Saturday, February 25, 2017

Educational Links 2/26/17

21 Tips for Starting (or Improving) your School Butterfly Garden

10 Defusing Phrases to Use at IEP Meetings


Are We Innovating, or Just Digitizing Traditional Teaching?

Is It Time To Go Back To Basics With Writing Instruction?

Develop Listening Skills: Sound Awareness

Deeper Learning—for Teachers

Professional development. The phrase has a lot of connotations: Some may think of a trainer talking at them for a full day while others remember a fantastic and practical workshop or a meaningful conversation with a student or colleague. I see a clear parallel to the term project. Say “project” to someone, and they might recall a truly valuable experience or perhaps a complete waste of time. However, we know that when we adopt the mindset and essentials of project-based learning with students, we can improve upon existing projects or create new and better ones. Can we use PBL to improve professional development?

Friday, February 24, 2017

Educational Links 2/25/17

Hacking Teens’ Desire to Impress Their Peers

Why Group Work Could Be the Key to English Learner Success

Flipped learning takes a big step forward

ESSA and education technology: 5 reasons for optimism

Is Special Education in Trouble?

Teaching Students Good Digital Citizenship

The Crisis in Black Education: Focusing on Young People’s Strengths

So we need to focus on young people’s strengths and help them leverage those strengths. Similarly, we can help them understand that there are areas where they can improve constructively, so they don’t internalize those as deficits.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Educational Links 2/24/17

What Writing Wikipedia Entries Can Teach Students About Digital Literacy

Bullying Starts in the Sandbox: Five Ways to Stop It There

How to address executive function skills in the classroom—and why you should

Talking Race, Controversy, and Trauma

The ADHD Brain Is Wired Differently

Smart Ed Tech Strategy That Comes From the Classroom

Encouraging Student Debate

Shifting Your Assessments To Grow Higher-Level Thinking

It was no wonder our students were receiving high marks on classroom assessments—almost all the questions required students to recall memorized information. However, our state assessment and content standards demanded higher levels of thinking. Due to this misalignment, our school results on the state assessment were expectedly low.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Educational Links 2/23/17

Supreme Court Sides With Family In Service Dog Case

Shifting Your Assessments To Grow Higher-Level Thinking

An Unwavering Advocate for Racial Equity in Schools

20 lessons that incorporate the 4Cs

From Dream to STEAM: Guided STEAM Learning Through Play

Using Historical Fiction to Connect Past and Present

Are We Innovating, or Just Digitizing Traditional Teaching?

Instead of filling an inbox on the teacher’s desk with packets and worksheets, students now completed the exact same procedures online. Rather than write homework assignments on the board, teachers posted them to the students’ digital news feeds. While blended learning brings with it the promise of innovation, there is the peril that it will perpetuate and replicate existing practices with newer, more expensive tools.

The Sky Is Cheap Entertainment: New Earth-Type Planets? Scotty, Don't Beam Me Down Just Yet

7 Earth-Size Planets Found In Habitable Zone Outside Our Solar System

BREAKING: NASA Announces the Discovery of a Potentially Habitable 'sister Solar System'

NASA Telescope Reveals Largest Batch of Earth-Size, Habitable-Zone Planets Around Single Star

Artist's conception of the newly discovered possible human habitable planets
40 light years away.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Educational Links 2/22/17

Understanding Individualized Education Programs

Children with Behavioral Disorders Benefit from Exercise in More Ways Than One

If you give a kindergartner a Chromebook…

Here Are The Ten Downloadable Graphic Organizers I Use With ELL Beginners To Write A Story



Whether you know it or not, it’s likely that comics already have a significant place in your classroom – in your students’ backpacks and desks and on their phones. Bringing comics into your teaching lets you take advantage of the high interest they engender. It’s also a great way to make reading a lively and engaging experience for your students. But wait, there’s more – much more. Here, in words and images, are six additional ways comics can support your teaching efforts.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Educational Links 2/21/17


The Difference Between Dyslexia and Dyscalculia

Here’s what schools need to know about ESSA right now

Dysgraphia: A Struggle With Written Expression

What Neuroscience Can Tell Us About Making Fractions Stick

Media Literacy: Five Ways Teachers Are Fighting Fake News

10 high-need education policy areas for 2017

As a new administration takes over, federal and state policymakers should keep these important policy areas in mind.

Competition for jobs is increasing thanks to an ever-growing global economy. Today’s students are preparing for jobs that, in some cases, do not yet exist. In order to ensure students’ college and career readiness, the K-12 and higher education systems must be strengthened, according to a policy paper from New America, a non-partisan think tank.

Nature, My Garden and Me: Happy Presidents' Day--Thanks to the Primrose

It isn't that easy to have a red, white and blue color bowl for President's Day here in Zone 7b. 

But thanks to the lovely, hearty primrose, here we have a lovely display. Happy President's Day! Who is your favorite president? 

Most folks say Abraham Lincoln, Washington, Jefferson or Teddy Roosevelt.  But my #1 is John Adams.

Teaching Is Reflective

A Mid-Year Reflection for Teachers and Students 

The Reflective Teacher: Taking a Long Look 

Reflecting on Reflection: A Habit of Mind 

Reflective Teaching: A 30-Day Blogging Challenge For Teachers 

Are You A Reflective Teacher?

Are You A Reflective Teacher? 

10 Ways To Be A More Reflective Teacher

10 Ways To Be A More Relective Teacher

10 Ways To Be A More Reflective Teacher

7 Great Resources for Reflective Teachers 

Reflection: What Makes Learning Stick 

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Educational Links 2/20/17

Austin District Warns Teachers Not to Talk to Students About Immigration Raids

Student Suicide: Moving Beyond Blame to Understanding

We Should Be Obsessed With Racial Equity

Study Reveals Children's Reading Habits

Keeping Rules Front and Center During the Winter Slump

Confronting the Abominable Snow Day

Government's Special Education Website Is Back After Prolonged Outage

Podcasts and the Classroom

The popularity of podcasts makes them a great learning tool in the classroom. In one classroom in Connecticut, podcasts have even taken the place of final papers and exams, much to the students’ delight. Beyond their popularity, podcasts can be a great way to engage different kinds of learners, disseminate information, and get students excited about out-of-the-box assignments. Here’s how 21st-century educators can harness the power of podcasts in the classroom:

All American Cheesy Jokes and Serious Thoughts

Hurrah for the red, white and silly. And Garfield has just the light hearted touch we sometimes need.

Try not to turn each of these jokes and riddles into too much of an opportunity to teach, though with younger children, you might have some 'splaining to do, Lucy.

Teacher: Where was the Declaration of Independence signed?
Student: On the bottom.

Teacher: The Declaration of Independence was written in Philadelphia. True or false?
Student: False. It was written in ink.

What did Paul Revere say at the end of his ride? I've got to get a softer saddle.

And just to be teachery, don't forget Longfellow's adventuresome poem, 'The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere.' It's so cheesy, kids love it.

Embarrassed someone saw my crack.
Keep in torch!
Did you hear the one about the Liberty Bell? Yeah, it cracked me up.

What did the visitor say as he left the Statue of Liberty? Keep in torch.

What did one flag say to another--nothing, it just waved.

'What kind of tea do Americans thirst for? Liber--ty. Ha ha.'
                                    What colonists told the most jokes? Punsylvanians.

Very good read.
Now for a serious thought. The greatest founding father, in my opinion, was John Adams. He supported all citizens, and did not believe in slavery, not a bit. He and his family had no connection with slavery at all. He argued in  the Continental Congress for the abolition of slavery, foreseeing the schism it would cause in a new America; which it surely did in the Civil War. He and his wife Abigail supported integration in their home town of Braintree, Massuchusetts, in the local school. John Adams had the education, brilliance and insight to see that the colonies needed to empower all the people no matter what; he worried that the British would treat the American colonies as they had Ireland. He was humble enough to recommend Thomas Jefferson be the compiler and writer of the Congress' thoughts, but historians know it was Adams who was the prime thinker. He was an innovative diplomat, a President who would see the big picture, and a faithful and loving husband and father. I think the latter should count for a lot. Thank you, John Adams, for taking care of baby America.

Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other. John Adams