Saturday, June 3, 2017

Educational Links 6/4/17

Different Terms You May Hear for Learning and Attention Issues

Sometimes Calling Teachers 'Valued Professionals' Just Feels Empty

How should educators begin building the schools of the future?

What Teachers Think vs. What We Actually Say

A Clever Use of Google Keep for Grading in Google Docs

Is a Master’s Degree in Education Right For You?

Educator: These are “My Tech Essentials”

Supporting Kids Through Times of Change

Students routinely experience unexpected changes, like learning that a favorite teacher will leave their school, or that a classmate will move away, or that the band program they’d hoped to join the following year will no longer be funded.
Transitions are always hard for kids—they crave and need consistency and routine, and so the end of the school year can be challenging anyway. But if big changes (or even medium-sized ones) are on the horizon, it can be even harder on kids.

Beautiful Boy


John Lennon and son Sean.

Father's Day June 17.

John Lennon truly had a hard row to hoe and a long way to go before arriving at joy and contentment when his son Sean was born in 1975, on Lennon's own birthday, October 9. Five years later he included this song on his Double Fantasy album, which was released after his murder in 1980. Beautiful, poignant, profound stuff. Life (and death) is what happens while you're busy making other plans.

Beautiful Boy

 Close your eyes
Have no fear
The monster's gone
He's on the run and your daddy's here 

Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful
Beautiful boy
Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful
Beautiful boy 

Before you go to sleep
Say a little prayer
Every day in every way
It's getting better and better 

Out on the ocean sailing away
I can hardly wait
To see you come of age
But I guess we'll both just have to be patient
'Cause it's a long way to go
A hard row to hoe
Yes it's a long way to go
But in the meantime 

Before you cross the street
Take my hand
Life is what happens to you
While you're busy making other plans 

Before you go to sleep
Say a little prayer
Every day in every way
It's getting better and better 

Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful
Beautiful boy
Darling, darling, darling
Darling Sean

This video has some lovely photos of John and Sean.

John Lennon - "Beautiful Boy"

Summer Madness

Vintage Otter Pop flavors. I favor Louis Bloo Raspberry

Kool & The Gang - Summer Madness 

It would be madness, on a very hot summer day, to eat the whole box of Otter Pops while chillaxin' to this cool music.  Mix up the flavors! Madness, sheer madness!

Friday, June 2, 2017

Educational Links 6/3/17

Be an enabler, not a dictator

How To Create A No-Zero Policy In Your Classroom

The Best Q&A Posts of 2017 - So Far

The Five Biggest Fears that Kept Me from Empowering Students

Why It Matters That Poor Kids Don’t Have Time to Play

Special Education and “The Art of War”

Special education can turn into a battle for many parents, which is an unfortunate reality. This happens when parents and school administrators have different beliefs about a child’s needs. Emotions can run high for parents because their child is involved. Administrators can also have strong feelings about protecting their budgets, keeping costs under control, and defending their programs. 

Good Morning, Daddy

Morning Hug, Julia Schwartz
Painted by the grandma.

Father's Day is Sunday, June 18.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Educational Links 6/2/17 header image -- pics of various students and teachers
IDEA Website

After Outage, Ed Department Unveils New IDEA Site

Is Your Child Showing Grit? School Report Cards Rate Students' Soft Skills

The BIG List of the Best Websites for Teaching Math

Why school reports matter – and 4 ways to make them better

Discover Teaching Strategies to Individualize Instruction

Kicked out of kindergarten: How do elementary schools discipline?

Research on the negative impact of exclusionary 
discipline on young students is clear, said Dianna R. 
Wentzell, commissioner of education for the Connecticut 
State Department of Education. 
“When people talk about the school-to-prison pipeline, 
it begins with children’s first experience of school. 
Suspensions and expulsions create academic deterioration, 
disconnection, and disengagement for our kids,” says 
Dr. Wentzell.
However, when teachers are given the tools to handle 
student behavior in ways that de-escalate difficult 
situations, and teach students how to regulate their 
own emotions and behavior, says Wentzell, the outcome 
for children is entirely different. 

Mom, I'm Bored--What Can I Do?

1. Reading Quest

2. Summer Science Projects 

3. Summer Games 

4. Summer Stargazing 

5. International Space Station Spot The Station 

6. 5 Ways to Prevent Idle Kids This Summer

7. Summer Reading Recommendations 


Tranquil Afternoon--Art, Music and Maybe a Faun

'North Woods' by Richard Kozlow, 1988. But I don't know if the woods in Michigan have mythological creatures or not.

 'Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun' (complete), by Claude Debussy, with an animated graphical score.

I love this animation guy.

This is to honor the greatest, bravest faun of all times, Mr. Tumnus.

Mr. Tumnus the Bold

Yes, I'm trying to trick you into reading The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe to your class. Or maybe they would like to popcorn read it.

Just Hanging Out With Daddy

JFK with John John in the Oval Office. 1962

Father's Day is June 16.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Educational Links 6/1/17

A Good Tool To Help Struggling Readers

A Historic Literacy Effort in California Brings Personalized Learning to 

English Language Learners

Our Schools Have an Equity Problem. What Should We Do About It?

Lots of people are excited about career and technical education. But new international research points to a potential downside

Skills That Can Be Affected by ADHD

Adaptive learning is an educational method which uses computers as interactive teaching devices, and to orchestrate the allocation of human and mediated resources according to the unique needs of each learner.
Not only a concept but it can also be referred as a tool to deliver the best of education. Some of the advantages of this pedagogy are personalized learning, automated teaching, and addressing education’s greatest pain points.

Summer Bump Not Slump: Stuff To Do

A summer reading list for tweens 

BirdSleuth Action Map 

Fun and Free Summer Learning Resources

25 Activities to Keep Kids' Brains Active in Summer - See more at:

25 Activities to Keep Kids' Brains Active in the Summer 

summer learning 

Keep Learning and Making: 10 Fun Indoor Summer Projects

Its a big, floppy, yellow one! In my Butterfly Garden 

 Hey, what kind of butterfly is that?

North American Butterfly Association

Gardens with Wings--Identify Butterflies

MzTeachuh's List of the Top Five Educational Websites

How wonderful to conveniently learn, comment, and participate with fellow teachers around the world.  Powerful and validating. Here is my list of top five websites for you to ponder expanding your ePLN.

Edutopia helps teachers with learning theory as well as practical suggestions for the classroom. The site spotlights the best educators in the world blogging just for the individual teacher out in the field. Thorough diversity of resources covering all educational topics is updated daily while there is a well-curated, organized catalog of past posts. There is an honesty and clarity in this site, and if I could only have one online educational resource, I would choose Edutopia.

TeachThought is strong on learning theory and philosophy of teaching. Teacher motivation and collaboration are frequent topics on this site. There are some really beautiful graphic organizers, too, covering important topics for professional development.

MindShift is higher level thinking for educators. This site has provocative, invigorating educational topics as well as articles highlighting innovative educational practices in the real world. I particularly appreciate the topics in support of educational equity.

Edudemic has outstanding resources, particularly in the area of educational technology. Much of this site's resources present the practicality of ed tech, and also addressing larger issues facing teachers and students. There are excellent Guides for Teachers that are clear and specific.

This site is clear, concise, and simplifies complex dynamics of learning and attention issues.  It is invaluable as a tool to clarify how best to serve a student and explains procedures for Special Education interventions. is a tremendous benefit for teacher and parent. It is just a beautiful, thoughtful website.
Please get the RSS feed or email for MzTeachuh's daily Educational Links--these sites are just some of the resources I use for your update on what's happening this day in education.

My Dad

Strolling Player and Son, Picasso

Cheese is okay for holidays, right? This is for those many new fans of the Donna Reed Show.

"My Dad" - Paul Petersen

Father's Day is June 12.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Educational Links 5/31/17

At a Glance: 8 Key Executive Functions

This is news from my hometown that I am very proud of:


School Suspensions Take a Toll on Kids With IEPs and 504 Plans

When Schools Meet Trauma With Understanding, Not Discipline

Why Female Engineering Students Benefit From Women Mentors


5 Ways to Create Virtual Learning Experiences in Your Classroom

Why Female Engineering Students Benefit From Women Mentors

There’s no doubt about the value mentors can provide to the lives of students. A good mentor can show a young person how to identify and accomplish goals, connect with important people, serve as a role model and open up opportunities. How students acquire mentors can be a matter of their own initiative or built in as a requirement for programsschools or community colleges.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Educational Links 5/30/17

11 Surprising Statistics That Sum Up the Life of a Teacher

13 Picture Books about Reading to Inspire Young Readers and Writers

Lit Circles: Fostering Heterogeneous Collaboration

Hall Passes, Buses, Lunch Duty: What If The Principal Could Focus On Achievement?

Fidget, Jiggle, Twiddle, Wriggle: Bring Back Activity in Schools

Questions to Ask Yourself as the School Year Winds Down

Structures Drive Behavior: Work on the System, Not the People

Structures drive behavior. Organized one way we can be inventive and cooperative; organized in a different way we are uninventive and uncooperative. That’s a research finding of Nicholas Christakis, director of the Human Lab at Yale. “Same human beings, different typology – a different architecture of ties – completely changes the kind of group properties that these individuals evince.”

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Educational Links 5/29/17

New Evidence on Teaching Reading at Frustration Levels

Federal Data Give the Clearest Look Yet at America's Homeless Students

Study Tips Backed By Science

WATCH: Kids Craft Comics To Explore Immigration Fears

How the Country’s Largest District is Personalizing Learning for Every Teacher

Privileging an ideology of individualism

Is Mindfulness Meditation Good for Kids? Here’s What the Science Actually Says.

Mindfulness is an interesting — and experimental — approach to providing kids with a way to reduce stress. But it’s not a home run.
I think it’s important to research this stuff, but at the same time, I think it’s important to have common sense. Do we as adults and educators in society have a responsibility to teach children to be self-aware? You don’t need a research study answer that question.