Thursday, June 21, 2018

Assessment That Makes Sense

27 Teacher Actions That Help Promote Valid Assessment Data


What Are Some Types of Assessment?

Resources for Comprehensive Assessment

Innovative Assessments: Widening the Horizon

15 Assessment Activities That Are Fast, Fun, and Formative

Assessment activities should be quick, enjoyable, and versatile. That’s because formative assessment is best when it’s ongoing and consistent. Teachers use it in their classrooms to provide critical feedback to students. It helps them to monitor and modify their instruction methods and lesson plans to improve learning outcomes. That’s why we must use a variety of assessment activities and change them up frequently to stimulate both students and themselves.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Teachable Moment: Raising the Rhetoric

JFK 1961
Eloquence. Higher level thinking. Rational open discussion. American rhetoric--let's remind ourselves of the brilliant heights of thought our fellow citizens have given us. These profound thoughts were articulated to we the people, the common folk, the general populace. Dare I say, the 'undereducated,' as well as the 'intelligensia.' We the people listened, considered, and thought about these ideas.

American Rhetoric's Top 100 Speeches of the 20th Century 
highlights a diversity of speakers. Brilliant passion, complicated sentence structure, even three or four syllable words! As a student growing up in the 1960s, I was exposed to tremendous higher level thinking, free discussion, complicated language. Let's refuse to be dumbed down! We have access to fantastic thought and passion. The website has hundreds and hundreds of speeches.

Are you prepared to let students browse through this amazing collection of ideas? Here are some interesting choices-- hopefully a fair and diverse group. (And don't forget Abraham Lincoln, FDR, Adlai Stevenson, and even Richard Nixon.) 

 Ronald Reagan Remarks at the Brandenburg Gate

Theodore Roosevelt The Man with the Muck-rake  1908

Elie Wiesel The Perils of Indifference 

Barbara Pierce Bush Commencement Address at Wellesley College

Hillary Rodham Clinton 

Remarks to the U.N. 4th World Conference on Women Plenary Session 

 And two of my favorites:

John F. Kennedy

Address at Rice University on the Nation's Space Program

Martin Luther King, Jr.

I Have a Dream

Cannot hear this speech too often.

Educational Links 6/21/18


5 Ways Video Games Transform Learning and Prepare Students for Tomorrow's Jobs

A Sneaky, Hidden Reason Why You’re Inconsistent

What’s the Difference Between Auditory Processing Disorder and Being Hard of Hearing?

Assess Students Using Projects and Performance


Learning Mindfulness Centered on Kindness to Oneself and Others

Crowded classrooms, hectic teaching schedules and rowdy students have teachers across the country looking for ways to keep their classrooms calm. That may be one reason mindfulness programs have become so popular. Mindfulness can be practiced in many ways, but at its core mindfulness is self-awareness, a way for students to ground themselves in the moment, creating space to better understand and manage their feelings.

Summer: Monet and Vivaldi

Monet  Vetheuil in Summer

Antonio Vivaldi - Summer (Full) - The Four Seasons

This music somehow sounds hot and languid--then like a summer insect is buzzing and bothering you. I love Vivaldi-- 

Advice For The First Days of School

Cheat Sheet for the First Days of School

You Only Get One "First Day of School"


First Days of School Powerpoint: Harry Wong

Robert Marzano Rules and Procedures Powerpoint

Tips for New Teachers: The First Day of School

7 Keys To The First Day Of School

6 Things You Must Do On The First Day Of School

Michael Linsin's website has TONS of great advice on classroom management

Tips for Beginning the School Year

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Educational Links 6/20/18


The Best Ed Tech Resources Of 2018 – So Far

‘Testing does apply to the real world’

How Can We Amplify Student Learning? The ANSWER from Cognitive Psychology

13 Ways Music Benefits You

Reading Aloud, Playing With Young Kids May Reduce Hyperactivity, Study Shows

3 ways to increase engagement in virtual classrooms

ADHD and Emotions: What You Need to Know

If your child has ADHD, you probably know about the major symptoms. Trouble focusingImpulsivity. And in some cases, hyperactivity. But many kids with ADHD (also known as ADD) share another symptom that often isn’t mentioned. They have trouble managing their emotions.
There are official criteria that doctors use to diagnose ADHD. Trouble with emotions isn’t one of them. But researchers and professionals who treat kids with ADHD often report that emotions play a big role in the daily difficulties kids face.

Summer Bump Not Slump: Midsummer Shakespeare Festival At Your House

A Midsummer Night's Dream (1999)

Summer's here and the time is right...for a Midsummer Shakespeare Festival at yourhouse. And maybe you can also go to an outdoor amphitheatre or playhouse if you are very lucky, as I am going to see Othello at the Old Globe in San Diego next week (Another reason to visit San Diego.)



Julius Caesar (1953)




 Romeo and Juliet (1968)






Macbeth (6 Oct. 2010)







The Merchant of Venice (2004) 




  Othello (1995)





Much Ado About Nothing (2012)

Where's Hamlet? Here's Hamlet...and poor Yorick.


Hamlet (2009) 

This is also an excellent resource for further insight into Shakespeare that can inspire new Shakespearian thespians.



Monday, June 18, 2018

Educational Links 6/19/18

Never Be Afraid to Advocate for Students, Says 2018 Teacher of the Year

Flexible Classrooms: Research Is Scarce, But Promising

Rejecting AP Courses

Revised Bloom’s Taxonomy Interactive

Stop Relying on Teachers to Teach Our Kids to be Good People!

Some autism traits may show up later in girls than in boys

Digital footprint? Try digital tattoo, experts say

In digital citizenship education, the idea of a digital footprint—the “tracks” students leave behind online as they interact on social media and put information online—is nothing new.
But lately, the digital footprint is being replaced by the digital tattoo, to emphasize to students the idea that any information they put online is permanent, just like a tattoo. Even if they think they’ve deleted it, it could have been saved or screen-shotted by others, or saved by the app or platform they use to post it.

Teaching Collaboration Skills in Class

Collaborative Learning: Group Work

8 Fun Ways to Help Your Students Collaborate in the Classroom

Children Must Be Taught to Collaborate, Studies Say

Facilitating Collaborative Learning: 20 Things You Need to Know From the Pros

20 Collaborative Learning Tips And Strategies For Teachers

From our friends at Edutopia:

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Educational Links 6/18/18

Why Your School Needs a Makerspace

083: Two Minute Timeout For Teachers… Naysayers Do Not Define You

How Unexpected Interruptions Hurt Student Learning


10 Solutions for Students Who Fidget in the Classroom

Strengths-Based IEPs: What You Need to Know

Personalized Learning at Its Best

Technology can be an incredible resource in personalizing education, but it isn’t sufficient—teachers need proper support to implement it.

Suggestions: How to Direct Students Writing Research Papers

How to Write a Research Paper in 11 Steps

Scaffolding Methods for Research Paper Writing

Teacher Guide for Teaching Research

Students As Authentic Researchers: A New Prescription for the High School Research Assignment

Sample Guideline Research Paper: English 10

Sample Guideline RESEARCH PAPER: English 10

Sample Eleventh Grade Research Writing Student Handbook

Sample MLA Formatted Paper

And here is great input from our friends.

How to Make Writing Research Papers Relevant for Students

8 Reasons Why Students Should Still Write Research Papers

And never forget to encourage your student writers that they are well able to discover information and brilliantly express important ideas in clarity with confidence. Write on!