Saturday, April 8, 2017

National Poetry Month: Poems #9a and #9b

Walt Whitman
 I Hear America Singing.
    I hear America singing, the varied carols I hear,
    Those of mechanics, each one singing his as it should be blithe
              and strong,
    The carpenter singing his as he measures his plank or beam,
    The mason singing his as he makes ready for work, or leaves off
              work,
    The boatman singing what belongs to him in his boat, the deck-
              hand singing on the steamboat deck,
    The shoemaker singing as he sits on his bench, the hatter singing
              as he stands,
    The woodcutter's song, the ploughboy's on his way in the morn-
              ing, or at noon intermission or at sundown,
    The delicious singing of the mother, or of the young wife at work,
              or of the girl sewing or washing,
    Each singing what belongs to him or her and to none else,
    The day what belongs to the day—at night the party of young
              fellows, robust, friendly,
    Singing with open mouths their strong melodious songs.

I Hear America Singing

  by Walt Whitman
I hear America singing, the varied carols I hear,
Those of mechanics, each one singing his as it should be blithe and strong,
The carpenter singing his as he measures his plank or beam,
The mason singing his as he makes ready for work, or leaves off work,
The boatman singing what belongs to him in his boat, the deckhand
     singing on the steamboat deck,
The shoemaker singing as he sits on his bench, the hatter singing as he stands,
The wood-cutter's song, the ploughboy's on his way in the morning, or
     at noon intermission or at sundown,
The delicious singing of the mother, or of the young wife at work, or of
     the girl sewing or washing,
Each singing what belongs to him or her and to none else,
The day what belongs to the day—at night the party of young fellows,
     robust, friendly,
Singing with open mouths their strong melodious songs.
- See more at: http://www.poets.org/viewmedia.php/prmMID/15752#sthash.3OhjFiDm.dpuf

Walt Whitman
 Walt Whitman
http://www.poets.org/poet.php/prmPID/126


I, Too

By Langston Hughes 

I, too, sing America.

I am the darker brother.
They send me to eat in the kitchen
When company comes,
But I laugh,
And eat well,
And grow strong.

Tomorrow,
I’ll be at the table
When company comes.
Nobody’ll dare
Say to me,
“Eat in the kitchen,”
Then.

Besides,
They’ll see how beautiful I am
And be ashamed—

I, too, am America.

Langston Hughes

I'm Going On An Adventure! To Yosemite!

Although I am not a hobbit. 
For several days I will be traveling and camping in Yosemite National Park here in California.

I love trees, even one tree at a time--I will be totally overwhelmed by thousands and huge ones and sweet-smelling ones, not to mention the waterfalls, mountains, and the Merced River. Whoa! what beauty! Will report back. 

Here is information from online sources about the experience we anticipate.

In Japan, a forest bathing trip, called shinrin-yoku (森林浴) in Japanese, or sēnlínyù (森林浴) in Mandarin and sanlimyok (산림욕) in Korean, is a short, leisurely visit to a forest.

 And then there is...


Ralph Waldo Emerson was the king of Waldeinsamkeit. It is the ineffable feeling of truly communing with nature. A walk alone in the woods will bring up feelings of Waldeinsamkeit.
Not actually our tent, but will be similar!
I think we will be also communicating with snow. We will be camping in a tent--it will be kind of chilly- so we'll see if this SoCal girl is at all like her pioneer ancestors from the Black Forest in Germany.
So, MzTeachuh and Educational Links will be back in about 10 days. 

Friday, April 7, 2017

Educational Links 4/8/17

Fostering Student Connectedness: Building Relationships in the Classroom

Top-Rated Science Site Offers Games, Experiments and More


All Students Can Find Power in Thinking Like Computer Scientists


8 Sensory-Friendly Indoor Games and Activities


Curriculum Becomes a Reform Strategy


5 WAYS TO GET A LAUGH IN YOUR CLASSROOM

It Takes a Suburb: A Town Struggles to Ease Student Stress

Brain-Based Strategies to Reduce Test Stress


We live in a stressful world, and the stress is heightened for students and educators when it’s time to prepare for high-stakes tests. When test scores are tied to school funding, teacher evaluations, and students’ future placement, the consequences of these stressors can be far-reaching.

National Poetry Month: Poem #8


i carry your heart with me  

by E. E. Cummings
i carry your heart with me(i carry it in
my heart)i am never without it(anywhere
i go you go,my dear; and whatever is done
by only me is your doing,my darling)
i fear
no fate(for you are my fate,my sweet)i want
no world(for beautiful you are my world,my true)
and it's you are whatever a moon has always meant
and whatever a sun will always sing is you

here is the deepest secret nobody knows
(here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud
and the sky of the sky of a tree called life;which grows
higher than the soul can hope or mind can hide)
and this is the wonder that's keeping the stars apart

i carry your heart(i carry it in my heart) 

Hey, FB Friends--Getting Ready for the Yosemite Adventure

My version of pioneer spirit.
Since I can post other sites to FB, but the link through my account is out--I will use the MzTeachuh blog to communicate, posting only to FB, then delete it. Though it will go out through email, ha! So the world will know my 'I Love Lucy' life.
Here is the truck I rented, will drive to Vegas tomorrow, then Stephanie and I will drive to Yosemite Sunday.
Lots of room, which I'm sure we will fill. I may have a chance to communicate tomorrow.

And if regular readers of MzTeachuh happen to open this--Yosemite National Park is so beautiful, if you are in California--try to see it!

Soon to be full of camping stuff.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

National Poetry Month: Poem #7

  “Hope” is the thing with feathers - (314)

By Emily Dickinson



“Hope” is the thing with feathers -

That perches in the soul -

And sings the tune without the words -

And never stops - at all -

And sweetest - in the Gale - is heard -

And sore must be the storm -

That could abash the little Bird

That kept so many warm -

I’ve heard it in the chillest land -

And on the strangest Sea -

Yet - never - in Extremity,

It asked a crumb - of me.

This is such a precious metaphor. Thank you, Emily.

Emily Dickinson 1830–1886

Educational Links 4/7/17

Sparking Curiosity and Solving Real-World Problems


21 Ignorant Comments About ADHD (and the Facts to Refute Them)


Kids with dyslexia are not getting what they need in American public schools


HAVING FUN WITHOUT 1:1


The Common Core of the Student Needs the Common Core of Place


The Importance of Encouraging Colleagues: Why Everyone Needs a 'Nudger'


Four Steps to Improve U.S. Schools That (Almost) Everyone Supports


Public school champions and school choice advocates agree that educators should prepare students for careers, intervene early, look beyond test scores, and focus on the neediest schools.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

National Poetry Month: Poem #6

Diverging roads.

The Road Not Taken

By Robert Frost
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
Robert Frost
 Robert Frost 

Educational Links 4/7/17



Statewide school reform gains fans and concerns while letting students learn at their own pace


Every Moment Counts


Sensory Processing Issues Explained


Department of Education Outlines “Best Practices” for Restraint and Seclusion of Students with Special Needs


Teacher-Made Lessons Make Inroads


The Teaching Strategies of Creative Teachers


On Teaching Controversy


How Messing Up Helps Us Become Better Teachers


Writing and STEM: A Crucial Combination

When we think about what a scientist or a mathematician looks like, we rarely see a pen or pencil in hand composing a report or writing an essay. No, we think of the more glamorous side of conducting experiments and solving intricate mathematical situations.
However, one must realize, Writing is a tool to make thinking more lucid. Think about it; to be able to put words onto paper, one must extract information and then be able to portray its meaning clearly via words on a page. Carly Fiorina (former executive of Hewlett Packard) sums it up, “The goal is to transform data into information and information into insight.” Can a scientist or mathematician be considered successful with his/her theories if he/she has solved a complex problem yet cannot elucidate and interpret the solution in words? Root-Bernstein (2011) says, “Since words are our primary means of communicating, anyone who has not mastered their creative use is simply underprepared for any discipline, including STEM subjects.”

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

National Poetry Month: Poems # 4 and #5




Harlem

By Langston Hughes
What happens to a dream deferred?



      Does it dry up

      like a raisin in the sun?

      Or fester like a sore—

      And then run?

      Does it stink like rotten meat?

      Or crust and sugar over—

      like a syrupy sweet?



      Maybe it just sags

      like a heavy load.



      Or does it explode?

 
Mother to Son
By Langston Hughes
Well, son, I’ll tell you:
Life for me ain’t been no crystal stair.
It’s had tacks in it,
And splinters,
And boards torn up,
And places with no carpet on the floor—
Bare.
But all the time
I’se been a-climbin’ on,
And reachin’ landin’s,
And turnin’ corners,
And sometimes goin’ in the dark
Where there ain’t been no light.
So boy, don’t you turn back.
Don’t you set down on the steps
’Cause you finds it’s kinder hard.
Don’t you fall now—
For I’se still goin’, honey,
I’se still climbin’,
And life for me ain’t been no crystal stair.

Educational Links 4/5/17

Earth Day Network  http://www.earthday.org/


Skype Earth Day Adventures
https://education.microsoft.com/earthday

How To Build Coaching Relationships
http://www.teachingchannel.org/videos/instructional-coach-teacher-relationships

The Psychological Approach to Educating Kids


Four Teaching Moves That Promote A Growth Mindset In All Readers


EVERY CHILD READY TO READ DEPENDS ON LIBRARIES PREPARING PARENTS FOR LIFELONG INVOLVEMENT IN LITERACY

HTTPS://WWW.IMLS.GOV/NEWS-EVENTS/PROJECT-PROFILES/EVERY-CHILD-READY-READ-DEPENDS-LIBRARIES-PREPARING-PARENTS-LIFELONG

8 Habits of Happy Teachers

Video: Does ADHD Ever Just Go Away?


A Glossary for the Current Education Debate


School choice is a hot issue right now. In addition to being discussed in states across the country, it’s a key education priority of the Trump administration. Although the administration has proposed cutting the U.S. Department of Education’s budget by 13.5 percent, it seeks a $1.4 billion federal investment in school choice. This would include funding for a pilot private-school voucher program, new money for charter schools, and additional money for Title I that would be directed to follow students to the public school of their choice.



 


The Sky Is Cheap Entertainment: Jupiter ! Check It Out April 7

With just binoculars you can see Jupiter's moons and eye.


Jupiter to appear bigger, brighter this weekend as it reaches opposition


Jupiter at opposition
https://in-the-sky.org/news.php?id=20170407_13_100

Earth will pass between the sun and Jupiter on April 7
https://www.edutopia.org/blog/glossary-current-education-debate-anne-obrien

Jupiter at Opposition and the Lyrid Meteor Shower in April 2017 Skywatching | Video



Monday, April 3, 2017

Educational Links 4/4/17


Say what? Gaming boosts knowledge by 25 percent

I taught my 5th-graders how to spot fake news. Now they won’t stop fact-checking me.


Choosing Online Curriculum: Tips From Educators


5 ways to reduce the harrowing STEM teacher shortage


Calling All Educators: What Do You Care About?


Can Educators Ignore Social Media Any Longer?

Apps for Kids on the Autism Spectrum

Technology has the power to unlock learning for kids of all ages and stages. And sometimes exploring and learning on a device first is less intimidating than trying out new skills with real people. Check out these apps that help kids with communication, organization, and even social-awareness skills -- and watch the video to learn more about how to choose media and tech products for kids with learning differences.


National Poetry Month: Poem #3

Photo by Shane, Wargave, England

 Summer Song


Wanderer moon
smiling a
faintly ironical smile
at this
brilliant, dew-moistened
summer morning,–
a detached
sleepily indifferent
smile, a
wanderer’s smile,–
if I should
buy a shirt
your color and
put on a necktie
sky-blue
where would they carry me?

- William Carlos Williams

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Educational Links 4/3/17

How Apps Are Helping ELL Parents Learn Alongside Their Student


A new technology is fundamentally changing learning–here’s how




Earth Day Is Coming Up – Here Is Everything You Wanted To Know About The Environment, But Were Afraid To Ask


Never Punish a Child for Behavior Outside His Control


Why do more than half of principals quit after five years?


The new generation of principals, though, especially those who work in urban schools, have become far more involved with what happens in the classroom. Spurred by new state laws that call for improved methods of teacher evaluation, many districts across the country are looking for principals to serve as instructional leaders and talent judges — helping teachers improve, rewarding those deemed “most effective” and firing those who aren’t.

National Poetry Month: Poem #2

The Fall of Icarus by Bruehgal
Landscape with the Fall of Icarus
William Carlos Williams 

According to Brueghel
when Icarus fell
it was spring 
a farmer was ploughing
his field
the whole pageantry 

of the year was
awake tingling
with itself 

sweating in the sun
that melted
the wings' wax 

unsignificantly
off the coast
there was 

a splash quite unnoticed
this was
Icarus drowning 

 William Carlos Williams

 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Carlos_Williams

Icarus

 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Icarus

Jim Henson's The Storyteller Daedalus and Icarus

 http://www.tv.com/shows/jim-hensons-the-storyteller/daedalus-and-icarus-1598028/