Saturday, April 21, 2018

Educational Links 4/22/18

The Change Leader

27 Incredibly Useful Things You Didn’t Know Chrome Could Do

Why Teacher’s Aides Deserve Our Appreciation Every Single Day

My Latest BAM! Radio Show Shares Important Articles That Have Impacted Classroom Practice

How Should Teachers Navigate Social Media in the Classroom?

Benefit Mindset: Why it Matters & How to Foster it in Your Classroom


6 Tips for Helping Your Child Improve Reading Comprehension

Is Your School Racist?

I pulled you in with that one didn’t I? Well
of course a school can’t be racist, because
a school is just a building, not an actual
human,with traits and characteristics, and
experiences,stereotypes, bias, and emotions.
What I really meant to ask is, are the
principles and foundation of your school or
institution rooted in racism? Wait, hold your
answer until the end of this blog.

You'll Always Just Be Mum To Me

Kate Middleton and George

Spice Girls - Mama 

Happy Mother's Day, May 13!

National Poetry Month: Poem #21

Pieter Brueghel, Kermesse (1567-8)

 The Dance

William Carlos Williams

In Brueghel's great picture, The Kermess,
the dancers go round, they go round and
around, the squeal and the blare and the
tweedle of bagpipes, a bugle and fiddles
tipping their bellies (round as the thick-
sided glasses whose wash they impound)
their hips and their bellies off balance
to turn them. Kicking and rolling
about the Fair Grounds, swinging their butts, those
shanks must be sound to bear up under such
rollicking measures, prance as they dance
in Brueghel's great picture, The Kermess.

Friday, April 20, 2018

Who You Callin' A Mama's Boy?

Love Between a Mother and Son, artist unknown
Hey guys, Mother's Day is May 13.

All that I am or ever hope to be, I owe to my angel Mother. - Abraham Lincoln

 "Mothers all want their sons to grow up to be president, but they don't want them to become politicians in the process."
-- John Fitzgerald Kennedy

"My mother had a great deal of trouble with me, but I think she enjoyed it."
-- Mark Twain 

"A boy's best friend is his mother."
-- Joseph Stefano 

When Jesus saw his mother standing there beside the disciple he loved, he said to her, "Dear woman, here is your son." John 19:26  

"Men are what their mothers made them."
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson

"When I was a child, my mother said to me, 'If you become a soldier, you'll be a general. If you become a monk you'll end up as the pope.' Instead I became a painter and wound up as Picasso."

National Poetry Month: I've Looked At Clouds From Both Sides Now

Please feel better, Joni. 

JONI MITCHELL /// 10. Both Sides Now - (Clouds) - (1969) 

 Bows and flows of angel hair
And ice cream castles in the air
And feather canyons everywhere
I've looked at clouds that way

But now they only block the sun
They rain and snow on everyone
So many things I would have done
But clouds got in my way

I've looked at clouds from both sides now
From up and down, and still somehow
It's cloud illusions I recall
I really don't know clouds at all

Moons and Junes and Ferris wheels
The dizzy dancing way you feel
As every fairy tale comes real
I've looked at love that way

But now it's just another show
You leave 'em laughing when you go
And if you care, don't let them know
Don't give yourself away

I've looked at love from both sides now
From give and take, and still somehow
It's love's illusions I recall
I really don't know love at all

Tears and fears and feeling proud
To say "I love you" right out loud
Dreams and schemes and circus crowds
I've looked at life that way

Oh but now old friends are acting strange
They shake their heads, they say I've changed
Well something's lost but something's gained
In living every day

I've looked at life from both sides now
From WIN and LOSE and still somehow
It's life's illusions I recall
I really don't know life at all

I've looked at life from both sides now
From up and down and still somehow
It's life's illusions I recall
I really don't know life at all

Educational Links 4/21/18

12 Strategies For Creating An Atmosphere Of Problem-Solving In Your Classroom

Have a Business Relationship with Your (IEP) Team, Not an Emotional One

When Teachers Experience Empathic Distress

How A Culture of Improvement Goes Hand in Hand With Coaching Teachers

Why More Than A Million Teachers Can't Use Social Security

Guides and Rulers for Google Slides

Schools Teaching Students In Special Ed How To Code

Though not all these children may grow up to be programmers, Williams said the students are learning how to problem solve, overcome obstacles and collaborate with their peers. The coding is a means to an end toward helping students work on their interpersonal skills.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

National Poetry Month: On the eighteenth of April, in Seventy-five; Hardly a man is now alive...

Paul Revere's engraving of the Boston Massacre (March 5, 1770.) A poem was the actual caption for the illustration. 

The Landlord's Tale. Paul Revere's Ride

By Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Listen, my children, and you shall hear
Of the midnight ride of Paul Revere,
On the eighteenth of April, in Seventy-five;
Hardly a man is now alive
Who remembers that famous day and year.

He said to his friend, "If the British march
By land or sea from the town to-night,
Hang a lantern aloft in the belfry arch
Of the North Church tower as a signal light,—
One, if by land, and two, if by sea;
And I on the opposite shore will be,
Ready to ride and spread the alarm
Through every Middlesex village and farm,
For the country folk to be up and to arm."
Then he said, "Good night!" and with muffled oar
Silently rowed to the Charlestown shore,
Just as the moon rose over the bay,
Where swinging wide at her moorings lay
The Somerset, British man-of-war;
A phantom ship, with each mast and spar
Across the moon like a prison bar,
And a huge black hulk, that was magnified
By its own reflection in the tide.

Meanwhile, his friend, through alley and street,
Wanders and watches with eager ears,
Till in the silence around him he hears
The muster of men at the barrack door,
The sound of arms, and the tramp of feet,
And the measured tread of the grenadiers,
Marching down to their boats on the shore.

Then he climbed the tower of the Old North Church,
By the wooden stairs, with stealthy tread,
To the belfry-chamber overhead,
And startled the pigeons from their perch
On the sombre rafters, that round him made
Masses and moving shapes of shade, —
By the trembling ladder, steep and tall,
To the highest window in the wall,
Where he paused to listen and look down
A moment on the roofs of the town,
And the moonlight flowing over all.
Beneath, in the churchyard, lay the dead,
In their night-encampment on the hill,
Wrapped in silence so deep and still
That he could hear, like a sentinel's tread,
The watchful night-wind, as it went
Creeping along from tent to tent,
And seeming to whisper, "All is well!"
A moment only he feels the spell
Of the place and the hour, and the secret dread
Of the lonely belfry and the dead;
For suddenly all his thoughts are bent
On a shadowy something far away,
Where the river widens to meet the bay, —
A line of black that bends and floats
On the rising tide, like a bridge of boats.

Meanwhile, impatient to mount and ride,
Booted and spurred, with a heavy stride
On the opposite shore walked Paul Revere.
Now he patted his horse's side,
Now gazed at the landscape far and near,
Then, impetuous, stamped the earth,
And turned and tightened his saddle girth;
But mostly he watched with eager search
The belfry-tower of the Old North Church,
As it rose above the graves on the hill,
Lonely and spectral and sombre and still.
And lo! as he looks, on the belfry's height
A glimmer, and then a gleam of light!
He springs to the saddle, the bridle he turns,
But lingers and gazes, till full on his sight
A second lamp in the belfry burns!
A hurry of hoofs in a village street,
A shape in the moonlight, a bulk in the dark,
And beneath, from the pebbles, in passing, a spark
Struck out by a steed flying fearless and fleet:
That was all! And yet, through the gloom and the light,
The fate of a nation was riding that night;
And the spark struck out by that steed, in his flight,
Kindled the land into flame with its heat.
He has left the village and mounted the steep,
And beneath him, tranquil and broad and deep,
Is the Mystic, meeting the ocean tides;
And under the alders, that skirt its edge,
Now soft on the sand, now loud on the ledge,
Is heard the tramp of his steed as he rides.

It was twelve by the village clock,
When he crossed the bridge into Medford town.
He heard the crowing of the cock,
And the barking of the farmer's dog,
And felt the damp of the river fog,
That rises after the sun goes down.

It was one by the village clock,
When he galloped into Lexington.
He saw the gilded weathercock
Swim in the moonlight as he passed,
And the meeting-house windows, blank and bare,
Gaze at him with a spectral glare,
As if they already stood aghast
At the bloody work they would look upon.

It was two by the village clock,
When he came to the bridge in Concord town.
He heard the bleating of the flock,
And the twitter of birds among the trees,
And felt the breath of the morning breeze
Blowing over the meadows brown.
And one was safe and asleep in his bed
Who at the bridge would be first to fall,
Who that day would be lying dead,
Pierced by a British musket-ball.

You know the rest. In the books you have read,
How the British Regulars fired and fled, —
How the farmers gave them ball for ball,
From behind each fence and farm-yard wall,
Chasing the red-coats down the lane,
Then crossing the fields to emerge again
Under the trees at the turn of the road,
And only pausing to fire and load.

So through the night rode Paul Revere;
And so through the night went his cry of alarm
To every Middlesex village and farm, —
A cry of defiance and not of fear,
A voice in the darkness, a knock at the door,
And a word that shall echo forevermore!
For, borne on the night-wind of the Past,
Through all our history, to the last,
In the hour of darkness and peril and need,
The people will waken and listen to hear
The hurrying hoof-beats of that steed,

And the midnight message of Paul Revere. 

Educational Links 4/20/18

poem in your pocket day

2000+ Recordings of Poets and Fiction Writers Reading and Discussing Their Work


10 Ways to Help Your Grade-Schooler Manage Stress

What do Students Lose by Being Perfect? Valuable Failure

Podcast: Listen To Me Talk About “Encouraging New Voices”

Getting Student Input on the Burden of Homework

Imagine that you have a full-time job that requires you to be at the office for seven to 10 hours a day, and your boss tells that you that you will also need to work offsite on nights and weekends. After a few weeks, the after-hours projects are taking anywhere from five to 20 hours a week, and you find that you don’t have a free minute. Your job performance and your home life suffer—you’re only sleeping five hours a night, and you missed a family celebration. Unfortunately, this is the only job you’re qualified for, so you can’t quit.
If you’re a high school student these days, this is your job.

Who Has Faith In You?

G. W. Bush and mother BarbaraW.
Your mom.
Mother's Day, May 13.

MzTeachuh's List of the Top Four Educational Websites

How wonderful to conveniently learn, comment, and participate with fellow teachers around the world.  Powerful and validating. Here is my list of top five websites for you to ponder expanding your ePLN.

Edutopia helps teachers with learning theory as well as practical suggestions for the classroom. The site spotlights the best educators in the world blogging just for the individual teacher out in the field. Thorough diversity of resources covering all educational topics is updated daily while there is a well-curated, organized catalog of past posts. There is an honesty and clarity in this site, and if I could only have one online educational resource, I would choose Edutopia.

TeachThought is strong on learning theory and philosophy of teaching. Teacher motivation and collaboration are frequent topics on this site. There are some really beautiful graphic organizers, too, covering important topics for professional development.

MindShift is higher level thinking for educators. This site has provocative, invigorating educational topics as well as articles highlighting innovative educational practices in the real world. I particularly appreciate the topics in support of educational equity.

This site is clear, concise, and simplifies complex dynamics of learning and attention issues.  It is invaluable as a tool to clarify how best to serve a student and explains procedures for Special Education interventions. is a tremendous benefit for teacher and parent. It is just a beautiful, thoughtful website.

Please get the RSS feed or email for MzTeachuh's daily Educational Links--these sites are just some of the resources I use for your update on what's happening this day in education.

National Poetry Month: Earth Day Every Day Gerard Manley Hopkins

 This might be the first poem supporting the ecological movement.

God’s Grandeur
 by Gerard Manley Hopkins

THE WORLD is charged with the grandeur of God.
  It will flame out, like shining from shook foil;
  It gathers to a greatness, like the ooze of oil
Crushed. Why do men then now not reck his rod?
Generations have trod, have trod, have trod;        5
  And all is seared with trade; bleared, smeared with toil;
  And wears man’s smudge and shares man’s smell: the soil
Is bare now, nor can foot feel, being shod.

And for all this, nature is never spent;
  There lives the dearest freshness deep down things;        10
And though the last lights off the black West went
  Oh, morning, at the brown brink eastward, springs—
Because the Holy Ghost over the bent
  World broods with warm breast and with ah! bright wings.


By Gerard Manley Hopkins 
Nothing is so beautiful as Spring –         
   When weeds, in wheels, shoot long and lovely and lush;         
   Thrush’s eggs look little low heavens, and thrush         
Through the echoing timber does so rinse and wring         
The ear, it strikes like lightnings to hear him sing;
   The glassy peartree leaves and blooms, they brush         
   The descending blue; that blue is all in a rush         
With richness; the racing lambs too have fair their fling.         

What is all this juice and all this joy?         
   A strain of the earth’s sweet being in the beginning
In Eden garden. – Have, get, before it cloy,         
   Before it cloud, Christ, lord, and sour with sinning,         
Innocent mind and Mayday in girl and boy,         
   Most, O maid’s child, thy choice and worthy the winning.  

Hopkins was a Jesuit priest in England during the Industrial Revolution.
Gerard Manley Hopkins

Are You Managing Your Classroom, Or Is It Managing You?

Five Persistent Behavior Problems and How to Handle Them (Grades 6-8) 

If student behavior problems have you frustrated, rest assured that you are not the only new teacher who feels this way. It comes with the job description . . . even seasoned professionals sometimes have trouble quieting talkative types, avoiding power struggles, and redirecting overly demanding students.

Redirection \

Simple redirection is very effective with most students and gets them back on track ... Improves students' attention and focus.

Teachers' redirection needs to be consistent and reasonable--but with consequences if you don't have the needed student response.

Strategies for Students Who Refuse to Work 

Make all students feel welcomed, even if you are feeling frustration with certain behaviors.  Let all children know that you believe that they can succeed and that you will support them in the process. 

 Look for ways to lessen distractions.  Do not place  students who are having trouble doing class work in an area where they will be distracted, (e.g. facing a window or door, next to an equipment shelf). 

It is extremely important to avoid negatively labeling a child.  Remember to dislike the behavior, not the student.  As was pointed out in the section on classroom atmosphere, pupils need to know that you believe in their ability to be successful.  They need to feel that you are “on their side” if you are to be able to develop a relationship that is conducive to learning and encourages a students to put forth their best efforts. 

There are lots of reasons a student isn't working--this article thoroughly outlines the possible reasons and some many excellent responses. 

Why You Should Never Argue With Students; And How To Avoid It 

But with the right strategy, avoiding arguments with students isn’t difficult. It can even be a means of strengthening your classroom management effectiveness.

Be consistent--the class will stay on task--with redirects, then the classroom management systemof consequents kicks in. All students have a right to an effective learning environment, and teacher is the boss of that! 

Creative Teaching Ideas to Fix Student Whining 

Student whining in school can challenge any teacher’s ability to engage her class with creative teaching ideas.

Working With Defiant Kids: Communication Tools for Teachers

Conflicts are social power struggles and must always involve at least two parties. As conflicts between students and teachers appear to be so widespread, it might help to examine what factors tend to push each party into these power struggles.

Don't be tempted to debate--get to know the parents right away, go over classroom rules frequently, and be consistent and fair. Those are the qualities students crave for and respond to. Everyone is judged by the same measure of discipline. How to keep a class learning? Be consistent and fair in your administration of the classroom rules. You'll save time, enrgy, and emotion. The students will be grateful. 

  New Classroom Questioning Techniques for the Best Year Ever

Teachers ask 400 questions a day -- 70,000 a year, according to The Guardian. While preparing so many questions is a lot of work, you can save time by using some of the questioning techniques (QTs) described below.

Know your class.use techniques to allow student to take turns answering, even using methods to require every student to answer a question or respond to the instruction at least once in a specific length of time for grading points. Create a learning environment where students are empowered to speak to a group.  

These are the rules for teachers who always wanted classroom conflict, parental disagreements, and not-so-hot teacher assessments. 

This is irony--post this only if you want chaos in class.


National Poetry Month: Poem #20

Cosmos bipinnatus, commonly called the garden cosmos or Mexican aster. And it's in my front yard!

The Cosmos in a Cosmos 

William Blake


To see a world in a grain of sand,
And a heaven in a wild flower,
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand,
And eternity in an hour.


Not to get all Carl Sagan or Neil deGrasse Tyson
on you, but with so many heated discussions pro and con 

about intelligent design, I'm taking a moment to think of Artistic Design. 


Here is the last verse of Blake's poem.


God appears, and God is light,
To those poor souls who dwell in night;
But does a human form display
To those who dwell in realms of day. 


Here is the entirety of William Blake's poem, remember, he is considered a mystic.

I see him as a caring person with a heart for the poor.


William Blake - Auguries of Innocence

William Blake 

Maman, Let's Take A Walk

'The Stroll,  Madame Monet and son' Monet
Did you go on nature walks?

Mother's Day, Sunday May13.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Educational Links 4/19/18

Teaching the Whole Child Means Addressing Physical Development Too!

At a Glance: 8 Stress Factors for Kids With Learning and Attention Issues

How Should Teachers Navigate Social Media in the Classroom?

How Do You Integrate Writing in Science Classes?

Classroom Management to Get Class Functioning Properly

Why Is It so Hard to Teach K-12 Educators How to Personalize Learning?

How to Use Oral Presentations to Help English Language Learners Succeed

Having the confidence to speak in front of others is challenging for most people. For English Language Learners, this anxiety can be heightened because they are also speaking in a new language. We’ve found several benefits to incorporating opportunities for students to present to their peers in a positive and safe classroom environment. It helps them focus on pronunciation and clarity and also boosts their confidence. This type of practice is useful since students will surely have to make presentations in other classes, in college, and/or in their future jobs. However, what may be even more valuable is giving students the chance to take these risks in a collaborative, supportive environment.

Teaching Is Using Proximity


1. Effective Room Arrangement 

2. The Effectiveness of Teacher Proximity as an Initial Technique of Helping Pupils Control Their Behavior. 

3. Quick & Effective Teaching Strategies: Proximity Control 

4. Proximity & Modality 

5. Suggested Classroom Interventions For Children With ADD & Learning Disabilities 

6.  How to Use Proximity to Manage the Classroom 

7.  Proximity and Mobility 

Proximity to help during guided practice!


National Poetry Month: #19

Romeo and Juliet, 1968, Franco Zeffirelli
Romeo & Juliet, Act 2 Scene 2, spoken by Romeo

But, soft! what light through yonder window breaks?
It is the east, and Juliet is the sun.
Arise, fair sun, and kill the envious moon,
Who is already sick and pale with grief,
That thou her maid art far more fair than she:
Be not her maid, since she is envious;
Her vestal livery is but sick and green
And none but fools do wear it; cast it off.
It is my lady, O, it is my love!
O, that she knew she were!
She speaks yet she says nothing: what of that?
Her eye discourses; I will answer it.
I am too bold, ’tis not to me she speaks:
Two of the fairest stars in all the heaven,
Having some business, do entreat her eyes
To twinkle in their spheres till they return.
What if her eyes were there, they in her head?
The brightness of her cheek would shame those stars,
As daylight doth a lamp; her eyes in heaven
Would through the airy region stream so bright
That birds would sing and think it were not night.
See, how she leans her cheek upon her hand!
O, that I were a glove upon that hand,
That I might touch that cheek!

Balcony scene from Romeo & Juliet