.blogger.com/blogger.g?blogID=1441644043303616609#editor/target=post;postID=4854313960310101008 

Understanding Your Child’s Trouble With Writing 

https://www.understood.org/en/learning-attention-issues/child-learning-disabilities/writing-issues/understanding-your-childs-trouble-with-writing?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=understoodorg 

Collaboration: Key to Innovation

http://www.edutopia.org/blog/collaboration-key-innovation-heather-wolpert-gawron?utm_content=blog&utm_campaign=collaboration-key-innovation&utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=socialflow&utm_term=link 

First 'Nobel Prize of teaching' winner gets $1 million

http://www.cnn.com/videos/world/2015/03/17/bts-nancie-atwell-teaching-award-million-dollars.cnn 

Bet Google Drive Tools for Mind Mapping

 http://www.educatorstechnology.com/2015/03/the-best-google-drive-tools-for-mindmapping.html

 

 

MzTeachuh: Educational Links 3/18/15

MzTeachuh: Educational Links 3/18/15: Understanding Invisible Disabilities   http://www.edutopia.org//blog/understanding-invisible-disabilities-robyn-scott?utm_source=feedbu...

Educational Links 3/18/15

Understanding Invisible Disabilities 

http://www.edutopia.org//blog/understanding-invisible-disabilities-robyn-scott?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+EdutopiaNewContent+%28Edutopia%29 

What Motivates Students’ Interest in Reading and Writing

http://blogs.kqed.org/mindshift/2015/03/what-motivates-students-interest-in-reading-and-writing/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+kqed%2FnHAK+%28MindShift%29 

10 Examples Of ‘Old’ Education Technology

http://www.teachthought.com/technology/10-examples-of-old-education-technology/ 

Discover Art Whenever You Open a New Chrome Tab 

http://www.freetech4teachers.com/2015/03/discover-art-whenever-you-open-new.html?utm_source=feedblitz&utm_medium=FeedBlitzRss&utm_campaign=freetech4teachers#.VQmJvuHQMo0 

Helping Parents Understand the New Strategies for Teaching and Learning

http://www.bamradionetwork.com/teachers-aid/2158-working-toward-a-common-goal-more-important-than-working-toward-an-qaq-sp-1361416364 

20 ed-tech leaders to watch

http://www.eschoolnews.com/2015/03/18/20-edtech-leaders-094/ 

Oh, The Things You Can Do with an iPad

 

 

 

MzTeachuh: Movies About Jesus

MzTeachuh: Movies About Jesus: Jesus is honored among all major religions as a teacher, ethicist, prophet, or mystic. This is the Christmas season for those who believe...

Movies About Jesus

Jesus of Nazareth - The Sermon On The Mount https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rm5AAywYQT4

The visit of Pope Francis to the USA has sparked more interested in Jesus, and the practical examples of His life. Jesus is honored among all major religions as a teacher, ethicist, prophet, or mystic. There are also many groups of Christians who may not agree on all the details of this faith, and their kids might be in your classes. It takes a delicate touch to provide respect for all kids' beliefs during discussions of major religions.

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 recently celebrated its 500th birthday, is considered a masterpiece itself. It is said Shakespeare made a contribution to it.

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

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.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Book_of_Job
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sermon_on_the_Mount
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parables_of_Jesus
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psalms

Mary, the mother of Jesus in "The Passion of the Christ."
Jesus, although He was Jewish,  is usually portrayed looking like a European, generally with a British accent, except for "The Passion of the Christ," which was in Aramaic (the Hebrew spoken at the time of Jesus) with subtitles. That's a pretty amazing idea and accomplishment, if you can find it in you heart to forgive Mel Gibson for being a flawed human and all after he produced that remarkable movie. The production has accuracy in costuming, music, and portrays basic Catholic theology, except possibly about Pontius Pilate, the Roman who deserved no sympathy for his decision.

"The Passion of the Christ" 2004
"The Passion of the Christ," is bone crushing in the accuracy of suffering. The perspective of Mary the mother of Jesus is unique in this movie version, and serves to present why many Christians have a special devotion to her. What age of child should see this? I can't say, but it is very intense, particularly when Mary flashes back to Jesus falling as a little boy as He carries the cross. Use your own judgement.

"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.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/King_of_Kings_%281961_film%29 
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Greatest_Story_Ever_Told 
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.
 Being a miniseries, the important parts of the story are portrayed because there is time for them. The Sermon on the Mount is well worth sharing with kids, particularly since important modern leaders such as Ghandi and Martin Luther King reference this, and other portions of Jesus' statements. One of my very favorite scenes from any film is this portrayal of Jesus giving a parable (which are also part of the standards for literature.) Peter and Matthew the tax collector also have a moment.

Jesus hangin' with His homies, for which He was criticized severely.
http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Isaiah+53&version=NKJV





Here is the Prodigal Son, put up on youtube.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w7c-XY695hk

 The person who put up this video also included a little music, not from the film.

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."
 Gary Arthur
The Way http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Way_%28band%29


Good ole fashioned Jesus music from good ole fashioned Jesus People @1972
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fDsH29I8vOQ