Saturday, October 6, 2018

Educational Links 10/7/19

A History in Which We Can All See Ourselves

What Is A Personal Learning Network?

Why a Web of Connections—Not a Single Relationship—Should Surround Students

DeVos Misses Rulemaking Deadline; Teachers Sue Loan Servicer; Detroit Students Strike

Early Interventions, Explained

Addressing Persistent Defiance

Any student may refuse to cooperate at times, but handling students with oppositional defiant disorder requires that teachers have a plan.

Let the PUN-OFF begin!

Friday, October 5, 2018

Educational Links 10/6/18

How Schools Can Lead on Sexual Harassment

Businesses Increasingly Hiring People With Disabilities

Researchers Find the Most Plausible Cause of Wellbeing Decline in Youth is Increased Screen Time

Teaching Critical Thinking: Some Practical Points

5 habits that help me automate and simplify my life

'Schools cannot fix the impact of poverty alone'

Creating a Dysgraphia-Friendly Classroom

Dysgraphia is a language-based learning difference that affects a student’s ability to produce written language. In the early grades, students with dysgraphia may have difficulty with consistent letter formation, word spacing, punctuation, and capitalization. In later grades, they may have difficulty with writing fluency, floating margins, and legible writing.

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Educational Links 10/5/18

Four ways to tackle working-memory challenges


4 Reasons to Start Class With a Poem Each Day

50 Ways To Measure Understanding

3 Fun Strategies for Note Taking

Yes, Differentiation Is Hard. So, Let's Get It Right.

Teaching to the student, not the test

At Revere High School, ‘student-centered learning’ has helped new immigrants and low-income children succeed. Now the school’s former leader is taking his approach district-wide.

Journaling 10/4/18

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Cheesy Jokes and Serious Thoughts for Halloween

Pumpkin carving as fine art: The Headless Horseman
This holiday is very controversial; not only does it offend many family's religious convictions (they may believe it is glorifying the 'dark side') but the images and stories are really scarey and icky, even for adults.

You don't have to believe in the supernatural to be offended or freaked out by Halloween. The concentration on aberrant behavior is enough to be unsettling. What might we do to take the edge off of the disturbing aspects of Halloween?

All children go through various developmental levels (Piaget's theory of cognitive development and it is possible to create an experience appropriate for the child's development. It is not easy, particularly if you live in the modern world, but with effort, a classroom and a family experience can be healthy for a child. For example, even though I enjoy the television show, 'Grimm," it isreally not for young children. The episode, La Llorona, will freak out millions of folks, Hispanic or not. Another urban legend I have learned to never mention in class is Bloody Mary; the kids are truly scared. And what's the point of that? ELA classes can study folklore and Edgar Alan Poe without being traumatized.
How about the Simpson's version? I think Edgar would have enjoyed it.

The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe

Bart always cracks me up as the raven.
Many families, school, and community groups concentrate on Harvest Festivals. That is a fine contrast to the ghastly. But even if you choose a study of nature, for example, spiders are freaky. Most are just helpful little garden buddies, but there are some dangerous ones. Kids need to know. Same with bats, and various birds. Around here we have huge ravens; I see them with their beady eyes focused on my chihuahua.

So we temper the fun, the imaginative, the quaint qualities of this season with supervision and wisdom. If you feel your child's school is offending your family's sensibilities--tell the principal. Tell the superintendent. You and your child have rights, especially when it comes to the quality of the school community activities. Offer an alternative. Autumn and harvest time (in the northern hemisphere) offers very lovely opportunities for art and activities. You could skip the dark side and go straight to Thanksgiving. 
Yeah, Linus, I agree with you.

And don't forget, 'It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!',_Charlie_Brown 

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So, where are the jokes? These are just riddle-diculous.

You can actually buy this in NYC.
Did you hear about the new ice cream for monsters? 
Its called cookies and scream.

This is a pic of an actual CookiesNScream Sundae.

Knock, knock, who's there?
Ivan who?
Ivan to bite your neck.

Where did Mzteachuh take the ghost for lunch?
Pizza Haunt.

Why isn't he purple?
Where do werewolves stay on vacation?
The Howliday Inn.

Where does the Wolfman live?
In a werehouse.

Also, my classes used to play 'Name that Tune' with 'Elvira Presents Haunted Hits'just to be very silly. Once we won a decorating contest with our classroom door covered with original panels and comic style story of the Purple People Eater. (Was the People Eater Purple, or did he eat purple people? Inquiring minds want to know.) 

And Drac finally got with it.

bobby 'boris' pickett & the cryptkickers - monster mash 

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The mashed potatoes was really a dance?

How do zombies celebrate Halloween?
They paint the town dead.

What oinks and drinks blood?
A hampire.

Sheb Wooley - Purple People Eater (1958) 


 Dad: Your older brother sure looks weird and scarey tonight. 

Younger brother: Yeah, just wait til he puts on his mask.

 What did the poultergeist serve at his Halloween party?

Routine frequently seen at Middle School dances.

 We can't forget Michael Jackson's 'Thriller."

 What do birds say on Halloween?
Trick or Tweet.

What do fishermen say on Halloween?
Trick or Trout.

What did the little ghost have in his lunch box?
A boo-loney sandwich.
What did he have to drink?
A little box of Ghoul-Aid.

 What do you call the eyeglasses for a ghost?


How did the bootician dry the Wolfman's hair?
With a scaredryer.

Is it good to drink the three weird sister's brew from the Scottish Play?
Yes, its very newt-tricious.

What do baby ghosts like to play?

What happened when the phantom disappeared into the fog?
He was mist.
Don't get me started on comic books!Sabrina the Teenage Witch

Did you hear about the hippie werewolf?
He was fur-out, man.

What does an Aussie witch ride on?
A broomerang.
(Well, I'm not.)

And the greatest favorite of all--I even created a tee shirt for myself at Zazzle that read on the back:
I Ain't Afraid of No Ghosts!

Who ya gonna call?

 Ghostbuster theme song 

Educational Links 10/3/18

249 Bloom’s Taxonomy Verbs For Critical Thinking

Trusting states to do right by special education students is a mistake

Mind Over Media - New Resource for Teaching Propaganda and Media Literacy

Want to Use Social Media in Your Classroom? Follow These 7 Rules


Commonsense Solutions to Behavior Challenges in Early Childhood Settings

How Mental Health, Trauma and Stress Shape Educational Outcomes

Setting Up Norms for Independent Work

One-on-one conferences with students are a valuable use of class time—provided the other students are able to work quietly on their own.

Monday, October 1, 2018

Journaling 10/2/18

Educational Links 10/2/18

Restorative Justice More Likely to Provoke Responses Conducive to Learning

How To Add Rigor To Anything

Response: Using Reading Strategies Effectively in Literacy Instruction


New 'digital citizenship' curriculum helps students become responsible tech user

5 Simple Ways To Encourage Brain Development In Your Little On

A Look at Playful Assessment

One approach being explored by researchers is playful assessments, which both measure student understanding and honor the iterative design process used in creating projects.

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Educational Links 10/1/18

Three Ways To Deal With A Chatty Class

It's not up to teachers to tell parents their child is overweight

Study: Limiting Children's Screen Time Improves Their Memory, Attention and Language Skills

Response: Using Reading Strategies Effectively in Literacy Instruction

National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month: 7 Activities for Secondary Students

reading instruction,

What Does OCD Look Like in the Classroom?

How the Digital Age Is Affecting Students

Five books that give insight into how social media and technology are shaping today’s students and their learning.

This Week in MzT's Classroom 10/1/18-10/5/18

This week classes are finishing presentations of alternative reading reports. How fun this is!

Our study of poetry will continue--Grades 12 and 11 will develop a Literary Analysis Essay. The students may choose between  "The Road Not Taken" by Robert Frost, and "The Rainy Day," by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.

Grades 8, 9, and 10 will write Compare/Contrast essays on those two poems. Quite a good challenge! Grade 7 will develop a graphic organizer comparing the two poems.

Grades 10 and 11
The art of the metaphor - Jane Hirshfield

HW Summarize notes from the Elements of Poetry.

Grades 12, 9, 8, 7
Finish Alternative Reading Projects.

HW Summarize notes from the Elements of Poetry.

Grades 10 and 11
Alternative Book Reports

HW Develop Outline for Essay

Grade 12, 9, 8, 7
Review elements of poetry. Discuss metaphor
The art of the metaphor - Jane Hirshfield

Develop graphic organization for Compare and Contrast Essay of Frost and Longfellow.

HW fill in graphic organizer.

Grades 11 and 10
Alternative Book Reports
Discussion of Metaphor

Grade 12, 9, 8, 7
Discussion of Metaphor
Development of a Graphic Organizer

Grades 12, 11,
Collaborative Teams discuss Rough Drafts for Literary Analysis Essay on choice between  Frost and Longfellow.

Grades 10, 9, 8,and 7.

Collaborative Teams discuss Rough Drafts for Compare/Contrast Essay of  Frost and Longfellow.

HW Grades 10, 9, and 8 Write Rough Draft for Compare/Contrast Essay of Frost and Longfellow.
HW Grade 7 has a choice to fill in a Graphic Organizer or a Rough Draft for an Essay.

Grades 12, 11, 10, 9, 8, 7
Grades 12 and 11 will write a Literary Analysis Essay on their choice between the poems of Frost and Longfellow.
Grades 10, 9, 8 will write a Compare/Contrast Essay on the two poems.
Grade 7 will have a choice of filling a Graphic organizer or writing a Compare/Contrast Essay.