Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Educational Links 5/22/19

26 Sentence Stems For Higher-Level Conversation In The Classroom

7 Good Apps for Getting Started With AR & VR


The Teachthought Podcast Ep. 166 Deeper Learning Of Math Concepts Through Social Constructivism

ACT Comes Out Against Adversity Index

Raising Kids Who Love Math — Even If You Don't

At a Glance: How Reading Changes the Brain

What does reading do to your brain? Use this graphic to learn how reading affects the brain—and how dyslexia and intensive reading instruction affect the brains of struggling readers.

Monday, May 20, 2019

Educational Links 5/21/19

The Benefits of Video-Mediated Instruction

One of the Best Coding Resources for Teachers and Students

Teaching Evals: Bias and Tenure

What Is Arts Integration?

Conduct Disorder Basics

Designing Lessons for Engagement

Why I use student-driven ideas in my curriculum

It’s important for us to recognize the relationship between reading and math and how these two seemingly different content areas can be used to leverage one another when we apply our skill sets and those of our students. 

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Educational Links 5/20/19

“You Are Wonderful!” How Praise Triggers Better Control in the ADHD Brain


Teacher Confession: The Student I’ll Never Forget

65 Years After Brown v. Board, Our Fixation on Integration Is Hiding Gross Inequities in Our Schools. We Must Focus Not Just on Whom We Teach — but on How We Teach

Enhancing the 'Mental Bandwidth' of Students


10 Tips for Giving the Best Kind of Praise

The best kind of praise can motivate your child. But some compliments can make kids with learning and attention issues less willing to take on difficult tasks. Here’s how to give praise that empowers.

Memorial Day and Regular Kids Who Were Heroes

This crew was delivering supplies to French civilians during the D Day invasion and was shot down. My dad's cousin, Blake Treece, T/Sgt. Radioman, is in the second row, fifth (l to r.)

My dad was from Marshall, Arkansas. He was 21 years old when Pearl Harbor happened. His older brother, Robert, had already volunteered to fly with the English in the Battle of Britain. As boys, they had built an airplane in the backyard, and dad had participated in a local aeronautical club as an
Robert, Grandma, Alphia, Larry, Maxine. Just after Pearl Harbor Day.

instructor. Both brothers were going to a teacher's college (Arkansas State Teacher's College) until Robert volunteered to fly with the Canadians to protect Britain.
After Pearl Harbor Day,  my dad (Larry) joined the Navy, and my aunt Maxine joined the Army. Both my dad and Uncle Robert flew in the Pacific. My dad was a quick study, after flying Corsairs, became an instructor pilot. Robert became one of the first pilots to fly a B29 as part of the Billy Mitchell Group, sort of a test pilot while fighting the war.

The Lady Hamilton, B 29, Billy Mitchell Group.
Robert was captain of Lady Hamilton B 29, on a bombing mission that flew from India, over the Himalayas (called 'Flying the Hump') and China to Japan when the plane developed engine trouble, and the second target was chosen. Japanese Zeroes pursued. Robert, as captain, ordered most of the crew to parachute out (they were aided by Chinese and survived.) He and two other crew completed the mission but were shot down by the Zeroes, losing their lives in 1944.

College Memorial (OCA) with the names Robert Mills and Blake Treece.

My grandma's nephew and my dad's first cousin, Blake Treece, was a radio operator for a B-17 in the European theatre. Blake left the same college as his cousins to enlist. His plane was shot down in 1944 over France. The remains of the crew were buried by a French farmer and recovered in 2006 due to historical excavations of the Caen area. Blake and his crew members were then buried in 2006 in a ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery.

Another of my grandmother's nephews and my dad's first cousin from Searcy, Arkansas, Claude A. McBride, served in the Army in the Philippines, being killed in action.

Regular kids from a most regular, simple town in America, Marshall, Arkansas. Where do the courage and brilliance come from? On this Memorial Day, by my observation as a teacher, the USA is filled with such courage and brilliance in all our boys and girls. The devotion, teamwork, collaboration that leads to heroic deeds develops in the minds, spirits, and souls of kids allowed to believe in their own capacity for excellence and their intrinsic value as citizens. Kids from all demographics and ethnicities, which is, of course, what America is made of.

I feel compassion for my little grandma in the photo, knowing she would lose her Robert. And her brother and sister would lose their Claude and not know ever what happened to Blake. (They passed away before his remains were found.)

We can value their choice to serve our country and expect the same excellence and commitment to all varieties of service to continue because all regular kids can be heroes. And they're sitting in your classrooms.

Blake's sister communicated with me after the original post in 2015, and told me about my dad's family in Arkansas. I'm very amazed and validated to have access to such information. Amazing world nowadays.

Saturday, May 18, 2019

Educational Links 5/19/19

Equity in Education: Where to Begin?

How student-created VR can enhance SEL and special ed

Following the lessons of learning science in schools isn’t convenient

‘We must end the unconscious bias in teaching’

How Teacher Training Falls Short for English-Learners and Students With IEPs

Why You Really, Absolutely Shouldn't Change the English Curriculum

Friday, May 17, 2019

Educational Links 5/18/19

How Can Teachers Bounce Back From Failure?

Experienced teachers key in California districts that ‘beat the odds’

It’s Time To Think Differently About Writing In The Classroom

THREE THINGS TO TRY IN WRITING WORKSHOP BEFORE THE END OF THE SCHOOL YEAR, equity, reflection, -writing-workshop-before-the-end-of-the-school-year/?fbclid=IwAR0RbmF3uyrWiPZzygVldZTjbzXvnRIf3kzqapaRM1F89FqHUF-oa8kf5Js

Motivating Reluctant STEAM Learners: Changing how you assess can inspire students

I, Too, Am America: Making All Students Feel Like They Belong

Treating Reflection as a Habit, Not an Event

Regular reflection helps students learn, and some simple strategies can make it a regular and meaningful routine.

The Sky Is Cheap Entertainment: Full Flower Moon! And It's Blue

Blue, Full Flower Moon Coming Soon


Thursday, May 16, 2019

Educational Links 5/17/19

17 Things Teachers Wish People Understood About Teaching

Communicating in Crisis – How Preparedness Leads to Successful Crisis Management

Teacher qualifications best predictor of student success

House Appropriations Labor-HHS-Education Committee Increases Education Funding

What Is Trauma-Informed Teaching?

Restorative Justice in the English Language Arts Classroom

Students Learn Less When They Sense Teacher Hostility

Just as many students have stories of their favorite, inspirational teacher, many also can recall at least one class spent living in dread of a teacher's acid comments. Maybe the teacher wanted to project take-no-guff sternness, or considered sarcasm the way to connect with adolescents.
Regardless of the reason, those teachers may have hurt their students' academic progress, according to a new study in the journal Communication Education.

Hey, Meet Me At Recess By the Swings!

Fitness expert has games for a 'trouble-free' playground

1. Recess Makes Kids Smarter 

2. Yay for Recess: Pediatricians Say It’s as Important as Math or Reading 

3. The 3 R’s? A Fourth Is Crucial, Too: Recess 

4. The Role of Recess in Children’s Cognitive
Performance and School Adjustment 
5. The True Loss of Recess

All-American Music To Grill To

This is mostly for Americans. And maybe you wish to grill in quiet--that's okay, too.
Multi-generational fun.
But for us in the States, these might be fun tunes.
1. Born in the U S A Bruce Springsteen

A traditional song sung with soul.
2. Ray Charles - "America, the Beautiful" 

Maybe this is Juneteenth.
The History of Juneteenth

This includes some good ole America poetry with the music.

3. Ragged Old Flag * Johnny Cash * USA 

Johnny makes non-verbal comment. 

 While we're on Johnny Cash and poetry, the lyrics began as a poem by Julia Ward Howe

4. Johnny Cash sings The Battle Hymn Of The Republic

Friends can have a cook out, too.

5. Simon & Garfunkel - American Tune

6. Bob Dylan "With God on our side"

7.  Creedence Clearwater Revival - "Fortunate Son"

Good field for football later, soccer, or baseball. 

Here's classical based on the Quaker tune, "Simple Gifts." Another poem.

'Tis the gift to be simple, 'tis the gift to be free
'Tis the gift to come down where we ought to be,
And when we find ourselves in the place just right,
'Twill be in the valley of love and delight.
When true simplicity is gain'd,
To bow and to bend we shan't be asham'd,
To turn, turn will be our delight,
Till by turning, turning we come 'round right.[2]
Earliest American Bar B Que: Jamestown

8.  Aaron Copland - "Appalachian Spring" 

9. God Bless The USA (Lee Greenwood) 

Little known fact about Jimi Hendrix--he served in the U S Army as a paratrooper. 

Jimi in the 101st


10. Jimi Hendrix - "The Star-Spangled Banner"

And just a little homage to my home state--

11. The Beach Boys California Girls

Beautiful place for a picnic

I've heard many folks say, who were from other nations on the continents of North and South America, that they, too, could claimed to be Americans.

America the Multicultural.

So, here is Celine, our Canadian friend, to sing God Bless America.

12. God Bless America - Celine Dion (With Lyrics & History) 

 Don't forget the marshmallows and s'mores.

Here's a Youtube link to all this music from my Youtube site:

All American Music To Grill To

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Major Ed Websites for Teacher Resources (Truly Excellent!)

Major educational websites have topical resources that are both helpful and fascinating.


Find resources to help build an inclusive school community for students from different cultural, socioeconomic, and linguistic backgrounds and for children with unique instructional needs. 

The Teacher’s Guides To Technology And Learning
This part of Edudemic is meant to offer you, the teacher, some of the best and most popular resources available today. We’ve combed through hundreds of resources in order to narrow down our guides into something easy to read, easy to use, and easy to share. 

Common Core Archives

Articles concerning learning theory, curriculum design, and the use of technology in support of the standards.


Teaching Strategies 

Ed tech use, bilingual instruction, teaching methods, teacher collaboration, parent communication, gaming--all the important topics for education. 


Learning Disabilities

Learning disabilities (LD) are neurological disorders that can make it difficult to acquire certain academic and social skills. They are not the result of poor intelligence or laziness. Knowledge about LD will allow you and your child to advocate for success in learning and in life. Find out more by exploring the sections below. Learning Disabilities


 Teaching Reading

Articles, webcasts, videos for teachers on ELA skills and early literacy. 

Educational Links 5/16/19

7 Skills Students Will Always Need

What the ‘broad spectrum’ can teach us about autism

Reading Aloud to Middle School Students

Digital Citizenship: New research calls for better choices

How Schools Can Bridge Mental Health Care Gaps with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Tools

Why We Weren't Surprised to See Teachers Holding a Noose

65 Years After Brown v. Board, Our Fixation on Integration Is Hiding Gross Inequities in Our Schools. We Must Focus Not Just on Whom We Teach — but on How We Teach

   It has been 65 years since the Supreme Court unanimously outlawed segregated schools in Brown v. Board of Education — and still, more than half of American students attend schools where over 75 percent of the population is of the same race. Schools have become steadily more segregated since the mid-1980s. Majority-nonwhite districts receive $23 billion less in annual funding. Our schools are still separate, and they are certainly not equal.