Saturday, January 7, 2017

MLK Quotes: #2

Educational Links 1/8/17

The real cost of being a teacher

Managing Transitions

Think Like A Fitbit: Measuring What We Value

How Showing and Telling Kids ‘I Believe in You’ Can Empower Them at School

Little Goals Can Be Better Than Big New Year’s Resolutions

10 Steps To Include Students With Autism In General Education Classrooms

Why Design Thinking In Schools Loses Power When It’s Reduced To A Checklist

Design thinking has been slowly gathering momentum among educators for the past few years as a way for students to engage with real-world problems and design solutions using interdisciplinary ideas. But, like many trends that catch on quickly, many educators still aren’t totally sure what design thinking is.

Speeches of MLK: I Have A Dream

Martin Luther King, Jr.
I Have a Dream

Friday, January 6, 2017

Educational Links 1/7/17

A New Definition For Equity In Education

Exploring Blended Learning Leadership

I Just Found Out My Child Has Executive Functioning Issues. Now What?

Download This Brain Breaks Calendar for Activities All Month

Working as A Team

Why Bother Giving Access To Curriculum For Students With Significant Disabilities?

Gone are the days when students were expected to sit passively at desks while teachers lectured endlessly, expecting children to soak up the information being thrown at them. In today’s educational environment, students are expected to collaborate, think critically, and work together to develop innovative projects and answers to complex questions.

MLK Quotes: #1

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Educational Links 1/6/17

Fiction has significant role in social emotional learning

Igniting a Passion for Reading

Educators: The lessons we learned in 2016

For teachers, it's not just what you say, it's how you say it

25 Awesome Tips for Google Apps in the Classroom

My Favorite Way to Get Students Discussing & Defending

The Best Resources On Providing Scaffolds To Students

All of our students need scaffolds at one point or another, and I thought it would be useful if I brought together many of the posts that I’ve characterized as “scaffolding” into one place (as well as resources from others). Here’s a simple definition of scaffolding from Indiana University.

Teaching Is Using Proximity


1. Effective Room Arrangement 

2. The Effectiveness of Teacher Proximity as an Initial Technique of Helping Pupils Control Their Behavior. 

3. Quick & Effective Teaching Strategies: Proximity Control 

4. Proximity & Modality 

5. Suggested Classroom Interventions For Children With ADD & Learning Disabilities 

6.  How to Use Proximity to Manage the Classroom 

7.  Proximity and Mobility 

Proximity to help during guided practice!

Letter from Birmingham Jail

Published to celebrate the unveiling of the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial on August 28, 2011 in Washington, DC. The silk screen comes with a 52 page book depicting why MLK wrote the "Letter from a Birmingham Jail" response in 1963.

MLK's Letter from Birmingham Jail - "A Call for Unity" (1963)

Letter from Birmingham Jail 



Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Educational Links 1/5/17

Quality Counts 2017: State Report Cards Map

Every School Is A Think Tank

Discrimination in Gifted Education Must End

Make a winning start this term

Teaching Strategies: Build Solid Relationships with Students

Make Arts Education Standard

Arts education has been shown to improve student performance across the disciplines as well as to have a positive effect on other indicators like family involvement, absenteeism, and school culture and climate.

MzTeachuh's Meditations: Fret Not

and don't forget to delight thyself in the Lord!

fret not
do good
commit thy way
cease from anger
wait upon the Lord
the meek shall inherit the earth
the Lord upholds the righteous
show mercy
the steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord
depart from evil do good
speak wisdom

The Holy Bible (KJV) _ Psalms 37 

Teachable Moment: Dr. Martin Luther King

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., galvanized the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950's and 1960's due to his remarkable courage and unsurpassed eloquence.  He was right; those who were on the opposing  side of the argument were revealed as hideous, sadistic monsters. They still are. 

Unspeakable atrocities preceded and follow Dr. King's time of leadership. His actions and words still call forth men and women, boys and girls of all demographics to seek equality in America. And the price could be high.

When Dr. King gave his immortal, 'I Have A Dream' speech, he ignited dreams among all ethnicities, genders, religions, and students.  Hearing it is a profound experience. Please have your students listen. It is probably the most important speech given in the twentieth century, and given by a future winner of the Nobel Peace Prize.

Here is a resource to hear the "I Have A Dream" Speech on American Rhetoric.

Teachable Moment: "I Have A Dream" Speech Anniversary Today 

Here is an excerpt from my blog "Books to Soothe Kids' Toxic Stress"

A third grader, small for his age, could really run fast during practice for his elementary school's Olympic Day. It was his way to shine. His tennies were worn out, so Teacher got him a new pair at  Wal-Mart. He made the school proud. This school district was low income, and located near a federal prison, therefore many families were in the area to be living nearby to visit relatives. The little boy also worked very hard at reading, writing, and math, including those impossible fractions. After the January 19th holiday, he asked Teacher, "Why don't they make Dr. Martin Luther King bedsheets? They make them for Superman." He had chosen the better hero.

This is a true story, and I hope the little guy is now a grown, happy, and functional adult, since I last had him at school in 1995.  He had the odds against him, but hopefully some encouragement from reading in school has remained with him.

This story of Dr. King and his profound words will be like miracle grow to the young soul, no matter what color his skin may be.

Teachable Moment: Book Review: Martin's Big Words 

There are excellent resources to inform students about Dr. Martin Luther, King. 

March on Washington: Throngs mark 'I Have a Dream' anniversary

March on Washington's 50th anniversary commemoration draws tens of thousands

 And some posters and quotes.


Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.

 The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character - that is the goal of true education.

 I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.

The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.

Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness.

 We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive.    

 Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.

He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love. There is some good in the worst of us and some evil in the best of us. When we discover this, we are less prone to hate our enemies.

I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality... I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word.

 Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?' 

 I look to a day when people will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.

MLK aged seven. Do you have one in your first grade? Maybe your eighth grade class, or your American History class?

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Educational Links 1/4/17

5 Education Stories To Watch In 2017

Relics Of The Space Race, School Planetariums Are An Endangered Species

Finding ‘Personalized Learning’ and Other Edtech Buzzwords on the Gartner Hype Cycle

Winning in the Classroom with Your Personalized Learning Playbook

The 40 Reflection Questions

Donald Trump and K-12 Education: Five Things to Watch in 2017

The presidential transition means an especially busy start to the year. President-elect Donald Trump may not have talked much about education on the campaign trail, but the first part of the year will tell us a lot about the direction he wants to go and how much of a priority he places on the issue. What's more, we'll get a glimpse of how well he's able to work with Congress on K-12, not to mention early and higher education.  

Monday, January 2, 2017

Educational Links 1/3/17

5 Common Myths About Dyslexia

Prevention Program Safeguards Children's Brains from Effects of Poverty, Says Study

3 Reasons to Consider a Co-teaching Model

Performance Assessment in Different Learning Environments

Best Special Needs Apps for Android

21 Tips for Connecting Learners to Their Community

Place and Community Based approaches can be transformative for students, teachers, schools and communities. Making these approaches work means taking a fresh look at the school community, the
wider community and the environment, and working out how they can best support each other. Change takes time, and success, naturally, relies on a healthy physical and social learning environment with good relationships between educators, administrators and students. Many schools will already be connecting students with their local Place and helping them discover how to make their own place in the world a positive one.

Next Semester...Classroom Art Gallery

Don't get too carried away--but just so you know, I have a power stapler, too. Prepping for an art show.
Prepping for School Art Show
Prepping for School Art Show

Students may tell you, "I can't draw a straight line!" Tell them back, "Good, we have rulers for that."

Bringing out the artist at all grades levels and in every subject takes some organization and motivation, particularly if you intend to include all students at some point in your classroom gallery.

First, let's start with the actual location and methods of getting a space going.

5 Ways to Create a Classroom Art Gallery

Really Good Bulletin Boards

7 Tips for Successful Student Art Displays

Student-Centered Bulletin Boards for a Secondary Classroom: 5 Ideas to Make Your Walls Work for You and Your Students

Second, decide the frequency of new material. You mean I'm not leaving this bulletin board up all year? No. Even the Louvre moves things around from time to time.  The students can help, and would enjoy the task. Plus, this means they can break the monotony of a sedentary classroom on a regular basis. Have a cycle so every student has work on display an equal amount of time, The students can implement this. The environment of the class will be refreshed. Will this mean designating time for organization of the art gallery during class? Yes. 

Third, decide the content of your classroom art gallery. This could be content-driven, seasonal or student choice. How cool for the quiet artist to know they need to create something in three weeks to be displayed in the classroom gallery. Teacher has the final say on content, of course.

Pegasus, Escher

Here are some ideas for  class activities that might end up in your classroom gallery.

Exploring Tessalations  

Composition II, Mondrian

Here's a great artist for inspiration: 

Escher: Tessellations by Recognizable Figures 

Geometry, Color, and Piet Mondrian 

Don't for the artist who created the STEAM craze: Leonardo.
Hydraulics, da Vinci

Design Like da Vinci: Sketching Lessons from the Original Renaissance Man 

Even pages from well-drawn science notebooks could go up.

Third, you can use classroom content as sources of inspiration through illustrating historical or literary scenes, or make posters for current events.  And, of course, well known artists and seasonal topics make great sources for classroom art.

Exploring Impressionism, Grades K-5 

Exploring Impressionism, Grades 6-8 

Exploring Impressionism, Grades 9-12 

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Educational Links 1/2/17

17 Things That Will Make 2017 Your Most Organized Year Yet

The Best Sites For Learning About The Presidential Inauguration – 2017

When Real Reading Isn't Happening...Four Ways to Respond

Scientist & Scholars:What's in a Name?

Meeting Special Needs: Inclusion Classrooms Fair But Not Equal

Empathy for Kids With Learning and Attention Issues

Why Executive Function Is A Vital Stepping-Stone For Kids’ Ability to Learn

Neuroscientists and educational psychologists are constantly learning more about how children learn and the various influences beyond IQ that affect cognition. Some research, like Carol Dweck’s on growth mindset or Angela Duckworth’s on grit, quickly became catch phrases among educators. At the same time, critics have pushed back against the notion that students underperform only because of cognitive deficits, pointing to an equally pressing need for big changes to teaching practice. Many teachers are trying to combine the research about cognitive skills with more effective teaching practices. They are finding that whether students are working on self-directed projects or worksheets, executive functioning skills are important.

Next Semester...I'll Do Better With Google Classroom

Not all of us are IT-type folks, so we may need to practice new skills. But we can learn!

Google Classroom: First Look{creative}&utm_term=%2BUsing%20%2Bgoogle%20%2Bclassroom 

Google Classroom 

Introduction to Google Classroom 

Google Classroom Review 

Google for Educators: The Best Features for Busy Teachers 

It might take grit to learn this, but we can do it.

60 Smarter Ways To Use Google Classroom

Welcome to the Google Classroom Help Center