Saturday, July 21, 2018

Educational Links 7/22/18

Multicultural Children’s Literature in the Elementary Classroom

Starting a Heritage Language Book Club

Study Links Frequent Gadget Use to Increased ADHD Symptoms in Teens

What Makes a Good Edtech Tool Great?

14 Questions To Ask Yourself Before The First Day Of School

Study: “Repeated exposure to false statements can lead people to believe those falsehoods”

Mental health education to be made compulsory in English schools

How to Meet Autistic People Halfway

There is no question that autistic people can seem as though they are not interested in others. They may not make eye contact or they may repeat lines from movies that don’t seem relevant in the moment. They may flap their hands or rock their bodies in ways that other people find off-putting. But just because someone appears socially uninterested does not mean that he or she is.

Back To School Survey? Yeah, Do It!

That first day of school, get the kids settled in a desk and have them write answers to some questions. Of course, you'll get to know them better (learning styles and such), but you also can tell if their writing is legible! Just being practical.

Student First-Day of School Questionnaires

First-Day-of-School Surveys: Get to Know Students

Student Surveys: Using Student Voice to Improve Teaching and Learning

The First 6 Weeks: Strategies For Getting To Know Your Students

Self-reflection is a wonderful way to help students dig deeper and reveal more about themselves to their classmates. These questions will stimulate class conversation.

Or,  I will let you use my favorite get-to-know-you essay prompt.

Hmmm, what do I like least about school?

Wherefore, Oh Summer's Day?

Kindergartener's portrait of Emily Dickinson after reading this poem.

The bee is not afraid of me.
I know the butterfly -
The pretty people in the Woods

Receive me cordially -

The Brooks laugh louder

When I come -

The Breezes madder play;

Wherefore mine eye thy silver mists,

Wherefore, Oh Summer’s Day?

Marine Blue Butterfly in my Butterfly Garden
Bee watering station.

Next Semester...we'll celebrate diversity

Music! Dancing! And don't forget the great Mexican food!

If you teach in a school that is ethnically isolated, by geography or by choice, I suggest finding commonality in sports, for example. Especially in baseball, you can find just about all ethnicities coming together to celebrate a fun time through sports. If you have a favorite team in the MLB, NFL, or NBA--you are celebrating diversity. The same is true of most entertainment and lists of famous inventors, performers of heroics, and remarkable accomplishments.  You can also spotlight through calendar events (St. Patrick's Day, or MLK Day, for example.) Discretion is important if your community is sensitive to discussions of diversity. But it is clear that not only tolerance is mandatory but appreciation of diversity, also. We are America, afterall.

Here are links from Edutopia, TeachThought and Edudemic to get you started on your appreciation of diversity.


Vibrant art! Parades! Learn to use chipsticks!

Culturally Responsive Teaching Starts With Students 

15 Resources: Prepare for Cultural Diversity in Class 

Ballpark saurkraut hotdog!

Here are links for the major self-reported ethnicities in the USA according to census reports. I'm just following the order of the self-reporting. Sounds like fun--music, dance, food, art. Serious thoughts and inspiration. Check out American Rhetoric: The Power of Oratory in the United States  for speeches.

German-American Corner: History and Heritage 

Speeches of JFK .

Irish Contributions to the American Culture 

Cesar Chaves Si Se Puede

National Hispanic Heritage Month and Cinco de Mayo Lesson Plans 

The Pilgrims landing at Plymouth Rock.


English Americans 


Little Italy, New York City


Italian Americans 

The Italian Americans PBS 

Steven Spielberg--and don't forget Jurassic World!


The Jewish Americans PBS 



Native American Resources

500 is one of my favorite resources, I have taught the info on the Aztecs to my Mexican-American students. They are also fascinated with the Mayans.
Sequoyah--created Cherokee written language

500 NATIONS a video series 

We Shall Remain--PBS

Celebrate African-American History

 Please don't neglect the arts when enjoying these lessons. And the food, if possible. Mmm, soul food.
MLK--we never needed your influence more than now!

Friday, July 20, 2018

Educational Links 7/21/18

Four Qualities of The Most Useful Apps For The Classroom


50th Anniversay of Inclusion--Special Olympics

Classroom Management to Discover Student Strengths

How to Use Blended Play for Classroom Review Games

6 teacher recommendations to help students with math

Are You Doing Recess Right? A New Tool Can Help

An analysis of nearly 500 playgrounds finds that recess can be optimized to build social skills and relationships.

Next Semester: ...we'll have plants in the classroom

Just a little bit more planning and maintenance and your class has fresh oxygen, color, STEM motivation, and a little bit of elegance. Plants in the class!

15 houseplants for improving indoor air quality 

The Best Air-Purifying Plants 

 The 15 easiest indoor house plants that won't die on you

Easy Classroom Houseplants 

  Best Plants for the Classroom

Do You Keep Plants In Your Classroom? 

The Psychology of Nature


Summer Bump Not Slump: MzTeachuh's Top 20 Movies To Watch

Maybe watching 'Rudy'?
You've got the time, you've got the audience. So share some of your favorite movies with your kids. It's almost, almost, like an important reading list. But films that were central to our growing up, and our cultural experience are worth sharing. And making a special occasion creates a lasting bond as the older generation shares experiences and preferences from your own life with your kids. Some of these films may be famous, but that doesn't mean your 14 year old ever heard of it. Let them know why you chose this film, what it represented to your generation at the time, why you want to watch it with them. Be conscious of appropriate ratings for your audience.

Here are some of my favorites, that I also think are important to view for a cultural background. I watch a lot of television and movies (documentaries, too.)
Hurrah for Hulu and Netflix!
Set a time to watch when it is really too hot to go outside, or you are replacing Xbox time. 

 In no particular order, here is MzTeachuh's Top Twenty Movies to Watch:

Forrest Gump (1994)

Lincoln (2012)

Men in Black (1997) 

Frankenstein (1931) 

A Hard Day's Night (1964) 

Selma (2014)

All in the Indiana Jones series, but especially  

Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) 

All in the series, but especially The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) 

All Mel Brooks' films, but especially  The Producers (1967) 

A Patch of Blue (1965) 

Gravity (2013) 

Sleepless in Seattle (1993) 

Schindler's List (1993) 

Glory (1989) 

All Episodes--but definitely Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) 

The Sound of Music (1965) - IMDb 

Saving Private Ryan (1998) 

My Left Foot (1989)  

Gone with the Wind (1939)

  Here are a couple lists from experts:

The 55 Essential Movies Kids Must Experience (Before They Turn 13) 



Thursday, July 19, 2018

Educational Links 7/20/19

Behind The Campaign To Get Teachers To Leave Their Unions

Why Critical Hope May Be the Resource Kids Need Most From Their Teachers

7 Shifts To Create A Classroom Of The Future

Shocker – NOT: Study Finds Not Sweating The Small Stuff Is A Good Classroom Management Strategy

A Different Kind of Education


What You Need to Know About Neurodiversityneurodiversity

“Neurological differences like autism or ADHD are considered to be dysfunctional, disorders, and disabilities under the medical model of mental health,” she explained. “When most of us think of diversity, we think of things like race or sexual orientation. But there’s a different kind of diversity you might not know about: neurodiversity.”

'I Paint Flowers So They Won't Die.' So said Frida.

Folk Flowers, Frida Kahlo
Born in Coyoacán, Mexico, young Frida's life was punctuated by prominent events: polio, the Mexican Revolution, and a horrific bus accident among them. Recovery from the bus trauma left her isolated and in extreme pain; painting became her distraction and solace. Self-portraits were her frequent focus, as she explained, "I paint myself because I am so often alone and because I am the subject I know best."

Long celebrated as a folk icon in her homeland, it was not until the 1980s, well after her 1954 death, that Kahlo became widely recognized for her artistic skill. Now, her brightly-colored, often surreal artwork is in high demand. She has also been memorialized in movies and songs, on currency, and in countless books. Her birthplace and adult residence, The Blue House, is maintained today as a museum in her honor.

From the marvelous website, A Mighty Girl

Self-Portrait with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird, 1940

Hey Teach--Get a PLN

How Teachers Are Learning: Professional Development Remix

10 Reasons Every Teacher Needs A Professional Learning Network

Personalized Learning as Teacher Development?

Teacher To Teacher: My Journey To Personalized Learning

What is a PLN? Why Do I Need One?

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