Saturday, August 6, 2016

Educational Links 8/7/16

Launching a Makerspace: Lessons Learned From a Transformed School Library 

Tch Podcast: 7 Ways to Innovate Your Professional Learning 

We’d be better at math if the U.S. borrowed these four ideas for training teachers from Finland, Japan and China 

An IEP vs. a 504 Plan: What's What? 

Parental Choice Is Not the End of Public Education 

11 Teacher-Tested Ways to Make Your Classroom Parents Adore You 

The Myth of the Nontraditional Student 

The Generational Gap in EdTech Perception With Gen Z 

For those who grew up on social media and constant web connection, technology is not a tool–at least not the way we think of it. It is a non-negotiable medium, and only considered a tool in the loosest sense. It is always present, accessible and desirable. Technology does not work for Gen Z–it works right along next to them.



Art to Make You Dizzy

Take a left turn on the second floor, then, no, wait, go up a flight...maybe a right turn....go down, uh up...
  This picture is called relativity. Maurits Cornelis Escher--very interesting artist. Sort of like string theory explained to a liberal arts major.

Drawing hands.
This youtube production is weird and interesting. The music, too.

ESCHER - Optical Illusion 


STEAM, anyone? 

The Mathematical Art Of M.C. Escher 


This is an interesting, hour long documentary about Escher.

  M.C. Escher Documentary 

Concave Convex.

Escher  enjoyed J. S. Bach from an early age.

 Bach, Toccata and Fugue in D minor, organ 

with smalin's animation 

Escher studied in Italy, and also Arabic art in Spain.



Tessalations, just plane fun.

And a feline Escher enthusiast.

Friday, August 5, 2016

Educational Links 8/6/16

6 ways to support kids who don’t take ownership of their learning 

How To Create a Culturally Responsive Classroom for Refugee & Migrant Students 

Teaching Grit Through Sportsmanship 

This ESSA Update Is A “Must-Read” For Anyone Teaching ELLs In The United States 

The New Bilingualism 

Be That Teacher Who Breaks Through 

Reformers ‘disrupted’ public education. Now an Ivy League dean says the consequences for kids can be ‘devastating.’ 

 You’ve heard it before. Traditional public schools in America once worked but don’t anymore. They are failing. It is imperative, some say, to “disrupt” the situation. That is what corporate school reformers have attempted to do — with efforts to expand school choice, elevate the importance of education technology, and use test scores to drive policy as well as the evaluation of students, schools and teachers. Anyone who questioned the notion of failing schools, or the need for disruption, was called a lover of the status quo, someone who didn’t really want to help kids.

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Educational Links 8/5/16

Technology Integration 

5 Back-to-School Learning Activities 

Five Roles in Literature Circles 

Inside the Online School That Could Radically Change How Kids Learn Everywhere

Moving Students from Struggling to Passionate Readers 

Inside the Online School That Could Radically Change How Kids Learn Everywhere 

More Than a Million Syllabuses at Your Fingertips 

How Listening and Sharing Help Shape Collaborative Learning Experiences technology integration

With listening and sharing learners try to construct joint understandings. Listening and sharing are the cornerstones of collaborative learning. We can learn more working together than working alone.

A Writing Prompt to Really Get To Know Your Students

MLB pitcher Jim Abbott
MzTeachuh: A Writing Prompt to Really Get To Know Your Students"Three Things I Want You To Know About Me."   I came up with this prompt while teaching high school, but it works with younger ...

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Educational Links 8/4/16

How to Make Math More Emotionally Engaging For Students 

Reading Recovery:
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Reading Recovery: What Do Districts Get For Their Money? 

Why Sugar Is ADHD Kryptonite 

Our brains use 4 steps to solve math problems — and the discovery might change education 

6 Must-Have Creation Tools for the BYOD 

Exploring the Maker Mindset and the Maker Movement Manifesto 

Identifying Minorities in Spec. Ed.: Defining 'Too Many' 

For more than 10 years, the federal government has said that if school districts have too many minority students enrolled in special education, they should use part of their federal money to provide early intervention in an attempt to fix the problem. But how many is “too many”? That’s been left up to the states to decide—and only a tiny fraction of districts have been identified over the years.

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Educational Links 8/3/16

9 Things Science Tells Us About How Kids Learn to Read and Think Critically 

Early Literacy Push in Philadelphia Seeks to Put Down Deep, Diverse Roots 

The Difference Between Dyslexia and Dyscalculia 

Stop the Blame Game: Teaching Students to Take Ownership and Responsibility 

Back-to-School Resources for Parents 

What Is Working Memory? 

New research from The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) has found that actively working to reduce relational aggression among girls benefits everyone in the school.
Relational aggression, referred to by The Science Blog as “mean girl behaviors,” is the most common type of aggression among girls and involves using gossip and social exclusion rather than physical altercation to “manipulate social standing or reputations.”

Monday, August 1, 2016

Educational Links 8/2/16

 NGSS Have Been Adopted. Now what? 

Does School Climate Influence, Even Determine Teacher Effectiveness? 

Start School Strong 

How We Can Help Kids With Transitions 

What Your Brain Looks Like On Math 

Back to School Advice for Principals and Teachers 

12 Times You Can Count On Your Supervisor Walking Into Your Classroom 

Is 'Fun' an Ideal Teaching Goal? 

 Teachers who promise to make school fun are like parents who want to be friends with their children. Sure, I am all for fun (and friends), but in the appropriate context. Learning can and should be engaging, exciting, compelling, stimulating, satisfying, inspiring, imaginative and even pleasurable. But fun? A teacher's main job is to help students become more competent, confident and curious. Fun rarely delivers on those goals. Words matter. The word "fun" can trivialize the serious work related to learning and confuse teaching with entertaining.

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Educational Links 8/1/16

10 Commonly Misdiagnosed ADHD Symptoms

My Top 5 Organizational Hacks for Teaching High School 

Coding in the Algebra Classroom 

Low-Prep Methods for Differentiated Instruction 

Majority of schools not using edtech effectively – report 

Ten Teacher Tips to Help Keep Stress Down 

6 ways to teach growth mindset from day one of school 

Imagine if your new class this fall was full of students who would:

  • Be willing to try new things
  • Stick with hard tasks and not give up
  • Push themselves to do their best work, not just what’s “good enough”
  • Believe in themselves and their own ability to learn