Saturday, June 18, 2016

Educational Links 6/19/16

The 8 Best Social Skills Apps for ADHDers

Should Schools Be Doing More to Regulate Elevated Lead Levels in Drinking Water? 

Why today’s kids need to know nursery rhymes 

How Should My Daughter's School Help Improve Her Working Memory? 

How Kids Pay Attention (and Why Some Kids Struggle With It) 

The Counselor's Role: Scaffolded Support In and Outside of the Classroom 

Making spaces: supporting makerspaces in education 

5 reasons children need to play 

By play we don’t just mean organized team sports. And we definitely don’t mean sitting in front of a screen playing computer or video games! Healthy play means making sure your child uses her body and mind in active, imaginative play — like playing hide-and-seek, riding a bike, building with blocks or Legos, pretending to be a pirate or princess, building a fort, playing dress-up — all activities that come naturally to kids. This kind of play develops a child’s ability to think creatively, use her imagination, work as a team member, and create and follow rules. Kids need unstructured time to build, create, and fantasize.



Friday, June 17, 2016

Clair de Lune--go outside and stand in it!

How amazing Debussy knew what moonlight sounded like.

Clair de Lune Claude Debussy

Educational Links 6/18/16

Managing Social Media Stress With Mindfulness

Toxic Waste Takes a Toll on Children's Behavior, Academics, Development 

30 Web Tools for Teacher Librarians 

Top Traits of Great Mentors 

Things Every Teacher Should Know About Digital Citizenship 

Should ADHD be medicated?

Tools to Assess Social and Emotional Learning in Schools

 In the same way that assessment is important for understanding students' academic learning, it is also important for understanding students' social and emotional learning. A well-designed SEL program includes not only evidence-based curricula and instruction (along with support for teachers), but also clear goals and benchmarks (i.e., standards), and tools for universal and targeted screening and progress monitoring.



My Dad

Strolling Player and Son, Picasso

Cheese is okay for holidays, right? This is for those many new fans of the Donna Reed Show.

"My Dad" - Paul Petersen

Father's Day is June 18.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Educational Links 6/17/16

Top Ten DIY Ways to Get Smarter Over the Summer 

Personalized Learning and Sound Curriculum—Two Sides of the Same Coin 

Differentiation vs. Tracking 

Feds Sketch Out Details of Literacy Center for Students With Disabilities 

Low-Income Students Set Up for Academic Failure 

Social Challenges of Kids With Learning Problems 

School Readiness: 5 Tips for Talking to Parents About Moving Up a Grade 

 At the start of summer, many parents ask a great question: What can I do to help make sure my child is ready for the next grade? You know that students staying sharp over the summer is a great way to ensure academic success in the fall, so be sure to prepare resources and suggestions for parents who are looking to help their child over vacation. Here are a few recommendations to help educators prepare robust, individualized answers about how parents can support their students.

Just Hanging Out With Daddy

JFK with John John in the Oval Office. 1962

Father's Day is June 18.

Could It Be ADHD?

Classroom teachers frequently find overly active behavior and lack of focus during instruction. How to handle these kids? Could it be ADHD?

Check out this information, as well as consult with parents and other educational professionals.

Understanding ADHD 

Almost all children have times when their behavior veers out of control. They may speed about in constant motion, make noise nonstop, refuse to wait their turn, and crash into everything around them. At other times they may drift as if in a daydream, unable to pay attention or finish what they start. 
However, for some children, these kinds of behaviors are more than an occasional problem.

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder 

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a brain disorder marked by an ongoing pattern of inattention and/or hyperactivity-impulsivity that interferes with functioning or development.

ADHD: What You’re Seeing 

Is your child simply “acting his age,” or is his behavior a sign of ADHD? Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder can appear differently at the different stages of your child’s life. Here are examples of some of the more common issues and behaviors of preschoolers, grade-schoolers, tweens and teens with ADHD.

Are You Sure It's Attention Deficit? 

Your child's symptoms may seem to add up to ADHD. But hyperactivity, inattention, and impulsivity could be rooted in other conditions.


Here are two websites that a great resources for learning about ADHD and Learning and Attention issues:

Understood for Learning and Attention Issues 

ADDitude Magazine Strategies and Support for ADHD and LD 



Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Good Morning, Daddy

Morning Hug, Julia Schwartz
Painted by the grandma.

Father's Day is Sunday, June 18.

Educational Links 6/16/16

Embracing Digital Diversity in Modern Teaching 

The Building Blocks of Learning

The Best Web 2.0 Applications For Education In 2016 – So Far

Explore and Ignite Curiosity with New Non-Fiction 

My Child Was Just Diagnosed With Dysgraphia. Now What? 

Technology in Education

What Teachers Should Know 

Beats, Rhymes, & Bunsen Burners: Using Hip Hop as Teaching Tool 
"In order to reach our students, we have to meet them on their cultural turf. We have to bring their culture into the classroom." 


Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Beautiful Boy

John Lennon and son Sean.

Father's Day June 18.

John Lennon truly had a hard row to hoe and a long way to go before arriving at joy and contentment when his son Sean was born in 1975, on Lennon's own birthday, October 9. Five years later he included this song on his Double Fantasy album, which was released after his murder in 1980. Beautiful, poignant, profound stuff. Life (and death) is what happens while you're busy making other plans.

Beautiful Boy

 Close your eyes
Have no fear
The monster's gone
He's on the run and your daddy's here

Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful
Beautiful boy
Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful
Beautiful boy

Before you go to sleep
Say a little prayer
Every day in every way
It's getting better and better


Out on the ocean sailing away
I can hardly wait
To see you come of age
But I guess we'll both just have to be patient
'Cause it's a long way to go
A hard row to hoe
Yes it's a long way to go
But in the meantime

Before you cross the street
Take my hand
Life is what happens to you
While you're busy making other plans


Before you go to sleep
Say a little prayer
Every day in every way
It's getting better and better

Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful
Beautiful boy
Darling, darling, darling
Darling Sean

This video has some lovely photos of John and Sean.

John Lennon - "Beautiful Boy"

Teaching All Your Students

Teaching All Your Students: Tips for Teaching English as a Foreign Language   A Teacher's Guide to D...

Educational Links 6/15/16

Reports and Findings That Show the Global Skills Gap and Requirement

Evaluating Your Child for NLD 

Six classroom management tips every teacher can use 

How Affective Data Could Change Learning Outcomes 

6 Steps to Make Math Personal—Tech Makes It Possible, Teachers Make It Happen 

7 Things You Didn't Know About School Funding 

The 7 questions every new teacher should be able to answer 

Not long ago, the leadership team of a school district I was working with asked me: “If you were going to hire a new teacher, what would you ask in the interview?” They were concerned that hiring teachers with the right skills now can save a district a lot of money in staff development later. Moreover, they wanted to hire teachers who would be open minded about changes to come. The problem is to balance the reality of today’s pressure for test scores and required teacher evaluation with the changes that can be anticipated during the next two decades.



Monday, June 13, 2016

Educational Links 6/14/16

Skills That Can Be Affected by Dyslexia

On Latinos in Education and America 

Are You Teaching What Matters Most? 

3-Step Method to Increase Teacher Voice 

School proms and fancy-dress fundraisers stigmatise poor pupils, report finds 

You're Not Shy or Stuck Up. You Have Social Anxiety Disorder. 

Teaching Students About 21st Century Learning Skills 

Teens Like Science, Not Science Class, Study Finds

It turns out liking science isn't the same as liking science class.

A new report from the AmGen Foundation and Change the Equation, both of which advocate for STEM education, finds that while teenagers are interested in subjects like physics, biology, and engineering, they tend not to enjoy their in-school classes.




Stepfathers Should Get More Credit

St. Joseph and the Christ Child

Stepgrandfathers, too. I wouldn't trade my grandpa, (see below) step or otherwise; he brought all the love and joy we needed.

Eddie Fisher - Oh! My PaPa 1954

Grandpa and Melanie (9th Birthday)
Oh, My Papa
Oh, my pa-pa, to me he was so wonderful
Oh, my pa-pa, to me he was so good
No one could be, so gentle and so lovable
Oh, my pa-pa, he always understood.

Father's Day is June 18.

Are You Your School's Grumpy Cat?

Are You Your School's Grumpy Cat?: I confess, at times I have been the grumpy cat at school. As I realized it, I would go through this handy checklist I once heard in a ...

Every Teacher Is A Reading Teacher

Every Teacher Is A Reading Teacher: Your credential could be elementary or secondary. Your classroom could have algebra all over the board, or pictures of the Civil War on the...

Educational Links 6/13/16

Let’s Get Digitally Physical: Technology in Gym Class 

Summer is Prime Time for PBL Remodeling 

 4 Ways to Use Athletics to Promote SEL and Character Development 

What Role Do You Play in a Group? 

How High-Interest Examples of Math Prime Student Curiosity 

25 Accessible Books! Bookshare Gives Struggling Learners an Early Start on "Reading Independence" 

Students Crippled by Anxiety 

The pressures from school are overwhelming, resulting in crippling anxiety for many students. America’s teens, in fact, are frequently more stressed than their parents, according to a recent NBC News survey. Starting from a young age, students believe that they cannot sway from perfect grades and excellent standardized test scores if they wish to be admitted into their dream college. The result is unsettling.