Saturday, January 2, 2016
I've Been to the Mountaintop, Martin Luther King
Delivered the day before his assassination.
I've Been to the Mountaintop
delivered 3 April 1968, Mason Temple (Church of God in Christ Headquarters), Memphis, Tennessee
Friday, January 1, 2016
Could The Arts Put The Steam Into STEM?
STEM to STEAM: Why the 'A' Makes A Difference
STEM to STEAM: Resource Roundup
Could Storytelling Be the Secret Sauce to STEM Education?
STEM to STEAM
Keeping it simple.
|Da Vinci--the master of STEAM.|
As the proponents of STEM know, science, tech, engineering and math is everywhere. But how to acknowledge that the Arts can readily be integrated into all lessons?
Drawing journals, of course, is a great start.
How to Draw--from beginners to advanced.
When You Teach with Technology Is It a Hero or a Zero?
Videos from Edutopia
The Teacher’s Guide To Badges In Education
Understanding Your Child’s Trouble With Social Skills
Departing Education secretary urges commitment to educate early, tackle gun violence
Replacing Filler in Special Education Documents
Top 5 Videos And Blogs of 2015
Ep 10: Are Charter Schools Solving The Equity Problem?
The Nobel Peace Prize 1964
Martin Luther King Jr.
“Letter From Birmingham Jail https://kinginstitute.stanford.edu/king-papers/documents/letter-birmingham-jail
13 Pieces of Wisdom From Martin Luther King Jr.
MLK Quotes: #1-22
|Don't get too carried away--but just so you know, I have a power stapler, too. Prepping for an art show.|
Prepping for School Art Show
Prepping for School Art Showhttp://www.deepspacesparkle.com/2012/03/23/prepping-for-school-art-show/
Students may tell you, "I can't draw a straight line!" Tell them back, "Good, we have rulers for that."
Bringing out the artist at all grades levels and in every subject takes some organization and motivation, particularly if you intend to include all students at some point in your classroom gallery.
First, let's start with the actual location and methods of getting a space going.
5 Ways to Create a Classroom Art GalleryReally Good Bulletin Boards
7 Tips for Successful Student Art Displays
Student-Centered Bulletin Boards for a Secondary Classroom: 5 Ideas to Make Your Walls Work for You and Your Students
Second, decide the frequency of new material. You mean I'm not leaving this bulletin board up all year? No. Even the Louvre moves things around from time to time. The students can help, and would enjoy the task. Plus, this means they can break the monotony of a sedentary classroom on a regular basis. Have a cycle so every student has work on display an equal amount of time, The students can implement this. The environment of the class will be refreshed. Will this mean designating time for organization of the art gallery during class? Yes.
Third, decide the content of your classroom art gallery. This could be content-driven, seasonal or student choice. How cool for the quiet artist to know they need to create something in three weeks to be displayed in the classroom gallery. Teacher has the final say on content, of course.
Here are some ideas for class activities that might end up in your classroom gallery.
|Composition II, Mondrian|
Here's a great artist for inspiration:
Escher: Tessellations by Recognizable Figures
Geometry, Color, and Piet Mondrian
Don't for the artist who created the STEAM craze: Leonardo.
|Hydraulics, da Vinci|
Design Like da Vinci: Sketching Lessons from the Original Renaissance Man
Even pages from well-drawn science notebooks could go up.
Third, you can use classroom content as sources of inspiration through illustrating historical or literary scenes, or make posters for current events. And, of course, well known artists and seasonal topics make great sources for classroom art.
Exploring Impressionism, Grades K-5
Exploring Impressionism, Grades 6-8
Exploring Impressionism, Grades 9-12
Seven New Year's resolutions for teachers
Children in Dire Poverty: What Educators Should Know
Study: Genes Dwarf Environment in Autism’s Origins
When Restorative Justice in Schools Works
The 2015 Top Blog Posts of the Year
The Every Student Succeeds Act will leave children behind
Thursday, December 31, 2015
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
Not all of us are IT-type folks, so we may need to practice new skills. But we can learn!
Google Classroom: First Look
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
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
|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 http://www.americanrhetoric.com/ 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.|
|Little Italy, New York City|
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!|
|I solemnly resolve...|
Seventh grade teachers, I feel your pain. But let's be realistic.
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.|