Sunday, August 20, 2017

Educational Links 8/21/17

Relationships Matter More Than Rules

Become an explorer in your own backyard or nearby park!

How everyday interactions shape autism

Digital Lesson Planner Replaces Bulky Binders

But the incident also has reignited a conversation among educators about the responsibility to teach U.S. history without sanitizing the country's ugly moments – as shameful as they may be.

Special Education Links 8/21/17

Vaccination: Costly clash between autonomy, public health

Many parents cling to multiple false claims and beliefs when deciding whether to vaccinate their children, and many are no longer willing to take the word of their physician.
For example, some parents fear that vaccinations increase the risk of autism, a belief that is based on false data and continues to spread through social media. Others believe that vaccines are ineffective or that they can cause attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, ear infections and allergies. Still others believe that unvaccinated children are healthier than vaccinated children.
In addition, in the 2013 survey, parents reported that vaccinations are unnecessary because the diseases they prevent have been wiped out in the U.S. When parents have not seen these diseases in many years, they become complacent.

Target Unveils Clothing For Kids With Special Needs

The Social Ties Between Autism and Schizophrenia

Exposure to Antimicrobials During Development May Cause Irreversible Outcomes

"What kind of society do you want to live in?": Inside the country where Down syndrome is disappearing

Australian Down syndrome model Madeline Stuart launches fashion label at NYFW

Madeline Stewart website

Music That Focuses the Brain

Research suggests that the soundtrack to your child’s homework should comprise these 21 songs, proven to change the electromagnetic frequency of brain waves for optimal focus.

An Open Letter to the Parents Worried My Son Is in Their Child’s Class

Hope these articles are helpful and interesting. They were for me, I just started teaching a new Mod./Severe SPED class at the high school level.
These are several websites with valuable info for teacher and family of special needs students.


Saturday, August 19, 2017

Educational Links 8/20/17

Study: Early Intervention Pays Off Quickly

A Day in the Life of a Child With Sensory Processing Issues

Brain Imaging Studies Seek Signs of Autism Before Birth

Should Literacy Instruction Be a Constitutional Right?

6 Things Policy Makers Should Do to Protect Student Data in the Era of Personalized Learning

Google Tutorials

Music That Focuses the Brain

Research indicates that music strengthens areas of the brain that, in a child with ADHD, are weak. Music strengthens the auditory, visual/spatial, and motor cortices of the brain. These areas are tied to speech and language skills, reading, reading comprehension, math, problem-solving, brain organization, focus, and attention challenges.

Cooking Chili in Our Special Ed Class

No, no, no Three Alarm Chili! Let's stick with templado.
Supremely versatile cooking tool.
 It is high school football season here in SoCal, and our Special Day Class is going to cook some chili--not the fancy,  competitive kind found in Chili Cook Offs--no, just pretty straight forward chili. At least until we get our STEM garden going and we have our own veggies and herbs.

Although we are considered a Life Skills class (Moderately/Severely Handicapped for Grade 9 and 10), we don't have access to a kitchen. So we will use a slow cooker and rice maker.

Woo-hoo, we're getting a new ricemaker!
I put rice on the lesson plan because my years living at Hickam AFB, Hawaii, gave us a marvelous chili experience (with Zippy's Chili being a fast food franchise and the chili was always over rice.)

We will follow the simple recipe on the seasoning packet. I will ask the students to see if parents have a special recipe for chili--lots do--but we are keeping it simple.We will check the weight measurement of beans and tomatoes. We will measure the rice and liquid. We will discuss temperature and time.

We will discuss courtesy and custom while eating.

Then we will plan the space for laying out a buffet style restaurant in our room, and sampling the chili in our classroom, at desks. Counting number of diners, and what each will need to eat. Laying items out, checking the flow of movement from chili to desk.

Time, again will be a consideration--actually, we will discuss these topics integrated throughout our academics for a few days prior to the event. Planning, recalling, estimating time--all important executive functions we work on every day. Discussion at large, talking with peers, executing the plans: all are marvelous opportunities to develop communication goals.

How to handle food while cooking, serving and eating? Wash hands. Don't forget the cleanup. Hygiene and sanitation. Clean, clean, clean.

We will follow the recipe on the seasoning packet, except for the little red onions from my own backyard herb/veggie garden. The students are starting their own Recipe Books, and will begin with this recipe. I am hoping they will report back on variations of chili from discussions at home. We can compare.

I will report back on our cooking project.

I am developing complete lesson plans for PDF on this series of activities for Cooking in a Special Ed Class: Chili and Rice. These will be available on my website. Will let you know when they're up!

My sweet little red onions from the Melanie Link Taylor Teaching Garden--including evidence of seeds--to be included in our classroom chili.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Educational Links 8/19/17


Shifting from Books to Technology in the Classroom

Using PBL to Meet C3 Social Studies Standards

Tech Finder: Expert-approved apps & games for your child

Normalize Setbacks By Asking Your Kids For Advice When You Struggle

6 Opening and Closing Routines for New Teachers

If later school start times are better, why aren't they more popular?

3 Areas of Executive Function

Executive functions let people plan, organize and complete tasks. Here’s a closer look at the different areas of executive function and the skills they affect.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Educational Links 8/18/17

Digital Note Taking Strategies That Deepen Student Thinking


Improving Social Emotional Skills in Childhood Enhances Long-Term Well-Being and Economic Outcomes

Back to School Anxiety

Plan a Parent Engagement Night That Sets You Up for Success

Learning is social and emotional; our classrooms should be too

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.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Educational Links 8/17/17

Critical Knowledge: 4 Domains More Important Than Academics

My New Year Challenge: The Kind Classroom

Keep It Simple: Do These 4 Things Every Time You Teach

Reflections and Suggestions for First Year Teachers

How Libraries Can Turn Stories Into Maker Projects

Learning Disabilities: What They Are (And What They’re Not)

Building Students' Cognitive Flexibility

In today's world, the skillsets of cognitive flexibility are more critical and valuable than ever before. These skillsets include:
  • Open-minded evaluation of different opinions, perspectives, and points of view
  • Willingness to risk mistakes
  • Consideration of multiple ways to solve problems
  • Engagement in learning, discovery, and problem solving with innovative creativity

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Educational Links 8/16/17

Celebrate the Solar Eclipse with these Classroom Resources

Technology in the Classroom: How to Assess Writing

Children Learn Best From Storybooks When Characters Are Realistic

The Impact of Student-Created Apps

In addition to all the marketing, graphic design, website building, and content creation activities that take place when you create an app, the students are learning brainstorming and social entrepreneurship.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Educational Links 8/15/17


The ADHD Homework System That (Really) Works

The Best Resources For Planning “Learning Stations” – Please Add More

Autism May Reflect Excitation-Inhibition Imbalance in Brain, Study Finds

Math Skills: What to Expect at Different Ages

7 Essential Ingredients Of Project-Based Learning

What Do We Mean When We Say ‘Social And Emotional Skills’?

There is also new research indicating that school-based interventions to promote social and emotional skills have large, and long-term, positive impacts: an average of $11 for every dollar invested, according to an analysis by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (which is a supporter of NPR).

Sunday, August 13, 2017

...just saying...

Educational Links 8/14/17

4 Soft Skills Needed to be Successful in STEM

Scientists Say Child's Play Helps Build A Better Brain

Evaluating Your Child for Dysgraphia

How to deal with a principal who just doesn’t “get it”

27 Ideas For Students That Finish Their Work Early

The Power of Mindfulness


Not all educators are won over by the bells and whistles that come with edtech.  Many teachers feel threatened by technologies that aim to “replace them,” and cannot keep up with the training and the push that comes from within the schooling system. According to eSparks Learning, teachers regardless of age or experience level harbor doubts about their ability to successfully use classroom technology.  So, if teacher’s skills and technology are to exist in harmony, there needs to be a balance. We need teachers’ talents and at the same time encourage them to start looking to the future.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Educational Links 8/13/17

3 Modes Of Thinking: Lateral, Divergent & Convergent Thought

Forging Stronger Bonds Across a District

Poverty Creates Extra Challenges; It Demands Extra Resources

5 apps to innovate school libraries

Creating an Effective Faculty Mentoring Program

A tale of two states’ computer science programs

The Unexpected Reason Some Students Procrastinate

There's a student that's familiar to many teachers: He's the one who stumbles into class with sleep in his eyes after staying up late from writing his paper at the last minute. He probably avoids studying for tests, too. And maybe his backpack is a jumbled mess of crumpled papers and unorganized notes.
And there's also a common explanation for his bad habits: He probably doesn't particularly care how he does in school. But psychologists say that, for some students, that's a totally inaccurate assumption.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Educational Links 8/12/17

4 fresh approaches to coding in the classroom

Language and Communication Skills That Make all the Difference for Kindergarten

Google releases updates to Classroom in time for back-to-school season

Helping Children Develop Emotional Literacy

Five Tips to Encourage Positive Classroom Culture

Call the CDC! Interest in STEM May Be 'Contagious' in High School

Four Ways School Leaders Can Support Undocumented Students

As schools open their doors in the coming weeks, millions of students will have much more on their minds than new backpacks and schoolwork. If students’ parents are immigrants, or if students are immigrants themselves, they might be afraid that upon returning to school, federal immigration officers will be waiting to deport them.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Educational Links 8/11/17

Okay Teachers, Here’s Your Real Back-to-School Checklist

Toxins in the Break Room: How Teacher Appreciation Sabotages Teacher Health

Teaching in a World Filled With Fear

Circle up: Teaching social-emotional skills year round

Reading to children has multiple benefits

The Strengths-Based Classroom

 Individuals see and feel the most growth in their lives in areas that they are the most successful and have the most natural strengths. As opposed to investing time in “fixing” or improving our weaknesses, we should be doing what we do best more and more. We first have to know what we are good at and what our strengths are—once we know this, we can invest in them through time, resources, and training. The outcome, the researchers found, was extremely high levels of growth in these areas as opposed to little to no growth in the areas that aren’t as strong. For our “weaknesses,” we have to find ways to manage around them rather than ignoring them. But to spend great amounts of time to improve them isn’t worth the investment.

How Occupational Therapists May Work With Kids With Dyspraxia