Saturday, January 6, 2018

Educational Links 1/7/18

The Maker Monday Challenge: Begin Each Week on a Creative Note

How Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Works

Building Stamina: Reading and Otherwise

5 Perspectives on Personalized Learning

ESSA drives new approaches to K12 physical education

Districts Grapple With Closure Decisions In Wake of 'Bomb Cyclone' Storm

Will Letter Grades Survive?

Under pressure from an unprecedented constellation of forces—from state lawmakers to prestigious private schools and college admissions offices—the ubiquitous one-page high school transcript lined with A–F letter grades may soon be a relic of the past.

Friday, January 5, 2018

Educational Links 1/6/18

Re-Energize Your Classroom in the New Year

digital education, special education, IDEA

Who Is Studying Online (and Where)

When is it too cold for school?

Social Security for Teachers

Goodbye ABCs: How One State Is Moving Beyond Grade Levels and Graded Assessments

New Comedy Sheds Light On Raising Kids With Special Needs

Ed Department Seeks Delay Of IDEA Rule

The Trump administration wants to delay implementation of an Obama-era regulation designed to ensure that kids from certain backgrounds aren’t unnecessarily placed in special education.
At issue is a rule finalized in the closing weeks of the Obama administration aimed at preventing overrepresentation of minorities in special education.

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Educational Links 1/5/18

Focusing on the Process: Letting Go of Product Expectation

The Elements Of A Digital Classroom

Teachers Most Favored Apps

Twelve things we learned today about pupils' use of social media

Self-Advocacy: Strategies for All Ages

How Does a Child With Executive Functioning Issues Think Differently?

"Mindset" is Carol Dweck's term to describe the spectrum of attitudes that people have towards their ability to improve. Folks with a growth mindset will be able to make changes more quickly because they fundamentally think of their abilities as plastic and trainable. Folks with a fixed mindset will make less progress because they think they are already as a skillful or creative as they're ever going to be. 

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Educational Links 1/4/18

Favorite Thinkers 2017: Students Get the Last Word

Cranking Teaching Strategies Up to Awesome

Five hot topics in autism research in 2017

12 Resolutions Every Educator Should Make in 2018

STEAM-ing along with Science

Creating a WebQuest | It's Easier Than You Think

Assistive Technology for Auditory Processing Disorder

Kids with auditory processing disorder (APD) can struggle to recognize subtle differences in the sounds of words. This can create challenges, like mishearing directions in class or being easily distracted by background noise. But assistive technology (AT) can be a big help.

Teacher Resolution #3

I solemnly resolve...
#3. I resolve to not let the kids drive me completely nuts.

Seventh grade teachers, I feel your pain. But let's be realistic.

How about:

I won't let the students bait me as much.

How 'interesting' your students are vary from year to year, grade to grade, and there are plenty of other factors. But how to respond to your 'interesting students' is in your domain of influence. Keeping a consistent, regulated classroom management system every second of classtime will stabilize the experience of the students and yourself. This isn't easy, but when Teacher realizes the efficacy of relying on a good classroom management system, it becomes a pleasure--no, that's too strong--a relief. Include the parents, for sure, with reports of success and rascality. Be efficient with reports to the Discipline Office--only after other options are truly exhausted unless it is a safety issue or some other extreme situation. Be fair, be thorough, be relentless in your pursuit of every student's success. You'll be the teacher that very 'interesting' student thanks when he/she is a successful stand up comic.

Top Ten Classroom Management Ideas and Resources 

25 Sure-Fire Strategies for Handling Difficult Students 

How to Handle Discipline Problems with Effective Classroom Management

Using Detention Wisely

Don’t Just Sit There: Use Detention Wisely
This is not my school--but it could have been! Don't think we're ever going back to this classroom management, as far as I know.


Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Educational Links 1/3/18

A Collection of Some of the Best Websites for Teachers

Bringing Students Into Professional Development

EdTech To-Dos for 2018

Keeping the Best of the Old and the New in Education

From DACA To DeVos: Education Predictions For 2018

EdSurge HigherEd’s Top 10 Articles of 2017

Autism spectrum disorders appear to have stabilized among U.S. kids and teens

Researchers have a new reason to believe that the prevalence of autism spectrum disorders in the U.S. has reached a plateau.
The evidence comes from the National Health Interview Survey, which polls American households about a variety of conditions. When a participating family includes children, one of those kids is selected at random to be included in the interview.

Teacher Resolution #2

I solemnly resolve...
#2. I will keep up with all the paperwork, all the time.

Quite a goal. But how realistic is it?

How about this:

I will keep up with mandatory paperwork in a timely manner, and not create unnecessary paperwork for myself.

There are plenty of deadlines for all teachers that are universal: grades, behavior reports, cum files' stuff. But sometimes in our enthusiasm we create lots of paperwork related activities that don't really need our personal touch but as teachers we may not want to let go of the control. Our time is our most precious resource and if we can expedite the necessary paperwork through better organization, we should also let go of time-consuming, and possibly unnecessary, teacher grading/commenting interactions on everything.

Overwhelmed with Grading Papers? Try These Time-Saving Tricks 

Grading Made Simple 

Classroom Management: Top 12 Ways to Tackle Teacher Paperwork 


Monday, January 1, 2018

Educational Links 1/2/18

25 education trends for 2018

10 Creative Risks to Take with Students This Year

Binge-Watch the Top 25 edWebinars of 2017!

The Power of a Mentor

Around The Web In ESL/EFL/ELL

What Is Fluency and How Do I Support It in the Classroom?

The Difference Between ADHD and Executive Functioning Issues

In many ways, ADHD and executive functioning issues go hand in hand. That’s because most of the symptoms of ADHD (also known as ADD) are actually problems with executive function. (You’ll see the signs of each are very similar!) There’s one big difference between the two, however.
ADHD is an official diagnosis. Executive functioning issues is not. It’s a term that refers to weaknesses in the brain’s self-management system. Also, trouble with executive function isn’t just a problem for kids with ADHD.

Vivaldi and Monet: Winter

Monet. Boulevard Saint Deni Argenteuil in Winter

It is amazing how this music can portray in sound the feeling of profound cold, and the bustle and hurry of getting home and onto the hot cocoa and warm fireplace. Vivaldi is amazing--as is Monet.

Antonio Vivaldi - Winter (Full) - The Four Seasons

MzTeachuh's List of 25 Movies to Watch With Your Teens

Here are twenty-five of my favorite films. Although most of these are very famous, they might not be to a fourteen year old.  Consider sharing films that meant something to you, sharing personal insights to your life experience. Some are fine for pre-teens, use your own discretion and consider ratings. Make watching your favorite movies a family occasion, to share your feelings and experiences at the time. Kids are amazed to imagine their grownups as kids. This can be a closeness-builder. Don't forget good snacks.

And don't neglect all those great Christmas/Holiday films--you have your choice of so many 'Christmas Carols', my favorite it Goerge C. Scott's, and 'Elf',  even National Lampoon,. You can always binge on the Halmark Channel.

Hurrah for Hulu and Netflix! But I say, even if you use ole skool tek like VHS (as long as it works, why not?) or DVDs, just have a blast from the past.

Not in order of importance or preference. Just as I thought of them. I have more, of course, like 'Braveheart,' or 'Spartacus' but I must limit myself.

Forrest Gump (1994)

Lincoln (2012)

Men in Black (1997) 

Frankenstein (1931) 

A Hard Day's Night (1964) 

Sophie's Choice (1982) 

All in the Indiana Jone series, but especially  

Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) 

All in the series, but especially The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) 

All Mel Brooks' films, but especially  The Producers (1967) 

A Patch of Blue (1965) 

Gravity (2013) 

Sleepless in Seattle (1993) 

Schindler's List (1993) 

Glory (1989) 

All Episodes--but definitely Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) 

The Sound of Music (1965) - IMDb 

Saving Private Ryan (1998) 

My Left Foot (1989)  

Gone with the Wind (1939)

Titanic (1997) 

All Sequels: Back to the Future (1985) 

The Miracle Worker (1962) 

Alien (1979) 

Dances with Wolves (1990) 

MzTeachuh's List of 25 Movies to Watch With Your Teens 

Teacher Resolution #1

I solemnly resolve...

#1. I will be a better teacher.

Great sentiment, a little too general.
How about:

I will pay more attention to each student. 

The students feel more empowered to participate in classroom activities, attempt new challenges, and express ideas when on a positive footing with Teacher. The other data that schools collect make more sense when viewed through recent interaction with the student, and parent interaction becomes more positive and coherent when your input concerning the student is current.

Observing Students 

From this article:

  • Glean information from each student's daily experiences and interactions.
  • Use data from tests to supplement your observation.
  • Watch the process children go through to master skills, concepts, or content.
  • Ask students to think aloud for you so you can probe their understanding of content and strategies.
  • Build student portfolios to record performance benchmarks during the year.
  • Use every possible source of information to create a rich tapestry of assessment enabling you to determine appropriate instruction for each student.

Response: Supporting Student Engagement by 'Building Community' 

From this article:

Teachers play a critical role in increasing engagement by changing the type of tasks and by improving the social dynamics in the classroom. 

Supporting Student Resilience in the Classroom 

From this article: 

In a classroom, there are many variables that a teacher cannot control, such as parental involvement, poverty, nutrition and chemical influences. However, within the classroom, a teacher can become a charismatic adult and model a resilient mindset, identify and communicate islands of competence to students, and give them a sense of autonomy and choice in the work they do. These are simple, inexpensive steps that may make future assignments go more smoothly and keep more students involved throughout the process. 


Sunday, December 31, 2017

Educational Links 1/1/18

How Educators Can Model Democratic Decision Making In Schools

Teaching with Current Events? 15 Current Event Sites for Students

5-Minute Film Festival: Best Educational Parodies of 2017

Cabin Fever: 9 Indoor Activities for Hyperactive Kids

Grids, Timelines, and Notes in Google Slides - Best of 2017

How Do You Measure A Year: Tch Year in Review

10 Ways We Would Fix the U.S. School System

Our kids are remarkable. They have unmatched gifts and perspectives. Yet they struggle academically — in large part because schools are not traditionally set up to recognize and build upon their learning styles. The solutions, it turns out, are often easier to visualize than they are to enact. Here is how we would start to re-think school.