Saturday, January 5, 2019

Educational Links 1/6/19

Back to School with G Suite: 6 Activities for the Classroom

Secretary DeVos: What Have You Done for Me Lately?

William Shakespeare: 400 Years Later & Teachers Still Love Him

Freed From Copyright, These Classic Works Are Yours To Adapt

Glorified Babysitting? 4 Common Teaching Misconceptions

Response: The Best Lessons 'Linger in Memories for Years to Come'

Download: Sample Picture Schedules and Visual Planners

Researchers can predict when a student’s mind is wandering. What should we do about it?

For some education experts, “personalized” learning isn’t only about figuring out how to customize the content of a lesson for each student, but also about how a student is taught. Many students are zoning out even when the instructional content is more or less right. They’re just not in the mood to focus and study.

Clair de Lune


Moonlight on the Winter Solstice.

Claude Debussy "Clair de lune" by Angela Hewitt 


Friday, January 4, 2019

Thursday, January 3, 2019

Educational Links 1/4/19

Core set of autism traits shows up in diverse cultures

Why Millions Of Kids Can't Read, And What Better Teaching Can Do About It

Teachers Go Public With Their Resignation Letters

School Retention Linked to Violent Crimes in Adulthood in New Study


Thousands of Copyrighted Works Will Now Be Freely Available to Teachersliteracy, literacy, autism

Why Millions Of Kids Can't Read, And What Better Teaching Can Do About It

One big takeaway from all that research is that reading is not natural; we are not wired to read from birth. People become skilled readers by learning that written text is a code for speech sounds. The primary task for a beginning reader is to crack the code. Even skilled readers rely on decoding.

The Sky Is Cheap Entertainment: Cool Winter Night Sights This Week

NIGHT SKY: Where and when to catch the Quadrantid meteor shower

Dark skies for 2019’s Quadrantid meteors

EarthSky’s 2019 meteor shower guide

January guide to the bright planets

New moon is January 5-6

Teaching Is Having With-It-Ness

1. Teacher Withitness 

Teacher Withitness - Inside USC Rossier, the blog of USC Rossier School of Education's online teaching degree

2. Withitness...what does it mean? 

3. Withitness in the Classroom 

4.  “Withitness”: Being Aware of What’s Going on in the Classroom 

5. The Kounin Model of Discipline 

6. Teacher Engagement and "Withitness" in the 21st Century Classroom 

Great video--relieve some stress!

7. With-it-ness 


Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Educational Links 1/3/19

Ten Education Stories We'll Be Reading in 2019

Did You Watch Our 10 Best Videos of 2018?

Response: The Best Lessons 'Linger in Memories for Years to Come'

Want To Become A Better Teacher? Try Slowing Down

Have Students Make Lists Before Starting Web Search

If We’re Teaching Social-Emotional Skills, We Need to Assess Them

Researchers tied three behaviors to higher scores on tests of mental ability in children: at least 60 minutes of physical activity a day, nine to 11 hours of sleep a night, and no more than two hours a day of recreational screen time.

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.

Teaching Is Seeing The Happy 'I Got It' Face

1. Helping Struggling Readers 

2. 5 Fun Ways to Help Your Kids Learn Math Online 

3. Teaching Reading to Teens with Learning Disabilities 

4. Top 10 Skills for High-School Students 

5. Helping Newcomer Students Succeed in Secondary Schools and Beyond 

6. Helping your child

Many parents want to help their child or children with their English but are not sure what they can do to help. In this section you'll find lots of expert advice about helping your child learn English.

7. Helping kids learn to succeed 

You did it!

8. Parental Involvement in School 


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!

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Teaching Is Reflective

A Mid-Year Reflection for Teachers and Students 

The Reflective Teacher: Taking a Long Look  

Reflecting on Reflection: A Habit of Mind  

Reflective Teaching: A 30-Day Blogging Challenge For Teachers    

Are You A Reflective Teacher?

Are You A Reflective Teacher?  
10 Ways To Be A More Reflective Teacher

10 Ways To Be A More Relective Teacher

10 Ways To Be A More Reflective Teacher 

7 Great Resources for Reflective Teachers  

Reflection: What Makes Learning Stick 

Educational Links 1/2/19


3 ways to help students access their knowledge

8 Important Digital Literacy Practices for Students

What the 2018 Congressional Elections Mean for Students with Disabilities

3 Group Work Strategies That Help Hold All Students Accountable

What’s Your Teacher Reputation?

Failing by design: How we make teaching too hard for mere mortals

If you caught your pediatrician Googling "upset stomach remedies" before deciding how to treat your child and home-brewing medications over an office sink, you might start looking for a new pediatrician. So how would you feel if you learned that Google and Pinterest are where your child's teacher goes to look for instructional materials?