Saturday, February 11, 2017

Educational Links 2/12/17

Rube Goldberg Machine Contest Puts Students’ Creative Minds to Work

Challenging Student Behavior: Moving From The Boot to The Root

Response: 'Challenges are a Natural Part of Mathematics'

Teaching for Civic Engagement: Individual and Systemic Responsibility

Can Teachers Outsource Grading? Two Educators Explain What That Looks Like

At a Glance: 8 Key Executive Functions

Why Nonverbal Learning Disorder Is So Often Mistaken for ADHD

Nonverbal learning disorder (NLD) might be the most overlooked — and underdiagnosed — learning disability, in part because it's symptoms look so much like ADHD. Poor social and fine-motor skills, inattention, trouble organizing thoughts — learn if these might be signs of NLD in your child.

Aww Garsh--Love Songs for Valentine's Day #20

Guns N' Roses - Sweet Child O' Mine


"Sweet Child O' Mine"
She's got a smile that it seems to me
Reminds me of childhood memories
Where everything
Was as fresh as the bright blue sky
Now and then when I see her face
She takes me away to that
special place
And if I stared too long
I'd probably break down and cry

Sweet child o' mine
Sweet love of mine

She's got eyes of the bluest skies
As if they thought of rain
I hate to look into those eyes
And see an ounce of pain
Her hair reminds me
of a warm safe place
Where as a child I'd hide
And pray for the thunder
And the rain
To quietly pass me by

Sweet child o' mine
Sweet love of mine

Where do we go
Where do we go now
Where do we go
Sweet child o' mine

Black History Month: MLK

About Dr. King 



 The Nobel Peace Prize 1964
Martin Luther King Jr. 




Letter From Birmingham Jail

9 things about MLK's speech and the March on Washington 

13 Pieces of Wisdom From Martin Luther King Jr. 

Speeches of MLK: I've Been To The Mountaintop

Speeches of MLK: Transform the Jangling Discords of Our World into a Beautiful Symphony of Brotherhood

Speeches of MLK: We will move on amid the difficulties, amid the trials, amid the tribulations.

Speeches of MLK: One of the great liabilities of history is that all too many people find themselves standing amid a great period of social change, and yet they fail to achieve the new attitudes, the new thought patterns, the new mental outlooks that the new situation demands.

Speeches of MLK: I Have A Dream

MLK Quotes: #1-22 


Friday, February 10, 2017

Educational Links 2/11/17

Fixed vs. Growth: The Two Basic Mindsets That Shape Our Lives

Adding These Two Letters to STEM Education Can Make a Big Difference

Types of Music That May Help Kids With Learning and Attention Issues

Choosing and Using Kids' Books

My Latest BAM! Radio Show Is On “Protecting Good Education Ideas from Bad Implementation”

No Child Left Inside!


Some of the biggest problems in education occur in the classroom and consequently, are issues that need to be sorted out by teachers. These issues broadly fall into two categories: student problems and parental problems. Did you know that EdTech can help to resolve many common in-classroom problems? No matter what type of problems you are facing in the classroom, EdTech can assist in the following ways.

Favorite Poems for Valentine's Day

These are clearly  my favorites--

especially the love story of anyone and noone.

i carry your heart with me

[love is more thicker than forget]

How Do I Love Thee? Let Me Count The Ways

[anyone lived in a pretty how town]

Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?

Sometimes we forget the entire play is poetry. All of Shakespeare's plays are entirely poetry. Awesome.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Educational Links 2/10/17

An introduction to active learning with rae

The Writing Process Isn’t Linear. So Why Do Schools Keep Pretending That It Is?

What’s the Difference Between ADD and ADHD?

About That Bill Abolishing The Department Of Education

Teaching Your Students to Read Like Pros

Immigration Protests Cast Spotlight on Social Studies Teachers, Content Developersh


At a time when both critical thinking and critical reading may seem amiss from social media conversations, history and literature can help ground students in developing their own perspective. Resources should help students look at issues from an inquiry perspective, rather than just dive straight into a pro/con debate.

Aww Garsh--Love Songs for Valentine's Day #19

Earthquake Movement Graphic--California

I Feel The Earth Move - Carole King - With Lyrics

I feel the earth move under my feet

I feel the sky tumbling down
I feel my heart start to trembling
Whenever you're around

Oh, baby, when I see your face
Mellow as the month of May
Oh, darling, I can't stand it
When you look at me that way

I feel the earth move under my feet
I feel the sky tumbling down
I feel my heart start to trembling
Whenever you're around

Oh, darling, when you're near me
And you tenderly call my name
I know that my emotions
Are something that I just can't tame
I've just got to have you, baby

I feel the earth move under my feet
I feel the sky tumbling down, tumbling down
I feel the earth move under my feet
I feel the sky tumbling down, tumbling down

I just lose control
Down to my very soul
I get hot and cold all over

I feel the earth move under my feet
I feel the sky tumbling down
Tumbling down
Tumbling down
Tumbling down
Tumbling down

Happy birthday, Carole!.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Aww Garsh--Love Song For Valentine's Day # 18


Luiza Vizoli

  Carpenters Close To You

 "(They Long To Be) Close To You"

Why do birds suddenly appear, ev'ry time you are near?
Just like me, they long to be close to you.
Why do stars fall down from the sky, ev'ry time you walk by?
Just like me, they long to be close to you.
On the day that you were born the angels got together.
And decided to create a dream come true.
So, they sprinkled moon dust in your hair of gold,
And star-light in your eyes of blue.
That is why all the girls in town follow you all around.
Just like me, they long to be close to you...
On the day that you were born the angels got together.
And decided to create a dream come true.
So, they sprinkled moon dust in your hair of gold,
And star-light in your eyes of blue.
That is why all the girls in town follow you all around.
Just like me, they long to be close to you...
Just like me, they long to be close to you...

The Sky Is Cheap Entertainment: Snow Moon, Eclipse and Comet, Oh My!

Snow Moon, Lunar Eclipse, Comet Will Be Triple Treat For Stargazers Friday

February Full Moon 2017: When to See the 'Snow Moon' Eclipse

Closest comet in decades to share sky with lunar eclipse this weekend

Triple treat: Eclipse, comet, full moon all coming Friday night

Put this up to honor the comet, and also since it might take all night to see these phenonema.

Bill Haley & His Comets - Rock Around The Clock (1955) HD

Educational Links 2/9/17

8 Smart Ways to Teach Current Events in The Classroom in 2017

Empathy Is Tough to Teach, But Is One Of the Most Important Life Lessons

Trump Will Repeal Common Core, Says Kellyanne Conway (He Can't)

Two-thirds of teachers would feel safer wearing a bodycam, TES survey shows

How IDEA Protects You and Your Child


Why Childhood Hunger Is Closer Than You Think

Hunger affects millions of children each year, and it can have a serious impact on a child’s ability to learn. Discover how you can do your part to help in your classroom, school, and community.

Cheesy Jokes and Serious Thoughts for Valentine's Day

What did the boy bird say to the girl bird?

Garfield is one of my closest friends. The alarm goes off around 4:30 am, I reach for the laptop and see what Garfield is up to. As a substitute teacher, I would bribe the class with his jokes. I'd draw his picture on the board, put the questions to the riddle up and tell the kids I wouldn't give them the punchline unless...the whole class could be complete 15 minutes of work, or be good until recess, or clean up the class. Whatever needed to be done. The rascaliest students really wanted the joke, so everyone would cooperate. I told them I wasn't sure if it was even legal to keep a punchline from them, it seemed like cruel and unusual punishment (but I never had to withhold a punchline ever.) Humor is a great break in the authoritarian regimen; and puns do teach language arts in their multiple meaning words. Oh, the punchline: let me call you Tweetheart. Maybe to be current I should change the riddle to, 
'What did the boy bird text to the girl bird?'
Let me call you Tweetheart.

“Humor is a very important component of emotional health, maintaining relationships, developing cognitive function and perhaps even medical health,” said Allan Reiss, MD, who directs the Center for Interdisciplinary Brain Sciences Research at Stanford  

Most of us know the ancient proverb, 'A merry heart doeth good like a medicine.' 
Leave it to Stanford to use an MRI to prove it! They hooked up kids and showed them funny and nonfunny material. I wonder how these jokes would do.

If you don't like cheese, don't read these!

Here is some more silly:

Did you hear about the romance in the tropical fish tank?
It was a case of guppy love.

What did one piece of string say to the other piece of string?
Please be my valentwine!

What did the French chef give his wife for Valentine's Day?
A hug and a quiche.

What did the farmer give his wife for Valentine's Day?
Hogs and kisses. 
What did Frankenstein ask his girlfriend?
Won't you be my Valenstein? 

What is serious about this holiday is that some of our students are in difficult circumstances due to stressors in their families. They can't write a valentine to mom or dad or other relatives. They may be in the middle of a family break up, in foster care, or suffered a great loss. Our job is to be aware of this, first of all, and maybe have an additional activity to take the edge off the intensity of the student's actual life. Maybe valentines to mail to troops overseas, or to a local nursing home or hospital. Maybe a writing project to write an anecdote of  a time someone showed kindness and love to the student. This could be emotional, but also cathartic. Life is tough, and the facade of the perfect family life is very difficult at times for many kids. Recalling a time of warmth and stability can be a positive moment on a dark day. I've had unique class situations where we could share such a writing project in discussion, and the other students were very supportive.

                                             Thanks, Garfield and other silly souls for 
                                                             keeping it real. Real silly.

Aww Garsh--Loves Songs for Valentine's Day # 17

Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers dancing the feeling of romance.

Written by Cole Porter, arranged by Nelson Riddle, sung by Frank Sinatra. Can't swing much more than that.


Black History Month: George Washington Carver

George Washington Carver (front row, center) poses with fellow staff members at the Tuskegee Institute (now known as Tuskegee University) located in the U.S. state of Alabama. 1902

George Washington Carver's rise from poverty to a celebrated scientist is just one of the remarkable qualities of his life.

He was born into slavery in 1865, kidnapped at one week old by the KKK, returned to the white family that would later raise him as a son, and was later refused college admission because he was black. He persisted and not only graduated but became a professor. But, in my opinion, these details aren't the most unusual facts about him

He was fascinated by the natural world, and began the study of botany even as a child. With persistence, he graduated from an agricultural college and later became the first black faculty member. He had been the first black student. That's remarkable, but not the most remarkable thing about him.

The eminent educator, Booker T. Washington, invited Carver to the Tuskegee Institute when it first opened in 1896. Carver accepted, and continued there for over forty years until his death. He was internationally recognized. Henry Ford invited him to Dearborn to speak many times (he accepted) and Thomas Edison offered him a fortune to work at Edison Laboratories (he refused.) That's not common.

George Washington Carver chose to remain at Tuskegee because he felt he had a vocation to help the black poor in the South. He is viewed as a 'folk' saint due to his choice to live humbly, with impeccable morality, and frugally when he could have been very wealthy (he left $60,000 to the school when he passed away.) He lived his personal faith for service of his students.

What is the most unusual fact about him? He promoted good relations among the races despite the treatment he received, and he consistently, diligently used his genius to benefit others. Always. That's extremely unique.

His first teacher, after his adopted mother, gave him the following instruction. It appears he really nailed it.

"You must learn all you can, then go back out into the world and give your learning back to the people."

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