Saturday, May 5, 2018

Educational Links 5/6/18

Pay attention! 5 ways to improve your students’ attention spans

Why Should Dyslexia Be Difficult?

Want to improve literacy in your school? Here’s how

3 Black Teenage Scientists Had A Breakthrough, Then Came The Trolls

STEM for Students with Special Needs: Part 1

7 Low Prep End of Year Activities

Reciprocal Teaching: Improving Reading Comprehension with Four Powerful Tools

Many students decode and yet don't comprehend
what they read.
The Fab Four is a protocol for improving 
reading comprehension with a metacognitive 
technique that produces significant growth 
in a very short period of time.

Chillaxin' with my Mommy

Mother and Child   Leighton, Lord Frederick

What Saturdays are for.
 Mother's Day, May 12.

Friday, May 4, 2018

Educational Links 5/5/18

How teachers of all races can better support students of color

What text levels are appropriate for independent reading?

How Work Experience Helps Students Improve Classroom Performance

Private Equity Firm Buys Renaissance Learning—and Buys Back MyON

Understanding Ramadan: A Classroom Teacher’s Guide

Classroom Management to Become a Caring Teacher

How to take charge of your teaching evaluation

Learning Is a Learned Behavior. Here’s How to Get Better at It.

A growing body of research is making it clear that learners are made, not born. Through the deliberate use of practice and dedicated strategies to improve our ability to learn, we can all develop expertise faster and more effectively. In short, we can all get better at getting better.

Summer Activity: How Does Your Garden Taste?

(from top L) Rosemary oregano, sweet marjoram,sage at the bottom.

What is a full-on sensory experience in your backyard?  Gardening! You can spice up your life through the tastes, smells and textures, get exercise through digging and squeezing the soil through your fingers, and feel the wind and sunlight, listen to the birds, see the sunrise (morning people), the sunset (night people) and generally be a citizen of nature in good standing--there in your backyard (or deck, patio, or even windowsill.)

In the grocery store!

 Where do I find something to plant in the garden? Home and garden stores, even your grocery stores,  frequently have living plants in the veggie area, such as rosemary, mint, and more. They aren't much trouble to grow, neither are tomato or squash plants.
Squash plant.
Roma tomatoes!

Violas in a garden salad.

 Cooking With Your Own Herbs From the Garden 

Even flowers like violas are edible! Who knew? Violas have a faint radishy taste.sprinkled Raspberry Vinaigrette Dressing over this salad. We liked it quite well, and, of course, it is beautiful.

 Let's Go Mexican! Use Herbs From Your Garden

Chives, oregano and marjoram.
Grow some peppers!

Tortilla Feliz (Happy Tortilla) I learned to make my own! 
This is who came out!
Fresh Sweet Basil, oregano, garlic. Yummy.


Cooking really helps keep the summer slide at bay, too, using all that math. Measuring math (especially fractions), time measurement, and then you get to eat the result. That's the best STEM ever!

Your Own Home Grown Herbs! Let's Go Italian! 

Garlic, easy to grow-vibrant when fresh!



 Garlic is really, really easy to grow. So delicious. How many recipes love a clove of garlic? And it keeps vampires away, too. what a health benefit!


 Mint is so easy to grow, you have to be careful it doesn't take over your garden!

Fragrantversatile mint--really great for hot tea, iced tea garnish and sun tea.

Educational Links 5/4/18

How Students Can Lead the Way for Civil Debate on Challenging Topics

Setting Students With ADHD Up for Success

Test for Dyslexia: 37 Common Traits

Three Free Webinars About Assistive Technology

Am I Eligible for Student Loan Forgiveness?

Top 5 Teaching Strategies

DBT: The Emotional Control Therapy You Need Now

Four Ways to Manage Thoughts and Behaviors

DBT skills training is made up of four modules designed to assist individuals in better managing behaviors, emotions, and thoughts.
  1. Mindfulness skills help members focus on the present and attend to what is happening in the here and now in a calm way. This helps people slow down and focus on doing what is needed to care for oneself in the moment.
  2. Distress tolerance helps people get through times when emotions are running high. It teaches people to soothe themselves in healthy ways rather than becoming overwhelmed by emotions or hiding from them.
  3. Interpersonal effectiveness skills involve helping people understand their needs in relationships and to develop ways of dealing with others to have those wants met in a healthy fashion. This involves respecting the self and others, listening and communicating effectively, repairing relationships, and being able to say no.
  4. Emotion regulation skills teach patients to decrease the intensity of their feelings, without acting on them.

Who Baked You All Those Birthday Cakes?

I betcha it was Mama.
Mother's Day May 12.

Overcoming Educational Burnout

Overcoming Burnout: Why Overwhelmed Is the New Normal and What to Do About It - PART I


Overcoming Burnout: Why Overwhelmed Is the New Normal and What to Do About It - PART II

Teacher Burnout

Classroom Management: Teacher Burnout Causes & Prevention

12 Choices to Help You Step Back from Burnout 

Blogs on Teacher Burnout 


Staying Healthy and Managing Stress While Teaching 

Secret Teacher: stress is reaching a crisis point in schools 


Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Educational Links 5/3/18

A Disappointing National Report Card

How to Use Assessment Clickers to Adjust Instruction

When Administrators Keep Teaching

Downtime: Necessary for Children's Mental Health & 21st-Century Skills

National Teacher Day Is Coming-Up & Here Are Related Resources

New Teachers: Look for PD in Everyday Life

The best edtech PD isn’t about technology

Schools and districts spend billions on edtech, even while questions continue to swirl around whether such investments yield solid returns. Few companies can reliably ensure the educational outcomes that teachers and administrators expect, and according to one estimate, only 35 percent of edtech tools purchased are actually being implemented.

Teaching Is...Classroom Management

Top Five Classroom Management Strategies – They Really Work 

Classroom Management 

Classroom Management

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The Barbed Wire Model of Classroom Management 

How To: Handle Common Classroom Problem Behaviors Using a Behavior Management Menu

What's the Secret to Effective Classroom Management? 


Who Loves You Through Thick and Thin?

Dorothea Lange, Dust Bowl Photos

Your mom does.
Mother's Day, May 12.

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Educational Links 5/2/18

Online Classes vs Traditional Classes: Is Traditional Education Dying?

Before You Celebrate Cinco de Mayo in the Classroom …

IEP Goals for Reading: What They Look Like

Response: Principals Should Be 'Connecting With Kids'

Building Thinking Skills to Help Students Access Their Best Work

Accommodating Students with Dyslexia

These five easy-to-implement accommodations can make class less stressful and more manageable for students with dyslexia.

Who Doted On You?

The Virgin and Child with St. Anne, da Vinci

Mom and Grandma?

Mother's Day May 13.

Teaching Is Making Sure You Have Their Attention

1. Keeping Kids Focused

A Few Tips From the Pros on Maximizing Class Attention 

2. How to Keep Kids Engaged in Class

Strategies to Help Children Pay Attention in Class

Read more: Strategies to Help Children Pay Attention in Class | How to Keep Kids Engaged in Class 

3. 25 Ways to Obtain Children's Attention in a School Setting 

4. Teaching tips: How to gain kids' attention 

 5. Gaining Attention 

6.  Top 10 Ways to Wake-up Students in Class 

7.  50 Actions that Will Grab Your Students’ Attention 

Beautiful dreamer, wake unto me.


Pieta: Mother's Heart Cuore di mamma

Pieta, Michelangelo
          Pieta: pity, жаль,שאָד, hurumapitye,شفقة ,samúð, penatrua 
              遗憾,κρίμα, jammer, llàstima, đáiong tiếc

No human connect is as profound as mother to child. This is universal truth.  
              Mother's Day, May 12, Sunday. Let's give Mom joy.

Monday, April 30, 2018

Educational Links 5/1/18


       Who Is Looking Out for Special Education Needs?

       Edtech playground: Helping teachers choose better tools

Optimism Is a Learnable Skill

Types of Learning Disabilities

Teacher Depression & Anxiety Are SO Common. Here’s How to Cope.

When Principal Leadership Is Missing At Your School

3 Helpful Ways Teachers Can Work With a Class Clown

Who doesn't love a class clown? That perfectly timed joke about the ancient Greek poet looking nothing like Homer Simpson is fun for everyone. Unless you're the teacher ... trying to teach a lesson about the Odyssey.