Saturday, October 15, 2016

Educational Links 10/16/16

How Great Teaching And Learning Grow Under The PBL Umbrella 

4 Concentration Activities for Students 

Reflections on Practice & Growth 

Blended Learning Engagement: Are the Students Paying Attention? 

Understanding Individualized Education Programs 

Raising Expectations and Rethinking Discipline 

New Federal Special Education Grants Support Literacy, Testing, and Transition 

Holding Ed Schools Accountable For The Teachers They Teach 

Should schools of education be held accountable for producing teachers who can raise their students' achievement?
This week the U.S. Education Department said, emphatically, yes. The new guidelines for teacher-prep programs are arguably the strictest federal accountability rules in all of higher ed.


Silly Music For Halloween #4 hear the door slam...

Silly Music For Halloween #4 hear the door slam: 5th Grade Kids Dance to Thriller   This looks like so much fun, and good exercise, too...

Friday, October 14, 2016

Educational Links 10/15/16

Kindness in the Classroom


Why Every Student Should Be A Nerd 

The Science of Effective Learning Spaces 

Helping Students Retain and Build on Prior Knowledge 

Treatment Options for Executive Functioning Issues 

In school reform, relationships are key, say principals, teachers and students 

The Emotional Weight of Being Graded, for Better or Worse 

The trouble with extreme emotional reactions to grades is that students’ knowledge of a subject is tied to their experience of the grade, says Mary Helen Immordino-Yang, associate professor of education, psychology and neuroscience at the University of Southern California. Powerful emotions attached to grades drown children’s inherent interest in any given subject.

The Sky Is Cheap Entertainment: Super Moon on Sunday!

How to See the Hunter’s Supermoon This Weekend 

2016 has a super Hunter’s Moon 

It is not a bad moon, but this music s kind of fun.

Credance Clearwater Revival--Bad Moon Rising 

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Educational Links 10/14/16

The Difference Between Sensory Processing Issues and ADHD 

Tech Companies Expect Free High-Speed Internet for Poorer Americans to Pay Off Later 

The Tuning Protocol: A Framework for Personalized Professional Development 

Report: Elementary Teachers Warming to Common Core But Still Have Concerns;postID=2974068766451378077 

My Latest BAM! Radio Show Is On The Challenges Science Teachers Face 

Sherry Turkle Says There’s a Wrong Way to Flip a Classroom 

Bilingual education has been absent from California public schools for almost 20 years. But that may soon change 

Supporters argue the bureaucratic red tape on bilingual and multilingual education is harmful to students in a global economy, where the most-sought-after employees speak more than one language.


Bob Dylan Won the Nobel Prize in Literature Today. How Does It Feel?

Bob Dylan

I first published this series on the Greatest Rock Poets (term 'rock poet' first used by John Lennon to describe Woody Guthrie)in 2012 when MzTeachuh first started out. I have always contended lyrics can be the finest of poetry. Now I feel very validated.

Who's the Greatest Rock Poet? Nomination #1 

Some say Bob Dylan is the greatest rock poet. My text book on Poetry, as an English Lit. major at Mount St.Mary's College, has the text of 'Mediterrean Homesick Blues' as a poem worth studying; included by X. J. Kennedy, the compiler. This was back in 1969! I'll nominate Bob Dylan--incredible metaphors and poetic rhythms. Much better poetry than music, in my opinion.

Bob Dylan - Like A Rolling Stone (ORIGINAL)

Like A Rolling Stone

Always the penchant for honesty.

Once upon a time you dressed so fine
You threw the bums a dime in your prime, didn't you ?
People'd call, say, "Beware doll, you're bound to fall"
You thought they were all kiddin' you
You used to laugh about
Everybody that was hangin' out
Now you don't talk so loud
Now you don't seem so proud
About having to be scrounging for your next meal.


How does it feel
How does it feel
To be without a home
Like a complete unknown
Like a rolling stone ?

You've gone to the finest school all right, Miss Lonely
But you know you only used to get juiced in it
And nobody has ever taught you how to live on the street
And now you find out you're gonna have to get used to it
You said you'd never compromise
With the mystery tramp, but know you realize
He's not selling any alibis
As you stare into the vacuum of his eyes
And say do you want to make a deal?

How does it feel
How does it feel
To be on your own
With no direction home
Like a complete unknown
Like a rolling stone ?
You never turned around to see the frowns on the jugglers and the clowns
When they all come down and did tricks for you
You never understood that it ain't no good
You shouldn't let other people get your kicks for you
You used to ride on the chrome horse with your diplomat
Who carried on his shoulder a Siamese cat
Ain't it hard when you discover that
He really wasn't where it's at
After he took from you everything he could steal.

How does it feel
How does it feel
To be on your own
With no direction home
Like a complete unknown
Like a rolling stone ?

Princess on the steeple and all the pretty people
They're drinkin', thinkin' that they got it made
Exchanging all precious gifts
But you'd better take your diamond ring, you'd better pawn it babe
You used to be so amused
At Napoleon in rags and the language that he used
Go to him now, he calls you, you can't refuse
When you got nothing, you got nothing to lose
You're invisible now, you got no secrets to conceal.

How does it feel
How does it feel
To be on your own
With no direction home
Like a complete unknown

Like a rolling stone ?

I took this poem/song as a cautionary tale and led a quiet life. 

Greatest Rock Poet (#1 Nomination Again) All Along the Watchtower 

Watchtower II, Igor Pozdnyakov

 Bob Dylan's poetry again.

All Along the Watchtower

"There must be some way out of here" said the joker to the thief
"There's too much confusion", I can't get no relief
Businessmen, they drink my wine, plowmen dig my earth
None of them along the line know what any of it is worth.
"No reason to get excited", the thief he kindly spoke
"There are many here among us who feel that life is but a joke
But you and I, we've been through that, and this is not our fate
So let us not talk falsely now, the hour is getting late".

All along the watchtower, princes kept the view
While all the women came and went, barefoot servants, too.

Outside in the distance a wildcat did growl
Two riders were approaching, the wind began to howl.

All Along The Watchtower --Jimi Hendrix


Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Educational Links 10/13/16

What NOT to Do in an Inclusive Classroom 

Why Isn’t Science Class More Like Learning to Play Baseball? 

New Effort to Promote Social-Emotional Learning in Schools 

What to Do When You Realize You Don’t Like Your Students 

Can Personalized Learning Work in Rural America? 

Bilingual education has been absent from California public schools for almost 20 years. But that may soon change 

Choreograph Your Classroom 

Teaching Handwriting to Young Kids—Important or Outdated? 

Handwriting may help your child’s overall learning. Research suggests the act of handwriting versus the act of keyboarding aids in learning new information. For instance, a child is more likely to remember a number if she writes it down than if she types the same number.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Educational Links 10/12/16

Resources to Fight Bullying and Harassment at School 

Assistive Technology for Math 

The Great Outdoors: Time spent outside has wide-ranging benefits — and there are easy ways to integrate it into the school day 

The Arts for All Students in All Content Classes 

Teaching Strategies to Turn Students into Active Listeners 

3 Teacher Tips for the PBL Paradigm Shift 

Nonverbal Learning Disabilities: An Overview 

Children with NLD have difficulties understanding nonverbal information, which can result in academic, social, and emotional challenges • Contrary to the name of this disorder, these children often have excellent verbal skills and do well in elementary school, delaying detection of their learning disability • Their academic problems come to light as school becomes more complex and implied learning replaces rote learning.

Silly Music For Halloween #3...they're creepy and they're kooky...

Silly Music For Halloween #3...they're creepy and they're kooky... Aside from finger snapping, students can create family portraits of Cousin Itt (pictured above), Lurch, Thing, Morticia, Gomez, Uncle Fes...

Info on Child Development

Skipping rope, hopping, running. Who knew having fun was a developmental  milestone?

Child development refers to the biological, psychological and emotional changes that occur in human beings between birth and the end of adolescence, as the individual progresses from dependency to increasing autonomy. It is a continuous process with a predictable sequence yet having a unique course for every child.

--Checking to make sure kids are developing appropriately within expected parameters.

This site offers information on developmental milestones, screening, and mental health guidelines. 

CDC Child Development 

--Children need a well balanced experience growing up.

This site offers several excellent resources to understand and enhance the full lives of growing children.

Child Development Tracker 

--The Common Core and Child Development.

This article examines the academic expectations of young children. 

All Children Are Not the Same: Common Core Standards Fail to Keep Child Development in Mind;postID=2230281102243584239 

--Child Development: Middle and High School

Understood offers excellent resources to evaluate the development of  students from K-12.

Developmental Milestones for Typical Middle-Schoolers 

Developmental Milestones for Typical High-Schoolers

 Please notice that medical, psychological/psychiatric,  physical and education consideration are all included in child development. As educators, our expertise is education. However, we are responsible to recognize when students need the expertise of other professionals available to serve them.


--Piaget's Famous Stages of Development (Cognitive Learning)   

This site lays out Piaget's well-known explanation of stages of learning.

Piaget Stages of Development 

Piaget in his beret.





Monday, October 10, 2016

Educational Links 10/11/16

Interesting there is no discussion of cursive as a developmental milestone.

Why Don't the Common-Core Standards Include Cursive Writing? 

Dos and Don'ts for Creating a School Culture for EdTech 

Colleges Need to Use Predictive Data to Enhance—Not Hinder—Diversity 

Race, School Ratings And Real Estate: A 'Legal Gray Area' 

Your Shining Moment 

How teachers can make a difference to children's mental health 

Digital Readiness Gaps 

Americans fall along a spectrum of preparedness when it comes to using tech tools to pursue learning online, and many are not eager or ready to take the plunge.

Baseball Tonight!--Playoffs--and AT&T Park Herb Garden

The Garden, at San Francisco Giants Stadium--with the best gourmet cooks in baseball!
So yummy--flatbread beyond words.
Hey, Cubs fans, please get  flatbread at the Garden at AT &T Park tonight, and hopefully, the next one or two nights, also.  Of course, you are there to break the 108 year World Series Winning drought, but you might as well have unbelievably delicious food while you're at it. And this is the most vegan park in baseball.

A fan is born (on the left.)
My daughter and I were there about 10 days ago. It was glorious! (Of course, I'm a lifelong S F Giants fans, so it had to be.)

 The most beautiful stadium in baseball with the best food--win or lose, Cubbies, you'll win with the Ghiradelli hot cocoa, anything from the menu at the Garden made with fresh herbs from right there, buttery caramel popcorn, the Gilroy Garlic fries (seagulls appreciate the leftovers), and even the vegan hot dogs are really great.

There, upper left, the baseball field.
S F Giants Celery Seeds!

Enjoy the lovely experience, and we Giants fan are pretty nice, too.

The Garden is located behind Center Field, with a net above it in case a hot shot hits a homerun, which is unlikely, since AT&T Park is pitcher friendly. Except for Barry Bonds. He hit plenty there.
Wonderful, healthy food. A truly marvelous family experience, a main reason I love baseball.
Enjoy, enjoy--munching that healthy hot dog (who dreamed of such a thing?), singing "Take Me Out to the Ballgame," and, my dear Cubs, win or lose you get to be in picturesque San Francisco.

Hydroponics! The park offers classes to local schools.

More info on the educational side of  this Garden/Restaurant.
The Garden

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Silly Music For Halloween #2...I Ain't Afraid of No Ghosts

Silly Music For Halloween #2...I Ain't Afraid of No Ghosts Well, I'm not. Writing prompt: 5 Reasons I Ain't Afraid of No Ghosts  Can include illustrations of inventions, such as the Ghos...

Educational Links 10/10/16

How to create focus, simplicity, and tranquility in the classroom 

Why Poetry Is So Great For Teaching Growth Mindset 

Grading Obama on NCLB reform 

A Surprising Family Legacy: the Molecular Scars of Trauma 

Practical Ed Tech Handbook - Updated for 2016-17 

13 Ways to Help Grade-Schoolers With Sensory Processing Issues Handle School Challenges 

The ADHD-Dyslexia Connection 

ADHD is usually apparent from the first day of school, whereas dyslexia is often not recognized until fourth or fifth grade, when the shift is made from learning to read to reading to learn." How to tell the difference, and get help.