Saturday, July 7, 2018

Educational Links 7/8/18

Federal Commission on School Safety

As Knowledge Demands Change, Curriculum Must Change, Too

Math, Forms, and Images - The Week in Review

Helping Students Prioritize with Due Windows and “Share”

What Is Classroom Management?


Think back on your childhood, and you probably remember hours spent in active, imaginative, and outdoor play. It’s likely that you rough-housed with friends or neighbors, engaged with nature, and built entire worlds from sheer imagination.
The 21st century childhood is different. A 2010 Kaiser Foundation Study found that the average elementary school aged child spent 7.5 hours daily using entertainment technology, and 75 percent of these children had a television in their bedrooms. Of course, the widespread use of technology is only increasing, and new forms of digital entertainment are introduced regularly.

Summer Tunes

This might be Saturday in the park somewhere.

Gelato sounds good.

Saturday in the Park

For you Grumpy Cats.

Bananarama Cruel Summer (1983)

Jazzy version.

Summertime by Billy Stewart

Doesn't matter at all if you haven't even seen the ocean.

Beach Boys - Surfin` Safari

Could be summer guys.

LFO Summer Girls

During a major heatwave, this one's good to think about.

Summer Breeze

Special Education Update

A brief history of dyslexia and the role women played in getting it recognized

Full inclusion of special needs students requires extensive work

Legal challenge as autistic children stay shut out of school

Is Autism Linked To Food Allergies?

Separating Fact from Myth about Dyslexia

Why males are more at risk than females for neurodevelopmental disorders

The Supreme Court Rules In Favor Of A Special Education Student

School districts must give students with disabilities the chance to make meaningful, "appropriately ambitious" progress, the Supreme Court said Wednesday in an 8-0 ruling.
The decision in Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District could have far-reaching implications for the 6.5 million students with disabilities in the United States.

Friday, July 6, 2018

Educational Links 7/7/18

12 Rules Of Great Teaching

Applying the Power of Stories to Excite Students About Science

As Knowledge Demands Change, Curriculum Must Change, Too

Increasingly, the idea of computer coding is coming up in discussions about the classroom.
This usually happens in the context of ‘21st-century learning,’ because, well, coding sounds like an exceptionally modern thing to do.

Figurative Language Resources


Figurative Language

7 types of figurative language

And this is my first Kahoot game:

Figure Out Figurative Language

Class Feeling Bored? Here Are Some Fun Ideas

Bored? Shake it up. Let the kids up out of their desks. Have a laugh while learning. Review differently. It's surprising how effective this is.



Shakespeare Fun And Games

High School Activities

Fun Review Activities, Classroom Games to Do Now

Engaging Classroom Games for All Grades

19 Ideas to promote more creativity in your classroom

12 Awesome Games & Activities To Make Your Classroom Fun



Three syllables--Movies Title---huh?

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Educational Links 7/6/18

Time to Read: Making Independent Reading a Priority

Teachers share tips on making makerspaces accessible to all

4 Must-Try EdTech Strategies

Could Justice Kennedy’s Retirement Mean That Schools Won’t Be Required To Accept Undocumented Students?

Special services

How Do I Stop Students From Copying Each Other’s Homework Assignments?

Do No-Zero Policies Help or Hurt Students?

With a no-zero grading policy, the glass is always half full.
The controversial grading policy—which is rising in popularity across the country—sets the lowest possible grade for any assignment or test at 50 percent, even when students turn in no work at all.

Zion, Egypt, and Vegas

Zion National Park in the Sunset. We camped under The Watchman, this rock formation.
Zion to Egypt to Vegas--quite a cycle. No, I wasn't time traveling, just enjoying adventures in Utah, Nevada, and California during teacher breaks. 

No, that is not a giant chrysalis--but a mummy hammock.
My son said it was quite warm.
There I am reading. I always bring a book to read in the peace and quiet.
We camped in Zion National Park in Utah, under the Watchman Rock Formation. It felt very safe.  The canyons and spectacular cliffs and the lovely river, the North Fork Virgin River were dynamic. Sighting an endangered California Condor was a great highlight for my daughter, who is now studying Environmental Science.
On the river walk.

The Riverwalk was extremely pleasant. Lots of folks and lots of squirrels.
We missed seeing Howard Carter. And, no, there was no curse.

My high school friend and fellow teacher Janet and I went to visit King Tut at the Los Angeles Science Center.
 So very many artifacts, incredibly intricate. But not the famous Death Mask, which remained in the Egyptian Museum in Cairo. Though all the advertisements had a pic of it. Hmmm.

King Tut always liked an entrance.
Dance like an Egyptian.

Visiting the Conservatory at the Bellagio in Las Vegas. (Two of my kids live and work there.)

Pink peacock?

The display at the Bellagio is always so very meticulous and beautiful with a lovely serendipity. This time it was the large display of a woman holding an egg. I don't know what it means, but it was amazing. The Conservatory always provides a peaceful water feature--all is relaxing, refreshing, and there is calming music--no ding-ding-ding of slot machines here.

So I'm a happy lady visiting fascinating, intriguing, lovely places with family and friends. And spending time with my grandpuppy, Skadi.

Johnny B. Goode--in Space

"If you tried to give rock and roll another name, you might call it Chuck Berry" - John Lennon.

Johnny B. Goode + Lyrics

Chuck Berry Immortalized On Voyager Space Mission
Johnny B. Goode
Chuck Berry
Deep down in Louisiana close to New Orleans
Way back up in the woods among the evergreens
There stood a log cabin made of earth and wood
Where lived a country boy named Johnny B. Goode
Who never ever learned to read or write so well
But he could play a guitar just like a-ringin' a bell
Go go
Go Johnny go go
Go Johnny go go
Go Johnny go go
Go Johnny go go
Johnny B. Goode
He used to carry his guitar in a gunny sack
Go sit beneath the tree by the railroad track
Oh, the engineers would see him sitting in the shade
Strumming with the rhythm that the drivers made
People passing by, they would stop and say
"Oh my that little country boy could play"
Go go
Go Johnny go go
Go Johnny go go
Go Johnny go go
Go Johnny go go
Johnny B. Goode
His mother told him "Someday you will be a man
And you will be the leader of a big old band
Many people coming from miles around
To hear you play your music when the sun go down
Maybe someday your name will be in lights
Saying "Johnny B. Goode tonight"
Go go
Go Johnny go
Go go go Johnny go
Go go go Johnny go
Go go go Johnny go
Johnny B. Goode

All-American Music To Grill To

This is mostly for Americans. And maybe your 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