Saturday, April 30, 2016

Who Gave You Siblings?

Johann Gottlieb Hantzsch
Moms do.
Mother's Day 5/8.

Educational Links 5/1/16

Questions Learners Should Be Addressing Every Day at School 

'Pupils are giving up their phones to reconnect with the real world' 

What children can teach us about change, growing up 

Cultivating a Love of Learning 

Tutoring Options: Pros and Cons 

Encouraging Students to Persist Through Challenges 

Solving Education’s $1.5 Billion Problem 

5 Reasons to Read for Reluctant Readers 

So how do you motivate secondary students in a deeper, lifelong reader way? It's not just about helping a student find that right book, as teachers often see as the ultimate mission, but it's about giving reasons for reading -- and really good ones. Because let's face it, there's plenty of stuff we all have to read that we may not be crazy about, but we know it's good for us (like vitamins).

MzTeachuh's List of the Top Five Educational Websites

How wonderful to conveniently learn, comment, and participate with fellow teachers around the world.  Powerful and validating. Here is my list of top five websites for you to ponder expanding your ePLN.

Edutopia helps teachers with learning theory as well as practical suggestions for the classroom. The site spotlights the best educators in the world blogging just for the individual teacher out in the field. Thorough diversity of resources covering all educational topics is updated daily while there is a well-curated, organized catalog of past posts. There is an honesty and clarity in this site, and if I could only have one online educational resource, I would choose Edutopia.

TeachThought is strong on learning theory and philosophy of teaching. Teacher motivation and collaboration are frequent topics on this site. There are some really beautiful graphic organizers, too, covering important topics for professional development.

MindShift is higher level thinking for educators. This site has provocative, invigorating educational topics as well as articles highlighting innovative educational practices in the real world. I particularly appreciate the topics in support of educational equity.

Edudemic has outstanding resources, particularly in the area of educational technology. Much of this site's resources present the practicality of ed tech, and also addressing larger issues facing teachers and students. There are excellent Guides for Teachers that are clear and specific.

This site is clear, concise, and simplifies complex dynamics of learning and attention issues.  It is invaluable as a tool to clarify how best to serve a student and explains procedures for Special Education interventions. is a tremendous benefit for teacher and parent. It is just a beautiful, thoughtful website.
Please get the RSS feed or email for MzTeachuh's daily Educational Links--these sites are just some of the resources I use for your update on what's happening this day in education.

Oh, That Silly Mommy!

Angelina Jolie – and Maddox by Annie Leibovitz,
She makes me laugh all the time.
Mother's Day May 8.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Educational Links 4/30/16

21 Literacy Resources For The Digital Teacher

Using the Rule of Three for Learning 

7 Characteristics of Great Professional Development 

When Kids are Bullied, What Can Parents Do? 

The Pros and Cons of Technology in the Classroom 

What's Really Happening With Special Education Enrollment? 

How the School Library Saved My Life 

Money, Race and Success: How Your School District Compares 

We’ve long known of the persistent and troublesome academic gap between white students and their black and Hispanic peers in public schools.
We’ve long understood the primary reason, too: A higher proportion of black and Hispanic children come from poor families. A new analysis of reading and math test score data from across the country confirms just how much socioeconomic conditions matter.


Who Wiped Your Nose?

Mom wiped everything.
Mother's Day May 8.

The Soul of a Mother

Mother Teresa of India

Happy Mother's Day. All you moms out there--new moms, stepmoms, grandmoms, greatgrandmoms. Moms not by blood but by love. Relax, enjoy, what a privilege. Go with God, sisters.


Educational Links 4/29/16

New Study Finds One-To-One Device Programs Can Be Effective 

Clipboards: A Tool for Informal Assessment 

What do Child Prodigies Have in Common with Kids with Autism? - See more at:

 What Do Child Prodigies Have In Common With Kids With Autism?

4 Best Storytelling Apps for Building Social Skills 

Laptops in classrooms help students learn 

Can an Increase in Empathy Lead to a Drop in Suspensions? 

3 Types of EdTech Baggage: Toolsets, Mindsets, Skillsets 

 Anyone with a background in technology integration will, of course, be familiar with the diffusion of innovation curve. This is a method to explain the way that different groups of people will react to new technologies. It’s useful, but tends to be used in a very two-dimensional way — as if people will always react in the same way to something new placed in front of them.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Educational Links 4/28/16

Educators want to pair math and music in integrated teaching method 

Teaching with Tech: How Can Teachers Embrace Technology Tools 

Is It ADHD or Immaturity?How to avoid a misdiagnosis when a child is young for his class 

My New BAM Radio Show Is On “Teaching: If I Knew Then What I Know Now…”

6 Unique Ways Teachers Can End The Year By Creating Memories 

'We should recognise that good teachers don’t all teach in the same way' 

Will giving greater student access to smartphones improve learning? 

 If educators do not find ways to leverage mobile technology in all learning environments, for all students, then we are failing our kids by not adequately preparing them to make the connection between their world outside of school and their world inside school.


Trending On MzTeachuh 4/2016

Social and Emotional Learning:
How Do You Feel About That?

You Tube Channels for Teachers

Educational Links 4/12/16

Teaching All Your Students

Hello, Poetry Lovers

Earth Day

STEM Activities For Your Classroom

Who Was Your First Playmate? 

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Who Cooked Your Favorite Dinner?

The Crachtit's Christmas Dinner--Charles Dickens 'A Christmas Carol'

Usually Mom.
Mother's Day is May 8.

Educational Links 4/27/16

7 Easy Ways to Support Student Writing in Any Content Area 

STEM Takes Root In School Gardens, And Students Reap Better Grades 

We Won’t Improve Education By Making Teachers Hate Their Jobs 

Girls Still More Math-Anxious Than Boys, Study Says 

Educating Educators: Basic Grammar for Teachers 

Using Poetry To Facilitate Discussion 

Making Data Work for Students 

When students, parents, educators and partners have the right information to make decisions, students excel. When information about students is provided in a timely, useful manner, every adult working with a child is able to support that student’s learning more effectively.

Poetry, just like literature, has the power to start an open conversation about issues that students care about and that directly touch students’ lives. - See more at: students, parents, educators and partners have the right information to make decisions, students excel. When information about students is provided in a timely, useful manner, every adult working with a child is able to support that student’s learning more effectively.
Poetry, just like literature, has the power to start an open conversation about issues that students care about and that directly touch students’ lives. - See more at:
Using Poetry to Facilitate Discussions



Check Out Ed Tech To Help Teachers

MzTeachuh: Check Out Ed Tech To Help Teachers: How Technology Helps Teachers to Manage Their Classroom

Monday, April 25, 2016

Teachable Moment: A Rose By Any Other Name...

Roses in Stratford-Upon-Avon
Romeo's speech, the balcony scene
But, soft! what light through yonder window breaks?
It is the east, and Juliet is the sun.
Arise, fair sun, and kill the envious moon,
Who is already sick and pale with grief,
That thou her maid art far more fair than she:
Be not her maid, since she is envious;
Her vestal livery is but sick and green
And none but fools do wear it; cast it off.
It is my lady, O, it is my love!
O, that she knew she were!
She speaks yet she says nothing: what of that?
Her eye discourses; I will answer it.
I am too bold, 'tis not to me she speaks:
Two of the fairest stars in all the heaven,
Having some business, do entreat her eyes
To twinkle in their spheres till they return.
What if her eyes were there, they in her head?
The brightness of her cheek would shame those stars,
As daylight doth a lamp; her eyes in heaven
Would through the airy region stream so bright
That birds would sing and think it were not night.
See, how she leans her cheek upon her hand!
O, that I were a glove upon that hand,
That I might touch that cheek!
Thank you, William, for the wonderful thoughts. And inspiring some profound music, too

Jefferelli's version
Music and song from "Romeo and Juliet."

 And Tchaikovsky and a ballet, too.

Shakespeare lives.
Thank you, William.

Détente avec ma maman.(Relaxing with my mama.)

'Madame Monet with her son, Jean' Renoir
The chicks, too.

Mother's Day is Sunday, May 8.

Educational Links 4/26/16

NEA President Expresses Excitement Over Changes Under ESSA - See more at:

Deepen Reflection, Deepen Learning 

NEA President Expresses Excitement Over Changes Over ESSA 

5-Minute Film Festival: Student Voice and Choice 

NEA President Expresses Excitement Over Changes Under ESSA - See more at:

My Child Was Just Diagnosed With Dyslexia. Now What?

 First, dyslexia is a common learning issue that many successful people have. Second, there are proven teaching strategies and accommodations that can help.

Who You Callin' A Mama's Boy?

Love Between a Mother and Son, artist unknown
Hey guys, Mother's Day is May 8.

All that I am or ever hope to be, I owe to my angel Mother. - Abraham Lincoln

 "Mothers all want their sons to grow up to be president, but they don't want them to become politicians in the process."
-- John Fitzgerald Kennedy

"My mother had a great deal of trouble with me, but I think she enjoyed it."
-- Mark Twain 

"A boy's best friend is his mother."
-- Joseph Stefano 

When Jesus saw his mother standing there beside the disciple he loved, he said to her, "Dear woman, here is your son." John 19:26  

"Men are what their mothers made them."
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson

"When I was a child, my mother said to me, 'If you become a soldier, you'll be a general. If you become a monk you'll end up as the pope.' Instead I became a painter and wound up as Picasso."
-- Pablo Picasso

National Poetry Month: Poem #21

Hamlet, 2008 RSC Production
Hamlet, Act 3 Scene 1

To be, or not to be: that is the question:
Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer
The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune,
Or to take arms against a sea of troubles,
And by opposing end them? To die: to sleep;
No more; and by a sleep to say we end
The heart-ache and the thousand natural shocks
That flesh is heir to, ’tis a consummation
Devoutly to be wish’d. To die, to sleep;
To sleep: perchance to dream: ay, there’s the rub;
For in that sleep of death what dreams may come
When we have shuffled off this mortal coil,
Must give us pause: there’s the respect
That makes calamity of so long life;
For who would bear the whips and scorns of time,
The oppressor’s wrong, the proud man’s contumely,
The pangs of despised love, the law’s delay,
The insolence of office and the spurns
That patient merit of the unworthy takes,
When he himself might his quietus make
With a bare bodkin? who would fardels bear,
To grunt and sweat under a weary life,
But that the dread of something after death,
The undiscover’d country from whose bourn
No traveller returns, puzzles the will
And makes us rather bear those ills we have
Than fly to others that we know not of?
Thus conscience does make cowards of us all;
And thus the native hue of resolution
Is sicklied o’er with the pale cast of thought,
And enterprises of great pith and moment
With this regard their currents turn awry,
And lose the name of action.–Soft you now!
The fair Ophelia! Nymph, in thy orisons
Be all my sins remember’d.

 David Tennant - Hamlet's Soliloquy (RSC Hamlet)

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Educational Links 4/25/16

Appreciate Teachers By Understanding What They Do 

Not Short and Sweet: A Conversation With Refugee and Immigrant High School Students 

5 Benefits of Outdoor Education 

How to Make Learning Stick 

How to Make Learning Stick 

Tech Finder 

Brain imaging to measure development of a child's brain networks may help predict who's at risk 

New research suggests that it might be possible to create a growth chart of brain networks that could identify early signs of attention difficulties and, potentially, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. 



National Poetry Month: Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?

William Shakespeare

Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?
Thou art more lovely and more temperate:
Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,
And summer's lease hath all too short a date:
Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines,
And often is his gold complexion dimm'd;
And every fair from fair sometime declines,
By chance, or nature's changing course, untrimm'd;
But thy eternal summer shall not fade
Nor lose possession of that fair thou ow'st;
Nor shall Death brag thou wander'st in his shade,
When in eternal lines to time thou grow'st;
So long as men can breathe or eyes can see,
So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.

MzTeachuh's Meditations: Forgetting Those Thing Behind, And Reaching Forward

Philippians 3:13-14King James Version (KJV)

13 Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,
14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

 I like St. Paul. He's very reassuring, clear, and smart. I listen to these epistles every day. I can't get enough of hearing how I'm acceptable in the beloved, and encouraged to proceed with lots of help.

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