Saturday, September 10, 2016

Educational Links 9/11/16

Studies Flag Potential Downside to Inclusion 

Will ESSA Encourage States to Consider Gifted Students' Achievement? 

10 Fun-Filled Formative Assessment Ideas 

7 Ways to Improve Vocabulary 

Classroom Management Methods to Assess Reading Levels 

Teaching The Attacks of Sept. 11 To Students Who Didn't Live Through Them 

Is It Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) or ADHD? 

Distraction. Impulsivity. Lashing out. Sensory processing disorder and ADHD have striking similarities. So how do you distinguish symptoms in your child? Start here.

Friday, September 9, 2016

Educational Links 9/10/16

Outdoor Play and Learning Teach Critical Life Skills

11 Children's Books That Help Kids Understand Learning Disabilities

EdLeadership Trends: Social Media, Technology & Professional Development 

The New High-School Outsiders 

5-Minute Film Festival: Resources for Teaching About Character 

9 Brain Benefits of Unplugging—And How to Find Device-Free Time for Your Students

 Education Equity 

How can we ensure all students have equal access to opportunities, support, and the tools they need to succeed? Explore and share proven ways to make this happen.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Educational Links 9/9/16

5 Tips for Selecting Websites for Student Use 

Can an IEP or 504 Plan Include Something About Getting Emotional Support at School? 

Ring Their Bells: A New Way to Deliver Bell Work 

10 Teacher Actions For Better Collaboration This School Year 

 Considering Learning Spaces: How Do We Design Inclusive Classrooms? 

11 Facts About the Math Disorder Dyscalculia

Celebrating Diversity, Building Successful Classrooms 

Educators know that students carry what is on their minds with them—right into the classroom. Building solid relationships involves finding out about your students, as well as what is on their minds, and diffusing tensions even when you don’t have the right answer. How we connect this process with the ugly intolerance of the polls and political campaigns of the past year is important. American demographics are becoming more diverse, and this societal atmosphere will surely spill into the classroom.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Educational Links 9/8/16

What Is 'Culturally Competent' Teaching? (Videos) 

Great Math Apps and Extensions for Your Chromebook 

What to Do If You Didn’t Want to Go Back to School 

3 Ways to Encourage Ownership of Learning 

 'Makerspaces' balance, challenge for test-heavy curriculums 

School Nurses Can Be Mental Health 'Detectives' But They Need Help 

Kids Don’t Always Love Technology 

 Many adults simply accept the idea that “kids love technology” without interrogating it further. While many kids do love a shiny new device, it’s worth looking deeper than the tech itself to find out more. Understanding their motivations can help us make better decisions about how educators and parents can collaborate with children to support their learning.



Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Educatonal Links 9/7/16

Flags of North and Central America.

Roots: Why We Must Support Non-English Speakers 

5 Ways To Promote Positive iPad “Screen Time” At School 

With New Mandate, Special Ed Classrooms Get Cameras 

The Lasting Impact of Mispronouncing Students’ Names 

Sex ed is required. Why isn't financial education? 

Multilingual Texting Platform Aims to Help Schools Engage All Families 

Studies on Head Start Bolster Arguments for Long-Term Impact 

Almost since Head Start's creation half a century ago as part of the War on Poverty, advocates have sought a research-based answer to this question: Does it work?
Two new studies examining the long-term impact of the $8.6 billion federal preschool program offer support to those who say the answer is yes.
Those studies—one of which took a look at Head Start participants in middle school and another that examined life outcomes at adulthood—say that Head Start has measurable long-term benefits for certain outcomes.


Info on Autism

Website for Temple Grandin:

What Is Autism? 

The Difference Between Autism and Learning and Attention Issues 

Inclusion of Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders 

Autism: Diagnosis

Year-Round Resources for Autism 

Autism: What's New 

What Is Autism? What is Autism Spectrum Disorder? 

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and autism are both general terms for a group of complex disorders of brain development. These disorders are characterized, in varying degrees, by difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication and repetitive behaviors. 



Teachable Moment: In Praise of First Ladies--As Different As They Are

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Monday, September 5, 2016

Educational Links 9/6/16

Music instruction improves cognitive, socio-emotional development in young children 

#TchWellness: Putting On Our Own Oxygen Masks 

How to Best Use the Class Time When Flipping Your Classroom? 

A Look Back: “English Language Learners and the Power of Personal Stories” 

10 Not So Obvious Quotes for Teachers 

Hispanic Heritage Month Begins On Sept. 15th – Here Are Related Resources 

How can teachers support and advocate for students in poverty? 

So that learning partnership is built on trust, greater rapport, and the teacher has to move from being kind of a sentimentalist — “Oh, poor baby” — to having a warm demeanor. And a warm demeanor isn’t just strict and, you know, cracking the whip. The warm demeanor is this interesting mix of personal warmth and what they call active demandingness.


By the Sea! In the Air! At Bubba Gump's!

So beautiful, so deadly: jellyfish.

Molly, Melanie, Marcia, Mary--from MSMC
 Under the sea at the Long Beach Aquarium, visiting with three of my friends from Mount St. Mary's College, Los Angeles--we were silly girls doing serious study in the seventies. We turned out to be one librarian, two Special Education teachers, and one chemist. And very happy to be together again.
Sweet lorikeet enjoying nectar.

The aquarium included huge
Yes, I think I'm Nat Geo!Pic by Marcia.
aquarium walk through tanks- sometimes with narrative; a lorikeet adventure where visitors can interact with the birds; a session describing the medical component of the aquarium; pet a manta ray; and lots more we didn't get to, including penquins.

It is always fun to see families with young children enjoying museums, aquariums and zoos. The critters we come to visit seem to enjoy the visits as well.

That's it--to the right of the dancing porpoise.

The four of us went to Bubba Gump's for lunch. No, we didn't fly down to Alabama--its the chain restaurant next to the aquarium, which is right by the beach, by the way.

By the sea, by the sea...

Molly was my roommate at the Mount, and I stayed a couple nights with her in Long Beach, like old times. We spent a day at the beach. And that's what being a California Girl means to me.

Molly at the Science Center.
Molly and I  visited the California Science Museum, which is located in the main part of Los Angeles, near USC and the LA Colisseum, now home to the LA Rams. (Which is about time.)

Flight sim like Wilbur and Orville.
The Space Shuttle Endeavour is housed there. You may recall a few years ago when all of Los Angeles lined the streets as Endeavour was towed all the way from the High Desert near Lancaster through the San Fernando Valley, Pasadena, down to LA where it is now. It was such a big deal at the time, as it should be. At the Science Center there are also many, many compelling displays of all types of hands-on science for kids.
Lots of chances to study about the climate, flight, the environment.
Poetry and science!
 One activity supporting interest in the environment was concerning erosion, especially for rivers. Talk about STEM to
STEAM! Art and poetry was displayed along with documentaries and hands-on activities.

Fun guide for career choice.
Not quite in the tank with the fish.

The Science Center included a fascinating aquarium, a tiny town to pretend careers, gift shop where you can buy an astronaut suit, and lunch, too, near a rose garden outside USC.

But the star of the show was the Endeavour. I always enjoy seeing airplanes, space craft, but to see a space shuttle is downright awesome, in the truest sense of the word. Being the generation that listened to Kennedy's Space Speech--and witnessed the beginning of the Space Program, I remain optimistic and enthralled with all the current activity. So much excitement!
Space Shuttle Endeavour at the California Science Museum, Los Angeles.

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Sunday, September 4, 2016

Educational Links 9/5/16

  School Gardens for Beginners:  Advice from Common Ground’s Jill Keating Herbst 

Using Playlists to Differentiate Instruction 

Sensory Processing Disorder 

Targeting Learning with Success Criteria 

Every Teacher Who Has An ELL In Their Class Should Watch This “Immersion” Film 

Beware the Iconography Trap of Personalized Learning: Rigor Matters 

 What is a growth mindset? 

People with a fixed mindset believe intelligence is innate. This belief can make school a threatening place. It becomes a place to go to learn how smart you are — or how smart you’re not. People with a growth mindset, on the other hand, believe intelligence can be developed. For these students, school can be an exciting place, as it provides them with an opportunity to learn and develop their intelligence.

All-American Music To Grill To (updated)

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