Saturday, October 28, 2017

Silly Music For Halloween #5: ...I was working in my lab late one night...

These lyrics, as all narrative poems, incompass a story; this one includes several famous movie monsters. We've got Frankenstein and Dr. Frankenstein (Mary Shelly's story from almost 200 years ago),  zombies, Wolfman,  Dracula and Igor, Dr. Frankenstien's assistant (reference 'Young Frankenstein' by Mel Brooks.) You could actually do a plot diagram, but a panel cartoon graphic might be more fun. The fact that the Mashed Potatoes was actually a dance in the early '60s is really very funny in itself, but teaching the class to do this dance will give much needed relief from the stress of the Common Core-for teacher.
Monster Mash
I was working in the lab, late one night
When my eyes beheld an eerie sight
For my monster from his slab, began to rise
And suddenly to my surprise

He did the mash, he did the monster mash
The monster mash, it was a graveyard smash
He did the mash, it caught on in a flash
He did the mash, he did the monster mash

From my laboratory in the castle east
To the master bedroom where the vampires feast
The ghouls all came from their humble abodes
To get a jolt from my electrodes

They did the mash, they did the monster mash
The monster mash, it was a graveyard smash
They did the mash, it caught on in a flash
They did the mash, they did the monster mash

The zombies were having fun
The party had just begun
The guests included Wolfman,
Dracula, and his son

The scene was rockin', all were digging the sounds
Igor on chains, backed by his baying hounds
The coffin-bangers were about to arrive
With their vocal group, 'The Crypt-Kicker Five'

They played the mash, they played the monster mash
The monster mash, it was a graveyard smash
They played the mash, it caught on in a flash
They played the mash, they played the monster mash

Out from his coffin, Drac's voice did ring
Seems he was troubled by just one thing
Opened the lid and shook his fist and said
"Whatever happened to my Transylvania Twist? "

It's now the mash, it's now the monster mash
The monster mash, it was graveyard smash
It's now the mash, it caught on in a flash
It's now the mash, it's now the monster mash

Now everything's cool, Drac's a part of the band
And my Monster Mash is the hit of the land
For you, the living, this mash was meant too
When you get to my door, tell them Boris sent you

Then you can mash, then you can monster mash
The monster mash, and do my graveyard smash
Then you can mash, you'll catch on in a flash
Then you can mash, then you can monster mash

Monster Mash Up: Halloween In-Class Activity

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In simple terms, they’re an alternative to the punitive justice that has been used in schools for misbehavior—schools are rapidly adopting restorative practices to replace disciplinary removal. But they can also be used to build a sense of community, because at heart they involve creating a safe space for group discussion.

Friday, October 27, 2017

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Is getting your child into a gifted-and-talented program a mark of good parenting? How you answer may depend largely on your race or ethnicity, according to new research.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

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The Every Student Succeeds Act, which is replacing No Child Left Behind, takes effect this school year and emphasizes a well-rounded education which includes the arts. For many schools that means putting more emphasis and cash behind arts programs that were neglected for the past decade. The Arts Education Partnership has an ESSA cheat sheet with lots of relevant information about what this means for your state and you can find it here

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

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Great ideas can lose their allure when not implemented well. But that doesn’t make them bad ideas. Such is the case with project-based learning (PBL), a complex, powerful approach to teaching and learning that’s backed by extensive research.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

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The U. S, Department of Education is insisting that its move to withdraw dozens of special education guidance documents will not compromise services for students with disabilities. 

The agency said this week that all of the stricken guidance is no longer relevant.

Monday, October 23, 2017

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This type of cyberbullying and reckless use of digital communication is rampant among teens, but this recent episode was only unusually due to its elevated publicity.

Sunday, October 22, 2017

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Teachers and Researchers Team Up to Teach NGSS-Style Science

The idea is to allow students to become practicing scientists by setting up scenarios that let them explore the natural world. For example, a mini-unit on puddles allows young students to explore how a puddle filled with water in the morning has disappeared by the afternoon. According to teacher Anuska Chorba at Hazel Wolf K-8 STEM School, previously, she "was the scientist" with the information that would be passed along to the students. Now, her students are "taught the practices of being a scientist" by going through the same processes to find information that adult scientists would.