Saturday, July 14, 2018

Educational Links 7/15/18

The Best Source Of Education Research Is Your Classroom

Turning ‘Google Maps for Education’ From Metaphor to Reality

Ohio Expected to Ban Most Suspensions, Expulsions for Youngest Students

Best of WeAreTeachers HELPLINE: Surviving in a Classroom Without Windows

Helping even middle-of-the-pack students see themselves as leaders

How Technology Helped Me Cheat Dyslexia

To Teach Kids To Handle Tough Emotions, Some Schools Take Time Out For Group Therapy

The idea of teaching social and emotional skills in school is more than 20 years old. Research has shown this kind of intervention is effective and has a lasting impact. One analysis published last year in the journal Child Development reviewed dozens of programs with similar approaches. Participants were 11 percent more likely to graduate from college and less likely to have mental health problems or be arrested than were students who never went through these programs.

Developing a Positive Classroom Culture

5 Innovative Ways To Create Positive Classroom Culture

How do I develop a positive classroom culture?

10 Steps to a Positive Classroom Culture

Why Teaching Kids to Solve Problems Can Reduce Bullying

6 Tips for Drawing Shy Students Out of Their Shell

How To Teach Students To Get Along With Each Other

A positive classroom climate powerfully increases learning and engagement (Marzano, 2012). Positive relationships between students are essential and are developed through a culture of mutual respect, modeled and taught by the teacher. Students will always take their cues from the adults around them.

Teaching Is Trying New Activities

1. Greta's Game Station 


3.   10 simple activities to encourage physical
activity in the classroom 

4. Classroom Activities 

5.  Activity Ideas for Middle School Students 

6. Games We Can Play in Middle School 

 7. Kagan Professional Development 



Our STEM Garden: A Dream Come True

Our greenhouses at Granite Hills High School--full of wonderful things.

We even had a Monarch visit us!
 A STEM garden has always been a treasured desire of mine. And I came out of teacher retirement last school year for an assignment for my favorite group of students (the Moderately/Severely Handicapped), at my favorite high school (Granite Hills High, Apple Valley, CAL. My daughter graduated there in '02), AND greenhouses to tend! Perfect!

Grow lights

The Three Sisters
We used the first semester to have Good Health Tuesdays, which involved class cooking and discussion of how to eat well. The second semester we brought in grow lights and started the plants for the greenhouses. I confess I brought some squash, bean, and corn plantlings home to my Teaching Garden. I'm growing 'The Three Sisters' --a Native American practice placing corn, beans, and squash together. The beans use the corn as a trellis.

'How Does Our Garden Grow?' Quite well!
We ran a few science projects with gardening, too.

Kale, the superfood.
Our greenhouses provide fresh onions, garlic, spinach, kale, tomatoes, squash, pumpkins, radishes, cantaloupe, watermelon, and carrots for the culinary class at our school. BTW, they cater town organizations, faculty meetings and offer weekly specials to the school. I especially like their crescent sandwiches. 
Our veggie goodies also fed the tortoise that lived in the next classroom. The radish was a favorite--she ate it like a corn on the cob!

Casey fulfilling watering tasks in the greenhouse

We all worked every day for the garden. The results were vegetables, of course, but also camaraderie.

Friday, July 13, 2018

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Educational Links 7/14/18

Burnout Isn’t Inevitable

Building the Capacity of Educators to Meet the Needs of Students with ADHD

When Principals Don’t Trust Their Teachers

10 Easy Ways to Create an Awesome #SchoolCulture This Year

13 Great Drawing Lessons for Students

Chris Roland talks about differentiated instruction

5 Steps to Incorporate Design Thinking Into Your Classroom

If you’ve never heard of it before, design thinking is a form of problem-solving. It’s a process often used by inventors and tech gurus when they come up with something new. However, design thinking is not just for inventors or techies. 

What Is The Point Of A Makerspace?

What Is The Point Of A Makerspace?

Curious about classroom Makerspaces? Here’s how to get started

Start Now, But Start Small

Makerspaces are dedicated areas that promote learning through play and experimentation. They are designed to accommodate a wide range of activities and are stocked with tools and materials that encourage students to design, build, invent and experiment as they deeply engage in learning.

See How Makerspaces Work and Benefit Kids at Every Grade Level

“It’s Vital Your Makerspace Reflects The Culture Of Your School.”

Makerspace for Education

Designing a School Makerspace

This is the 'House Beautiful' of makerspaces.

The Up-Side of Teaching

Learn the Top 10 Benefits of a Being a Teacher 

Why Teach? 

Why Consider Becoming a Teacher? 

Why Teaching is Good For You 

What's good about teaching? 



Teaching Is Understanding Child Development

Child Development Tracker

Use the Child Development Tracker to get insights on the stages of growth.

Child Development

 T. Berry Brazelton, M.D. 

Middle Childhood Development

 Developmental Issues With Pre-Adolescents 

Adolescent Stages of Development 

  Piaget's Stages of Cognitive Development 

I like Piaget and his beret.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Educational Links 7/13/18

Judge Allows Electric Shocks on Those with Disabilities to Continue

Malala Turns 21 Today – Here’s Everything You Wanted To Know About Her But Were Afraid To Ask

Department of Education Delays Equity in IDEA Compliance Date by Two Years

5 educators share their ISTE experiences

       3 tools to help students create, collaborate and share ideas!

Teaching Strategies to Help Perfectionist Students

After more than 30 years of teaching, I am still humbled and awed when parents hand their children over to me on the first day of school. It is an act of profound trust, especially when I know that my personal teacher-version of the Hippocratic Oath to "do no harm" is sometimes not enough. I will make mistakes. I will miss things, I will design imperfect solutions to behavioral and learning challenges, and I will fall prey to making erroneous assumptions about them.

Are You Your School's Grumpy Cat?

I confess, at times I have been the grumpy cat at school. As I realized it, I would go through this handy checklist I once heard in a sermon to see why I wasn't at my best and being grumpy:
H Am I grumpy because I am HUNGRY? Did I eat breakfast? Lunch? 
A Am I ANGRY about something unresolved from my life and find it hard to maintain   professionalism? Need advice, counseling, etc? Meditation? This could also be ANXIOUS. What steps can I take to feel more optimistic? 
L Am I feeling LONELY and isolated? Is there a friendly face at school? Maybe the maintenance crew?
T Am I TIRED? Silly question. Teaching is a full on, multi-level challenge. We're always some kind of tired. But what am I doing about it? Delegating? Early bedtime? Deliberately choosing R and R? 

Maybe a person is just a Type A and generally judgmental and bossy. Give it some thought, Ms/Mr Type A--how productive is that, really? There is more control and power in kindness. You can manipulate others through achieving mutual success, and be looking so good yourself.

Here is what the web is saying, Grumpy Cat.  

How to Get Along With ANY Teaching Colleague 

Teacher Collaboration in Culturally Responsive Schools

Congenial or Collegial? 

Moving from congeniality to collegiality 

What I've Learned About Being a Good Collaborator 

Collaborating with Colleagues: Being a Team Player 

Not getting along with other teachers 

Teaching Is Creating A Living Classroom

Teaching Secrets: Arranging Optimal Classroom Seating 

Bulletin Boards  

 Easy, Effective Way to Display Student Work in the Classroom  

Displaying Student Work 

An opportunity for student-teacher collaboration 

The Teacher Report: 7 Creative Approaches to Classroom Seating

Classroom Jobs for All Your Student Helpers 

Teaching As Leadership Classroom Jobs  

The Clutter-Free Classroom 

Classroom Organization 

Creating a Classroom Community 

Summer Activity: Thunderstorm? Read This Story

Y'all do know not to go out in a thunderstorm, right? Lightning is SUPER dangerous. Now that we have established that fact,  here's a great memoir to read during a thunderstorm.

Chapter V of Helen Keller's autobiography The Story of My Life has a tremendous description of a thunderstorm--from a girl who could not see or hear. The whole book is well worth reading. The full text is available at the following site.

The Story of My Life by Helen Keller
Helen and Annie Sullivan

Helen Keller Biography 


 The 1962 movie "The Miracle Worker" is directly based on Helen Keller's memoirs. It is available on Netflix and YouTube. As a teacher of the Severely Handicapped myself, I will say this is powerfully dramatized.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Educational Links 7/12/18

How to prepare your kids for jobs that don’t exist yet

Don’t Blame Mister Rogers for Children’s Sense of Entitlement

Will New Standards Improve Elementary Science Education?

5 Tips for Your Students to Help With Fast and Effective Learning


Teaching Strategies to Build Trust in the Classroom

10 Self-Reflective Questions Teachers Can Debrief With Every Day

For a long time we’ve advocated the use of self-reflective questions with our learners as a way for them to debrief their learning processes in the classroom in order to improve and grow. This is just as useful a practice for teachers as it is for learners, because in many ways teachers are still learners themselves. What self-reflective questions can teachers use for the same purposes? We’ve got some ideas below, but first, let’s talk about why self-reflection is so crucial a practice in teaching, learning, and life.

Is ADHD for Real?

ADDitude--Inside the Mind

Understanding ADHD

About ADHD

How to Solve 8 Common Behavior Problems in the Classroom

What’s ADHD (and What’s Not) in the Classroom

Emotional Regulation for Kids With ADHD

15 Assistive Technology Tools & Resources For Students With Disabilities

Free Guide: Is it ADHD? A Checklist of Common Symptoms