Saturday, February 24, 2018

Educational Links 2/25/18

Educators Fear And Embrace Calls For Concealed Carry In The Classroom

Making the Case for Music Education

When foster kids are moved around, schooling becomes an afterthought

How to hire more black principals

What Effective Principals Do

February’s “Best” Lists – There Are Now 1,867 Of Them

A president’s proposal often looks very different from what Congress ultimately approves, but Trump’s spending priorities could offer insight into his broader agenda.

Friday, February 23, 2018

Educational Links 2/24/18

Accommodations: What They Are and How They Work


March Is Women’s History Month – Here Are Related Resources

‘The Anthology of Amazing Women’ Illustrates the Achievements of Inspiring Trailblazers

Everyone has a role to play in education today

In Age of High Tech, Old-School Cambridge Curriculum Makes Unlikely Gains

My Latest BAM! Radio Show Is On “Do Now” Activities

Anchor 3.0 Provides an Easy Way to Create Podcasts

The latest version of Anchor is packed with features that make it easy to record, edit, and publish podcasts. Perhaps the best feature of Anchor is the ease with which you can publish to all major podcast networks including iTunes, Spotify, Google Play, Stitcher, and Pocket Casts. To publish to those platforms all you have to do is select them when you tap or click publish on your Anchor podcast.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Educational Links 2/23/19

Five Tips for Teaching Students How to Research and Filter Information

Here is A Great Website To Create, Read and Share Digital Stories

Giving Constructive Lesson Feedback

How I Talk to My Students About Scary Current Events

Cutting-edge research to support students with reading disabilities

Why Security Measures Won't Stop School Shootings

Leave Work at Work

I don’t mean lesson plans, preparation, and marking. I am talking about the emotions and sentiments you may accrue throughout the school day. Whatever you do, do not bring your “negative” work home with you. One thing is for sure, adolescent kids are going to tick you off from time to time. You may get into small disputes with students. You may experience small group or individual attitudes that will implicitly or explicitly weigh on you. But it is best to try and let it all go when you walk out the front door at the end of your day. The contrary will result in the dreaded “burn out” or a dissatisfied and bitter sentiment towards your job. Trust me, you need to be able to put your “teacher hat” on and take it off, especially in that first year and leave work at work.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Educational Links 2/22/18

Get Free Kids' Coloring Pages Using Google Images

Five Essential Features To Looks For In A Good Plagiarism Checker

27 Things Teachers (Have To) Do Well

How ADHD (Inattentive Type) Looks A Lot Like Learning Disabilities

Educators: Would You Like to Contribute to This Blog?


There Is No Lesson Plan For Tragedy – Teachers YOU Know What To Do

Listening with Understanding and Empathy in the Classroom

It is an experience all teachers recognize and attend to on a daily basis…...yes, student frustration. Often frustration is quieted, passed over, or viewed as a minor distraction that can be attended to at another time to move through a lesson. But what if we asked: “How can this moment of frustration become a learning experience for all students?” Well, “Listening with understanding and empathy” can be the piece that cultivates positive and productive behaviors that we want all children to embrace.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Educational Links 2/21/18

Wikispaces is Closing - Here Are Some Alternatives

"Yes, I Am a Teacher, a Very Good Teacher, but I Need Help Too"

The Link Between Autism and Violence Isn’t Autism

Can I give you some feedback? And other ways to not offer ideas

Setting the Tone for All Learners with Visual Cues

These differences in ability are not just academic. Think of your own classrooms and the different behaviors and social skills you navigate each day. We have kids all over the place — so we teachers are going to be teaching all over the place.

Monday, February 19, 2018

Educational Links 2/19/18

The Best of Arts in Education

5 Things I Wish People Knew About Parenting a Child With Sensory Processing Issues

Students Who Lived Through Florida Shooting Turn Rage Into Activism

How Should Schools Acknowledge Black History Month?


Days of Remembrance: JFK’s and Lincoln’s Legacies in the Classroom

School Safety Training Program Founder On Preparing For A Shooting

INSKEEP: So if you have that advantage of numbers, are you saying that students and teachers should flee in every direction, or are you suggesting confronting the shooter in some way?

CRANE: I'm suggesting you teach them to do both, and you let them make that decision. You know, it - there's two ways you will survive these events if contact is made with a determined killer. You will either find a way to remove yourself from that danger area, or the good guys will take back control, and we will render the danger area no longer dangerous. It doesn't take a good guy with a gun to beat a bad guy with a gun.

Black History Month: Kirk Franklin


The musicality invigorates your entire brain--beat, rhythm,harmony, lyrics (sometimes Gospel, sometime hip-hop.) The musicianship- a variety of instruments reminiscent of Quincy Jones with Michael Jackson-is superior. But somehow Kirk Franklin's music is also spiritual, like the Ave Maria or Mahalia Jackson. That's his goal. 

Kirk Franklin has shared his story of humble beginnings in Fort Worth, his missteps, his victories. All the time never deviating from his faith in Jesus. He will upset more traditional Christians be associating with musicians that are considered way too wicked--but I hear Jesus did that, too.

Here are some of my favorites--having a tough time? need encouragement? feel like worshiping? feel like stomping? Here you go. 
 Like the lyrics in Brighter Day-

I never knew I could be so happy
And I never knew I'd be so secure because of your love
Life has brand new meaning
It's gonna be a brighter day, brighter day

The Storm is Over Now

Brighter Day - Kirk Franklin


Kirk Franklin - Melodies From Heaven

And of course,

Kirk Franklin - Stomp

Gospel Star Kirk Franklin Wants To Help You Lose Your Religion

Kirk Franklin on How to Live Above Life's Storms

How Kirk Franklin Is Pushing the Boundaries of Gospel

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Educational Links 2/19/18

Infographic: Which Content Areas Are Most Valuable In Real Life?

How YA Novels Help Teachers Build Empathy

Help students show their learning with these 4 apps

Modeling Assertiveness With Students

NPR Segment on Teaching About Slavery Features Zinn Education Project

Giving Constructive Lesson Feedback

The most effective feedback allows for the colleague to engage in the conversation and you both construct steps forward together. This can be applied to lessons both above and below the expected standard. Here two feedback models show how to structure these conversations effectively.

Black History Month: My Brother's Keeper

History is happening right now.

My Brother's Keeper

“That’s what ‘My Brother’s Keeper’ is all about. Helping more of our young people stay on track. Providing the support they need to think more broadly about their future. Building on what works – when it works, in those critical life-changing moments.”
President Barack Obama, February 27, 2014

My Brother’s Keeper Community Challenge
In September 2014, President Obama issued a challenge to cities, towns, counties and tribes across the country to become “MBK Communities.” This challenge represents a call to action for all members of our communities, and mayors in particular, as they often sit at the intersection of many of the vital forces and structural components needed to enact sustainable change through policy, programs, and partnerships.
The MBK Community Challenge encourages communities (cities, rural municipalities, and tribal nations) to implement a coherent cradle-to-college-and-career strategy for improving the life outcomes of all young people to ensure that they can reach their full potential, regardless of who they are, where they come from, or the circumstances into which they are born.
The six goals of the Challenge are:
  • Ensuring all children enter school cognitively, physically, socially and emotionally ready
  • Ensuring all children read at grade level by 3rd grade
  • Ensuring all youth graduate from high school
  • Ensuring all youth complete post-secondary education or training
  • Ensuring all youth out of school are employed
  • Ensuring all youth remain safe from violent crime