Saturday, December 15, 2018

Educational Links 12/16/18

3 Reasons Students Aren’t Into Computer Science—Yet

Reading Strategies That Grow with Your Child

Strategies for Teaching Argument Writing

8 STEM Education Trends to Look for in 2019

7 Things Every ESL Teacher Should Teach Students About Essay Writing

Using Psychology to Boost Your Grades: Taking Notes

Why We Call Them Learning and Attention Issues

  • The term “learning and attention issues” covers a wide range of challenges.
  • Schools, medical professionals and parents use many different terms for learning and attention issues.
  • Having learning and attention issues doesn’t mean someone isn’t intelligent.

The Writing Process-especially under time constraints

Implementing the Writing Process

Timed Writing for Freshman (and other high school resources)

7 Things Every ESL Teacher Should Teach Students About Essay Writing

Timed Essays: Top 5 Tips for Writing Academic Papers Under Pressure

  1. Plan your time wisely.
  2. Answer the right question.
  3. Collect your thoughts.
  4. Leave time to revise.
  5. Revise your thesis statement 

Educational Links 12/15/18

English teacher guide: 7 tips for boosting student confidence

How To Handle Students Who Question Your Classroom Management

How to Boost Analogical Reasoning

Frenemies and Bullying: Helping Girls Cope When Friendship Is Used as a Weapon

The Case for Architecture Classes in Schools

If children have a right to an education, as international law insists, then they have a right to the right knowledge, every single step of the way.

Friday, December 14, 2018

Laughing All the Way

Laughing all the way on a snow boogie board.

 Dashing through the snow
  In a one-horse open sleigh
  O'er the fields we go
  Laughing all the way
  Bells on bobtail ring
  Making spirits bright
  What fun it is to ride and sing
  A sleighing song tonight!

  Jingle bells, jingle bells,
  Jingle all the way.
  Oh! what fun it is to ride
  In a one-horse open sleigh.
  Jingle bells, jingle bells,
  Jingle all the way;
  Oh! what fun it is to ride
  In a one-horse open sleigh.

Diana Krall-Jingle Bells 



"Jingle Bells"

Dashing through the snow
In a one-horse open sleigh,
Over the fields we go,
Laughing all the way;
Bells on bob-tail ring,
making spirits bright,
What fun it is to ride and sing
A sleighing song tonight, O

Jingle bells, jingle bells,
jingle all the way!
O what fun it is to ride
In a one-horse open sleigh [repeat]

Now the ground is white
Go it while you're young,
Take the girls tonight
And sing this sleighing song;
Just get a bob-tailed bay
two-forty as his speed
Hitch him to an open sleigh
And crack! You'll take the lead

Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells,
Jingle all the way!
O what fun it is to ride
In a one-horse open sleigh. [repeat]

Hey, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells,
Jingle jingle all the way!
O what fun it is to ride
In a one-horse open sleigh.
Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells,
Jingle jingle all the way!
O what fun it is to ride
In a one-horse open sleigh.
Jingle bells, jingle all the way!
O what fun it is to ride
In a one-horse open sleigh.
Jingle bells, jingle all the way!
O what fun it is to ride
In a one-horse open sleigh.

I'm just crazy about horses

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Educational Links 12/14/18

25 Personality Qualities Not Measured By Tests

2019 Goals Calendar: A Printable Planner for Tweens With Executive Functioning Issues

Pronunciation in the English language classroom is more than just 'listen and repeat'

The Definition Of Digital Citizenship

Classroom Management for Unsupportive Parents

Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD) Fact Sheet

An Overview of 2018 Before We Dive Into a New Year

Before we embrace a new year, I want to take a moment to reflect on 2018. I like to look back on the year as a whole and assess our progress, both personally and professionally. To do this, I always ask myself the same three questions:
  1. What did we accomplish this year?
  2. What am I particularly thankful for?
  3. What are we reaching for in 2019?

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Educational Links 12/12/18


Public education must promote participation in democratic process

Four Pillars of a Meaningful Life That Could Be Part of Every Learning Community

How to Build a Trauma-Sensitive Classroom Where All Learners Feel Safe

An Enrichment Program for All Students

Free Math Lesson Plans from NASA

9 Ways To Support A Culture Of Wellness In Your School

Children spend a significant amount of each week day in a classroom, making it not only a place to learn academics but also an opportunity to teach life skills that will serve them beyond the schoolyard, like self-care, community involvement, and fostering a sense of connection and belonging.

Monday, December 10, 2018

Educational Links 12/11/18

Projects, Passion, Peers and Play: Seymour Papert's Vision For Learning

10 Quick Questioning Tips

What’s the Difference Between ADD and ADHD?

The debate over students with disabilities, suspensions and race

EdTech Team Giveaway

2018 Education Research Highlights

Education research continues to remind us of the powerful impact teachers have on children. This impact is overwhelmingly positive—the studies we highlight here demonstrate specific ways in which teachers can or already do help students feel a sense of belonging in school and make gains in learning.

Sunday, December 9, 2018

Educational Links 12/10/18

Response: Ways to Differentiate Instruction for ELLs

How To Be More Charismatic

Blended Learning

Winter Break Is Hard for So Many of Our Students

8 Great Ways to Enhance Retention 

Turning It In Should Be the Easy Part of Homework, Right?

The Benefits of Ear-Reading

A dyslexia specialist discusses the assistive technologies she uses to help students with dyslexia make gains in reading.

Cheesy Jokes and Serious Thoughts About Christmas

What has four legs, a red nose and flies?   Rudolf the Red-Nosed Roadkill.

What is Frosty's favorite dinner?
Spaghetti and snowballs.

                                          Where doe Santa keep his red suit?    In his Santa Clauset.

 Knock, knock.
Who's there?

Earl who?
Earl I want for Christmas is my two front teeth.

                                                     Why does Santa use reindeer to pull his sleigh?
                                Because the elephants kept crashing through the roof.

What is the best Christmas carol in the Twilight movies?
I'm Dreaming of a Bite Christmas.

What has a red suit, a white beard and rows of razor sharp teeth? Santa Jaws.

What would you call your wedding anniversary if it was December 25th?
A Marry Christmas.

Who had a beard, webbed feet and wrote "A Christmas Carol?"
Charles Duckens.

What do you call being caught in a chimney with a fat man?
Santa Claustrophobia.

 What happened when the family cat swallowed some tinsel?
He needed a tinselectomy.

Knock, knock.
Who's there?
Anna who?
Anna partridge in a pear tree.
Question: Why was Santa's little helper depressed?
Because he had low elf esteem.

What is Santa's favorite American state?

Question: What do you get when you cross a snowman with a vampire?
Answer: Frostbite.

Where does Christmas come before Thanksgiving?
In the dictionary. 

This is for English teachers. 
Q: What do you call Santa's Helpers?
A: Subordinate Clauses

What is the snowman’s breakfast?
Answer: Frosted flakes!

How do snowmen greet each other?
 : Ice to meet you!

You just had to know eventually I would get to the funny cat pics.

Now for the serious talk. Christmas is a full on holiday--it smells good (catch that scent from the cinnamon pine cones?), looks sparkly and cute (lights up again), feels cozy  (snuggly blankets in front of the fire with hot cocoa or wassail), tastes yummy (yeah, bite the head off that gingerbread man!), sounds great (all types of music singing cheer and closeness and holiday, etc.) It is entertaining with endless gifts,  movies and music and fun.

Except for that annoying bell the Salvation Army persists in ringing at the front of stores. That is so annoying to be bugged to give to the less fortunate. The homeless, or impaired, or orphaned--is that my business? 
Shouldn't we have a right not to have them bug us? Isn't that the separation of church and state? I don't need all that Jesus stuff at this holiday, like giving to the poor, or kindness to strangers if I don't wish to. Peace and forgiveness. That's my business. Condemnation for behavior that's nobody's business but mine. And I shouldn't have to be reminded on a public street. At school Jesus and all that radical Christian stuff has been eradicated. When can I finally have a secular holiday?
Well, first of all the very word holiday is rooted from holyday.  A day to meditate on the spiritual side of life. Christmas means Christ worship in the old days. He is still memorialized as the greatest teacher who ever lived, the proclaimer of brotherhood, kindness and conscience. All the major religions admire him. Why is he considered so irritating to some Americans?
He was an all or nothing sort of person. You were with him or not. He was who he said he was or not. No in between. Forgiveness, purity, mercy. Very, very hard precepts. It is hard to hang with Jesus. Its all or nothing with Christ.
Students in public schools who profess Christianity are in danger of having their civil rights violated by some administrators and staff who find the message of Christ to be very irritating--not only those horrendous ten commandments, but that part about not lusting or lying  and giving to the poor and such. These leaders will nail kids for even saying, 'Merry Christmas.' 
Not much holiday spirit there. Or tolerance. I've observed it first hand towards kids and staff. I was told even playing Handel's Messiah was against the separation of church and state. So, I chose to play it anyway, thinking you have to take a stand sometimes. Might as well be Handel. No problems arose. No lawsuits.
It is our obligation as a democracy to extend tolerance to all. Even the annoying, I-Am-The-Only-Way Jesus, and His followers.