Thursday, December 13, 2018

Educational Links 12/14/18

25 Personality Qualities Not Measured By Tests

2019 Goals Calendar: A Printable Planner for Tweens With Executive Functioning Issues

Pronunciation in the English language classroom is more than just 'listen and repeat'

The Definition Of Digital Citizenship

Classroom Management for Unsupportive Parents

Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD) Fact Sheet

An Overview of 2018 Before We Dive Into a New Year

Before we embrace a new year, I want to take a moment to reflect on 2018. I like to look back on the year as a whole and assess our progress, both personally and professionally. To do this, I always ask myself the same three questions:
  1. What did we accomplish this year?
  2. What am I particularly thankful for?
  3. What are we reaching for in 2019?

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Educational Links 12/12/18


Public education must promote participation in democratic process

Four Pillars of a Meaningful Life That Could Be Part of Every Learning Community

How to Build a Trauma-Sensitive Classroom Where All Learners Feel Safe

An Enrichment Program for All Students

Free Math Lesson Plans from NASA

9 Ways To Support A Culture Of Wellness In Your School

Children spend a significant amount of each week day in a classroom, making it not only a place to learn academics but also an opportunity to teach life skills that will serve them beyond the schoolyard, like self-care, community involvement, and fostering a sense of connection and belonging.

Monday, December 10, 2018

Educational Links 12/11/18

Projects, Passion, Peers and Play: Seymour Papert's Vision For Learning

10 Quick Questioning Tips

What’s the Difference Between ADD and ADHD?

The debate over students with disabilities, suspensions and race

EdTech Team Giveaway

2018 Education Research Highlights

Education research continues to remind us of the powerful impact teachers have on children. This impact is overwhelmingly positive—the studies we highlight here demonstrate specific ways in which teachers can or already do help students feel a sense of belonging in school and make gains in learning.

Sunday, December 9, 2018

Educational Links 12/10/18

Response: Ways to Differentiate Instruction for ELLs

How To Be More Charismatic

Blended Learning

Winter Break Is Hard for So Many of Our Students

8 Great Ways to Enhance Retention 

Turning It In Should Be the Easy Part of Homework, Right?

The Benefits of Ear-Reading

A dyslexia specialist discusses the assistive technologies she uses to help students with dyslexia make gains in reading.

Cheesy Jokes and Serious Thoughts About Christmas

What has four legs, a red nose and flies?   Rudolf the Red-Nosed Roadkill.

What is Frosty's favorite dinner?
Spaghetti and snowballs.

                                          Where doe Santa keep his red suit?    In his Santa Clauset.

 Knock, knock.
Who's there?

Earl who?
Earl I want for Christmas is my two front teeth.

                                                     Why does Santa use reindeer to pull his sleigh?
                                Because the elephants kept crashing through the roof.

What is the best Christmas carol in the Twilight movies?
I'm Dreaming of a Bite Christmas.

What has a red suit, a white beard and rows of razor sharp teeth? Santa Jaws.

What would you call your wedding anniversary if it was December 25th?
A Marry Christmas.

Who had a beard, webbed feet and wrote "A Christmas Carol?"
Charles Duckens.

What do you call being caught in a chimney with a fat man?
Santa Claustrophobia.

 What happened when the family cat swallowed some tinsel?
He needed a tinselectomy.

Knock, knock.
Who's there?
Anna who?
Anna partridge in a pear tree.
Question: Why was Santa's little helper depressed?
Because he had low elf esteem.

What is Santa's favorite American state?

Question: What do you get when you cross a snowman with a vampire?
Answer: Frostbite.

Where does Christmas come before Thanksgiving?
In the dictionary. 

This is for English teachers. 
Q: What do you call Santa's Helpers?
A: Subordinate Clauses

What is the snowman’s breakfast?
Answer: Frosted flakes!

How do snowmen greet each other?
 : Ice to meet you!

You just had to know eventually I would get to the funny cat pics.

Now for the serious talk. Christmas is a full on holiday--it smells good (catch that scent from the cinnamon pine cones?), looks sparkly and cute (lights up again), feels cozy  (snuggly blankets in front of the fire with hot cocoa or wassail), tastes yummy (yeah, bite the head off that gingerbread man!), sounds great (all types of music singing cheer and closeness and holiday, etc.) It is entertaining with endless gifts,  movies and music and fun.

Except for that annoying bell the Salvation Army persists in ringing at the front of stores. That is so annoying to be bugged to give to the less fortunate. The homeless, or impaired, or orphaned--is that my business? 
Shouldn't we have a right not to have them bug us? Isn't that the separation of church and state? I don't need all that Jesus stuff at this holiday, like giving to the poor, or kindness to strangers if I don't wish to. Peace and forgiveness. That's my business. Condemnation for behavior that's nobody's business but mine. And I shouldn't have to be reminded on a public street. At school Jesus and all that radical Christian stuff has been eradicated. When can I finally have a secular holiday?
Well, first of all the very word holiday is rooted from holyday.  A day to meditate on the spiritual side of life. Christmas means Christ worship in the old days. He is still memorialized as the greatest teacher who ever lived, the proclaimer of brotherhood, kindness and conscience. All the major religions admire him. Why is he considered so irritating to some Americans?
He was an all or nothing sort of person. You were with him or not. He was who he said he was or not. No in between. Forgiveness, purity, mercy. Very, very hard precepts. It is hard to hang with Jesus. Its all or nothing with Christ.
Students in public schools who profess Christianity are in danger of having their civil rights violated by some administrators and staff who find the message of Christ to be very irritating--not only those horrendous ten commandments, but that part about not lusting or lying  and giving to the poor and such. These leaders will nail kids for even saying, 'Merry Christmas.' 
Not much holiday spirit there. Or tolerance. I've observed it first hand towards kids and staff. I was told even playing Handel's Messiah was against the separation of church and state. So, I chose to play it anyway, thinking you have to take a stand sometimes. Might as well be Handel. No problems arose. No lawsuits.
It is our obligation as a democracy to extend tolerance to all. Even the annoying, I-Am-The-Only-Way Jesus, and His followers.

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Educational Links 12/9/18

Supporting Literacy in the Science Classroom

Teaching Problems and Solutions with a Winter Theme

Use the Winter Break to Renew Your Spirits and Sense of Purpose

Is It Time to Move Away From the Traditional School Calendar?


A Computer Science Teacher's Take on Tech: Start With Relationships

Sensory Processing FAQ

Some kids seem to have trouble handling the information their senses take in—things like sound, touch, taste, sight, and smell. Besides these common senses, there are also two other less well-known ones that can be affected—proprioception, or a sense of body awareness, and vestibular sense, which involves movement, balance, and coordination.
Kids with sensory processing issues experience too much or too little stimulation through these senses. They may also have difficulty integrating sensory information—for example things that they see and hear simultaneously, like a person speaking—might seem out of sync for them.

Repeat the Sounding Joy

Joy Vibrations by Rassoul

This was written almost 300 years ago by well-known hymn writer Isaac Watts; he based it on Psalm 98. The music is credited to Handel. 

The Supremes Joy to the World (HQ) 

Joy to the World, the Lord has come!
Let earth receive her King;
Let every heart prepare Him room,
And Heaven and nature sing,
And Heaven and nature sing,
And Heaven, and Heaven, and nature sing.

Joy to the World, the Savior reigns!
Let men their songs employ;
While fields and floods, rocks, hills and plains
Repeat the sounding joy,
Repeat the sounding joy,
Repeat, repeat, the sounding joy.

He rules the world with truth and grace,
And makes the nations prove
The glories of His righteousness,
And wonders of His love,
And wonders of His love,
And wonders, wonders, of His love.

Joy to the World, the Lord has come!
Let earth receive her King;
Let every heart prepare Him room,
And Heaven and nature sing,
And Heaven and nature sing,
And Heaven, and Heaven, and nature sing.

You better watch out, you better not cry--Tough Love From The Boss, Bruce Springsteen

Bruce Springsteen - Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town - 2007 


Friday, December 7, 2018

Educational Links 12/8/18

20 Ways To Provide Effective Feedback For Learning

12 Days of Teacher Self-Care to Get You Through December

What to do when parents refuse to believe their child is naughty

Fewer Teachers Entering Special Education Nationally

The big jobs of small-town principals

What It Takes to Make Co-Teaching Work

Nine things all satisfied teachers feel

The Beginning of the End of Snow Days

Districts around the U.S. are working out policies and procedures for having kids work at home when inclement weather closes schools.

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Educational Links 12/7/18

Why Education Improvement Strategies Always Disappoint

Improving Reading Outcomes for Economically Disadvantaged Students

Ratings in updated California School Dashboard target more districts for assistance

What a Vision for Teaching the Whole Child Looks Like in Action

School-Based Counselors Help Kids Cope With Fallout From Drug Addiction

Playing to Students’ Strengths

George H.W. Bush’s least-discussed but longest-lasting legacy: The Americans with Disabilities Act

The ADA required handicapped parking places — not nearly enough, but at least some. It mandated ramps and curb cuts to accommodate wheelchairs and scooters. Public facilities, including buses, were made reasonably accessible. Job discrimination was outlawed.

A Soalin'

The poor in Victorian England.

Peter, Paul and Mary - A Soalin' (live in France, 1965) 

A Soalin'

 Hey ho, nobody home, meat nor drink nor money have I none
Yet shall we be merry, Hey ho, nobody home.
Hey ho, nobody home, Meat nor drink nor money have I none
Yet shall we be merry, Hey ho, nobody home.
Hey Ho, nobody home.

Soal, a soal, a soal cake, please good missus a soul cake.
An apple, a pear, a plum, a cherry,
any good thing to make us all merry,
One for Peter, two for Paul, three for Him who made us all.

God bless the master of this house, and the mistress also
And all the little children that round your table grow.
The cattle in your stable and the dog by your front door
And all that dwell within your gates
we wish you ten times more.

Soal, a soal, a soal cake, please good missus a soul cake.
An apple, a pear, a plum, a cherry,
any good thing to make us all merry,
One for Peter, two for Paul, three for Him who made us all.

Go down into the cellar and see what you can find
If the barrels are not empty we hope you will be kind
We hope you will be kind with your apple and PEAR'
For we'll come no more a 'soalin' till this time next year.

Soal, a soal, a soal cake, please good missus a soul cake.
An apple, a pear, a plum, a cherry,
any good thing to make us all merry,
One for Peter, two for Paul, three for Him who made us all.

The streets are very dirty, my shoes are very thin.
I have a little pocket to put a penny in.
If you haven't got a penny, aN ha' penny will do.
If you haven't got a ha' penny then God bless you.

Soal, a soal, a soal cake, please good missus a soul cake.
An apple, a pear, a plum, a cherry,
any good thing to make us all merry,
One for Peter, two for Paul, three for Him who made us all.

Now to the Lord sing praises all you within this place,
And with true love and brotherhood each other now embrace..
This holy tide of Christmas of beauty and of grace,
Oh tidings of comfort and joy.

Institutionalized poverty has been in place for millenium. This song is a combinaton of the ancient practice of begging in England at Christmastime from the homes of barons and other nobles during the middle ages, and, at the very end of the music, a hint of Victorian England--God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen--where institutionalized poverty was challenged, if not eradicated, by groups with a conscience inspired by Charles Dickens and his literature. 'A Christmas Carol' anyone?

As we go about our holiday business and hear the little bell of the Salvation Army--a group born out of the Victorian conscience transplanted to America--maybe we can hear the voices of the poor going a soalin.'

Vivaldi and Monet: 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

Some Children See Him

 Mark 10:13-16

The Message (MSG)
13-16 The people brought children to Jesus, hoping he might touch them. The disciples shooed them off. But Jesus was irate and let them know it: “Don’t push these children away. Don’t ever get between them and me. These children are at the very center of life in the kingdom. Mark this: Unless you accept God’s kingdom in the simplicity of a child, you’ll never get in.” Then, gathering the children up in his arms, he laid his hands of blessing on them.

We've all heard that Jesus loves  the little children, all the children of the world. 

This is a beautiful carol that is new to me. .

Some Children See Him 

sung by Tennessee Ernie Ford 

Here's another version: 

James Taylor HD - "Some Children See Him" '