Saturday, January 9, 2016

Educational Links 1/10/16

3 PBL Practices to Empower Students

Groovy Grammar! Tools, Apps, & Ideas for Learning Grammar 

Understanding Dyslexia and the Reading Brain in Kids 

The Week in Review - Heading Out 

3 Tips to Make Learning More Fun for the Child with Learning Disabilities 

Learn the Ins and Outs of Google Classroom from an Expert 

Treating Dyslexia 





MzTeachuh: Speeches of MLK: I Have A Dream

MzTeachuh: Speeches of MLK: I Have A Dream: M artin L uther K ing , J r. I Have a Dream

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

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

Friday, January 8, 2016

Music for SEL (Social and Emotional Learning)

These are just a few rather obvious pieces of music to talk about emotions. Plus, this is a great excuse to listen to a variety of good music. Feeling lonesome? Happy, rebellious, grateful? In love? Let's listen to tremendous artists and read some great lyrics (that are actually poetry.)

The Temptations - My Girl 

I've got sunshine on a cloudy day
When it's cold outside, I've got the month of May
I guess you'd say
What can make me feel this way?
My girl, my girl, my girl
Talkin' 'bout my girl
My girl
I've got so much honey, the bees envy me
I've got a sweeter song than the birds in the trees
Well, I guess you'd say
What can make me feel this way?
My girl, my girl, my girl
Talkin' 'bout my girl
My girl
Hey, hey, hey
Hey, hey, hey
I don't need no money, fortune or fame
I got all the riches baby, one man can claim
Well, I guess you'd say
What can make me feel this way?
My girl, my girl, my girl
Talkin' 'bout my girl
My girl

Hank Williams Sr. I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry 

Hear that lonesome whippoorwill
He sounds too blue to fly
The midnight train is whining low
I'm so lonesome I could cry
I've never seen a night so long
When time goes crawling by
The moon just went behind the clouds
To hide its face and cry
Did you ever see a robin weep
When leaves begin to die?
Like me, he's lost the will to live
I'm so lonesome I could cry
The silence of a falling star
Lights up a purple sky
And as I wonder where you are
I'm so lonesome I could cry
Pharrell Williams - Happy (Official Music Video) 

It might seem crazy what I'm about to say
Sunshine she's here, you can take a break
I'm a hot air balloon that could go to space
With the air, like I don't care baby by the way
 Because I'm happy
Clap along if you feel like a room without a roof
Because I'm happy
Clap along if you feel like happiness is the truth
Because I'm happy
Clap along if you know what happiness is to you
Because I'm happy
Clap along if you feel like that's what you wanna do
Here come bad news talking this and that, yeah,
Well, give me all you got, and don't hold it back, yeah,
Well, I should probably warn you I'll be just fine, yeah,
No offense to you, don't waste your time
Here's why
Bring me down
Can't nothing
Bring me down
My level's too high
Bring me down
Can't nothing
Bring me down
I said (let me tell you now)
Bring me down
Can't nothing
Bring me down
My level's too high
Bring me down
Can't nothing
Bring me down

Bon Jovi - It's My Life 

It's My Life
Bon Jovi
This ain't a song for the broken-hearted
No silent prayer for the faith-departed
I ain't gonna be just a face in the crowd
You're gonna hear my voice
When I shout it out loud
It's my life
It's now or never
I ain't gonna live forever
I just want to live while I'm alive
(It's my life)
My heart is like an open highway
Like Frankie said
I did it my way
I just wanna live while I'm alive
It's my life
This is for the ones who stood their ground
For Tommy and Gina who never backed down
Tomorrow's getting harder make no mistake
Luck ain't even lucky
Got to make your own breaks

Louis Armstrong - It's a Wonderful World

What a Wonderful World
Louis Armstrong
I see trees of green, red roses too
I see them bloom for me and you
And I think to myself
What a wonderful world
I see skies of blue and clouds of white
The bright blessed day and the dark sacred night
And I think to myself
What a wonderful world
The colors of the rainbow
So pretty in the sky
Are also on the faces
Of people goin' by
I see friends shakin' hands
Sayin', "How do you do?"
They're really sayin'
"I love you"
I hear babies cry, I watch them grow
They'll learn much more than I'll ever know
And I think to myself
What a wonderful world

Educational Links 1/9/16

What Is Lost When Kindergarten Gets More Academic?

Neuromyths and Edu-Ca$h-In: Vetting the "Expert" Claims 

The Discrepancy Model: What You Need to Know 

New student database slammed by privacy experts 

Tennis legend Andre Agassi is trying to teach kids to read in a new, very fascinating way. 

Doctors Have a Role in the Special Education Process, Says American Academy of Pediatrics 




Thursday, January 7, 2016

MzTeachuh: Recipe for Learning

MzTeachuh: Recipe for Learning: Naturally Learning We could develop a taste for this!

Educational Links 1/8/16

Teaching Pitfalls: Signs That You Are Out of Balance & Burning Out 

  Where Has The Play Gone? 

Adjusting Lessons: Have a Plan B 

How Saying and Showing Kids ‘I Believe in You’ Can Empower Them at School 

10 Steps To Include Students With Autism In General Education Classrooms 

Want To Know How Students Feel When They Read Complex Texts? 

How To Help Kids In Poverty Adjust To The Stability Of School After Break 


MLK Quotes: #4

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Educational Links 1/7/16

Turning Current Events Instruction Into Social Justice Teaching 

Common Core Standards 

What It Takes To Be A Special Education Teacher 

Class Tech Tips 

5 Teacher Tips For Better Presentations In The Classroom 

How Low-Cost Designs Can Support High-Tech Classrooms 

Inquiry: Helping Students Ask and Answer Their Own Questions

Become a Listening Educator: How to Hear and Connect to Your Students


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.)

MLK Quotes: #3

Teachable Moment: Martin Luther King, Jr.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., galvanized the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950's and 1960's due to his remarkable courage and unsurpassed eloquence.  He was right; those who were on the opposing side of the argument were revealed as hideous, sadistic monsters. They still are. 

Unspeakable atrocities preceded and follow Dr. King's time of leadership. His actions and words still call forth men and women, boys and girls of all demographics to seek equality in America. And the price could be high.

When Dr. King gave his immortal, 'I Have A Dream' speech, he ignited dreams among all ethnicities, genders, religions, and students.  Hearing it is a profound experience. Please have your students listen. It is probably the most important speech given in the twentieth century, and given by a future winner of the Nobel Peace Prize.

Here is a resource to hear the "I Have A Dream" Speech on American Rhetoric.

Teachable Moment: "I Have A Dream" Speech Anniversary Today

Here is an excerpt from my blog "Books to Soothe Kids' Toxic Stress"

A third grader, small for his age, could really run fast during practice for his elementary school's Olympic Day. It was his way to shine. His tennies were worn out, so Teacher got him a new pair at Wal-Mart. He made the school proud. This school district was low income, and located near a federal prison, therefore many families were in the area to be living nearby to visit relatives. The little boy also worked very hard at reading, writing, and math, including those impossible fractions. After the January 19th holiday, he asked Teacher, "Why don't they make Dr. Martin Luther King bedsheets? They make them for Superman." He had chosen the better hero.

This is a true story, and I hope the little guy is now a grown, happy, and functional adult, since I last had him at school in 1995.  He had the odds against him, but hopefully some encouragement from reading in school has remained with him.

This story of Dr. King and his profound words will be like miracle grow to the young soul, no matter what color his skin may be.

Teachable Moment: Book Review: Martin's Big Words 

There are excellent resources to inform students about Dr. Martin Luther, King. 

March on Washington: Throngs mark 'I Have a Dream' anniversary

March on Washington's 50th anniversary commemoration draws tens of thousands

 And some posters and quotes.

 Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.

The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character - that is the goal of true education.

 I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.

The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.

Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness.

 We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive.    

 Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.

He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love. There is some good in the worst of us and some evil in the best of us. When we discover this, we are less prone to hate our enemies.

I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality... I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word.

 Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?' 

 I look to a day when people will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.

MLK aged seven. Do you have one in your first grade? Maybe your eighth grade class, or your American History class?

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Educational Links 1/6/16

Tech Literacy: Making It Relevant Through Content Learning 

Top 15 Educational Websites for Teachers 

Why is Our Public School Trying to Get Rid of My Child? 

Kids Need to Read Within Instruction 

Alabama district puts wi-fi on buses 

Technology in the Classroom: What are Good Tech Goals? 

PBS World Explorers - The Lives & Journeys of Famous Explorers






Insights Into Differentiation

Methods of Differentiation in the Classroom 

Differentiated Instruction 

Differentiation Isn’t Perfect — But It Can Work 

What Is Differentiated Instruction? 

What Differentiated Instruction Is–And Is Not 


Monday, January 4, 2016

Educational Links 1/5/16

Edtech Resolutions for the New (School) Year 

Have You Visited Yellow Pages for Kids with Disabilities Site Lately? - See more at:

 Have You Visited the Yellow Pages for Students with Disabilities Site Lately? 

More Playtime! How Kids Succeed with Recess Four Times a Day at School 

How Teachers Should Dress at Work 

9+ Idea-Packed Resources to Prime Staff Development So All Learners Progress in 2016 

Classroom Management Techniques to Manage Stress 

Google Tutorials 

Teacher Development 



Here Comes the Sun (Eventually) Harrison and Monet

Fields in Spring, Claude Monet

The Beatles- Here Comes The Sun

Here comes the sun, here comes the sun
And I say it's all right

Little darling, it's been a long cold lonely winter
Little darling, it feels like years since it's been here

Here comes the sun, here comes the sun
And I say it's all right

Little darling, the smiles returning to the faces
Little darling, it seems like years since it's been here

Here comes the sun, here comes the sun
And I say it's all right

Sun, sun, sun, here it comes
Sun, sun, sun, here it comes
Sun, sun, sun, here it comes
Sun, sun, sun, here it comes
Sun, sun, sun, here it comes

Little darling, I feel that ice is slowly melting
Little darling, it seems like years since it's been clear

Here comes the sun, here comes the sun
And I say it's all right
Here comes the sun, here comes the sun
It's all right, it's all right

Educational Links 1/4/16

Putting Books Back Into Reading 

Exercise is ADHD Medication 

Five Steps to Revision: Using Warm and Cool Feedback 

Behind the Headline: Arne Duncan calls for addressing gun violence in final speech as education secretary 

7 ways data collection is improving STEM education 

Turns Out Monkey Bars And Kickball Might Be Good For The Brain 

25 Ways Schools Can Promote Literacy And Independent Reading 


MLK Quotes #2

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Music for Feeling Dramatic

A little girl dances in front of an Irish painting and makes the world happy. John Lavery's 1911 portrait of Anna Pavlova, in Glasgow, Scotland.

Twirl your moustache and clench a red rose between your teeth!

 Liszt Hungarian Rhapsody 2 

MzTeachuh: Is Teaching Good For You? Yes and No.

MzTeachuh: 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,...