Saturday, January 19, 2019

Educational Links 1/20/19

Accommodating Students With Dyslexia

A Growth Mindset May Counteract Effects of Poverty on Achievement, Study Says

6 New Apps for Young Kids With Learning and Attention Issues

 Improving student achievement through choice


Ed. Dept. Pushes to Reduce 'Inappropriate' Restraint, Seclusion in Special Education

The Education Department's offices for civil rights and for special education and rehabilitative services are teaming up to "address the inappropriate use of restraint and seclusion" on students with disabilities. 
The agencies on Thursday outlined three areas that they will focus on: conducting compliance reviews of school districts, providing resources on legalities and on interventions that could "reduce the need for less effective and potentially dangerous practices"; and on improving data collection on the use of restraint and seclusion.

Creating a Listening Environment

Creating a Safe Classroom Environment

Digital Tools and Distraction in School

A Simple Trick for Getting Students to Ask Questions in Class

21 Simple Ways to Integrate Social-Emotional Learning Throughout the Day

Active Listening in the Classroom, an Important Motivational Strategy

There is an emphasis on students developing speaking and listening skills in classrooms. The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) promote the academic reasons for providing ample opportunities for students to take part in a variety of rich, structured conversations in order to build a foundation for college and career readiness. The CCSS suggest that speaking and listening be planned as part of a whole class, in small groups, and with a partner.

The Sky Is Cheap Entertainment: Total Lunar Eclipse 1/20-21/19

How to watch a total eclipse of the moon

A total lunar eclipse is one of the most dramatic and beautiful – and easiest-to-view – of all astronomical events.  During a total lunar eclipse, the sun, Earth and moon form a line in space. Earth’s shadow falls on the face of the moon. An entire hemisphere of Earth can see the eclipse, that is, the whole side of Earth on which it’s nighttime when the eclipse takes place. No special equipment needed. Just grab your lawn chair, go outside and plan to spend several hours watching the partial phases of the eclipse, followed by the totality itself, when the moon is completely covered by Earth’s shadow.

Inquiry-Based Learning

How To Ease Students Into Independent Inquiry Projects

11 Ways to Make an Inquiry-Based Classroom

Bringing Inquiry-Based Learning Into Your Class

6 Examples of Inquiry-Based Learning

Understanding and Applying 4 Inquiry-Based Teaching Strategies


What the Heck Is Inquiry-Based Learning?

Inquiry-based learning is more than asking a student what he or she wants to know. It’s about triggering curiosity. And activating a student’s curiosity is, I would argue, a far more important and complex goal than mere information delivery.
Despite its complexity, inquiry-based learning can be easier on teachers, partly because it transfers some responsibilities from teachers to students, but mostly because releasing authority engages students.

Educational Links 1/19/19

Teachers Change Lives

20 Black History Month Activities for February and Beyond

What if personalized learning was less about me and more about us?

8 Expert Tips on Helping Your Child With Dysgraphia

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Dream of Nonviolence

Getting Students to Take Control

Inattentive ADHD Explained

Inattentive ADHD often manifests as forgetfulness, apathy, or distractibility, and can be mistaken for anxiety or a mood disorder in adults. In children, it may resemble a learning disorder. Here, we take an in-depth look at inattentive vs. hyperactive symptoms, so you get the right diagnosis.

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Educational Links 1/18/19

New Group To Focus On Severe Autism


At a Glance: Classroom Accommodations for Dyspraxia


The Importance of Emotional Intelligence for Kids With Learning and Attention Issues

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

Squeezing Social-Emotional Learning into the Common Core

Our guests argue that social and emotional learning must precede numeracy and literacy. Tune in as we talk about how teachers can find ways to balance these needs in the current educational climate.

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.