Saturday, June 30, 2018

Educational Links 7/1/18

Ten Steps to Starting a Community Book Club

ADHD and Messiness: What You Need to Know

How to have true inclusion

Abridged Autism Assessment Speeds Access to Therapy

Does Tailoring Instruction to “Learning Styles” Help Students Learn?

Teaching Students to Solve Overwhelming, Complex, and Uncertain Problems


Multi-age classrooms can promote developmentally appropriate, innovative, and engaging educational opportunities. The multi-age classroom has tremendous potential as an educational approach if supported by skilled, qualified, and dedicated professionals in various capacities. However, it bears repeating that many different elements must be successfully integrated if a multi-age classroom is to attain its full potential.

Refining Classroom Rules and Norms

Create Your Classroom Rules WITH Your Students for a Powerful Start to the Year

Ten Activities for Establishing Classroom Rules

The 5 Critical Categories of Rules

Classroom Management: Develop Clear Rules, Expectations

The Science Behind Classroom Norming

How can I create, uphold, and share responsibility 
for classroom norms?

Creating Classroom Rules Together

5 Keys to Effective Classroom Management

How to Create Class Rules

Classroom rules vs. procedures

Let’s clarify what purpose rules serve and how they differ from routines.  Rules set the tone for the classroom.  They provide broad guidelines about what should or should not be happening as a whole in the classroom. Procedures and routines are specific steps that kids are supposed to take in specific scenarios.

I especially like #4. Kill no vermin such as fleas, lice, ticks, etc., in the sight of others.

Classroom Management and Parents

Classroom Management Techniques: Partner with Parents

Classroom Management Tips to Involve Parents

Classroom Management: Working With Parents
Michael Linsin's website Smart Classroom Management is an excellent resource for all things
in running your class. Check out the following five articles.

Friday, June 29, 2018

Educational Links 6/30/18

Study: Give Weak Teachers Good Lesson Plans, Not Professional Development

5 Ways to Blend Technology Into Outdoor Lessons

Curb Classroom Chatter! 10 Tips to Help Teachers Keep Their Sanity

8 Ways For Teachers To Save Time In The Classroom

What Is Working Memory?

What Does the Supreme Court Union Ruling Mean for Teachers?

Making Your Flipped Classroom More Human

I was forced to the realization that all humans are emotional beings first. My online spaces were sterile environments focused only on information density. I meticulously organized study guides, discussion forums, and formative assessments—I’m certain a robot would have loved my course structure! Research has shown that organization and attention cueing aren’t enough, though. Students need social prompting.

Journaling As A Teaching Strategy

Journaling the Old-School Way

Journal Writing

How to Implement Journal Writing Effectively in High School

Most famous journal ever? At least until you assign your students to write.

Journal Writing

Journal Writing Every Day: Teachers Say It Really Works!

Journal Teaching Strategies

The Importance of Student Journals and How to Respond Efficiently

The benefits of students integrating journal writing across the curriculum are amply documented. From a teacher's perspective, there are few activities that can trump journal writing for understanding and supporting the development of student thinking. Journaling turbo-charges curiosity. The legendary Toby Fulwiler, author of The Journal Book, writes, "Without an understanding of who we are, we are not likely to understand fully why we study biology rather than forestry, literature rather than philosophy. In the end, all knowledge is related; the journal helps clarify the relationship."

All-American Music To Grill To

This is mostly for Americans. And maybe you wish to grill in quiet--that's okay, too.

But for us in the States, these might be fun tunes.

1. Born in the U S A Bruce Springsteen

A traditional song sung with soul.
2. Ray Charles - "America, the Beautiful" 

Maybe this is Juneteenth.
The History of Juneteenth

This includes some good ole America poetry with the music. 

3. Ragged Old Flag * Johnny Cash * USA 

Johnny makes non-verbal comment. 

 While we're on Johnny Cash and poetry, the lyrics began as a poem by Julia Ward Howe

4. Johnny Cash sings The Battle Hymn Of The Republic

Friends can have a cook out, too.

5. Simon & Garfunkel - American Tune

6. Bob Dylan "With God on our side"

7.  Creedence Clearwater Revival - "Fortunate Son"

Good field for football later, soccer, or baseball. 

Here's classical based on the Quaker tune, "Simple Gifts." Another poem.

'Tis the gift to be simple, 'tis the gift to be free
'Tis the gift to come down where we ought to be,
And when we find ourselves in the place just right, 
'Twill be in the valley of love and delight.
When true simplicity is gain'd, 
To bow and to bend we shan't be asham'd,
To turn, turn will be our delight, 
Till by turning, turning we come 'round right.[2]
Earliest American Bar B Que: Jamestown

8.  Aaron Copland - "Appalachian Spring" 

9. God Bless The USA (Lee Greenwood) 

Little known fact about Jimi Hendrix--he served in the U S Army as a paratrooper. 

Jimi in the 101st


10. Jimi Hendrix - "The Star-Spangled Banner"

And just a little homage to my home state--

11. The Beach Boys California Girls

Beautiful place for a picnic

I've heard many folks say, who were from other nations on the continents of North and South America, that they, too, could claimed to be Americans.

America the Multicultural.

So, here is Celine, our Canadian friend, to sing God Bless America.

12. God Bless America - Celine Dion (With Lyrics & History) 

 Don't forget the marshmallows and s'mores.

Here's a Youtube link to all this music from my Youtube site:

All American Music To Grill To

Interactive Notebooking-Yes or No?

Classroom Management: Using Interactive Notebooks

7 Reasons to Use Interactive Notebooks


These next two posts are one day apart, I'm guessing to be 'fair and balanced.'

10 Reasons Not to Use Interactive Notebooks

10 Reasons to Use Interactive Notebooks


Marzano, Pickering, and Pollack (2001) have contended, as have others, that to foster higher-order thinking, instructional activities must call on learners to restructure their prior knowledge and link it to new information. A crucial aspect of this brain-based activity is that students use their own “voices and perspectives” as they construct personal meaning for various mathematical processes, data, and events.

Marzano Strategies- Interactive Notebooks

Interactive Notebooks: No Special Hardware Required

It's actually quite fun at times. I first make a quick pass to check for missing or unfinished work. Fifty percent of the notebook grade is an overall grade, and I take off points for missing or incomplete pages.
Then comes the fun part. The other 50 percent of their notebook grade is based on just four pages. Students choose three for me to grade, and I choose one of those. They get to show me their best work, I get to learn what they like and what they're proud of, and it feels like a conversation with each individual student. I'm not grading the same page over and over, and ultimately, I find that students often do their best work in their notebook where there is little pressure. (Why they freeze when they read the word "essay" is a whole other topic.)

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Educational Links 6/29/18

Q&A Collections: Race & Gender Challenges

Teaching Film as Literature

Google+ Tutorial for Beginners

After Supreme Court loss, school-employees unions gird for fight to keep their members

A Four-Day School Week?

How Do I Know If My Child Has Executive Function Issues?

Early school choice deadlines mean affluent parents often get first shot at coveted schools, new study shows

It's Time to Rethink School Schedules, Report Says

Much of a teacher's day is devoted to instruction, with precious little time set aside for collaborating with colleagues, planning lessons or reflecting on practice, according to a new report from the Center for American Progress.
The authors of "Reimagining the School Day" point out that U.S. educators spend far more time teaching lessons and less time planning them than educators in other top-performing countries.

Latin and Greek Roots and Affixes (et fran├žais inclus)

  1. Sic vos volo Latine discere?

Latin Roots, Prefixes, and Suffixes

Latin was the language spoken by the ancient Romans. As the Romans conquered most of Europe, the Latin language spread throughout the region. Over time, the Latin spoken in different areas developed into separate languages, including Italian, French, Spanish, and Portuguese. These languages are considered “sisters,” as they all descended from Latin, their “mother” language.

Root Words, Roots and Affixes

Teaching Latin Roots with Word Trees

Books and Poems Everyone Should Read and Write

California 10th Graders Improve Their Writing Skills—Through an Interactive Fiction Game 

Primary Sources + Found Poetry = Celebrate Poetry Month 

How do I check out the front wall?

Libraries and Authors 

shakespeare online 

Poetry Foundation  Caroline Kennedy on Learning Poems by Heart 

Popular High School Literature Books 

Poems for High School Students

7 Things That Will Doom Your Novel (& How to Avoid Them) 

 Quoth the raven, “whatevermore”!