Saturday, March 26, 2016

Educational Links 3/27/16

Why It’s Imperative to Teach Students How to Question as the Ultimate Survival Skill 

Beyond the Classroom: Putting nature back in teaching 

ADHD and Emotions: What You Need to Know 

Chasing Modern Educational Trends in 2016 

17 Books to Inspire Kids to Change the World 

Beyond the Classroom: Putting nature back in teaching 

How to Implement Social and Emotional Learning at Your School 

Every school in the United States, and indeed, every school in the world, addresses the social-emotional and character development of the students who pass through its doors. It is impossible to bring adults and children together for long periods of time and not influence children's skills and the kinds of people they will become when putting those skills to use.



The Sky Is Cheap Entertainment: Hey, Look, Its Jupiter!

Jupiter is the planet to watch in March, 2016. It’s very bright, ascending in the east after sunset. Photo by Michael C. Dupree in Lawrence, Kansas.

Jupiter is so bright and obvious in the sky in the east after sunset, I can see it without my glasses! And if you are an early bird, you can see Saturn and Mars before dawn. Cool.

March 2016 guide to the 5 bright planets 

This is some pretty awesome classical music about the planets to get you in the mood for skygazing.

The Planets Gustav Holst

STEM Activities For Your Classroom

Urban  Community and School Gardens

Best cheap easy STEM? Go outside. Grow a garden.

And these folks in Nevada are in Nevada gardening! No excuses now! Plus, your student may live in a food desert, and learning to grow easy veggies could literally save lives. Just a laundry basket of potatoes would help.  Growing Potatoes in Containers

School Gardens 

Check EarthSky News every day! Assign a student to report!

Moon, Saturn, Mars on March 27-28 

Classroom Activities (Science)

Engineers in the Classroom

20 Ways Teachers Are Using Legos in the Classroom 

Classroom Math Games That Will Have Your Students Begging For More!!

8 Ordinary Things That Look Insanely Cool Under a Microscope 





Please, please, teacher, let us    do something cool we can post on Instagram!

Easter Greetings from MzTeachuh

My garden always reminds me of rebirth--tulips and trees regreening. The natural cycle of life. Easter--the spiritual cycle of life.

He's alive! - Dolly Parton

The gates and doors were barred
And all the windows fastened down
I spent the night in sleeplessness
And rose at every sound
Half in hope of sorrow
And half in fear the day
Would find the soldiers breakin' through
To drag us all away
And just before the sunrise
I heard somethin' at the wall
The gate began to rattle
And a voice began to call
I hurried to the window
Looked down into the street
Expecting swords and torches
And the sound of soldiers' feet
But there was no one there but Mary
So I went down to let her in
John stood there beside me
As she told me where, she'd been
She said, "They've moved Him in the night"
And none of us knows where
The Stone's been rolled away
And now His body isn't there
So we both ran toward the garden
Then John ran on ahead
We found the stone and empty tomb
Just the way that Mary said
But the windin' sheet they wrapped Him in
Was just an empty shell
And how or where, they'd taken Him
Was more than I could tell
Oh, somethin' strange had happened there
Just what I did not know
John believed a miracle
But I just turned to go
Circumstance and speculation
Couldn't lift me very high
'Cause I'd seen them crucify Him
Then I saw Him die
Back inside the house again
The guilt and anguish came
Everything, I'd promised Him
Just added to my shame
When at last it came to choices
I denied, I knew His name
And even if He was alive
It wouldn't be the same
But suddenly the air was filled
With a strange and sweet perfume
Light that came from everywhere
Drove shadows from the room
And Jesus stood before me
With His arms held open wide
And I fell down on my knees
And I just clung to Him and cried
Then He raised me to my feet
And as I looked into His eyes
The love was shining out from Him
Like sunlight from the skies
Guilt in my confusion
Disappeared in sweet release
And every fear I ever had
Just melted into peace
He's alive, yes He's alive
Yes, He's alive and I'm forgiven
Heaven's gates are open wide
He's alive, yes He's alive
Oh, He's alive and I'm forgiven
Heaven's gates are open wide
He's alive, He's alive
Hallelujah, He's alive
He's alive and I'm forgiven
Heaven's gates are open wide
He's alive, He's alive, He's alive
I believe it, He's alive, sweet Jesus




Friday, March 25, 2016

Educational Links 3/26/16

Earth Day: Lesson Plans, Reading Lists, and Classroom Ideas

Teacher Leadership Growth Spurt: A Disorganized Game of Whack-a-Mole? 

10 Defusing Phrases to Use at IEP Meetings 

Discipline in Schools Moves Toward Peacemaking 

NGSS: A Vision for K-12 Science Education 

The Benefits and Challenges of Student-Designed Learning 

How to Plan Outstanding Tech Training for Your Teachers 

There’s just so much buzz about technology in education, so many opinions about the right and wrong way to do it, and very little authoritative information; there’s no definitive guide to tech integration. Everyone’s just kind of doing what they think is best. Administrators are setting aside funds to purchase new devices and trying to figure out the best kind of training to give their teachers, and in this process, surely there have been a lot of mistakes and missteps.



MzTeachuh--On the Way Back from the Super Bloom!

Very pleasant here at Furnace Creek Campsite, Death Valley National Park. Kind of hate         to leave. Be heading home today. Look for a post all about it.

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Super Bloom, Here We Come! Going Camping at Death Valley

There will be a break in the Educational Links from MzTeachuh--I'll be camping for a few days, without laptop or wifi, from Monday through Thursday 3/21--3/25.  Fun! I'm excited to be at Furnace Creek, Dark Sky site in Death Valley, CAL., with a new telescope and my daughter. And spring wildflowers and birds and butterflies. Super Bloom! Thank you El Nino. Will report back. And stars, lots of stars.

More like 130  miles!