Saturday, August 5, 2017

Nature, My Garden and Me: The STEM Garden at my new school

An illustrious teacher at my new school wrote a grant for greenhouses and planted this lovely veg garden which has done beautifully over a Mojave Desert summer. I get to participate with my Special Education class this coming schoolyear of 2017-2018.

Educational Links 8/6.17

A Surprising Way to Reduce Math Stress

Stages of a total eclipse


 Google Sheets for Classroom Management

90% of Parents Think Their Kids Are on Track in Math and Reading. The Real Number? Just 1 in 3, Survey Shows

The Forgotten History of Autism

What’s The Middle Ground Between Grammar And Voice When Teaching Writing?

There’s very little research on how to effectively teach writing and few pre-service teachers explicitly learn how to teach it in credentialing programs. And yet good writing has become a central skill for most subject areas, including math and science, where teachers are now asking students to explain their thinking. 

Friday, August 4, 2017

Educational Links 8/5/17


My Teacher Look: Get Students Back on Track

Parent Toolkit for Student Privacy

Dyslexia: Red Flags for Early Intervention

Are You Helping Prepare Students for Jobs That Will Be Lost to Automation?

7 Words That Might Change the Way You Teach

Trouble With Self-Regulation: What You Need to Know

The Benefits of Saying Nice Things About Your Colleagues

Whether we realize it or not, we are constantly given small opportunities to build up or put down our coworkers in the ways we talk about them. When we introduce two colleagues, tell a story about how a meeting went, or share a colleague’s work, how we “narrate others” can make a big difference in how they feel about themselves and their work.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Educational Links 8/4/17

I Noticed & I Wondered

Teens and Executive Function Skills

11 Essential EdTech Action Steps for Back to School

Autism Symptoms are Less Obvious in Girls and May Lead to Underdiagnosis

'Teachers can't be expected to solve social mobility on their own'

Ten Non-Standard Ideas About Going Back to School

No Screaming: Classroom Management Strategies That Work

Screaming can be an effective classroom management strategy if your goal is to get scared children to obey your words. It also could cause students to revolt. Why do we do it? We scream because we’re upset. We scream because it’s effective… well the first few times.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Educational Links 8/3/17

A Push in the Right Direction

Rap n’ read

Student Athletes Have Audiences. Why Don’t Student Writers?

Everything You Thought You Knew About Dyslexia Is Probably Wrong

The Back-to-School Tech You Need (and Don’t Need)

Bringing Authors Into Your Classroom

How More "Breaks" Improve Teaching and Learning

Research tells us that more breaks matter, and guest Tim Walker is seeing the evidence in his teaching. Learn how giving students more free time during the day improves outcomes.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Educational Links 8/2/17

Getting to Know Students Deeply

All About the Layered Curriculum Approach

Check Out These Online Tools to Improve Writing Skills

Words Matter: Quality Instruction for English Language Learners

10 ways Google is making Classroom and Forms easier for teachers this school year

The Argument for Multi-Grade Classrooms in Today’s Schools

Guess What? We’re All Born With Mathematical Abilities

Our project is trying to get at what early predictors we can uncover that will tell us who might be at risk for being behind their peers when they enter kindergarten. We’re taking what we know and going back a couple steps to see if we can identify kids at risk in the hopes of creating some interventions that can catch them up before school entry and put them on a much more positive path.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Educational Links 8/1/17

What Works For Getting Kids to Enjoy Reading?

Free Checklist: Common Executive Function Challenges — and Solutions

AP Computer Science Principles Attract Diverse Students With Real-World Problems

Elementary school brings academics to physical education class

“Kids Can’t Learn From Teachers They Don’t Like”

While curriculum, assessment, and 

instructional design may be how you 

parse your thinking now, at one point it

probably had more to do with content,

curiosity, and relationships. 

In this talk, the 40-year veteran teacher

reminds us that not only do

relationships matters, sometimes they’re

all that matters.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Educational Links 7/31/17

Helping Learners Move Beyond “I Can’t Do This”

Total Solar Eclipse--August 21!

Write-On Tables

Hidden Inequities

Have a Clear Vision as a Leader to Enable Success

Education Inequality Starts Early

What Happens if Schools and Districts Miss New Academic Goals? Maybe Nothing

We need to talk about those goals. 
The long-term targets states have put forward in the Every Student Succeeds Act have gotten a lot of attention, positive and negative. What's a goal? Think about things like 75 percent of students scoring proficient in English/language arts in 13 years, or getting a certain share of kids to graduate on time in eight years.
But there's something else you should know here: In several situations there may not be any consequences for missing these big targets.