Saturday, April 2, 2016

MzTeachuh's Meditations: It'll Be Okay

Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go. Joshua 1:9

Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.Matthew 11:28 

Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10

Casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you. 1 Peter 5:7 


This last verse has given me a lot of mileage.

I can do all things through him who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13 



Teaching All Your Students

Tips for Teaching English as a Foreign Language 

A Teacher's Guide to Differentiating Instruction 

30 Techniques to Quiet a Noisy Class 

6 Classroom Management Tips Every Teacher Can Use 

8 Working Memory Boosters

Expelled in preschool 

School Behavior Tips: Impulse Control for ADHD Children 


Educational Links 4/3/16

Sharing the Screen in 1:1 Classrooms 

3 Practical Tips For Teaching ELL Students 

Fair Grades, Dropping Grades, Grading Versus Knowledge 

Frameworks for Literacy Education Reform

ESSA Rule Negotiators Grapple With Issues of Flexibility, Equity 

From Garden to Cafeteria: Students learn to grow healthy food 

Common Core Questions – Answered! 

Across the country, teachers are actively making changes in their classroom practices to reflect the expectations of the Common Core State Standards. To say the roll-out of the Standards has been flawless would be untrue. In the years since the introduction of Common Core, there has been controversy and confusion over the Standards, their implementation, and how they impact the ways educators do their jobs.

National Poetry Month: I've Looked At Clouds From Both Sides Now

Please feel better, Joni. 

JONI MITCHELL /// 10. Both Sides Now - (Clouds) - (1969) 

 Bows and flows of angel hair
And ice cream castles in the air
And feather canyons everywhere
I've looked at clouds that way

But now they only block the sun
They rain and snow on everyone
So many things I would have done
But clouds got in my way

I've looked at clouds from both sides now
From up and down, and still somehow
It's cloud illusions I recall
I really don't know clouds at all

Moons and Junes and Ferris wheels
The dizzy dancing way you feel
As every fairy tale comes real
I've looked at love that way

But now it's just another show
You leave 'em laughing when you go
And if you care, don't let them know
Don't give yourself away

I've looked at love from both sides now
From give and take, and still somehow
It's love's illusions I recall
I really don't know love at all

Tears and fears and feeling proud
To say "I love you" right out loud
Dreams and schemes and circus crowds
I've looked at life that way

Oh but now old friends are acting strange
They shake their heads, they say I've changed
Well something's lost but something's gained
In living every day

I've looked at life from both sides now
From WIN and LOSE and still somehow
It's life's illusions I recall
I really don't know life at all

I've looked at life from both sides now
From up and down and still somehow
It's life's illusions I recall
I really don't know life at all

Friday, April 1, 2016

Educational Links 4/2/16

 Innovating Educational Growth

Does More Time on the Playground Equal Success in the Classroom? 

Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA);postID=6574326172141667673 

The Best Resources For Teaching Shakespeare To English Language Learners 

Visualizing 21st-Century Classroom Design 

30 Books of Poetry for Young Readers for National Poetry Month 

Meeting Special Needs: Inclusion Classrooms Fair But Not Equal

There are a number reasons commonly cited as barriers to creating inclusive learning environments, including: false beliefs and negative attitudes about inclusion, interpretations of IDEA that emphasize individual IEP requirements over LRE.

National Poetry Month: Poem #1

The Curious Blackbird by Maureen Ida Farley

Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird

Wallace Stevens

Among twenty snowy mountains,
The only moving thing
Was the eye of the blackbird.
I was of three minds,
Like a tree
In which there are three blackbirds.
The blackbird whirled in the autumn winds.
It was a small part of the pantomime.
A man and a woman
Are one.
A man and a woman and a blackbird
Are one.
I do not know which to prefer,
The beauty of inflections
Or the beauty of innuendoes,
The blackbird whistling
Or just after.
Icicles filled the long window
With barbaric glass.
The shadow of the blackbird
Crossed it, to and fro.
The mood
Traced in the shadow
An indecipherable cause.
O thin men of Haddam,
Why do you imagine golden birds?
Do you not see how the blackbird
Walks around the feet
Of the women about you?
I know noble accents
And lucid, inescapable rhythms;
But I know, too,
That the blackbird is involved
In what I know.
When the blackbird flew out of sight,
It marked the edge
Of one of many circles.
At the sight of blackbirds
Flying in a green light,
Even the bawds of euphony
Would cry out sharply.
He rode over Connecticut
In a glass coach.
Once, a fear pierced him,
In that he mistook
The shadow of his equipage
For blackbirds.
The river is moving.
The blackbird must be flying.
It was evening all afternoon.
It was snowing
And it was going to snow.
The blackbird sat
In the cedar-limbs.

The Beatles - Blackbird

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Educational Links 4/1/16

The measure of a life 

How Do You Deal With 'Difficult' Students? 

White teachers and black teachers have different expectations for black students

Building Culture: Strategies for Starting 

Contagious Emotions and Responding to Stress 

How I Got Started Using Technology To Assess Student Learning 

Design Thinking, Empathy, And Equity 

Amidst the discussions about content standards, curriculum and teaching strategies, it’s easy to lose sight of the big goals behind education, like giving students tools to deepen their quantitative and qualitative understanding of the world. Teaching for understanding has always been a challenge, which is why Harvard’s Project Zero has been trying to figure out how great teachers do it.

National Poetry Month: Celebrating World Poetry (a Great Resource)

The poet Dante, of Inferno fame
Inaugurated by the Academy of American Poets in April 1996, National Poetry Month (NPM) brings together lovers of poetry from around the country to celebrate poetry and its vital place in American culture. This year, the Academy is offering today’s tech-savvy students a new way to experience memorable poetry. See the Poetry Flow link at the end  of this post.

National Poetry Month: Celebrating World Poetry

National Poetry Month: The Power of Poetry 

The 2014 Poetry Out Loud National Finals will be at the Lisner Auditorium, The George Washington University, April 30 (semifinals will take place on April 29). Admission is free and open to the public and the semis and finals will also be webcast live at

Poetry Out loud 

National Endowment for the Arts Acting Chairman Joan Shigekawa and Poetry Foundation President Robert Polito announce the 2014 National Finals of Poetry Out Loud, April 29-30, 2014 - See more at: Out Loud Finalists 2014
This site includes resources for National Poetry Month.
Here are a few of their choices:
  • Epics
  • The Ramayana
  • Arabic Poetry
  • Japanese Poetry
  • World Poetry Sites

And a few of their related lessons:
  • All Together Now: Collaborations in Poetry Writing »
  • "Animal Farm": Allegory and the Art of Persuasion »
  • Animating Poetry: Reading Poems about the Natural World »
  • Arabic Poetry: Guzzle a Ghazal! »
  • Can You Haiku? »
  • Carl Sandburg's "Chicago": Bringing a Great City Alive »
This year EDSITEment is broadening the horizon by focusing on the different poetic forms developed across time and around the world.

This is a marvelous app designed for the iPhone, but can be usefu for any internet connection. Today (4/11/14) is Shakespeare!

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Educational Links 3/31/16

Teaching Smarter: Sharing the Instructional Lift Through Collaborative Frameworks 

‘It’s Personalized, Online, and Blended’: How to Make Edtech Buzzwords Substantive 

Alternative Strategies For Assessing Student Learning Is Topic Of My Latest BAM! Show 

Creativity and Collaboration in Common Core: Creating Pathways to Student Success 

What does dyslexia look like? 

Peer Review, Common Core, and ELLs 

Classroom Management: Redirecting Misbehavior 

National Poetry Month Spotlight: Poem in Your Pocket Day Guide 




Trending on MzTeachuh 3/30/16

This post has been hugely popular, accumulating 1600 hits in just five days. I think it is due to the great Earth Day resources.

Educational Links 3/26/16

I took this pic during Earth Day fun at UNLV in 2013. A good time was had by all.

Winter is over--let's take STEM outside! 
 STEM Activities for Your Classroom

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

Teaching Strategies--Always striving for improvement!

Teaching Is Asking The Right Question

Teaching Is Giving Kids Confidence To Try

Teaching Is Giving Lifelong Reading

Taking Care of Teacher

 Learning More About Special Education

10 Defusing Phrases to Use at IEP Meetings 

Infographic: Understanding Dyslexia (And Your Students Who Have It) 

Popular Teaching Resources  

 Women Scientists: Great Posters 

Two Irish Mums Won the Nobel Prize 

Better walk quickly to keep up with Ludwig!

Poetry: Whoa Dude! 

Take A Walk With Ludwig 


Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Educational Links 3/30/16

Integrating Technology and Literacy 

Getting Better At Personalized Learning 

How Do You Become an Eco-School? 

Here's How I Make a Student-Led Curriculum Really Work's-how-i-make-a-student-led-curriculum-really-work 

Flipping the Elementary Classroom 

Four Purposes of Math Problems 

Infographic: Understanding Dyslexia (And Your Students Who Have It)

Everyone has heard of dyslexia, but do we truly understand what it means? Get the numbers, myths, and facts with our latest infographic, and learn what students with dyslexia wish everyone knew.

Cheesy Jokes and Serious Thoughts for the Garden (These May Bug You)

You know your humorous material is hilarious when the bushes laugh.

These jokes are just too punny.

How do snails fight each other?    They slug it out.

Hello, honey.

You wouldn't say that to my face!

What did the bee say to the flower?

Hello honey.

Here's a cool site for lots of activities:

Why do bees hum? Because they can't remember the words.

What silly jokes....
What is the difference between a fly and a bird?
A bird can fly but a fly can't bird!

To bee, or not to bee...
Two flies are on the porch. Which one is an actor?
(The one on the screen!)

                                                    What do insects learn at school?

Woops, they misspelled it on the bottle and glass.

What do frogs drink?
          Croak a Cola

Frosted glass, please.

But I'm really such a nice guy.

A rose is a rose, etc.
What do you get if you cross a tarantula and a rose?


 (I'm not sure, but I wouldn't try smelling it!)

Always jokes about the legs.

I'm already a walkie-talkie-er-walkie flyie
What do you get if you cross a centipede and a parrot?

 (A walkie-talkie!)

Kids love nature, and studies show they do better in life in every way when nature is a big part of their day. Gardening, at home or school, is the best bet for STEM activities, art activities, SEL activities, and relaxation and compelling involvement in an excellent activity that could be a lifelong blessing. Plus, some kids live in food deserts, and learning to grow a laundry basket of potatoes or tub of tomatoes could help their families. So, teachers, get together and start small and let it grow!

Gardening for children 

School Garden Checklist--Let's Move 

School Gardening

Monday, March 28, 2016

Educational Links 3/29/16

Gatekeeping 101 – Response To Intervention

Gatekeeping 101: Response to Intervention 

What My Favorite Math Routine Taught Me About Differentiation 

 How Nature Makes Kids Calmer, Healthier, Smarter 

Software Flags 'Suicidal' Students, Presenting Privacy Dilemma 

3 Crucial Tips To Build A Blended Learning Plan That Works 

Getting Smart on Digital Learning: 11 of the Best Resources, Tools, and Apps for Teachers 

What Do We Lose By Measuring ‘Average’ In Education? 

We can also apply the principle of equal fit to social policies that influence the workplace, such as policies that influence hiring, firing, and pay. Imagine the talent that we can unleash by redesigning our schools and jobs to fit the individual, instead of fitting the averagarian system—even if that averagarian system is motivated by the best of intentions.


Sunday, March 27, 2016

Educational Links 3/28/16

Open eBooks App Offers Thousands of Free Digital Books to Kids in Need 

Leadership Coach Gives Advice How School Leaders Can Mangage Conflicts 

Leadership Coach Gives Advice on How School Leaders Can Manage Conflicts - See more at:

Analyzing Texts: Brainstorm Before Writing 

Teachers footing the bill as resources dwindle 

New Education Secretary: Bold Agenda. Just 10 Months To Get It Done 

A Few Strategies to Help Slow Working Students 

5 Keys to Challenging Implicit Bias 

Learn about the thinking behind and practices for an equitable classroom, where all students are recognized as unique individuals and given access to the resources they need to learn and thrive.