Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Educational Links 1/16/19

What Teachers Need to Know About Restorative Justice

'Principals make mistakes. They need support, not blame'

Help EdSource shine a light on challenges in rural education

“ADHD Is Not a Behavioral Disorder.”

Easing test anxiety boosts low-income students’ biology grades

'Why Can't the Future of Ed-Tech Start Now?'


Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Educational Links 1/16/19

Data Was Supposed to Fix the U.S. Education System. Here’s Why It Hasn’t.


‘Ditch interventions, just focus on quality-first teaching’

Is It Time to Kill Annual Testing?

What Careers Are a Good Fit for Kids With Slow Processing Speed?

Bringing the Science of Learning Into Classrooms

Ed Tech Fitness Challenge of the Week

This week’s Ed Tech Fitness challenge is about flexibility. We all know that it’s important to stretch and warm-up muscles before exercising, but some simple stretches done during the day can also help improve your flexibility while also providing a little “brain break” during the day.

How Learning Happens

How Learning Happens

In this video series, we explore how educators can guide all students, regardless of their developmental starting points, to become productive and engaged learners.

The series features experts Linda Darling-Hammond and Pamela Cantor sharing insights on a range of practices, roughly categorized under five buckets:

* Cultivating a Belonging Mindset
* Fostering Positive Relationships
* Building Academic Confidence
* Developing Foundational Skills
* Establishing Positive Conditions for Learning

MLK Quotes: #2

Monday, January 14, 2019

Educational Links 1/15/19

How Self-Compassion Supports Academic Motivation and Emotional Wellness

Will we step up for California public schools in 2019?

Why Place-Based Education?


Overcoming the Fears That Limit Our Teaching and Learning

Ed Tech Fitness Challenge of the Week

The Hidden Challenges of Teaching Homeless Students

The problem of homeless students is greater than many realize. In this segment we take a closer look at the challenges teachers face and offer ways to manage this growing problem at the classroom level. 


Teachable Moment: Dr. Martin Luther King

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. galvanized the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950's and 1960's due to his remarkable courage and unsurpassed eloquence.  He was right: those who were on the opposing  side of the argument were revealed as hideous, sadistic monsters. They still are. 

Unspeakable atrocities preceded and follow Dr. King's time of leadership. His actions and words still call forth men and women, boys and girls of all demographics to seek equality in America. And the price could be high.

When Dr. King gave his immortal, 'I Have A Dream' speech, he ignited dreams among all ethnicities, genders, religions, and students.  Hearing it is a profound experience. Please have your students listen. It is probably the most important speech given in the twentieth century, and given by a future winner of the Nobel Peace Prize.

Here is a resource to hear the "I Have A Dream" Speech on American Rhetoric.

Teachable Moment: "I Have A Dream" Speech Anniversary Today 

Here is an excerpt from my blog "Books to Soothe Kids' Toxic Stress"

A third grader, small for his age, could really run fast during practice for his elementary school's Olympic Day. It was his way to shine. His tennies were worn out, so Teacher got him a new pair at  Wal-Mart. He made the school proud. This school district was low income, and located near a federal prison, therefore many families were in the area to be living nearby to visit relatives. The little boy also worked very hard at reading, writing, and math, including those impossible fractions. After the January 19th holiday, he asked Teacher, "Why don't they make Dr. Martin Luther King bedsheets? They make them for Superman." He had chosen the better hero.

This is a true story, and I hope the little guy is now a grown, happy, and functional adult, since I last had him at school in 1995.  He had the odds against him, but hopefully some encouragement from reading in school has remained with him.

This story of Dr. King and his profound words will be like miracle grow to the young soul, no matter what color his skin may be.

Teachable Moment: Book Review: Martin's Big Words 

There are excellent resources to inform students about Dr. Martin Luther, King. 

March on Washington: Throngs mark 'I Have a Dream' anniversary

March on Washington's 50th anniversary commemoration draws tens of thousands

 And some posters and quotes.


Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.

 The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character - that is the goal of true education.

 I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.

The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.

Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness.

 We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive.    

 Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.

He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love. There is some good in the worst of us and some evil in the best of us. When we discover this, we are less prone to hate our enemies.

I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality... I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word.

 Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?' 

 I look to a day when people will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.

MLK aged seven. Do you have one in your first grade? Maybe your eighth grade class, or your American History class?

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Educational Links 1/14/19

The secret to teaching? Accept that there will be chaos

Not So Typical Personalized Learning Predictions for 2019

The TeachThought Podcast Ep. 148 Can We Discuss Social Justice Honestly?

The Unlikely Signs of Dyslexia You Should Not Ignore

Group Work That Works

Teaching Climate Change Across Subjects

Marijuana and Psychosis

How Trauma Affects Kids in School

Ongoing exposure to neglect, abuse, homelessness or violence causes learning and behavior problems in children. Signs of trauma and tips for helping kids who've been traumatized.

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Educational Links 1/13/19

The Point of LearningSTEM

Doodles, Footnotes, and Literature - The Week in Review



5 Alternatives to Google Keep for Task Management


Middle school writing is an experience like no other, for both the students and their teachers.
Teaching middle school writing can be one of the most rewarding experiences you might have, and if you incorporate some of these strategies, your students will find it equally rewarding.
As Ryan Tahmaseb has discovered, middle school students are “full of imagination and creativity.” This makes the middle school grades the best time for teaching students the writing skills they need. Students in middle school are often more adventurous in trying new writing strategies than at any other time in their lives.

MLK Quotes: #1

Man, this art is messing with my mind! Original Op Art

Victor Vasely Vonal Stri 1975

Victor Vasarely
The art seems to move--before animation.

Though Victor doesn't seem like a rave kind of guy in this pic--I felt his art needed some background music. BTW, they consider him to be the grandfather of op art.


Victor Vasarely Website


Outside art, too. Tribute to Malevitch (1954), Ciudad Universitaria de Caracas

Friday, January 11, 2019

Educational Links 1/12/19

Class clowns are no joke

Exclusive: Teacher 'unhappiness' as exams tighten their grip on the curriculum

What Happens to Student Learning When Teachers Change Positions in Schools?

Make Your Classroom More Like a Playground Than a Playpen Using ‘Hard Fun’

Tim Brighouse's nine ways to minimise exclusions

Teaching Communication Skills

Getting Creative With SEL

How to incorporate creative expression and movement in the classroom while building social and emotional learning skills.

MLK Day Resources

About Dr. King 



 The Nobel Peace Prize 1964
Martin Luther King Jr. 




Letter From Birmingham Jail

Teaching Is Collaborating Until You're A Team

1. The Benefits of Teacher Collaboration 

2. Teacher Collaboration Gives Schools Better Results 

3. Making Time for Teacher Collaboration Is Crucial

All this in 30 minutes after school.

4. Maximizing the Impact of Teacher Collaboration 

5. 5 Ways to Get More Out of Teacher-to-Teacher Collaboration 

6. The Benefits of Teacher Collaboration 

7. 5 Ways to Get More Out of Teacher-to-Teacher Collaboration 

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Educational Links 1/11/19

‘Neuromyth’ or Helpful Model?


25 Old-School Recess Games Your Students Should Be Playing Now

What if schools focused on improving relationships rather than test scores?

What’s the Difference Between Auditory Processing and Listening Comprehension?


It’s Easy to Hover Over a Child with Executive Function Deficits. Don’t.

Executive functioning might be a key part of human behavior, but ADHD can make it tricky for kids to execute. Learn how to use memory, organization and self-regulation to nurture your child’s EF skills.