Saturday, September 23, 2017

Educational Links 9/24/17

Can Teaching Civics Save Democracy?

The dangers of sweating the small stuff in the classroom

An 8-Year-Old Bullied For Her Love of Bugs Just Got Her First Scientific Publication

Hey, Mainstream Teachers, You Need to Read My Child's IEP

A Simple Tool for Fostering Growth Mindset

Forcing Young Kids to Say "I'm Sorry"

The ‘No’ in ‘Innovate’

This may seem counterintuitive, but not if you talk to teachers or administrators who are dealing with initiative fatigue. Ask those educators to list the number of programs that are promoted in August and then completely forgotten by October—year after year after year.

Special Education Update 9/24/17: Behavior Issues

Behavioral issues have multiple sources from neurological to environmental to just plain immaturity. The behavioral experts at your school and district can help pinpoint the sources and the recommended plan for positive intervention. It is tricky (as I have found over the schoolyears) and really requires expertise above the classroom teacher. ASD is neurological, complex, and require expertise from interventionists who are very knowledgeable in this area since each student on the Spectrum is completely unique. From my experience in working with autistic students, parents as well as school, district, and county staff must form a team to continually bring current information from home, classroom, other services (APE, PT, OT) and medical to evaluate the behavior observed, and recommend any tweeks or changes in the plan. Within the ASD community there are labels such as neurotypical and neurodiverse (describing the ASD student and those not on the Spectrum.) But, personally, I believe ASD students are neurocomplex--a fascinating combination of gifts, talents, and challenges.

Behavioural disorders in children

Types of Behavior Assessments

This next  link is a collection of articles about autism and issues that can be observed as needing behavior intervention.

How Autism Relates to Learning and Attention Issues

Childrens Behavioral and Emotional Disorders

During a child's developmental years, they are constantly growing and changing. It is imperative to note that one must keep this in mind when diagnosing and treating emotional and behavioral disorders in children.

Educational Links 9/23/17

The School Climate Problem (and What We Can Do About It)

Feds Urged To Strengthen Autism Transition

Dyslexia & Dysgraphia: Here Comes Pod/Vodcasting

Power Hour: More Than Just Recess

Making Social Studies More Social for All Kindergarteners

Sensory Seeking and Sensory Avoiding: What You Need to Know

The lack of bare necessities are why teachers can’t rest at ease

Teachers have always dipped into their own funds to help shape their work, but there’s evidence that schools may be relying on their money – and goodwill – to plug the continuing funding gap.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Educational Links 9/22/17

Reading to Rewire

 Tools to Inspire Perseverance in Student Writers

The Creative Classroom with John Spencer

Process vs. Product: A False Dichotomy?

Compassion as a Classroom Management Tool

4 Tools to Inspire Perseverance in Student Writers

It is a form of learning whereby students are “educated through first-hand experience. They acquire skills, knowledge and experience outside of traditional academic classroom settings. It includes more of internships, studies abroad, field trips, field research and service learning projects.” And with the advent of technological innovation, making use of various educational technologies and Virtual Reality further supports the goals of experiential learning.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Educational Links 9/21/17

Why Students Forget—and What You Can Do About It

8 Reasons I Think Home Assistant Devices Are the Future of Assistive Technology

How Virtual Teaching Helps Remote K–12 School Districts

ADDitude Magazine: Free Downloads

Being Popular: Why it Consumes Teens and Continues to Affect Adults

The Teacher’s Guides To Technology And Learning

Practical Ed Tech Tip of the Week – Collaboratively Create Video Playlists

There is a lot of great educational content on YouTube. The challenge that many teachers and students have is finding and keeping track of it all. Turn on the collaboration feature when you start making a playlist and then work with your colleagues to develop lists of educational videos for your students. You could also have students collaborate with you or their classmates to create a playlist of review videos. In the video embedded below I demonstrate how to collaboratively create a YouTube playlist.

Educational Links 9/20/17

Protecting Student Privacy on Social Media

Let's Be Honest: Professional Bullying in Schools Is a Thing

10 easy steps to make your classroom dyslexia-friendly


Two edtech champions to join White House offices as fellows

Tch Tips: Four Ways to Communicate with Families

Depending on when your school year started, you’ve probably made it through the initial sprint of setting up routines, establishing the foundation for your class culture, and everything in between. Now as you move into the fall, it’s time to evaluate and refine your communication with families.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Educational Links 9/19/17

There’s No Such Thing As Being Bad at Math: How Neuroscience Is Changing the Equation

Valuing and Enjoying the Process of Learning

Should I Go Straight to the Principal to Get Services?

Extreme student behavior: 7 traps to avoid when NOTHING seems to work

Re-Focus Your Students with Three Balance Breaks


Supporting Students' Social, Emotional, and Academic Development: The Evidence Base for How We Learn

Compelling research demonstrates what parents have always known—the success of young people in school and beyond is inextricably linked to healthy social and emotional development. Students who have a sense of belonging and purpose, who can work well with classmates and peers to solve problems, who can plan and set goals, and who can persevere through challenges— in addition to being literate, numerate, and versed in scientific concepts and ideas—are more likely to maximize their opportunities and reach their full potential. 

Extreme student behavior: 7 traps to avoid when NOTHING seems to work

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Educational Links 9/18/17

The Challenge of Developing an Academic Curriculum That Addresses Social Emotional Learning

Why Executive Function Skills Take So Long To Fully Develop

What is Competency Based Learning?

Managing Time Without a Bell Schedule

Google Extends Digital Literacy Training to Teachers

Digital citizenship has stepped into the forefront of a modern-day education. Experts indicate that as schools roll out tech, they also need to be rolling out digital citizenship education.
Tech giant Google heeded that call and partnered with experts to launch Be Internet Awesome, an interactive campaign that educates students on how best to act on the internet.