Saturday, September 26, 2015

Teachable Moment: Mid-Autumn Moon Festival

Mid-Autumn Festival

Moon Festival/Mid-Autumn Festival
Don't forget to check out the recipe for mooncakes! 

Here is a folk story:The Legend of the Moon Festival

Here is a link to Lin Yi's lanterns.


The Moon Festival - Mid-Autumn Festival

The moon festival is a different way to celebrate the Mid-Autumn harvest moon. 


Activity: Vietnamese Moon Festival: Paper Lantern & Moon Cakes

Dragons make me bite my nails.



Is Teaching Good For You? Yes and No.

Is teaching good for your health? Yes and no. Mostly no. Why?Too much to do, too little time, too little support. So, take care of yourself, Teach, and you can reap the good side of teaching.


Your lifestyle on teaching can create illness. Stress, sedentary classrooms, few bathroom breaks, ignoring healthy eating, limited sleep--you're writing a lesson plan for illness.

Germs! Germs! Go Away! 

Taking Care of Teacher 


Teaching is a full-on contact sport without time-outs. A teacher must deal with her/his personal life or the pushed-down emotions and thoughts will react. Although no one talks about it, going to counseling and getting help really works. Don't be too proud to get help.

Depression in Teachers Impacts Classroom Learning 

Workplace Stress 

Teachers must function within a hierarchy that may or may not be conducive to peace of mind. All school workplaces are not equal. Every school has grumpy cats and sweethearts. Find your sweethearts, avoid the grumpy cats.

What Motivates Teachers?

Long Hours

 A teacher doesn't have to be a perfectionist to get sucked into a 70 hour work week. A teacher is a teacher 24-7 just by definition of working with students--maybe we should be paid a consulting fee for using our expertise on problem solving; thinking about the kids away from school.  We do that even in our sleep. Ever dream about class? Be realistic, demand a life for yourself and your family.

American Teachers Spend More Time In The Classroom Than World Peers, Says Report 

Job Insecurity 

Without tenure, I doubt I would have managed to keep teaching long enough to retire from a public school district. Why? When teaching in a district with the most challenged demographic (high poverty, violence, ELLs and Special Education high counts) all educational stratas are stressed from security staff to superintendent meaning it takes very remarkable administrators to keep everything going peacefully--just among the staff. At times, I was privileged to work under such administrators. 
My work was appreciated, other times,  it was completed under difficult circumstances. As a Special Education teacher, we were expected to complete services for twice the legal caseload. One time, the Union rep at my school told me with great disappointment, that a Grade 5 teacher would be RIFd rather than me because I was Special Ed. 
At times, the students and I had nowhere to test, and  not much room to meet for IEPs. But I prefer to recall the outstanding professionals I learned from, when we worked together as a team, students and families were helped. Many of those team members were General Education, and many brilliant professionals from the Special Education field. That was good for me, but when there was tenuous support from admin, lack of collaboration from colleagues--only tenure kept me going, watching the calendar until I could retire and start something new.

Job Insecurity: The False Dilemma of Teacher Tenure


MzTeachuh's Meditations: You Are Acceptable In The Beloved

матрёшка Russian nesting dolls

Ephesians 1:6

King James Version (KJV)

To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.

Learning and Attention Issues--Free Video Chats Oct. 1--by Understood.Org

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Friday, September 25, 2015

Next Week's Lesson Plans 9/25/15

These links may help you develop plans for current events.

Special Pope Francis Edition – Ed Tech, Classroom Management & School Reform (Plus Dorothy Day) 

Fall off a fiscal cliff, or navigate a fiscal slope? – Lesson Plan 

  These links are good resources to bring depth to your lesson planning:

How Awareness of Cultural Differences Can Help Underachieving Students 

How Technology Should Have Already Changed your Teaching 

 These links will help you schedule fun and physical activity.

You are going to go outside to find leaves!

Play a Leaf Matching Game 

7 Ways To Turn You Fall Leaf Collection Into Art

Foliage Tracker Tracker  

Foliage Tracker


These links will help you make your class more vibrant and less mind-boggingly monotonous (I say this from personal experience.)

How to Grow Plants in the Classroom 

Getting Students Involved With Bulletin Boards

  This link will help you keep organized (and sane):

5 Classroom Management Apps Every Teacher Needs to Know About 

Ultimate? Let's maybe aim for a little better.

The Ultimate Organized Classroom



Educational Links 9/26/15

Why Technology in Classrooms Doesn’t Always Boost Education Results 

Response: Personalized Learning Is 'A Partnership With Students' 

I'm a student with a disability – that doesn't make me 'special' 

10 Principles Of Proficiency-Based Learning 

Go Ahead, Say Dyslexia 

5 Ways to Stop Bullying and Move into Action 

Survey reveals why teachers aren’t embracing social media




Fun in the Fall for Everyone

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.Kid-Friendly Fall Garden Ideas 

4.  Autumn Is the Best Season to Play Outdoors

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;9

Autumn Amble with Pissaro

Camille Pissarro | Autumn at Eragny
Go outside. Breathe the air. Take a walk. See if Mario can come along. (Maybe Luigi, too.)

Jesse Cook - Mario Takes a Walk

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Educational Links 9/25/15

School Libraries and Makerspaces: Can They Coexist? 

A Closer Look at School Choice: Cyber Charter Schools 

The 9 essential elements of digital citizenship 

Education Gap Between Rich and Poor Is Growing Wider 

How To Create A Forward-Leaning Curriculum 

Does Formative Assessment Improve Reading Achievement? 

Not All Attention Problems Are ADHD 


MzTeachuh's Top Posts of the Week 9/25/15

The Sky Is Cheap Entertainment: Blood Supermoon Eclipse on Sunday! (not actually gross) - See more at:
The Sky Is Cheap Entertainment: Blood Supermoon Eclipse on Sunday! (not actually gross) - See more at:
The Sky Is Cheap Entertainment: Blood Supermoon Eclipse on Sunday (not actually gross) 

 Fate Knocking At The Door--Beethoven's Fifth

Snoopy, Woodstock and Me
See, it matches!
 Couldn't Resist--Too Cute: Get Peanutized/ Turn Yourself Into A Peanuts Character

Autumn Activity: Planting It Forward

Educational Links 9/19/15

Best Articles For Educators 9/20/15

MzTeachuh's Meditation: Blessed Is He Who Considereth The Poor

Educational Links 9/22/15

Be Well, Be Strong: Gardening? Okay, That Sound Like Fun 

Ed Tech and STEM Weekly Update 9/21/15

Educational Links 9/22/15 

Project-Based Learning at Bishop O'Down High School, Oakland, CAL
Many thanks to our international readers. Retweets, shares, stumbles and repins much appreciated. It is a privilege to serve you. USA, France, Slovakia, Germany, Canada, UK, Ireland, Sweden, India, Australia.

The Sky Is Cheap Entertainment: Blood Supermoon Eclipse on Sunday! (not actually gross) - See more at:

Teachable Moment: Pope Francis Addresses Congress

Pope Francis Challenges Congress to Heal World’s ‘Open Wounds’ 

Pope Francis Addresses Congress Under High Security 

The 10 Most Political Moments In Pope Francis' Address To Congress 

Read Pope Francis' Historic Speech to Congress

Pope Francis admonishes Congress: welcome the stranger, drop the polarization 

Pope Francis’s Historic Speech To Congress Touches On Death Penalty, Refugees, And “Threatened” Family 

Pope Francis tells Congress ‘every life is sacred,’ says the death penalty should be abolished 


MzTeachuh: The Sky Is Cheap Entertainment: Blood Supermoon Ec...

MzTeachuh: The Sky Is Cheap Entertainment: Blood Supermoon Ec...: Super Blood Moon eclipse on night of September 27-28

MzTeachuh: Music for the Soundtrack of Your Classroom

MzTeachuh: Music for the Soundtrack of Your Classroom: You are working to the easy listening music of Johann Sebastien Bach.   Using Music in the Elementary Classroo...

An Autumn

An Autumn--Sophie Gengembre Anderson
Maybe not our autumn, a Pre-Raphaelite autumn, but pleasant anyway.

Italian Lute Music of the Renaissance (c.1535 - after 1600) 

This could be what she's playing.

MzTeachuh: Principal's Suggestion Box Letter #8

MzTeachuh: Principal's Suggestion Box Letter #8: These letters are absolutely fictional (to protect the innocent and not-so-innocent.) But, with the hint of truth, mayb...

MzTeachuh: Teaching Is Asking the Right Question

MzTeachuh: Teaching Is Asking the Right Question: 1. Socratic Questions 2.  Plan Classroom Discussion...

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Educational Links 9/24/15

Giving Students Charge of How They Learn 

How Awareness of Cultural Differences Can Help Underachieving Students 

“A brain may seek to produce an output, but a mind wants to play.” 

Teachers as Learners: 6 Great Professional Development Ideas 

Stop the Bully 

Providing an IEP May Not Suffice if a District Fails in Its Child Find Obligation 

9 Reminders and Tips for Back-to-School Night 

Wrightslaw, source of info for Special Education

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Educational Links 9/23/15

What Kinds of Homework Seem to be Most Effective? 

Teachable Moment: Pope Frances Visits America 

Can a teacher work a 40-hour week and still do a good job? 

When Life Happens When You Teach

Teachable Moment: Pope Francis Visits AmericaWhen Life Happens While You Teach 

Are Learning Styles Real - and Useful? 

A Brilliant Resource For Students That Think They Hate Writing 

Turn Textbooks into Art & Get Creative With Upcycling 


MzTeachuh: Teaching Is Giving Lifelong Reading

MzTeachuh: Teaching Is Giving Lifelong Reading:  These links are not for Reading Specialists, or those educators involved exclusively with reading instruction. These l...

Autumn Activity: Kids' Indoor Herb Garden

Ceramic  turkey is staring us down with that beady little eye.
Fragrance, color, texture, taste! A sensory cooking delight for kids to grow in a window, on a balcony, or in the garden--  the kids' herb garden.

Live herbs are in grocery stores.
Basil is a little more delicate.
Many herbs are highlighted in grocery stores and garden shops this time of year due to luscious holiday cooking. Your children can be in charge of growing the herbs for fresh ingredients for stuffing, dressing, gravies, sidedishes, and soups (and if you count mint, for desserts, too.) Almost all herbs are hearty, easy to grow, and readily available.

The most popular herbs to grow in a kitchen are sage, thyme, rosemary, oregano, marjoram, mint, basil, parsley, and lesser known, tarragon.Sage is
Bees really, really love mint.
very hearty and versatile; so is mint. Both can be transplanted to the outside in the spring.

These herbs are not only for Thanksgiving, Christimas and New Year's  sidedishes and soups, but are also excellent for Italian sauces, pizzas, and Mexican food. Kids can learn about cooking while gardening.

Light, warmth, water equals herbs.

 Here are a few links with recipes of mine that kids can participate with; I am far from an expert in cooking and gardening but it is so refreshing and interesting we can all enjoy it. Cooking with kids is really fun and simple--and hanging out with them cooks up some delicious memories.

Unusual Thanksgiving Sides Show (delicious all year)

Cooking With Your Own Herbs From the Garden

French Bread Stuffing With Mushrooms and Thyme 

Roast Chicken With Basil-Rice Stuffing  

Let's Go Mexican! Use Herbs From Your Garden 

There are some original soup recipes in this little ebook (for 99 cents!) that are not available online. They're pretty good, especially with fresh herbs. 

MzTeachuh's Soup for All Seasons, Family Food and Fun [Kindle Edition] 

Monday, September 21, 2015

Educational Links 9/22/15

Learning by Doing: A Teacher Transitions Into PBL 

Starting the New School Year with Twitter 

Video: Inside the Dyslexic Brain 

10 Tips For Launching An Inquiry-Based Classroom 

10 Lessons For The Digital Teacher 

Inquiry: Helping Students Ask and Answer Their Own Questions 

What Is Personalized Learning? 


Couldn't Resist--Too Cute: Get Peanutized | Turn Yourself into a Peanuts Character

Snoopy, MzTeachuh, and Woodstock
Couldn't Resist--Too Cute: Get Peanutized | Turn Yourself into a Peanuts Character

See, it matches!

The Sky Is Cheap Entertainment: Blood Supermoon Eclipse on Sunday! (not actually gross)

Super Blood Moon eclipse on night of September 27-28

Blood Moon is sometimes used to describe a Total Lunar Eclipse. When the Earth casts its shadow on a Full Moon and eclipses it, the Moon may get a red glow.

It is the harvest moon for North America, so we must sing: