Saturday, June 10, 2017

Educational Links 6/11/17

When School Is Nothing Like The World Students Live In

How to Make Meaningful Change in Our Schools

Empowering Principals As Designers Capable of Retooling School

3 Super-Simple Summer Science Activities

11 Tricks to Catching Your Low Performing Students Before They Fall Through the Cracks

Signs of Executive Functioning Issues at Different Ages

Why Teachers Will Never Beat The Bullies

The expert in the social interaction of teenagers tells Jessica Powell that the root cause of bullying is a pursuit of status – and that makes the issue very difficult for teachers to tackle
The world of adults is sometimes very similar to the playground,” muses Toon Cillessen, professor of developmental psychology and director of research at the Behavioural Science Institute at Radboud University in the Netherlands. “Relationships among adults and among kids in school are not really all that different.”

Next Schoolyear: A Soundtrack for Our Classroom

You are working to the easy listening music of Johann Sebastian Bach.

Using Music in the Elementary Classroom (Warning: It May Get Loud) 

I like classical quite a bit for background.

Here are some of my choices.:

Antonio Vivaldi

Four Seasons ~ Vivaldi 

Beethoven's 5th Symphony

TEOC - Symphony No. 06 - Beethoven | Full Length 45 Minutes 

Symphony No. 9 ~ Beethoven 
Ludwig Van Beethoven 

Mozart - Symphony No. 40 in G minor, K. 550 [complete] 


Wolfgang Mozart


Mozart Flute & Harp Concerto C major K 299 Neville Marriner RTSI 

Mozart Piano Concerto No.21 in C major, 'Elvira Madigan' K.467 

It is my opinion that listening to Bach's Brandenburg Concertos  is truly 'busy bee' motivation, but the students generally like Beethoven the best.

Johann Sebastian Bach


J.S. Bach Brandenburg Concertos, Complete, Ton Koopman 

We do know that Mozart is the best soundtrack--based on decades of research.  Kids like it, too.

Friday, June 9, 2017

Dads Have Faith In You

Serena and Venus Williams with their Dad Richard

Father's Day is June 17.

Educational Links 6/10/17

Classroom Management: What is Standards-Based Grading?

11 Tricks to Catching Your Low Performing Students Before They Fall Through the Cracks

Will New York City's Plan to Make Its Schools Less Segregated Work?

Brain differences in ADHD

13 Life Lessons Students Can’t Learn from a Book

From Kindergarten to High School – How to Prevent the Summer Slide

Why Teacher Education Should Include Neuroscience

21st century learning necessitates traditional classroom design upgrade

The traditional educational paradigm of simple knowledge transfer from teacher to students is no longer applicable to a modern day emphasis on creative learning, which means that old models for classroom design are outdated and ineffective.

Next School Year...We'll Have A STEM Garden!

The blossoming health and academic benefits of school gardens 

Educational Benefits of a School Garden 

Lessons learned about starting a school garden from our Organic Gardening WaterWorks projects. 

Teaching STEM in your Learning Garden 

Using Gardening to Promote STEM 

Getting Started with School Gardens 

National School Garden Program 

Designing a School Garden 

Setting Up and Running A School Garden 

 Three school garden skills “You need to know only three things to run a successful school garden:

  1. How to cultivate people,
  2. How to cultivate plants, and
  3. Where to go for help.”

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Educational Links 5/9/17

The Access Model: A 1:1 Framework For Teaching With Technology

Chromebook takeover signals major shift in education…but not in the way you may think

How Google Took Over the Classroom

Assistive Technology Can Benefit All Students

How to Hire a Teacher with Strong Instructional Technology Skills

Battling Against Traditional Perceptions of Teaching and Learning

Music as a Teaching Tool

Many teachers shy away from including music in their classrooms because they presume they need musical training to use music as a teaching tool. However, there are multiple ways to implement music in the classroom that don’t require any training.

Good Daddies Share the Spotlight

Steph Curry's Daughter Riley Steals the Show

Stephen Curry's daughter steals the show -- again

Father's Day June 17.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Father, You Are The Bee's Knees

Theodore Roosevelt and Family 1900
Seriously. And also the cat's whiskers.
Father's Day June 17.

The Family Man

Educational Links 6/8/17

Why art?! We’ll tell you why. And, we can prove it.

Teachers' training needs improvement so students benefit, new report says

Light a Fuse: How One State’s Teachers Are Sparking Digital Innovation 

How Trauma Affects Kids in School

To Measure the Arts, Think Outside the Box

I Noticed & I Wondered

'Too often, headteachers don't practice what they preach'

How often do we meet school leaders who fail to practice what they preach? Who talk about the value of lifelong learning yet demonstrate a fixed mindset; who talk about outstanding teaching yet rarely teach themselves?
I believe strongly that it is up to the headteacher to promote and model the core values and beliefs of a school. It is my assertion that the headteacher of a school should in fact be seen as the lead learner, responsible for establishing the conditions in a school that enable the continuous learning of all pupils and all staff. 

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Daddy, Daddy, Come Play!

Precious Cargo by Kim Roberti

Father's Day is June 17.

Having a positive relationship with Dad can really influence a young girl's whole life

Educational Links 6/7/17

Ideas—Not Devices—Are Changing EdTech

Unidentified Dyslexia Takes Heavy Toll

Schools Worried About Tracking Devices

Graphic Novel Conversion 

What Teachers Can Change

Integrated Curriculum: Why it Matters, and Where to Find It

Life is integrated. Why isn’t learning?
Discipline-based learning was popularized in the mid 19th century. Disciplines were locked into place by course and credit structures a century ago. While experts would argue that disciplines have unique epistemologies worth exploring, the drawbacks of a discipline-based approach have long outlasted the benefits. It dampens engagement, narrows learning and damages preparation
Eighty years ago, the National Council of Teachers of English (ironically, a discipline-based organization) encouraged correlation (casual attention to related subjects), fusion of two subjects (often called multidisciplinary learning) and integration (the unification of all subjects and experiences).

Monday, June 5, 2017

Come On, Come To Daddy

'Farmstead,' Van Gogh
Father's Day Sunday, June 17.

Educational Links 6/6/17

Summer Reading Guide 2017

Rebooting Industrial Era Seating

Delaying the Grade: How to Get Students to Read Feedback

Powerful Learning Experiences at the Intersection of Big Data and Big Empathy

I Hated School, I Loved Learning, But…

Getting FAPE: Asking the Right Questions

When Reading Gets Harder

For years, we’ve thought that the answer to boosting adolescent reading comprehension lay in building students’ vocabulary. Teens often struggle with the jargon and advanced terminology they encounter as they move into middle and high school, so educators have designed curricula and interventions that explicitly teach these complex words.
But these strategies aren’t always fully effective, according to literacy researcher Paola Uccelli. As she writes, many of these interventions have yielded “significant growth in vocabulary knowledge yet only modest gains in reading comprehension.” Too many teens still struggle to understand assigned texts.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Educational Links 6/5/17

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

What Global Teacher Bloggers Have to Say on Learning With The Arts

Education Department Launches New Special Education Site

Prepare Now to Give Your Classroom a Facelift Next School Year

Advice On Interpreting Education Research

Teaching Strategies to Deal with Dysgraphia

Students who struggle with handwriting to the point that they cannot express themselves through the written form may have a neurological learning condition called dysgraphia. Dysgraphia is a condition that some students have that causes trouble with written expression.

Laconic Summer Evening

Paul Ranson Apple Tree With Red Fruit

Summer by Frank Bridge 

Stepfathers Should Get More Credit

St. Joseph and the Christ Child

Stepgrandfathers, too. I wouldn't trade my grandpa, (see below) step or otherwise; he brought all the love and joy we needed. 

Eddie Fisher - Oh! My PaPa 1954

Grandpa and Melanie (9th Birthday)
Oh, My Papa
Oh, my pa-pa, to me he was so wonderful
Oh, my pa-pa, to me he was so good
No one could be, so gentle and so lovable
Oh, my pa-pa, he always understood.

Father's Day is June 18.