Saturday, June 9, 2018

Educational Links 6/10/18



The Difference Between Speech-Language Disorders and Attention Issues

'It’s OK to not always love teaching'

I Want to Get Better at… Differentiation

Recognizing and Alleviating Math Anxiety

Math anxiety is much more than a dislike for the subject—it’s a real problem for students, one that blocks the brain’s working memory and starts a self-perpetuating cycle of math avoidance, low achievement, and fear. 

The Digital Classroom--so many resources!

Digital Leadership is Not Optional


Offers daily news articles from the AP that can be differentiated by Lexile levels.
A “meta-index” that provides links to more than 140K books.
400+ non-fiction articles at students' specific reading levels. Common Core Aligned questions.

The Best of Summer Reading (Younger Kids)


Summer Reading Programs Free Stuff 2018

15 Amazing Vintage Summer Reads for Kids

Summer Reading Booklists

Summer Reading for Kids 2018: Book Lists plus Printables

The Ultimate Guide to Summer Reading Programs for kids. {10 free options!}

As any teacher will tell you–students lose traction and knowledge from the time off during the summer. It can take several weeks in the fall to get back into the groove. Every parent should encourage their child to be a reader. Sure, for some kids, reading is more difficult and discovering reading differences can be a challenge. But, reading is essential so we should role model good reading habits. A great way to encourage reading is to participate in a structured Summer Reading Program, and many of them are free.

Friday, June 8, 2018

Educational Links 6/9/18

EdStat: Six States have Passed Right-to-Work Legislation in the Past Eight Years

What Should Small Group Reading Instruction Look Like?

Classroom Management: 5 Habits of Effective Teachers

Checking for Understanding

Autism and mental health: Meeting the needs of young people in crisis


The practice of passing students to the next grade or holding them back is nothing new. In the often cut-and-dry world of K-12 academics, the fate of a student is based on a shockingly unsophisticated system. The K-12 system seems to be oblivious or indifferent to the impact this pass/fail system has on the lives of the children it affects. Even though all available indices show they are the worse for it, students continue to be promoted by age with no concern for subject mastery or held back regardless of age when metrics are not met. Such irrationality demands an explanation. Why are educators, parents and the American public complicit in a practice that does demonstrable harm to children and the competitive future of the country?

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Educational Links 6/8/18

10 ways we made our school happier

SEL Weekly Update

Why teachers should stop trying to hide their emotions in school

When the IEP Team Focused on My Strengths, It Made All the Difference

Quizalize Introduces New Differentiation Tools

What Does Research Say About Children’s Wellbeing?

Opening Up New Perspectives With Literature

Students in classrooms across the United States are a reflection of the diverse people, perspectives, histories, and values in our society. Yet if we were to take an inventory of classroom texts, curricula, and literacy materials across classrooms settings, we’d find that these instructional materials do not reflect the diversity of our students, let alone the diversity of our society.

Take That, Summer Slide!


Summer Reading Programs Boost Student Achievement, Study Says 

Take THAT Summer Slide! 15,000 Books to Kids in DC

1. Take That! Summer Slide!

2. 5 Great Math Apps for Grade School Kids 

3. 5 Ways To Really Connect With Online Students 

4. Stopping the Summer Slide 

5. Use Arts Integration to Enhance Common Core

6. An At-Home Summer Reading Camp 

7. Disengaged and Non-Traditional Learners Can Thrive Through Summer Learning 

8. Games and Learning for Kids (also review for secondary)


Youth sports, Oakland, CAL

Teaching Is Making A Kid Feel Uniquely Important

1. How Can Teachers Foster Self-Esteem in Children?

Teachers play an important role in nurturing a student's sense of dignity and self-worth. 

 2. Incorporating Cultural Diversity in the Classroom 

3. Social Emotional Learning

In the classroom, social skills come first. Keep kids on track with these ideas.

4. Social and Emotional Learning: What is it? How can we use it to help our children? 

5. Core Strategy: Social and
Emotional Learning

6. Why Champion Social and Emotional Learning?

It's not enough to simply fill students' brains with facts. Educators must also help children develop the skills to manage their emotions, resolve conflicts nonviolently, and make responsible decisions. 

7.  Build Self-Esteem in Children

Some Thoughts on Helping Children Build Self-Esteem

8. Self-Esteem

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.


Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Educational Links 6/7/18

Parents, Schools Step Up Efforts To Combat Food-Allergy Bullying


When School Rules Are Different for Students of Color

‘Relationship Gap’: It’s Not Just What Students Know, It’s Whom They Know That Enables Them to Succeed

Where Questioning Fits in Comprehension Instruction: Skills and Strategies

Effective Time-Saving Teaching Strategies

Are Your Students Thinking Critically?

Every teacher’s goal is for students to use critical thinking in the work they do. Students who can think critically grow into lifelong problem solvers. Critical thinking with students means that they can take information and analyze it, draw conclusions, form and defend opinions with data to back it up, reflect on their work, and approach problems in a systematic way. Where does that begin in the classroom? And how do we promote critical thinking in the lessons we do with students? 

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Summer Activity: How Do Your Garden Friends Grow?

A frequent family visitor to my garden on a summer morning.

A tiny garden, a whole farm--size doesn't matter. Creating a lovely habitat for garden critters (including yourself) is a dynamic way to love a summer.

Butterflies, bees, lizards. hummingbirds all become part of the family when you live part of your summer outside in a garden. Kids thrive just like the rollie pollies Pill Bug (Rollie Pollie) in a well mulched garden plot. Morning sunrise is a lovely time to see how the garden and its inhabitants are doing. Bird Song Hero Later, during a lunch picnic, your kids' butterfly family will flutter by. Butterflies and Moths of North America

How to Create a Butterfly Garden in a Pot

Kids quickly learn most garden dwellers are not dangerous and are deserving of respect. Kids have a serious vested interest in the environment and can make positive contribution through loving your local bees. Help save our bee population with this easy DIY project!

Extra credit! Helping bees and growing mint for Mom's summer tea.
A garden is an adventurous place, an eco-system alive and active. Kids know when to leave it alone and just observe. Anyone who eats black widow spiders is welcome in my garden, and these mojave
lizards really love it. They are characters that can win a staring contest. When claiming their territory, they do push ups. It is also good to know what else might be in your garden that's not so innocuous. Living With Wild Reptiles and Amphibians 

A garden attracts an exciting variety of birds--your kid will be just as excited about the bird feeder as old great Aunt Maxine--and they will have a lot to talk about! Hummingbirds are curious, funny friends in the garden, finches keep a regular schedule of feeder visits, and around here we even get the occasional roadrunner (beep beep.) Ravens here are so regular in their habits, you can name them.

Backyard Bird Identifier


The Unloved.
The Loved.

Kids love bugs. Digging around in the garden doing maintenance can transport a child into the marvelous world in the dirt, on the plants. The interrelated lives of garden insects. Good Garden Bugs, the Ten Most Wanted 


Loving those worms, lacewings, pillbugs, kids joining all the community of the garden.

This is my favorite post, probably because it reminds me of so many lovely visits to the garden. 

Keeping Butterflies, Bees and Hummingbirds Happy

Educational Links 6/6/18

The Global Search for Education: Could A Robot Replace A Teacher? Should A Robot Replace A Teacher?


10 Tips for Creating a Fertile Environment for Kids' Creativity and Growth

How Passion Projects and Community Partners Create Relevant Learning for Teens in School

Short Supply in the Teaching Profession



Given the opportunity to take notes by hand or on the computer, most students choose the latter. After all, modern technology offers plenty of benefits for writers.
The digital writing workspace is convenient for several reasons. A single laptop or tablet can hold all the books and materials a student needs. It can also contain tools for research, entertainment activities, and curated music. The tech devices make learning more accessible. With the push of a button or a tap on a screen, students can activate engaging learning experiences, or they can record lectures.
Convenience, however, doesn’t trump old-fashioned writing by hand when it comes to learning. Writing by hand has benefits that technology has not been able to reproduce – yet.

My Dad

Strolling Player and Son, Picasso

Cheese is okay for a holiday, right? This is for those many new fans of the Donna Reed Show.

"My Dad" - Paul Petersen

Father's Day is June 17.

Monday, June 4, 2018

Educational Links 6/5/18


My Latest BAM! Radio Show Is On Using Tech To Differentiate Instruction

Sharing Student Work Beyond the Classroom

A Bold Proposal for Taking Mental Health Seriously in Schools

Decoding the Overlap between Autism and ADHD


Why Children Aren't Behaving, And What You Can Do About It

If we respond to our kids' misbehavior instead of reacting, we'll get the results we want. I want to take a little of the pressure off of parenting; each instance is not life or death. We can let our kids struggle a little bit. We can let them fail. In fact, that is the process of childhood when children misbehave. It's not a sign of our failure as parents. It's normal.

Stepfathers Should Get More Credit

St. Joseph and the Christ Child

Stepgrandfathers, too. I wouldn't trade my grandpa, (see below) step or otherwise; he brought all the love and joy we needed. 

Eddie Fisher - Oh! My PaPa 1954

Grandpa and Melanie (9th Birthday)
Oh, My Papa
Oh, my pa-pa, to me he was so wonderful
Oh, my pa-pa, to me he was so good
No one could be, so gentle and so lovable
Oh, my pa-pa, he always understood.

Father's Day is June 17.

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