Saturday, September 22, 2018

Study of Poetry-Let's begin

Poetry is a type of literature, or artistic writing, that attempts to stir a reader's imagination or emotions. The poet does this by carefully choosing and arranging language for its meaning, sound, and rhythm.

Figurative language is language that uses words or expressions with a meaning that is different from the literal interpretation (actual words used), often to describe something by comparing it to something else or to create mental pictures with words.

Let's start with two poems everyone should be familiar with.

The Road Not Taken

By Robert Frost
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
Robert Frost
 Robert Frost 

The Rainy Day
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow 1842
The day is cold, and dark, and dreary;
It rains, and the wind is never weary;
The vine still clings to the mouldering wall,
But at every gust the dead leaves fall,
And the day is dark and dreary.

My life is cold, and dark, and dreary;
It rains, and the wind is never weary;
My thoughts still cling to the mouldering Past,
But the hopes of youth fall thick in the blast,
And the days are dark and dreary.

Be still, sad heart! and cease repining;
Behind the clouds is the sun still shining;
Thy fate is the common fate of all,
Into each life some rain must fall,
Some days must be dark and dreary.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Don't Like Poetry? Betcha do.

Educational Links 9/23/18

The teacher’s quest for progress: 
How school leaders can motivate instructional innovation
'Floating Schools' Make Sure Kids Get To Class When The Water Rises
Please, students, take that ‘impractical’ humanities course. We will all benefit.
In Defense of Active Learning: Teaching Children the Way They Learn
Simple Ways To Check For Understanding
The STEM Zombie Apocalypse
So many adults, including teachers, joke about not being able to do simple math or not being a “science person” that many students enter STEM classrooms with negative views. This creates a fixed mindset as students believe they need certain natural abilities to be successful in math and science. As educators, we need to create opportunities for students to overcome these deeply planted negative views.

Educational Links 9/22/18

The learning experience is different in schools that assign laptops, a survey finds

The Top Blogs and Resource Sites For Teachers Of English Language Learners

Why the Trump Administration 'Rethinking' Special Education Is Concerning

Reversing 760,000 lost days of learning in our schools

Designing a Public School From Scratch

Finding Clarity in Assessment and Grading

What Can You Do With Geography?

Attention deficit diagnoses nearly double in two decades

The study found that rates of ADHD among girls rose from 3 to more than 6 percent over the study period. This is partly a result of a change in how the condition is classified, according to the study. For years, ADHD pertained to children who were hyperactive. But in recent years, the American Psychiatric Association added to its guide of mental health conditions that diagnosis should also include some children who are inattentive, Bao says. That raised the number of girls, he says, because it seems they are more likely to be in that second subtype.

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Educational Links 9/21/18

8 Strategies To Make Learning Visual In Your Classroom

Five Proven Benefits Of Play

The ADHD Brain Processes Rewards & Consequences Differently

Teachers' Strategies for Pronouncing and Remembering Students' Names Correctly

Supporting Parents: Research-Based Programs to Support Parents' Growth


The learning experience is different in schools that assign laptops, a survey finds

High schoolers assigned a laptop or a Chromebook were more likely to take notes in class, do internet research, create documents to share, collaborate with their peers on projects, check their grades and get reminders about tests or homework due dates. Among high school students assigned these devices, 60 percent said they had emailed their teachers with questions. That’s compared to 42 percent among students without an assigned device.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Educational Links 9/20/18


25 Of The Most Misunderstood Ideas In Education

Calling IN: A Strategy for White Teachers Who Want to Disrupt Racism

Untold Stories of the Civil Rights Movement

California's children fall behind before they start school, and some never catch up, study finds

Stretching beyond familiar limits doesn’t always feel good, but growing and learning — the keys to school and much of life — can’t happen any other way.

Monday, September 17, 2018

Educational Links 9/18/18

Classroom Ideas

Three Sites That Help Students Understand the Size of the Universe

How Do You Factor Social-emotional Wellbeing Into Your Personalized Learning Plans?

Questions to Ask About the School’s Math Instruction

More Top) Educational Apps

Download: Growth Mindset Activities for Kids

‘Tides are turning against teaching to the test’

One of the most striking educational trends of the past few decades has been the rise of "teaching to the test". In both the UK and the US, high-stakes accountability systems have led schools to focus instruction ever more narrowly on what the tests cover. Assessment has become the driver of the curriculum.

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Educational Links 9/17/18

Brain-Based Learning



Pupils with traumatic pasts need an inclusive classroom

How a growing number of states are hoping to improve kids’ brains: exercise

Response: 'We Need to Face our own Discomfort' About Discussing Racism


Never Punish a Child for Behavior Outside His Control

Make ADHD the enemy; not your child. Catch your child being good every day. Stop blaming others. And other rules for raising a child with ADD that every parent should hear.

MzT's Classroom: Testing Ideas-What Do You Think?

...not so much seek...

Prayer of  St. Francis

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace:

where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
where there is sadness, joy. 

O divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
to be consoled as to console,
to be understood as to understand,
to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive, 
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned, 
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

St. Francis of Assisi is honored as the patron saint of the environment and ecology. Learn more at 
St. Francis of Assisi

Prayer of St. Francis,(Make Me A Channel of Your Peace) sung by Angelina, EWTN

Educational Links 9/16/18

What's Going On In the Brain Of A Child Who Has Experienced Trauma?

Can Charter Schools Afford To Welcome Students In Special Education?

35 Google Classroom Resources That Will Make Your Day

California embraces computer science in its schools

10 Tips for Teachers Using the Station Rotation Model

Why Picking Your Battles Is Bad Advice

Why aren't kids being taught to read?

Scientific research has shown how children learn to read and how they should be taught. But many educators don't know the science and, in some cases, actively resist it. As a result, millions of kids are being set up to fail.