Saturday, September 17, 2016

STEM to STEAM Ideas for the Classroom

STEM to STEAM: Could The Arts Put The Steam Into STEM?   STEM to STEAM:...

Educational Links 9/18/16

Report: STEM's Future Is Play, Inclusiveness, Lifelong Education 

Teaching Strategies: Advice from Veteran Educators 

Tapping Into the Adolescent Need For Purpose to Motivate Learners 

Autism Therapies Blur Boundary Between Clinic, Everyday Life 

Interactive Notebooks: No Special Hardware Required

Ed-Tech Research Leads to Successful Students 

Celebrate National Park Centennial With a Project 

“Does a project always have to be about a problem? Can’t it be about something worth celebrating?” When a teacher asked me that question this summer during a project-based learning (PBL) workshop, she got me thinking. When I brainstorm with teachers about project ideas, I tend to think first of topics that give students a chance to solve an interesting challenge or advocate for a solution to a problem that concerns them. I encourage teachers to look for projects that will give students opportunities to put their problem-solving and critical-thinking skills to work. Often, that means wrestling with problems.

But PBL can also open opportunities to shine a light on people or places worth celebrating.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Celebrate Diversity

Celebrate Diversity: Music! Dancing! And don't forget the great Mexican food! If you teach in a school that is ethnically isolated, by geography or by ...

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

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

On September 16, the Harvest Moon 

How amazing Debussy knew what moonlight sounded like. Clair de Lune Claude Debussy

Educational Links 9/17/16

Teaching is a Project-Based Profession: 10 PBL Teacher Mindsets 

At a Glance: Signs of Stress in Your Middle-Schooler 

Friday Five: Stereotypical teacher phrases you've avoided so far 

Schools And Mental Health: When The Parent Has To Take Charge 

How to Protect Kids from Nature-Deficit Disorder 

I Want My Kids to Feel Comfortable Making Mistakes, but... 

The After-School Shakespeare Club 

To Be or Not to Be

That is not the question. If you have an opportunity to teach your students to perform their own version of a Shakespeare play, then the question really is: "How can you do this?" The answer is: "As an extra-curricular drama club" -- and this post will explain how to do that.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Educational Links 9/16/15

America has a teacher shortage, and a new study says it’s getting worse 

Frustration. Burnout. Attrition. It's Time To Address The National Teacher Shortage 

Arts-Infused Project-Based Learning: Crafting Beautiful Work 

Exercise Is ADHD Medication 

Fancy Dorms Aren’t The Main Reason Tuition Is Skyrocketing 

 Why Educators Need to Dispel the 'Grass Is Always Greener' Mentality 

How Can Teachers Develop Students' Motivation -- and Success? 

On Early Ed, the U.S. Is Light Years Behind Other Industrialized Countries 

Out of 36 countries, the U.S. ranked 29 in enrollment rates for its 3- and 4-year-olds, according to Education at a Glance 2016, the 500-page report released Thursday from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, or OECD.

“This is an area where the U.S. is left behind by quite a large margin,” said Andreas Schleicher, director of the OECD's Directorate for Education and Skills. “When you look at early childhood education and care, they are quite low by international standards.”

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Educational Links 9/15/16


Don’t Leave Learning Up to Chance: Framing and Reflection 

Personalized Learning in 2016: What’s Working, What’s Missing,%20What%E2%80%99s%20Missing 

Why Multilingual People Have Healthier, More Engaged Brains 

How Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Unlocks Positivity and Productivity for Adults with ADHD 

Recognizing Remarkable Teacher Accomplishments 

Tips for Working with Students on the Autism Spectrum 

School Leaders: 6 Strategies for Retaining New Teachers 

 In most of the schools I worked at, at the end of every year, we’d lament the departure of a new teacher or two. What could we have done -- we asked ourselves -- to retain that teacher? Now, looking back, I see that there are many things we could have done to retain promising new teachers. Whether you’re a teacher leader, an instructional coach, or an administrator, here are six things you can do to retain teachers who are new to your school or to the profession.

Working with Students with Autism--My Latest Comments to BAM Radio Network

 What a privilege to be a commentor on BAM RADIO Network! 

ASD students can have wonderful strengths but the difficulty with communication creates a gulf between teachers, classmates, and the student. A well-run classroom with efficient management, clear plans, and well-monitored activity will give all the students opportunity to thrive and be team, even a family. The educational needs of the ASD student differ from non-disabled students only in frequency and personalization. The teacher needs to be open to tweek methods and learn strategies from other professionals, such as the Special Education staff.

Dr. Tricia Shelton, and Melanie Link Taylor

Tips for Working with Students on the Autism Spectrum 

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Educational Links 9/14/16

For Kids, Anxiety About School Can Feel Like 'Being Chased By A Lion' 

Learning Through Play: Education does not stop when recess begins 

Teen Makes ‘Sit With Us’ App That Helps Students Find Lunch Buddies 

Why “I’ll Never Use This” Doesn’t Apply to 21st-Century Math Skills 

Signs of Anxiety and Depression in Different Grades 

Why We Should Stop Grading Students on a Curve 

Your Child’s Rights: Response to Intervention 

Response to Intervention (RTI) was designed for early identification of children with learning difficulties, but critics suggest it may have the opposite effect • The Department of Education provides clear guidelines to ensure that RTI does not interfere with your child’s rights to be evaluated for LD.

Monday, September 12, 2016

The Sky Is Cheap Entertainment: Shine On, Harvest Moon



2016’s close and large Harvest Moon (9/16/16) 


Is it a Supermoon? Don't know--but here's lots of moon music to moon gaze to.


Evening of Music with the Supermoon (another one) 

Educational Links 9/13/16

Differentiated Instruction: Resource Roundup 

How to Handle Homesick Students 

Ed Tech Digest 

Fall Thematic Units 

Constitution Day lessons and resources 

Congratulations, You Are the New Principal: Now What? 

Getting Restless At The Head Of The Class

Hayes compares traditional school design — both the physical spaces and systems — to an egg crate. She says, as long as teachers are forced to work in isolation with limited time for teamwork, professional development and lesson preparation, "achieving what is possible in response to learner variability will be impossible." 

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Educational Links 9/12/16

Some Interesting Statistics & Facts on Blended Learning You Must Know 

Social and Emotional Learning 

Instead Of A Book Report, My Students ‘Wrote’ A Video 

The Teacher’s Guides To Technology And Learning 

 Building Community With Attendance Questions 

How To Avoid Teacher Burnout

More Than Just Naughty: Dealing with Oppositional Defiant Disorder

40% of children with ADHD also develop oppositional defiant disorder. These kids demonstrate consistently angry, violent, and disruptive behaviors toward authority figures.

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 se...

Counseling and Supervision; Supervision and Counseling

Counseling and Supervision; Supervision and Counseling What to change in a school? I have reflected upon what change would have the greatest impact based just upon my own observations. Couns...