Saturday, October 3, 2015

Educational Links 10/3/15

List of Great Tools For Different Learners

Resources to Fight Bullying and Harassment at School 

How To Weave Growth Mindset Into School Culture 

Court Limits Special Education Complaint Filing to Two Years from Date Parents Knew or Should Have Known of a Violation, But Leaves Measure of Compensatory Education Open 

Children and Media: Tips for Parents 

Autism Public Nuisance Case Prompts Concern 

What To Do When Students Turn In Incomplete Work 



Friday, October 2, 2015

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 religious convictions (they may believe it is glorifying the 'dark side') but the images and stories are really scarey and icky, even for adults.  

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 off of the disturbing aspects of Halloween?

All children go through various developmental levels (Piaget's 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. The 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

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!',_Charlie_Brown 

Here's a download:

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.

Knock, knock, who's there?
Ivan who?
Ivan to bite your neck.

Where did Mzteachuh take the ghost for lunch?
Pizza Haunt.

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 

File:Monster Mash cover.jpg
The mashed potatoes was really a dance?

How do zombies celebrate Halloween?
They paint the town dead.

What oinks and drinks blood?
A hampire.

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.

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?
A broomerang.
(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 

Next Weeks Lesson Plans 10/3/15

Lovin' those helpful moms.
 These links may help you develop plans for current events.

How Russia and America make the same mistakes in Syria 

Understanding the Syrian Refugee Crisis
Oregon Incident and the Future of School Safety

These links are good to bring depth to your lesson plans: 

Slowing Down to Learn: Mindful Pauses That Can Help Student Engagement 

- See more at:

Slowing Down to Learn: Mindful Pauses That Can Help Student Engagement 

Report Finds ‘Deeper Learning’ Model Improves Outcomes for All Students

These link will help you keep organized (and sane.)

Tech Ed Resources–Organize Your Class 

Learning Disabilities: How to Identify Children with a Learning Disability 

These links will help you schedule fun and physical activity.

Even Zombies can use exercise.

Easy Thriller Dance - Rehearsal 

Thriller (Easy Dance)

 Teaching Is Trying New Activities 

MzTeachuh: The Autumn Leaves--Melancholy Music Within Nature'...

MzTeachuh: The Autumn Leaves--Melancholy Music Within Nature'...:   Nature's exquisite cycle of life. This melancholy love song relies on the seasons as metaphor for life.  The loved one in summe...

MzTeachuh's Top Posts of the Week 10/2/15

Special Education Weekly Update 9/28/15

Educational Links 9/28/15

Educational Links 9/29/15

Next Week's Lesson Plans 9/25/15

Learning and Attention Issues-

Is Teaching Good For You? Yes and No

T'Soth and T'Mel
Road Trip! Picasso, Picard, and Conan

Educational Links 9/30/15

Principal's Suggestion Box #6

MzTeachuh's Meditations: You Are Acceptable In The Beloved

Nothing But Autumn Arts and Crafts

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Educational Links 10/2/15

Online Professional Development: Beyond PLCs and PLNs 

Understanding Dyslexia and the Reading Brain in Kids 

Are Learning Styles Real - and Useful? 

A Dictionary For 21st Century Teachers: Learning Models & Technology 

Of Carts and Horses: Where Fluency Teaching Fits in the Learning to Read 

Obama Administration Sues School Over Service Dog 

Ruling In Compton Schools Case: Trauma Could Cause Disability 



MzTeachuh: Making Classroom Adjustments

MzTeachuh: Making Classroom Adjustments: I want the educational Swiss Army knife. What Does a Great School Year Look Like? Ask the Students

Road Trip! Picasso, Picard, and Conan

Now we fondly reminisce about summer escapades as fall responsibilities weigh heavily upon us.
Even MzTeachuh does that. So let's, review: Road Trip Summer 2015!

Las Vegas! The Picasso exhibit at the Bellagio. His printmaking process was most interesting.

T'Soth and T'Mel
T'Mel and Captain Picard.
 Las Vegas 
Star Trek Convention! 
Vulcans T'Mel and T'Soth (MzTeachuh and daughter) analyzed the purview with great logic.
Always great to catch up with Jean-Luc.

What is the trouble with tribbles? It remained a mystery that Spock wasn't much help solving.
Some help here, Mr. Spock!
MzT and daughter impatiently waiting for the show.
I met Conan--sort of.
Drive south to Beautiful Downtown Burbank! Why on earth? To see Conan! We checked out Warner Bros.' studios, clapped and whooped and laughed at the Conan Show. A jolly good time was had by all.

So elegant!

Not the only stars to see in LA are in studios We went to Griffith Observatory. OMG! it is so glorious. The building itself is a work of art, and the drive through Griffith Park is just lovely. Lots of families seeing the moon rock and many demonstrations and it is really cool. Especially the Tesla Coil. 

Griffith Observatory Tesla Coil -500000 Volts record with Sony NEX-5 16mm lens 1080i 60fps AVCHD 

Cool new Visitor Center at Mt. Charleston!

Drive back to Vegas--up the Cajon Pass--past the World's Tallest Thermometer (Baker, CAL) and the Alien Jerky Store--buzzing along the I15 to finish the best road trip for nerds ever (nerds and proud.)

A lovely hike up the mountains surrounding Las Vegas. Who knew there was nature in Vegas? We do! Mt. Charleston is spectacular this time of year!  
Hiking up a trail at Mt. Charleston, near Las Vegas, NEV.

Now I'm dreaming of the next road trip...


Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Educational Links 10/1/15


Slowing Down to Learn: Mindful Pauses That Can Help Student Engagement 

Report Finds ‘Deeper Learning’ Model Improves Outcomes for All Students 

36 Core Teacher Apps For Inquiry Learning With iPads 

9 Terms to Know If Your Child Struggles With Writing Issues 

Can Private Dollars Fix Public Schools? 

Making Failure Harder Work Than Passing 

Got Special Ed Questions? Wrightslaw Has Answers


MzTeachuh: Gen Ed/Special Ed Teamwork

MzTeachuh: Gen Ed/Special Ed Teamwork: Inclusive Classroom   What do General Education Teachers Need To Know About Special Education? http://www.schoolpsychologistfiles.c...

MzTeachuh: Principal's Suggestion Box Letters #10 and #11

MzTeachuh: Principal's Suggestion Box Letters #10 and #11: These letters are absolutely fictional (to protect the innocent and not-so-innocent.) But, with the hint of truth, maybe we can make some...

MzTeachuh: Nothing But Autumn Arts and Crafts

MzTeachuh: Nothing But Autumn Arts and Crafts:  This link is for the lower right project. Shaving Cream Painted Fall Leave...

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Educational Links 9/30/15

The Real Meaning of Zero Tolerance 

60 Ways To Help Students Think For Themselves 

Overlapping Symptoms May Delay ASD Diagnosis 

New Tool Kit Provides Resources to Teach Children Learning English

Online chat: learning and attention issues: Thurs. Oct 1 

5 Great Ways You Can Use Google Sites With Students 

Why Policies Fail to Promote Better Learning Decisions 

Why Teachers and Students Should Blog 

Mobile Location Privacy in a Nutshell - A Lesson for Students 

 For the Hesitant Teacher: Leveraging the Power of Minecraft 


Nature, My Garden and Me: Plant Bulbs Now For Joyful Color in Winter!

Nature, My Garden and Me: Plant Bulbs Now For Joyful Color in Winter!: Daffodils (February) We can all use some Screaming Yellow Daffodils during the dreary winter. Flowers outside in the winter? I...

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 can make som...

MzTeachuh: Teaching Is Taking Time For Art--In All Subjects

MzTeachuh: Teaching Is Taking Time For Art--In All Subjects: Math instructor teaching tesselations. 1. Teaching Math With Art Helps Children Remember Key Concepts http://www.teacher-support-forc...

Monday, September 28, 2015

MzTeachuh: Teaching Is Giving Kids Choices

MzTeachuh: Teaching Is Giving Kids Choices:   1.The value of choice in student engagement   2 . The Classroom of Choice: Managing...

MzTeachuh: Monet and Vivaldi: Autumn

MzTeachuh: Monet and Vivaldi: Autumn: Autumn Poplars-Monet And to my Australian friends who are in Spring, please forgive me. Vivaldi Autumn The Four Seasons High ...

Educational Links 9/29/15

October Is Connected Educators Month – Here Are Related Resources 

Inquiry-Based Learning in the Science Classroom 

On Public Shaming and Our Classrooms 

Parent Partnership in Education: Resource Roundup 

Echolalia: Why Does My Child Repeat Everything I Say?

A New Definition For Equity In Education 

Pope Blesses Kids With Special Needs

Steps for Cultivating a Love of Reading in Young Children



Sunday, September 27, 2015

Educational Links 9/28/15

Bedtime story is key to literacy, says children's writer Cottrell Boyce 

How to Cultivate a Bully-Free Community 

Possible Biomarker for Autism Discovered 

How Kids Pay Attention (and Why Some Kids Struggle With It) 

Five-Minute Film Festival: Arts Integration Turns STEM to STEAM 

Geo-Literacy Projects Build Students' Understanding of Our Complex World 


Integrity in the Classroom 





Ed Tech and STEM Weekly Review 9/2815

Technology Integration 

Survey reveals why teachers aren’t embracing social media

10 Lessons For The Digital Teacher

A Brilliant Resource For Students That Think They Hate Writing

A Closer Look at School Choice: Cyber Charter Schools

Why Technology in Classrooms Doesn’t Always Boost Education Results

The Teacher’s Guide To Keeping Students Safe Online

Special Education Weekly Update 9/28/15

Go Ahead, Say Dyslexia

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

Understanding ADHD 

Possible Biomarker for Autism Discovered 

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

Study Questions Effectiveness Of One-To-Ones In Special Ed 

Not All Attention Problems Are ADHD 


Movies About Jesus

Jesus of Nazareth - The Sermon On The Mount

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.

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.

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. 
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.

Here is the Prodigal Son, put up on youtube.

 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.

Good ole fashioned Jesus music from good ole fashioned Jesus People @1972
"Jesus Is All That We Need."
 Gary Arthur
The Way