Saturday, April 28, 2018

National Poetry Month: Poem #25

Grandpa was really sick now, thin like a skeleton.
The last thing I remember him saying was, "Did you bring the little dog?"
We hadn't brought Kip because Grandpa was in a hospice, but the pain-killers made him think he saw the chihuahua at the foot of the bed.  Kip had been a faithful friend stationed at the foot of his bed the previous five years at home when Grandpa was bedridden due to cancer.

Melanie, Grandpa and Kip 1962
Technically, Grandpa wasn't our 'real' grandfather. He was our grandmother's second husband. But to me, my sister, and all the many cousins, he was the best grandpa in the whole world. Everyone says that, even over fifty years later. He loved children. He loved us. He spent time talking to us, taking us on walks, teaching us to play the card game 'Casino.' And card tricks, too. All the photos with him showed everyone smiling. He was like that.

I recall watching baseball on television with him. He was a San Francisco Giants' fan. I realized last year that the reason I knew so much about the Giants was because I watched the World Series (1962) with him (the last baseball season Grandpa was at home), before he passed away the following spring. His going left a dark hole in the family.

Literature can ease the stress of a child's serious loss, so the effect doesn't advance to toxic, chronic stress. Literature draws the isolating pain out in the open. We aren't alone in our experiences; universal themes speak to our human condition, too. For me, I somehow found  "The Rainy Day," by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, probably in my parochial school library. It soothed my heartbroken, prepubescent soul with lines like "Behind the clouds is the sun still shining" and "Into each life some rain must fall, Some days must be dark and dreary."  Henry knew how I felt.

The Rainy Day


The day is cold, and dark, and dreary;
It rains, and the wind is never weary;
The vine still clings to the mouldering wall,
But at every gust the dead leaves fall,
And the day is dark and dreary.

My life is cold, and dark, and dreary;
It rains, and the wind is never weary;
My thoughts still cling to the mouldering Past,
But the hopes of youth fall thick in the blast,
And the days are dark and dreary.

Be still, sad heart! and cease repining;
Behind the clouds is the sun still shining;
Thy fate is the common fate of all,
Into each life some rain must fall,
Some days must be dark and dreary.

Who Was Your First Playmate?

Child with Toys, Renoir
Your Mom. And she had fun, too.
Mother's Day, May 13.

Educational Links 4/29/18


3 Defining Features of ADHD That Everyone Overlooks

The Hardest Students to Teach


The Facets of Personality and Successful Teaching

How Many Days Are Left? 10 Tips to End the Year with Positivity and Purpose

https://www.teachingchannel.org/blog/2018/04/26/how-many-days-are-left/

HOW TO IMPLEMENT DEPTH OF KNOWLEDGE IN ENGLISH/LANGUAGE ARTS


BUILDING A CLASSROOM COMMUNITY BY HAVING PARENT PARTIES


New Data About Schools; Teacher Walkouts Spread



New federal data: black students disproportionately punished, arrested
Nearly every public school in the country reports to the Education Department's Office of Civil Rights on issues ranging from bullying, to discipline, to access to advanced courses. The latest data show that in the 2015-2016 school year, African-Americans, students with disabilities, Native American, and Pacific Islander students were all referred to law enforcement and arrested at rates much higher than their peers. Black students make up 15 percent of those enrolled in public schools, but 31 percent of those referred to law enforcement or arrested.

Friday, April 27, 2018

National Poetry Month: Best Simile Ever: like a fragment of angry candy

the Cambridge ladies who live in furnished souls

By E. E. Cummings

the Cambridge ladies who live in furnished souls

are unbeautiful and have comfortable minds

(also, with the church's protestant blessings

daughters,unscented shapeless spirited)

they believe in Christ and Longfellow, both dead,

are invariably interested in so many things—

at the present writing one still finds

delighted fingers knitting for the is it Poles?

perhaps. While permanent faces coyly bandy

scandal of Mrs. N and Professor D

.... the Cambridge ladies do not care, above

Cambridge if sometimes in its box of

sky lavender and cornerless, the

moon rattles like a fragment of angry candy 


After all the years of loving this poem, I just realized he capitalized the word Cambridge. 


How sarcastic he was. 


Best simile ever: 


the moon rattles like a fragment of angry candy

Who Took You By The Hand?

Folk Art  Jed Alexander


Usually your mom.

Mother's Day May 13.

Educational Links 4/28/18

A Bloom’s Digital Taxonomy For Evaluating Digital Tasks


The Perks of a Play-in-the-Mud Educational Philosophy



Why Teacher’s Aides Deserve Our Appreciation Every Single Day


Feds Release New Stats on Restraint and Seclusion in Schools



How To Get Along With Teachers That Think Differently Than You


How Can Alternative Assignments Effectively Assess Student Learning?


10 Big Mistakes in the Teaching Profession


Whether you’re a new teacher or a seasoned veteran in the teaching profession, you’re human, which means you’re going to make mistakes. The great thing about making mistakes is that you’re able to learn from them. While part of the process of being a new teacher is trial and error, there are a few things that you should know about the teaching profession that can help you avoid making these errors. 

Who Wiped Your Nose?

Mom wiped everything.
Mother's Day May 13.

National Poetry Month: Poem #24

As a young woman,Maya Angelou was a dancer.

Phenomenal Woman

Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.
I’m not cute or built to suit a fashion model’s size   
But when I start to tell them,
They think I’m telling lies.
I say,
It’s in the reach of my arms,
The span of my hips,   
The stride of my step,   
The curl of my lips.   
I’m a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,   
That’s me.

I walk into a room
Just as cool as you please,   
And to a man,
The fellows stand or
Fall down on their knees.   
Then they swarm around me,
A hive of honey bees.   
I say,
It’s the fire in my eyes,   
And the flash of my teeth,   
The swing in my waist,   
And the joy in my feet.   
I’m a woman
Phenomenally.

Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

Men themselves have wondered   
What they see in me.
They try so much
But they can’t touch
My inner mystery.
When I try to show them,   
They say they still can’t see.   
I say,
It’s in the arch of my back,   
The sun of my smile,
The ride of my breasts,
The grace of my style.
I’m a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

Now you understand
Just why my head’s not bowed.   
I don’t shout or jump about
Or have to talk real loud.   
When you see me passing,
It ought to make you proud.
I say,
It’s in the click of my heels,   
The bend of my hair,   
the palm of my hand,   
The need for my care.   
’Cause I’m a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

Maya Angelou: Biography

Educational Links 4/27/18

7 Tips for Teaching Readers How to Recognize Bias

https://www.weareteachers.com/recognize-bias/?utm_source=FB&utm_medium=Social&utm_campaign=TheWeek_161220_SA

Caring for Comics - And Other Ideas for Video Projects


Finding the Right Fit: Hiring Good People to Enrich the Culture


Autism Prevalence On The Rise, CDC Says


Bullying Laws: Your Child’s Rights at School


The Hardest Students to Teach


23 Teacher Tips for Asking Better Questions About Books


The way to engage students in classroom book discussions is to simply ask great questions. But that’s easier said than done. Which questions will elicit one-word answers from students, and which will generate rich, meaningful conversation? Here are 23 tips to help you take book discussions to the next level.

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Educational Links 4/27/18

7 Tips for Teaching Readers How to Recognize Bias

https://www.weareteachers.com/recognize-bias/?utm_source=FB&utm_medium=Social&utm_campaign=TheWeek_161220_SA

Caring for Comics - And Other Ideas for Video Projects


Finding the Right Fit: Hiring Good People to Enrich the Culture


Autism Prevalence On The Rise, CDC Says


Bullying Laws: Your Child’s Rights at School


The Hardest Students to Teach


23 Teacher Tips for Asking Better Questions About Books


The way to engage students in classroom book discussions is to simply ask great questions. But that’s easier said than done. Which questions will elicit one-word answers from students, and which will generate rich, meaningful conversation? Here are 23 tips to help you take book discussions to the next level.

Teaching Is Being Consistent



1. Teacher tips: How to be flexible and still enforce consistent classroom discipline 


http://www.helium.com/items/700569-teacher-tips-how-to-be-flexible-and-still-enforce-consistent-classroom 


2. The Success of a Culture of Consistency


http://teachers.net/wong/MAY10/ 


3. "No" Means "No":
The Importance of Consistency


http://www.educationworld.com/a_curr/columnists/jones/jones029.shtml 


4. Top 6 Keys to Being a Successful Teacher


http://712educators.about.com/od/teachingstrategies/tp/sixkeys.htm 


5. Excellent teacher traits: Impartiality 


http://www.helium.com/items/2156101-impartiality-in-teaching-fair-teachers 


6. Teaching tips: The importance of fairness in the classroom 


http://www.helium.com/items/697046-teaching-tips-the-importance-of-fairness-in-the-classroom 


7. Classroom Routines


Managing a happy classroom


http://specialed.about.com/od/classroommanagement/a/ClassroomRoutines.htm 


8. 5 Smart Ways to Handle Teacher Troubles 


http://www.parenting.com/article/5-smart-ways-to-handle-teacher-troubles 


9. Why Playing Favorites Is Bad For Classroom Management


http://www.smartclassroommanagement.com/2011/10/29/teacher-favoritism-is-bad-for-classroom-management/

Educational Links 4/26/18


13 Standards For A Near-Future School

Technology in the Classroom: Amazing iPad Apps for Educator




Let It Out! How Self-Expression Soothes the ADD Brain

10 Writing Center Ideas We Love



Teaching in the Era of Bots: Students Need Humans Now More Than Ever



At a Glance: Helping Kids With ADHD Manage Screen Time


Preserving the Early Excitement of STEAM


STEAM education (science, technology, engineering, the arts, and math) encourages investigation, hands-on learning, and creativity and incorporates interdisciplinary learning.

Who Dressed You Up So Fancy Schmancy?

Madame Charpentier and Her Daughters, Renoir
Your mom. And maybe your grandma.

Mother's Day May 13.

Thought I'd add some funky music to collaborate with these rich people having this portrait done by Renoir.
Our lovely Stevie Wonder and sentiments. Love this song.

Isn't She Lovely?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b2WzocbSd2w

Twelve year old Stevie Wonder's mom dressed him up fancy schmancy for the Apollo Theatre.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Poem In Your Pocket Day (4/26)

National Poem in Your Pocket Day 

http://www.poets.org/academy-american-poets/programs/national-poem-your-pocket-day 

About PIYP Day 
http://www.nyc.gov/html/poem/html/about/about.shtml

Poem in Your Pocket Day

https://www.daysoftheyear.com/days/poem-in-your-pocket-day/ 

Participate in Poem in Your Pocket Day!

http://www.readwritethink.org/classroom-resources/calendar-activities/participate-poem-your-pocket-20720.html 

 

National Poetry Month: Haiku



From time to time
The clouds give rest
To the moon-beholders.






The summer grasses

All that remains
Of brave soldiers dreams




A bee 
staggers out
of the peony.


Matsuo Basho

Matsuo Basho

About Matsuo Basho

Matsuo Basho was one of the most famous haiku masters of the world. His poems were influenced by his firsthand experience of the world around him, often encapsulating the feeling of a scene in a few simple elements. 

Mommy Chose Me From All The Babies In The Whole World

Sandra Bullock and baby Louis
Love is love.
May 13. Mother's Day.

Teaching Is Having With It Ness


1. Teacher Withitness

http://rossieronline.usc.edu/teacher-withitness/ 

2. Withitness...what does it mean?

http://www.withitness.com/ 

3. Withitness in the Classroom 

http://www.education.com/reference/article/using-xray-vision-substitute-teacher/ 

4.  “Withitness”: Being Aware of What’s Going on in the Classroom

http://www.aaeteachers.org/index.php/blog/764-withitness-being-aware-of-whats-going-on-in-the-classroom 

5. The Kounin Model of Discipline

http://www.teachermatters.com/classroom-discipline/models-of-discipline/the-kounin-model.html 

6. Teacher Engagement and "Withitness" in the 21st Century Classroom 

http://cfrehlichteach.blogspot.com/2012/01/teacher-engagement-and-withitness-in.html 

Great video--relieve some stress!

7. With-it-ness 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D7iRglS9Vik