Saturday, November 11, 2017

Educational Links 11/11/17

The importance of music and singing in early development cannot be underestimated

How to Build Self-Assessment Into Jampacked High School Classes

How to Explain ADHD to a Teacher: Parents Share Their Favorite Tips

The Damaging Myth of Normalcy

How Do You Respond to Unexpected Student Questions? Teachers Weigh In

 How one Colorado boy with autism schooled the Supreme Court on public education for the disabled

Endrew sends a clear judicial message that both parent input and school officials’ professional judgment must be joined together in the interest of an individual child. Years of costly litigation may have blurred that concept, but Endrew offers the proverbial “reset.” If interpreted as a victory for all parties, it can provide a valuable point of common ground in the struggle to fulfill the promise of special education law.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Cheesy Jokes and Serious Thoughts About Thanksgiving

This is probably my favorite cheesy joke of all time. 

Why did the Pilgrims eat turkey on Thanksgiving? They couldn't fit the moose in the oven. 
If April showers bring May flowers, what do May flowers bring? Pilgrims. 
What's the best way to stuff a turkey? Take him out for pizza and ice cream. 
What did the turkey say to the hunter? Quack! Quack! Quack! 

Teacher: Where did the Pilgrims come from? Student: Their parents, of course. 

Time for a little serious talk about the Pilgrims. Let's delineate: they were not the Puritans. It was the Puritans and Henry VIII-inspired later purges that began the 'off with their head' programs that sent the Pilgrims, and groups like them, to the Netherlands, and later, to Virginia (woops, Plymouth Rock.) The Pilgrims were in search of religious freedom, and not only accepted help from the Wampanoag tribe--local Native Americans--but intermarried with them over the next few generations because so many of the Pilgrim group died the first year after they arrived in 1620. Many members of the Pilgrims left Massuchusetts during the Puritan's religious purges, like the Salem Witch Trials, and went to Rhode Island. The English have a dynamic history of religious freedom, for example, William Tyndale who translated the Bible into the English language and was martyred as a rebel. We have religious freedom now due to this legacy. Thousands of Americans have genetic ties to the Pilgrims (DNA evidence now shows) and that information is something to treasure. Now we live the liberty for ourselves and offer it to others.

What kind of music did the Pilgrims play?
Plymouth Rock and Roll.

Q: Why did they let the turkey join the band?
A: Because he had the drumsticks.

What do you call the dirt on a Pilgrim's hands?

 What would you get if you crossed a turkey with a spooky spirit?
A poultrygeist.

What's brown and white and flies all over?
A turkey when you carve it with a chainsaw.

How many cooks does it take to stuff a turkey?
One, but you really have to squeeze him in.

Q: What smells the best at a Thanksgiving dinner?
A: Your nose.

Why did the glutton get a traffic ticket on Thanksgiving?
He was exceeding the feed limit.

 Grandma: What would you like for dessert, Joey?
Joey: Pumpkin pie!

 Grandma: Pumpkin pie, what, dear? Say the magic word. 
Joey: I'm sorry, Grandma. Pumpkin pie, abracadabra!

 What is Math teachers favorite part of Thanksgiving dinner?
Pumpkin Pi.

Knock, knock, who's there?
Arthur who?
Arthur any leftovers?

What would you get if you crossed Easter and Thanksgiving?
Feaster Sunday.

What's the key to a great Thanksgiving?
A tur-key, of course.

This is my second favorite cheesy joke of all time.

Thanksgiving Quotes

Ideas for Thanksgiving Lessons

1. Thanksgiving – Teacher Resources 

2.  America celebrates Thanksgiving Day today.

3.  Thanksgiving Classroom Ideas 

4. TeachersFirst's Thanksgiving Resources 

5. Drama:  Thanksgiving Day Feast 

6.  Are You Teaching The Real Story of the "First Thanksgiving"? 

7. Middle School Art Activities With 

a Thanksgiving Theme



Thursday, November 9, 2017

Educational Links 11/10/17

The Sneaky Science Behind Your Kid’s Tech Obsessions

Making Media Literacy Central to Digital Citizenship

Flipping the Classroom: How and Why?

Monks For A Month: College Kids Give Up Talking — And Technology

8 Things I Learned When I Put Standing Desks and Flexible Seating in My Classroom

While stress caused by common core concerns has dominated the recent education landscape, dealing with difficult students remains the number one source of constant tension for most teachers.
Continual exposure to students who won’t behave or produce can quickly erode both confidence and well-being.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Educational Links 11/9/17

It’s Time For A Deeper Conversation About How Schools Use Technology

Teachers: How to use your voice for a positive school culture

The Case(s) Against Personalized Learning

EdTech Acquisition Will Enhance Engagement and Strengthen Conceptual Understanding in Math

These SEL strategies address bullying behavior

What are the Most Exciting Things Happening in Education Today?

Rekindling Excitement for Familiar Classes

Successful teaching, the kind that really makes a lasting impression, requires more than just knowledge—it takes enthusiasm, partnership, and meaningful instruction to nurture and sustain student interest. No matter what subject we teach, or the age of our students, there’s something to be gained by approaching any class as though it were a new teaching assignment.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Educational Links 11/8/17

Student Online Protection Videos you  Must Watch

Principals Like Social-Emotional Learning. Here's Why Schools Struggle With It

The Second Thing That’s Changed Since I Became an Early Childhood Keynote Speaker

Why Is Teaching So Hard? Divided Nation Equals Divided Classrooms

Is art the original social-emotional learning?

8 Things Every School Should Know About Preparing for Natural Disasters

Clean Slate

All kids have greatness hidden inside them. It is the job of an educator to help them find and unleash it. To make this goal a reality, we must change our thinking and believe in our abilities to improve learning for all kids.  It’s interesting that many of us are ready to embrace and celebrate the ideas of others openly, but we don’t necessarily believe in the ones that we either think of or develop on our own.  The best ideas in education come from practitioners in the trenches. It is these people after all who implement innovative practices and ultimately find success.  The challenge though is to begin believing in what you have to offer and not worry about what others think. 

Monday, November 6, 2017

Educational Links 11/7/17

Building Class Culture with Social Skills Goals

Farm To School, Digging Into The Growing Trend Of Schools Growing Their Own Food

What You Didn’t Know About Common Core Curriculum in the Inclusive Classroom

Quick Classroom Exercises to Combat Stress

Calming Anxiety in Children

5 Out-Of-The Box Assessment Strategies Every Teacher Should Know

Preventing bullying through…fiction? It works!

A writer of children’s books contends that reading fiction can increase compassion (and prevent bullying) by allowing students to experience life through another person’s eyes.

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Educational Links 11/6/17

App Introduces Mindfulness for Kids, Adults

Forgiveness doesn’t mean forgetting bad behaviour

Independent Readers, Independent Thinkers

Stop Making Teaching Harder Than It Has to Be!

How Project-Based Instruction Can Ignite Your Child’s Love for Learning

The School Kindness Project

Why protecting students at school is much more than just internet monitoring

The use of technology in schools has provided students with a whole new way to connect and communicate with each other and their teachers, in addition to being a great source for learning. However, on the flipside, access to the wider internet may mean that there is a temptation for students to access websites with inappropriate content–or use it as a platform where negative behavior can escalate, such as for cyberbullying or other undesirable activities.

The Sky Is Cheap Entertainment: What's Up (in the sky) Til The End Of The Year

Taurid fireballs this weekend?

Let's see what neat in the sky til the end of this year.

2017 Full Moon Calendar

Astronomy Essentials: Observe Jupiter Beneath Venus