Saturday, June 23, 2018

Educational Links 6/24/18


9 Apps to Help Teens With ADHD Manage Everyday Challenges

Supporting Language and Content Learning in Math

The Evolution of Understanding by Design in Diverse Classrooms

How Teachers Can Promote Prosocial Behavior in Students

Using Microsoft Learning Tools in Inclusive Classrooms

A Growth Mindset Isn't Enough. It's Time for a Benefit Mindset

Halfway through 2018, our nation is deep in thought: What is happening—or not happening—in our schools and communities that causes our teenagers to take their own lives or cut short the lives of others?
There is ample cause for concern: Suicide rates are climbing steadily.

Effective Personalized Learning-Where To Start?

                                        Personalized Learning

     Turn your classroom into a personalized learning environment


Six Examples of What Personalized Learning Looks Like

What's That About Personalized Learning?

What Do We Really Mean When We Say 'Personalized Learning'?

Personalized Learning: What You Need to Know

5 Tools And Strategies That Support Personalized Learning

Can Personalized Learning Flourish Within A Traditional System?

Ten Tips for Personalized Learning via Technology

 One reason why the notion of personalized learning is so popular—one reason it is such a “head-nodder phrase”—is that it recognizes that students are all individuals, with different experiences and different preferences. At the same time, “children are more alike than different in how they think and learn,” as Riley quotes his hero (and mine), the cognitive psychologist Dan Willingham. We need a system of education that acknowledges and accommodates both realities.

Friday, June 22, 2018

Educational Links 6/23/18

Maintaining Trust to Build School Culture


How trauma and stress affect a child’s brain development

Schools Are Out For The Summer, But The Debate On How To Make Them Safer Continues

The Declining Mental Health of Educators

New Infographic: 12 Strategies to Manage the Modern Classroom

Shifting the Culture of Reading in a School: Project LIT Bronx

Project LIT Bronx is a youth-led community book club in the south Bronx. It was created in September of 2017 and is part of the national Project LIT Community, a growing network of dedicated teachers and students who work together to increase access to diverse books, eliminate book deserts, and spread a love of reading in our schools and communities.

Teachable Moment: Who's the Greatest Rock Poet?

Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds, painting by Julian Lennon when in pre-school

I must say I prefer John Lennon as the greatest rock poet, even though Bob Dylan probably should wear that crown, especially since he has now won the Nobel Prize for Literature! But Lennon, being an artist as well, created poetry of metaphorical paintings and the colors and images soaked with profound emotional intensity. We have recordings of poets reading their work--T.S. Eliot and the Wasteland, Robert Frost and his Snowy Evening. But nothing so dynamic as John Lennon--and his beautiful, accusatory, angry, agonized voice-- singing his personal journey of life with his friends (the Beatles) collaborating musically like Impressionist artists of rock. 
Bob Dylan
 Who's the Greatest Rock Poet? Nomination #1

Greatest Rock Poet (#1 Nomination Again) 

John and Julian Lennon

Who Is the Greatest Rock Poet? Nomination #2

Who Is the Greatest Rock Poet? Revisiting #2  

Paul McCartney

  Who Is the Greatest Rock Poet? Nomination #3 


Jimmy Paige and Robert Plant

Who Is the Greatest Rock Poet? Nomination # 4

Pete Townshend

Who Is the Greatest Rock Poet? Nomination #5 

George Harrison

Who Is The Greatest Rock Poet? Nomination #6

Neil Young

The Greatest Rock Poet, Nomination #7 

Who Is The Greatest Rock Poet? Nomination #8 

Bruce Springsteen

 Who Is The Greatest Rock Poet? Nomination #9

Mao (1972) Andy Warhol (print)

  Always wanted to match this painting with these lyrics.

Who Is the Greatest Rock Poet? Nomination #2 



The Beatles: Revolution (live)

John Lennon

You say you want a revolution
Well, you know
We all want to change the world
You tell me that it's evolution
Well, you know
We all want to change the world
But when you talk about destruction
Don't you know that you can count me out
Don't you know it's gonna be all right
All right, all right

You say you got a real solution
Well, you know
We'd all love to see the plan
You ask me for a contribution
Well, you know
We're doing what we can
But when you want money
For people with minds that hate
All I can tell is brother you have to wait
Don't you know it's gonna be all right
All right, all right

Ah, ah, ah, ah, ah...

You say you'll change the constitution
Well, you know
We all want to change your head
You tell me it's the institution
Well, you know
You better free you mind instead
But if you go carrying pictures of chairman Mao
You ain't going to make it with anyone anyhow
Don't you know it's gonna be all right
All right, all right
All right, all right, all right
All right, all right, all right


Thursday, June 21, 2018

Educational Links 6/22/18

3 ways to promote grit via literacy instruction

I Want to Get Better at… Assessment

Sometimes Growth Is Ugly, Embarrassing, and Hurtful

Small-Group Instruction May Be Key to Mastering Early Math, New Study Finds

Ed Department Reconsidering Previously Settled Disability Complaints

“Best” Lists Of The Week: Refugees & Immigrants

Even When Research Supports Changing Traditional Teaching, Parents Make It Hard

This hope around preschool is something you see around the world. In rich and poor countries alike there's a recognition that quality preschool can give children an invaluable start in life. And in the U.S. there's a major push underway to get more children enrolled. But in Accra — and in fact in many fast-growing African cities — they've already achieved that. It's estimated that in Accra by the time children reach age 3, 80 percent of them are in preschool, twice the share in the United States.

Assessment That Makes Sense

27 Teacher Actions That Help Promote Valid Assessment Data


What Are Some Types of Assessment?

Resources for Comprehensive Assessment

Innovative Assessments: Widening the Horizon

15 Assessment Activities That Are Fast, Fun, and Formative

Assessment activities should be quick, enjoyable, and versatile. That’s because formative assessment is best when it’s ongoing and consistent. Teachers use it in their classrooms to provide critical feedback to students. It helps them to monitor and modify their instruction methods and lesson plans to improve learning outcomes. That’s why we must use a variety of assessment activities and change them up frequently to stimulate both students and themselves.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Teachable Moment: Raising the Rhetoric

JFK 1961
Eloquence. Higher level thinking. Rational open discussion. American rhetoric--let's remind ourselves of the brilliant heights of thought our fellow citizens have given us. These profound thoughts were articulated to we the people, the common folk, the general populace. Dare I say, the 'undereducated,' as well as the 'intelligensia.' We the people listened, considered, and thought about these ideas.

American Rhetoric's Top 100 Speeches of the 20th Century 
highlights a diversity of speakers. Brilliant passion, complicated sentence structure, even three or four syllable words! As a student growing up in the 1960s, I was exposed to tremendous higher level thinking, free discussion, complicated language. Let's refuse to be dumbed down! We have access to fantastic thought and passion. The website has hundreds and hundreds of speeches.

Are you prepared to let students browse through this amazing collection of ideas? Here are some interesting choices-- hopefully a fair and diverse group. (And don't forget Abraham Lincoln, FDR, Adlai Stevenson, and even Richard Nixon.) 

 Ronald Reagan Remarks at the Brandenburg Gate

Theodore Roosevelt The Man with the Muck-rake  1908

Elie Wiesel The Perils of Indifference 

Barbara Pierce Bush Commencement Address at Wellesley College

Hillary Rodham Clinton 

Remarks to the U.N. 4th World Conference on Women Plenary Session 

 And two of my favorites:

John F. Kennedy

Address at Rice University on the Nation's Space Program

Martin Luther King, Jr.

I Have a Dream

Cannot hear this speech too often.