Saturday, November 21, 2015

Best Articles for Educators 11/22/15

101 Ways For Teachers To Be More Creative 

The 7 Types of ADD – and How to Treat Each One

The Power of an Impassioned Principal

I am a Public School Teacher. Give Me All the Refugees You’ve Got!

Google Expeditions Brings Virtual Reality Field Trips to Schools Across America;postID=7282774862951060326;onPublishedMenu=posts;onClosedMenu=posts;postNum=4;src=link 

5 Ways to Avoid Manipulation

Welcome To The New Disability Scoop

The Premier Source for Developmental Disability News


Disability Scoop



MzTeachuh's Meditations: Attitude of Gratitude


Thessalonians 5:18New King James Version (NKJV)

18 in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

Personally, I don't believe this means we are grateful for bad things, but that God will help us through all circumstances.

MzTeachuh's Enjoying Cooking and Gardening: Preparing Your Soup Stock for Turkey Soup

MzTeachuh's Enjoying Cooking and Gardening: Preparing Your Soup Stock for Turkey Soup: Soon we will all have a beautiful turkey carcass that seems as though there is no meat left on it. Not so. For a home made soup, you can...

MzTeachuh: Teaching is Unlocking the Treasures of Knowledge

MzTeachuh: Teaching is Unlocking the Treasures of Knowledge: What a marvelous privilege to teach! In all of history, we have the greatest resources to empo w er the next generations. These links ar...

Teachable Moment: Who Were the Pilgrims, Really? NatGeo and PBS Debate This Week

National Geographic Channel Sunday and Monday,  Sunday and Monday Nov. 22 and 23
Saints and Strangers

Saints & Strangers Trailer

This American Experience program premieres Nov. 24
The Pilgrims

Educational Links 11/21/15

101 Ways For Teachers To Be More Creative 

I am a Public School Teacher. Give Me All the Refugees You’ve Got! 

Hacking School: One Teenager’s Path to Happiness 

17 Things Teachers Are Thankful For 

Routine, Ritual, and School Community 

'World's best teacher' warns on too much testing 

Exposure to Toxic Stress in Childhood Linked to Risky Behavior and Adult Disease 

Welcome To The New Disability Scoop 

“Start With Goals, Not Tech Or Curriculum” 




Friday, November 20, 2015

MzTeachuh: Vincent's Autumn Perspective

MzTeachuh: Vincent's Autumn Perspective: Van Gogh – Landscape with House and Ploughman 1889  Getting perspective from Vincent with lovely music to listen to. Autumn ...

Every Teacher Is A Reading Teacher

Creative visuals for Pre-algebra. Math 7
Your credential could be elementary or secondary. Your classroom could have algebra all over the board, or pictures of the Civil War on the wall. Your students could be taking Cornell notes on the scientific method. You are still a reading teacher.

Effective teaching includes opportunities for auditory and visual instruction, throwing in activities to solidify the lesson through verbalization by the students in teams and maybe kinesthetic involvement also, like my math teaching collaborators, creating a foldable pamphlet. Many students in the US are now learning English as a second language, and what teachers in the higher grades would normally assume the students had down solid in reading may be necessary to introduce.

Reading academic language (or actually, any material) is a new experience for many kids. They were not exposed to the basics of reading the English language. And let's face it, English is a booger to learn, full of rules and then rules that don't apply. Ay yi yi!

Connecting words and symbols.Math 7
A word rich environment never goes out of style, no matter what grade. Hurrah for the word wall! The students can see the words, and the importance of words, and correct spelling. And  in our world learning is increasingly auditory, so kids have marvelous working vocabularies of words and concepts from the Discovery Channel or the History Channel--but have never seen the words written down. Therefore, they usually don't recognize hundreds of words for which they know the meaning because they've only heard the word, never seen it written and connected it with the meaning. And the reading skills necessary to access the word may not be in their skill set.
It is interesting to find out your personal learning preferences, and help students to identify her own.

What can a teacher do without sacrificing crucial academic time? Give kids lots of opportunities to read, read, read. Every teacher has new vocabulary at the beginning of the chapter. Take a minute to

Academic vocabulary in plain view.Science 7
write the word, syllabicate the word, decode the syllables for the kids, and then have them repeat it. Having students syllabicate, decode and read make the kids less anxious about words with several syllables. I know that literacy coaches with reading certificates can get high and mighty about the precision of syllabication, but if you're teaching a seventh grade science class that is having difficulty with the academic vocabulary--just go for it! Quick and dirty--infer in fer, support sup port, formulate for mu late....and if the students don't remember the essential decoding phonics--what the hey-- just tell them the sound er makes, or what silent e does, or when two vowels go walking the first does the talking. For heavens sake, if they need it, they need it! It truly doesn't take long for kids to catch on to decoding. And reading is so very empowering.

Power lessons handwritten on giant sticky notes. Social Studies 8
 Lessons to SYLLABICATE  DECODE CONTEXT are used for kids to analyze unfamiliar words in passages. They could be reading along, then boom! an unknown word of scary length. What's a kid to do? Skip the word? NO! Syllabicate the word, sound it out, then read the surrounding context for clues as to the meaning. There are many, many techniques for reading comprehension. But reading fluency also needs to be addressed, and most instruction is supposedly completed in elementary. Frequently the kids need to be reacquainted with decoding and it is so very empowering for the students to read words fluently; the brief and frequent reminder to syllabicate, decode and read is totally worth the time and effort for all teachers.

Reading advice displayed in Math 7.

 Every teacher teaches reading. It is a privilege for me to collaborate in classes where literacy is propagated and honored. My colleagues train constantly for perfection of methods, and meet very frequently to co-plan lessons. What a huge job. What a huge privilege.

The last three years in our middle school I have collaborated with several math teachers, usually seventh grade. They incorporate all methods for the kids' progress in language, reading, and writing as well as Math standards. It is amazing how thoroughly they coordinate instruction for all students (including my students.)

Autumn: Monet and Vivaldi

Autumn Poplars-Monet

And to my Australian friends who are in Spring, please forgive me.

Vivaldi's Four Seasons - Autumn (3rd movement) - Sheffield Park Garden

MzTeachuh: Weekend--Music for Feeling Flippant

MzTeachuh: Weekend--Music for Feeling Flippant: Music for feeling flippant.   Part of Speech: adjective Definition: irreverent Synonyms: brassy, breezy, cheeky ...

Thursday, November 19, 2015

MzTeachuh's Top Posts of the Week 11/20/15

ePLNs for Teachers--Getting Connected

Educational Links 11/7/15 

Exquisite Beauty for You 

The Arts Give You Smarts 

Special Arts and Crafts for Thanksgiving

Teaching Is Soothing the Soul (SEL) 

Writing Prompts to Sooth Kids' Toxic Stress

MzTeachuh's Meditation: I Will Send You another Comforter 

A Soundtrack for Our Classroom 

Learning Ed tech? Lost At Sea?

This tremendous graphic is from TeachThought 

Many thanks to our international readership. It is a privilege to serve you. USA,  Canada, Germany, UK, France, Slovakia, India, Australia, Ireland, Netherlands.

MzTeachuh: Cheesy Jokes and Serious Thoughts About Thanksgivi...

MzTeachuh: Cheesy Jokes and Serious Thoughts About Thanksgivi...: This is probably my favorite cheesy joke of all time. Why did the Pilgrims eat turkey on Thanksgiving? The couldn't fit the moose i...

MzTeachuh: Things Go Better With Bach

MzTeachuh: Things Go Better With Bach: Or should I say, "Things bee better with Bach."   Bach, Brandenburg Concerto #6, first movement (animation ver. 3)  http:...

MzTeachuh: Teaching Is Teachers Talking To Each Other

MzTeachuh: Teaching Is Teachers Talking To Each Other: 1. How to make friends and influence people - a teacher's guide

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Educational Links 11/19/15

Piaget's Stages of Cognitive Development

Social and Emotional Skills: What to Expect at Different Ages

Feds Issue New Guidance: IEPs Should Align With Grade-Level Standards

Be a School Leader: The 16 Best Resources for School Administrators 

The 7 Types of ADD – and How to Treat Each One 

Can Reading Make You Happier? 

Financial Literacy: Addressing Student, Family, and Community Needs 

The school social worker: 'For some children, just getting to the school gates is an achievement' 


MzTeachuh: Teaching Is Learning Ed Tech

MzTeachuh: Teaching Is Learning Ed Tech: How Technology Helps Teachers to Manage Their Classroom

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...

MzTeachuh: Teaching For Life

MzTeachuh: Teaching For Life: 1.  The Heart-Brain Connection: The Neuroscience of Social, Emotional, and Academic Learning

MzTeachuh: Van Gogh: Les Alyscamps; Autumn Leaves and Barbra ...

MzTeachuh: Van Gogh: Les Alyscamps; Autumn Leaves and Barbra ...:   Van Gogh: Les Alyscamps: Falling Autumn Leaves Since he painted this in France, here is Barbra Streisand singing 'Autumn Leaves&#...

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Educational Links 11/18/15

Improving Kids' Cognitive Skills Though Sports 

Why Every School Needs an 'Innovation Day' 

L.A. Unified explores possibility of becoming an all-charter district 

The Power of an Impassioned Principal

The Role of Special Education in a Democracy 

5 Ways to Avoid Manipulation 

10 Specialists Pick Apps, Websites to Help Special Needs, Struggling Readers Love to Learn 



The Sky Is Cheap Entertainment: Go Outside Tonight and Look Up! The Leonids!

The Leonids are most easily sighted tonight, but will be active the remainder of the month.

Leonid meteors midnight to dawn November 18 

Sky spectacle: The Leonid meteor shower is coming 

And a bonus of planets!

Look eastward before dawn to see the grand line-up of planets: Jupiter, Mars and Venus.



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.

MzTeachuh: ePLNs for Teachers –Getting Connected

MzTeachuh: ePLNs for Teachers –Getting Connected: Teachers can find professional networking  online.  Educational sites afford convenience, privacy, and expertise in a variety o...

MzTeachuh: Helpful Hints for When Teacher Is Overwhelmed

MzTeachuh: Helpful Hints for When Teacher Is Overwhelmed: Time Saving Tips for Teachers   Replacing Classroom Chaos...

MzTeachuh: Teaching Is...Soothing the Soul (SEL)

MzTeachuh: Teaching Is...Soothing the Soul (SEL): 1. Resources and Lesson Plans for Social and Emotional Learning

Monday, November 16, 2015

Special Education Weekly Update 11/16/15

9 Surprising Facts About Learning and Attention Issues 

Schoolkids in Handcuffs 

Special education shifts to results-driven framework

Helping Kids Who Struggle with Executive Functions

Guest Post: "We need to stop looking for a 'cause' for autism."

Abilities - Society Benefits When Everyone Can Participate 

Learning Disabilities: What They Are (And What They’re Not) 



Ed Tech and STEM Weekly Update 11/16/15

 Handy Atlas Apps %2FpDkK+%28Educational+Technology +and+Mobile+Learning%29  

How to Provide Kids With Screen Time That Supports Learning

 Screentime Is Making Kids Moody, Crazy and Lazy

Classroom Technology 

Chrome Apps for Classroom Management

Why Do We Need Technology in Schools If It Doesn’t Improve Quality?

Teacher’s Guide to Digital Citizenship


Sunday, November 15, 2015

MzTeachuh: Special Arts and Crafts for Thanksgiving

MzTeachuh: Special Arts and Crafts for Thanksgiving: Paper-Bag Turkey 20+ Easy Thanksgiving Crafts and Activities for Kids http://www...

MzTeachuh: Writing Prompts to Sooth Kids' Toxic Stress

MzTeachuh: Writing Prompts to Sooth Kids' Toxic Stress: We've heard of talk-therapy. In a class, writing can serve as an emotional release for students. Having a voice, using it in a...

MzTeachuh: Teachable Moment: Kids' Indoor Herb Garden and Rec...

MzTeachuh: Teachable Moment: Kids' Indoor Herb Garden and Rec...: Ceramic  turkey is staring us down with that beady little eye. Fragrance, color, texture, taste! A sensory cooking delight for ...

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 ...

MzTeachuh: Teaching Is Showing Tolerance

MzTeachuh: Teaching Is Showing Tolerance:  Showing tolerance includes not only cultural diversity, but caring for the poor student, the difficult student, and the handicapped stude...

Beauty Past Change

The Mulberry Tree Vincent Van Gogh 1889
Pied Beauty
Gerard Manly Hopkins
Glory be to God for dappled things –
   For skies of couple-colour as a brinded cow;
      For rose-moles all in stipple upon trout that swim;
Fresh-firecoal chestnut-falls; finches’ wings;
   Landscape plotted and pieced – fold, fallow, and plough;
      And áll trádes, their gear and tackle and trim.

All things counter, original, spare, strange;
   Whatever is fickle, freckled (who knows how?)
      With swift, slow; sweet, sour; adazzle, dim;
He fathers-forth whose beauty is past change:
                                Praise him.