Saturday, December 24, 2016

Educational Links 12/24/16

15 Teaching Ideas for 2017

Karate or Kickball? Fencing or Football? The Best Sports for Kids with ADHD

Mix Things Up: 3 Student-Centered Approaches that Balance “I Do, You Do, We Do.”

The Difference Between a School Identification and a Clinical Diagnosis

Innovating Large-Scale Assessments: Design Considerations for Education Leaders


Your Excuses Are Invalid

I'm not telling you to be a martyr, because there is a way to find the right balance. I'm also not saying that you shouldn't fight for what's best for the welfare of teachers. What I am saying is that making excuses is a useless endeavor and complaining is a downright waste of your valuable time.

Teaching Is Seeing The Happy 'I Got It' Face

1. Helping Struggling Readers 

2. 5 Fun Ways to Help Your Kids Learn Math Online 

3. Teaching Reading to Teens with Learning Disabilities 

4. Top 10 Skills for High-School Students 

5. Helping Newcomer Students Succeed in Secondary Schools and Beyond 

6. Helping your child

Many parents want to help their child or children with their English but are not sure what they can do to help. In this section you'll find lots of expert advice about helping your child learn English.

7. Helping kids learn to succeed 

You did it!

8. Parental Involvement in School 




Feliz Navidad!



Jose Feliciano - Feliz Navidad

Feliz Navidad
Feliz Navidad
Feliz Navidad
Prospero Año y Felicidad.
Feliz Navidad
Feliz Navidad
Feliz Navidad
Prospero Año y Felicidad.
I wanna wish you a Merry Christmas

I wanna wish you a Merry Christmas
From the bottom of my heart. 

I wanna wish you a Merry Christmas
With mistletoe and lots of cheer

I wanna wish you a Merry Christmas
From the bottom of my heart. 

Teaching Is Expecting Good Results From Your Hard Work

1. Top 6 Keys to Being a Successful Teacher 

 This next link is for after you read the first.

2. The Value of Self-Reflection - Any Time Of Year, It's Important To Self-Reflect 

3. Four Characteristics of Successful Teachers 

4. Top 10 Tips for Classroom Discipline and Management

5. Does your classroom management need a tune-up? 

See if these are really secrets.

6.  Top 10 Secrets of Successful Classroom Management

7. Six Keys to Successful Collaboration

Friday, December 23, 2016

MzTeachuh's List of 25 Movies to Watch With Your Teens

Here are twenty-five of my favorite films. Although most of these are very famous, they might not be to a fourteen year old.  Consider sharing films that meant something to you, sharing personal insights to your life experience. Some are fine for pre-teens, use your own discretion and consider ratings. Make watching your favorite movies a family occasion, to share your feelings and experiences at the time. Kids are amazed to imagine their grownups as kids. This can be a closeness-builder. Don't forget good snacks.

And don't neglect all those great Christmas/Holiday films--you have your choice of so many 'Christmas Carols', my favorite it Goerge C. Scott's, and 'Elf',  even National Lampoon, You can always binge on the Halmark Channel.

Hurrah for Hulu and Netflix! But I say, even if you use ole skool tek like VHS (as long as it works, why not?) or DVDs, just have a blast from the past.

Not in order of importance or preference. Just as I thought of them. I have more, of course, like 'Braveheart,' or 'Spartacus' but I must limit myself.

Forrest Gump (1994)

Lincoln (2012)

Men in Black (1997) 

Frankenstein (1931) 

A Hard Day's Night (1964) 

Sophie's Choice (1982) 

All in the Indiana Jone series, but especially  

Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) 

All in the series, but especially The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) 

All Mel Brooks' films, but especially  The Producers (1967) 

A Patch of Blue (1965) 

Gravity (2013) 

Sleepless in Seattle (1993) 

Schindler's List (1993) 

Glory (1989) 

All Episodes--but definitely Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) 

The Sound of Music (1965) - IMDb 

Saving Private Ryan (1998) 

My Left Foot (1989)  

Gone with the Wind (1939)

Titanic (1997) 

All Sequels: Back to the Future (1985) 

The Miracle Worker (1962) 

Alien (1979) 

Dances with Wolves (1990) 

MzTeachuh's List of 25 Movies to Watch With Your Teens 

News Flash: Three Kings Seeking Peace In Middle East

And they found the Prince of Peace.
The Mediaeval Baebes - 'We Three Kings'

I like that the composer of this carol was at first trained to be a journalist, then chose to be a pastor.

We Three Kings (Wikipedia)

I observed this a astronomical phenomena a couple years ago standing in my neighborhood in the Mojave Desert of SoCal looking to the west horizon at sunset. It was amazing.

Star of Bethlehem Visible After 2,000 years (2015)

Teaching Is Teachers Talking To Each Other

1. How to make friends and influence people - a teacher's guide 

2. 5 Tips for Bonding with New Teaching Colleagues 

3. 25 Ways Teachers Can Connect More With Their Colleagues 

4. Good teachers make colleagues better 

5. Check out the comments

How much do your colleagues influence your teaching? 

6. 101 Ways to Cope with Teaching Stress

 Getting the Support You Need

Numbers 51 through 60. 

7. How Can Teachers Be Stressed? 

It's a little stressful to take this test.

8.  Teacher Stress Test 


Thursday, December 22, 2016

Educational Links 12/23/16

How Art Can Help Children Overcome Trauma

The Racial Achievement Gap Can’t Close Without Prison Reform, Report Shows

FAPE Case Draws Flurry Of Attention

If You Do Any of These 4 Activities in Your Classroom, You're Already Personalizing Learning

All the Feelings, All the Time

Expect more emphasis on SEL in 2017

The Untapped SEL Tool: Conflict

Sometimes we feel thrown by unplanned moments and avoid them. Sometimes we feel threatened by questions that we didn’t anticipate and ignore them. But if we challenge ourselves to stay curious about student thinking, even if it catches us off guard, we can experience some wonderful learning moments with our students.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Educational Links 12/22/16

Technology in the Classroom: New Year Resolutions


Less Physical Activity Tied to Lagging Reading in Boys

Types of Tests for Dysgraphia

What these teens learned about the internet may chock you!

The Return to Teaching: How to Come Back After Taking Time Off

By utilizing specific strategies, teachers can support students in self-monitoring both learning and behavior.  This is the goal of education—to create citizens who are self-regulated learners.  When students receive special education services, there is additional responsibility to ensure that they are systematically guided to increased levels of independence throughout their school years. 

Dreary Winter Day? Plant It Forward For Early Spring Flowers

Dreary, rainy few days before Christmas. Love my hibernating garden--its dreaming of daffodils and tulips and butterflies. Waiting for spring.
We have literally hundreds of flower bulbs inground concentrating on blooming this spring, starting in about six weeks. If you have experienced the glory of screaming yellow daffodils in February or jolly red tulips in March in the midst of the grey, grey, grey of winter---you will joyfully plant it forward.

Added many more bulbs this year.
Last year provided such magnificent incentive. So lovely, and even sweet smelling.

Here are some shots from last year--wish I had smell-a-blog for the hyacinth.

In our growing zone (7b) crocus blooms first in the very early spring, then daffodils, then tulips, iris and hyacinths. Or when they feel like it.

Little jonquils.
Nature is sometimes unpredictable.

Tulips, simple and fancy.

This autumn, I have invested in many new bulbs for groups called 'Cottage Garden,' 'English Garden,' and, what you would expect for a gardener in the Mojave Desert, bulbs for rock gardens. Many of these will be new to me--loving the anticipation and challenge.

Irises, Van Gogh
Along with bringing bright beauty during winter days, bulbs
Early Iris.
 help with preventing erosion, and the early blooms are great for the bees who overwinter with us. The bulbs of the early spring flowers will multiply every year. Gardening is, obviously, an excellent STEM project for classrooms. Having a resilient garden of bulbs that comes back every year is a great learning experience for students. How marvelous to expect the recurring success of blooming daffodils or tulips every year as you go through your school experience. And a bulb garden is so easy to plant and nurture. Teachers--how can you resist doing this? And of course, the STEAM asset of a bulb garden--not only have some of the most famous paintings by artists like Monet and Van Gogh been of bulb flowers, but what a lovely chance for students to create art of their own, dear flowers. How cool is that?

Beautiful to look at, beautiful to smell! Hyacinth.

Repeat the Sounding Joy

Joy Vibrations by Rassoul

This was written almost 300 years ago by well-known hymn writer Isaac Watts; he based it on Psalm 98. The music is credited to Handel. 

The Supremes Joy to the World (HQ) 

Joy to the World, the Lord has come!
Let earth receive her King;
Let every heart prepare Him room,
And Heaven and nature sing,
And Heaven and nature sing,
And Heaven, and Heaven, and nature sing.

Joy to the World, the Savior reigns!
Let men their songs employ;
While fields and floods, rocks, hills and plains
Repeat the sounding joy,
Repeat the sounding joy,
Repeat, repeat, the sounding joy.

He rules the world with truth and grace,
And makes the nations prove
The glories of His righteousness,
And wonders of His love,
And wonders of His love,
And wonders, wonders, of His love.

Joy to the World, the Lord has come!
Let earth receive her King;
Let every heart prepare Him room,
And Heaven and nature sing,
And Heaven and nature sing,
And Heaven, and Heaven, and nature sing.

Vivaldi and Monet: Winter

Monet. Boulevard Saint Deni Argenteuil in Winter

It is amazing how this music can portray in sound the feeling of profound cold, and the bustle and hurry of getting home and onto the hot cocoa and warm fireplace. Vivaldi is amazing--as is Monet.

Antonio Vivaldi - Winter (Full) - The Four Seasons

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Educational Links 12/21/16

Learning ad Attention Issues

How Boys Changed the Way I Think About Teaching

'I fear the widespread disposing of school counsellors will prove to be a false economy'

Discovery Education’s Top 9 Ideas of 2016

How to Reset Your Classroom for a New Year

Why schools are an ideal place to teach self-control

School Discipline in a Post-Obama World

5 Benefits of Inclusion Classrooms

If your child is struggling in school, you might ask if he can be placed in an inclusion classroom. In an inclusion classroom, a general education teacher and a special educationteacher work together to meet the needs of students.
Many schools have inclusion classrooms. Some have a special education teacher in the room at all times. Others have special education teachers “push in” at specific times during the day, depending on the IEP goals for the special education students. In either case, both teachers are available to help all students.

Do You Hear What I Hear? Whitney Singing

Whitney Houston - Do You Hear What I Hear (Christmas Music Video)

Educational Links 12/20/16

Why Math Education in the U.S. Doesn't Add Up

Comprehensive Guide on Chromebook in Education

How Kids Develop Thinking and Learning Skills

'Schools don't understand behaviour or what "success" should really mean'

The new standardized testing craze to hit public schools

Snow Days: Resources to Share With Students and Parents

Guide Your Students Toward Positive Fulfillment

Have you thought about ways to help cultivate the character of your middle and high school students? If you consider social and emotional learning skills as the engine that enables accomplishment, you might want to look at character as the steering wheel that gives kids a sense of direction.

The Snow is Dancing

Snow near Honfleur Monet

Hope not too much, just enough.

Claude Debussy - The Snow is Dancing

Teaching Is Having With It Ness

1. Teacher Withitness 


Teacher Withitness - Inside USC Rossier, the blog of USC Rossier School of Education's online teaching degree

2. Withitness...what does it mean? 

3. Withitness in the Classroom 

4.  “Withitness”: Being Aware of What’s Going on in the Classroom 

5. The Kounin Model of Discipline 

6. Teacher Engagement and "Withitness" in the 21st Century Classroom 

Great video--relieve some stress!

7. With-it-ness 



Sunday, December 18, 2016

Mary, Did You Know?

Madonna and Child (Madonna Litta) Leonardo da Vinci 1452-1519

Pope Francis Supports Breastfeeding Enough To Know It Needs To Happen In Public 


Mary did you know - Reba McEntire 

Educational Links 12/19/16

Nobel Laureates Can Teach Kids to Persevere

President Trump’s Education Agenda

How Are Schools Changing? EdSurge Unveils Final Chapter of Yearlong 'State of Edtech' Report

5-Minute Film Festival: The Best Education Parodies of 2016

The 8 Tremendous Ways to Develop a Growth Mindset

White House Report: The Continuing Need To Rethink Discipline


Games are fun. We can use them to teach. It isn’t that hard. Game based learning excites learning in my classroom. It can ignite your classroom too. In this post, I’ll share what I’m doing in my classroom. Additionally, I’ll give you 100+ of my favorite game based learning resources. These links and ideas will jumpstart your journey.