Saturday, April 16, 2016

National Poetry Month: Best Simile Ever: like a fragment of angry candy

the Cambridge ladies who live in furnished souls

By E. E. Cummings
the Cambridge ladies who live in furnished souls

are unbeautiful and have comfortable minds

(also, with the church's protestant blessings

daughters,unscented shapeless spirited)

they believe in Christ and Longfellow, both dead,

are invariably interested in so many things—

at the present writing one still finds

delighted fingers knitting for the is it Poles?

perhaps. While permanent faces coyly bandy

scandal of Mrs. N and Professor D

.... the Cambridge ladies do not care, above

Cambridge if sometimes in its box of

sky lavender and cornerless, the

moon rattles like a fragment of angry candy 


After all the years of loving this poem, I just realized he capitalized the word Cambridge. 

How sarcastic he was. 

Best simile ever: 

the moon rattles like a fragment of angry candy

Educational Links 4/17/16

What School Has Become, What School Should Be 

The Writing Process Through the Eyes of Children with Special Needs (Part Two) 

Science Says Art Will Make Your Kids Better Thinkers (and Nicer People) 

The Key to Our Success? A Well-Rounded Curriculum, Each and Every Day 

Behind the Headline: ESSA Can Help States Offer a Well-Rounded Education, John King Says 

The Benefits of Art for Kids 

Principal Bans Physical Books from Classrooms 

6 Options for Resolving an IEP Dispute

 It’s common for disputes to happen between parents and a school about a sudent’s services or placement.The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act gives you several ways to resolve the dispute.The options for dispute resolution range from informal negotiations to a formal due process hearing, which is like a courtroom trial.

Superintendent Bans Physical Books in Classrooms as Part of Digital Initiative - See more at:

Pieta: Mother's Heart Cuore di mamma

Pieta, Michelangelo
          Pieta: pity, жаль,שאָד, huruma, pitye,شفقة ,samúð, pena, trua,  
              遗憾,κρίμα, jammer, llàstima, đáiong tiếc

No human connect is as profound as mother to child. This is universal truth.
              Mother's Day, May 8, Sunday. Let's give Mom joy.

Friday, April 15, 2016

National Poetry Month: Poem #11

Buffalo Bill

[Buffalo Bill 's]

By E. E. Cummings
Buffalo Bill 's
                     who used to
                     ride a watersmooth-silver
and break onetwothreefourfive pigeonsjustlikethat

he was a handsome man
                                                            and what i want to know is
how do you like your blueeyed boy
Mister Death 

E. E. Cummings
 e e cummings

Who Loves You No Matter What?

G. W. Bush and mother BarbaraW.
Your mom.
Mother's Day, May 8.

Educational Links 4/16/15


How Teachers Can Provide Equal Learning in a World of Unequal Access 

Should scientists study mothers of children with autism? 

Celebrate Shakespeare on His 450th Birthday: Seven Ideas for Teaching and Learning 

11 Tips for Teaching About Theme in Language Arts 

Seeing the Wood for the Trees: Introduction to Sustainable Forestry 

7 Playful Tactics To Get Kids Writing Poetry 

The Promise of Teacher-Residency Programs 

Help Kids Earn Confidence & Improve Social Skills 

In addition to academic topics such as science, math, and language, social skills are one of the most important skill sets learned mostly by osmosis during the school day. Students learn how to interact with peers both within their grade and outside of it, as well as with authority figures in the form of teachers, parents, and other adults. There are complex power dynamics that occur even at the elementary level that stay with students throughout school and into their adult lives at the workplace.



Thursday, April 14, 2016

Educational Links 4/15/16

Dear Teachers, Today Is An Opportunity 

Year-Round Resources for Autism 

President praises students' STEM projects at White House Science Fair 

How to Get Past Negativity Bias in Order to Hardwire Positive Experiences

Education Secretary to States: Ease Up on the Math and Reading 

Student Engagement: Is It Authentic or Compliant? 

Checklist: Signs of ADHD at Different Ages 

 It’s not always easy to spot ADHD symptoms. This checklist can help give you an idea of whether your child is showing signs of ADHD. Refer to this list as you observe your child (or student) over time. Keep in mind that all kids occasionally act in some of these ways. But kids with ADHD struggle a lot more with these behaviors than other kids their age.

Who Was Your First Playmate?

Child with Toys, Renoir
Your Mom. And she had fun, too.
Mother's Day. May 1.

National Poetry Month: Poem #10

In Flanders Fields
by John McCrae

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row, 
That mark our place, and in the sky, 
The larks, still bravely singing, fly, 
Scarce heard amid the guns below. 


We are the dead; short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow, 
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields. 


Take up our quarrel with the foe! 
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high! 
If ye break faith with us who die 
 We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

This poem is a rondeau, written by McCrae while a doctor in the trenches; he also died. Many Canadian soldiers volunteered for WWI after reading this. The poem was found in their pockets after they became casualites.


Super Bloom, Bellagio, and Ballet

Stopping along the California State Route 190-known as the Death Valley Scenic Byway- to enjoy the Super Bloom in Death Valley National Park. Desert Gold blooms
Spring Break was Spring Bloom this year as we went camping 
at Death Valley National Park, Furnace Creek. A very invigorating, pleasant experience.

Huge nest with origami birds.
Tranquil garden at the Bellagio.
I started out in Vegas, where two of my kids live. My daughter and I were going camping. I always visit the Bellagio Conservatory (as y'all know I could give a nerd's tour of Vegas.)
Koi Cam!
Tulips, narcissus and koi!

The theme this spring was a Japanese garden. Cherry blossoms, reflecting pool, but the artistic nest with origami birds was new this year. The koi pond also had a koi cam (so the hammier of the fish good show off, I think.)

Our happy Marmot tent.
Chillaxin' with a good book.

The drive to Death Valley has expansive views, mountains of amazing colors and this year, lots of blossoms. As last year, we camped at Furnace Creek, Death Valley National Park, which actually has pleasant, even brusque temps in early spring contrary to its name.

Furnace Creek Visitor's Center.

There is an interesting tourist center nearby.  First day, we drove to Dante's View, with a 5000 ft. view, Zabriski Point with remarkable mountains of color, and the Sand Dunes, with wind-build designs, some of which look like pyramids! But look out for sand storms. All that sand and no ocean. (That's just the California Girl in me speaking.)

Dante's View, Death Valley National Park. We can see the Salt Flats down below, but we didn't see Dante.
Zabriski Point
Mesquite Sand Dunes

Families from around the world come to visit these sites. It is
exhilarating and fun to be in such expansive vistas.

Look up--there's Dante's Peak from the Salt Flats.

Palette of earth tones for sure.
The following day, we went -282 feet below sea level to the Salt Flats we had seen from above. You could say, we looked at Death Valley from both sides now!
On the way back to camp, we meandered through Artist's Palette.
More lovely rock colors. 
Intrepid explorers.

Mornings in nature--the best.

In the morning it sounded like we camped in an aviary--so many lively birds greeting with chirpy songs. But it was time for the happy campers to head home.
As travelers know, there are always interesting off-the-beaten-path spots to see. At Death Valley Junction, as we drove back to Vegas, my daughter wished to stop at Amargosa's Opera House. It is truly in the middle of nowhere. Not only did we find an Opera House, but ballet, an artist's gallery, and a miniature train representation of Death Valley's mining history.

Gunsite Mine!

Ballet in the desert!
This is artist Beverly Slikker in her gallery. She is a highly recognized artist. You can get her book My Art Walk to the Contemporary Masters

 The ballerina Jenna McClintock recreates the work of a previous dancer at the Opera House, Marta Becket. There is a nice restaurant and dining room, plus museum.
The railroad has quite a history in the desert, too, associated with mining. We found the model railroad at the Home of the T and T Railroad Museum.

Lots blooming this spring in Death Valley--flowers, the fine arts, history,
and folks' love of grand nature.

Super Bloom! at 5,000 ft Dante's View, Death Valley National Park Notchleaf Phacelia Crenulata

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Educational Links 4/14/16

Another Study Links Extended Sleep to Improved Performance in the Classroom - See more at:

Developing a Growth Mindset in Teachers and Staff 

Another study Links extended Sleep Improved Performance In Classroom

Meeting Standards with Cross-Curricular Lessons 

How to Get a Diagnosis of Dysgraphia 

50 Ideas And Resources For More Visual Learning 

Tips for Recognizing Learning Disorders in the Classroom 

Most Black Parents Say White Kids Get Better Education 

They also strongly reject the notion that students from low-income families should be held to lower standards, with 90 percent of both African-Americans and Latinos saying they believe expectations for low-income students should be either the same or higher than those of other students.

"They have political power that they can bring, especially now with the [new] transparency under ESSA," Henderson said. "It will [increase] their political impact and potential, but it also means they have to be organized. We hopes this information helps us to educate families, communities and parents."

Who's Praying for You?

"Virgin in Prayer" by Giovanni Battista Silva
Bet your mom is.

Mother's Day is May 8, 2016. Sunday.

Hello, Poetry Lovers

  Rocky and Bullwinkle had to be the best comedy writing ever, and it was clean. To fully enjoy Bullwinkle's Corner, read the original poems first.

The Raven By Edgar Allan Poe

Bullwinkle's Corner - The Raven 

Excelsior By Henry Wadsworth Longfellow 

 Bullwinkle's Corner - Excelsior 

I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud By William Wordsworth 

Bullwinkle's Corner - The Daffodils

The Children's Hour By Henry Wadsworth Longfellow 

Bullwinkle's Corner - The Children's Hour 

Barbara Frietchie By John Greenleaf Whittier 

Bullwinkle's Corner - Barbara Frietchie

The Village Blacksmith by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Bullwinkle's Corner - The Village Blacksmith

So, where is that Poetry Slam?

Welcome to Poetry Slam, Inc.

Do You Still Have Tulips? Cezanne Does

Tulips in a Vase - Paul Cezanne

I have one last, little stubby one in the backyard.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Educational Links 4/13/16

Building A Thinking Classroom Without Technology 

3 Powerful New Ways to Use Chromebooks 

Understanding The Top Learning Management Systems 

Creating Meaningful Global Connections 

The Maker Movement in K-12 Education: A Guide to Emerging Research 

Pearson’s Quest to Cover the Planet in Company-Run Schools 

Nine Questions You Need To Anser To Run A Winning Arts Advocacy Campaign

The 9 Questions You Need to Answer to Run a Winning Arts Advocacy Campaign - See more at: 

Art Therapy: Controlling Symptoms with Creativity 

Children with ADHD and learning differences often have intense emotions, poor social skills, and low self-esteem. Children naturally communicate through art and play, and art therapy gives them a useful, nonverbal approach to face these challenges. 

Someone Brought a Smile to Your Baby Face

Mother and Child by Renoir
Maybe someone still does.

Mothers' Day is Sunday, May 8.

MzTeachuh: Spring Books for Early Readers from Reading Rocket...

MzTeachuh: Spring Books for Early Readers from Reading Rocket...: Waiting for Wings By: Lois Ehlert Reading Level: Beginning Reader ...

National Poetry Month: Poems #9a and #9b

Walt Whitman
 I Hear America Singing.
    I hear America singing, the varied carols I hear,
    Those of mechanics, each one singing his as it should be blithe
              and strong,
    The carpenter singing his as he measures his plank or beam,
    The mason singing his as he makes ready for work, or leaves off
    The boatman singing what belongs to him in his boat, the deck-
              hand singing on the steamboat deck,
    The shoemaker singing as he sits on his bench, the hatter singing
              as he stands,
    The woodcutter's song, the ploughboy's on his way in the morn-
              ing, or at noon intermission or at sundown,
    The delicious singing of the mother, or of the young wife at work,
              or of the girl sewing or washing,
    Each singing what belongs to him or her and to none else,
    The day what belongs to the day—at night the party of young
              fellows, robust, friendly,
    Singing with open mouths their strong melodious songs.

I Hear America Singing

  by Walt Whitman
I hear America singing, the varied carols I hear,
Those of mechanics, each one singing his as it should be blithe and strong,
The carpenter singing his as he measures his plank or beam,
The mason singing his as he makes ready for work, or leaves off work,
The boatman singing what belongs to him in his boat, the deckhand
     singing on the steamboat deck,
The shoemaker singing as he sits on his bench, the hatter singing as he stands,
The wood-cutter's song, the ploughboy's on his way in the morning, or
     at noon intermission or at sundown,
The delicious singing of the mother, or of the young wife at work, or of
     the girl sewing or washing,
Each singing what belongs to him or her and to none else,
The day what belongs to the day—at night the party of young fellows,
     robust, friendly,
Singing with open mouths their strong melodious songs.
- See more at:

Walt Whitman
 Walt Whitman

I, Too

By Langston Hughes 
I, too, sing America.

I am the darker brother.
They send me to eat in the kitchen
When company comes,
But I laugh,
And eat well,
And grow strong.

I’ll be at the table
When company comes.
Nobody’ll dare
Say to me,
“Eat in the kitchen,”

They’ll see how beautiful I am
And be ashamed—

I, too, am America.

Langston Hughes

Teacher Burnout--U Gotz It?

1. Teacher Burnout: Four Warning Signs 

2. How to Rewire Your Burned-Out Brain: Tips from a Neurologist

3. Mentorship for New Educators Helps Combat Teacher Burnout, Improve Retention 

4. Blogs on Teacher Burnout 

5. Staying Healthy and Managing Stress While Teaching 

6.  5 Stress Reduction Strategies for Teachers 

7.  Staying Healthy in the Classroom - Or Not 


Monday, April 11, 2016

Who Put Up With Your Toddler Highjinks?

'Mother and Child' Pablo Picasso
Mostly your mom.

Mother's Day May 12.

And I bet you had the cutest little baby face!

Here's a Sesame Street favorite:
You're My Baby.

Educational Links 4/12/16

Resourceful YouTube Channels for Teachers and Educators

8 keys to avoiding teacher burnout (part one) 

The Poetry of Emily Dickinson | Crash Course English Literature 

All Project-Based Learning is Not Created Equal: What Works? 

Increase in ADHD Mirrors Academic Demands 

Black and Latino parents want better teachers and harder classes for their kids 

54 Flipped Classroom Tools For Teachers And Students 

The flipped classroom has continued to enjoy momentum years after its introduction, speaking to its flexible nature, and to the need for a real change in thinking in how we think of time and space in education.
Technology has been, more than anything else, the catalyst for the flipped movement. With YouTube now nearly as ubiquitous as the television in many homes, access to video content is more seamless than ever.






National Poetry Month: Poem #8

i carry your heart with me  

by E. E. Cummings
i carry your heart with me(i carry it in
my heart)i am never without it(anywhere
i go you go,my dear; and whatever is done
by only me is your doing,my darling)
i fear
no fate(for you are my fate,my sweet)i want
no world(for beautiful you are my world,my true)
and it's you are whatever a moon has always meant
and whatever a sun will always sing is you

here is the deepest secret nobody knows
(here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud
and the sky of the sky of a tree called life;which grows
higher than the soul can hope or mind can hide)
and this is the wonder that's keeping the stars apart

i carry your heart(i carry it in my heart) 

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Educational Links 4/11/16

National Library Week | All About the Holidays 

Screentime Is Making Kids Moody, Crazy and Lazy 

High School General Education Inclusion Matters 

Metacognition: Problem-Solving Skills for Children with ADHD 

Is Teacher Education Too Theoretical? 

Your Child Can Get Smarter....If She Thinks She Can. 

Build Community Integration Skills 

9 Ground Rules For Great Principals 

“As schools change leadership must as well. With society becoming more and more reliant on technology it is incumbent upon leaders to harness the power of digital technologies in order to create school cultures that are transparent, relevant, meaningful, engaging, and inspiring. In order to set the stage for increasing achievement and to establish a greater sense of community pride for the work being done in our schools, we must begin to change the way we lead. To do this, leaders must understand the origins of fear and misconceptions that often surround the use of technology such as social media and mobile devices.”