Saturday, February 9, 2019

Educational Links 2/10/19

How we turned around our district’s literacy scores

Understanding a Teacher’s Long-Term Impact

Ten Time-savers for Teachers

Social Challenges of Kids With Learning Problems


Interviewing Tips for Teachers: Do This, Not That

Want happier pupils? Make your classroom ‘tribal’

Children learn best when they feel part of a tribe, research suggests. Here are five ways to awaken tribal instincts

Friday, February 8, 2019

Educational Links 2/9/19


Why students shouldn’t be forced to spend so much time sitting at desks in class

What's Considered 'Enough' Lesson Support to Help Kids Be Successful?

'Our sterile curriculum has no room for compassion'

What Teachers and Sports Coaches Can Learn From Each Other

Collaborating on Project-Based Learning

A school-based professional learning community (PLC) is well structured to enhance all aspects of project-based learning.

Black History Month: Madam C. J. Walker

Madam C. J. Walker driving her own car.
Her passengers were members of the NAACW-National Association of Colored Women.

Madam C. J. Walker is a fascinating person, having come out of extreme circumstances to resiliently develop not only a mind-bogglingly successful business but a vibrant self-vision that provided impetus and momentum for overcoming devastating obstacles.

At first, it was a family affair of survival, then she was involved with community--church and local organizations of support. Her first husband died, but Sarah (later Madam C.J.) worked and worked and worked. She saw herself worthy of opportunities. Her daughter went to college. 

She had such a dynamic entrepreneurial identity that she and her team (including second husband C. J. Walker) built an empire.

Sarah aggressively supported groups to encourage the black community, particularly women, through magnanimous philanthropy. 

How smart and confident would you have to be to do this? 

I really love how she drives her own new, fancy car in the pic!

Here is the current link to her products and business!

Madam C. J. Walker Beauty College

Other links for info.

Madam C.J. Walker Biography

Civil Rights ActivistPhilanthropistEntrepreneur (1867–1919)

Madam C. J. Walker

Aww Garsh: Songs for Valentine's Day # 10

Harrison/Boyd Wedding, 1966--don't know who is prettier, bride or groom.

The Beatles - Something Concert for Bangladesh George Harrison

Something in the way she moves
Attracts me like no other lover
Something in the way she woos me
I don't want to leave her now
You know I believe and how

Somewhere in her smile she knows
That I don't need no other lover
Something in her style that shows me, yeah
I don't want to leave her now
You know I believe and how

You're asking me, will my love grow?
I don't know, I don't know
You stick around now it may show
I don't know, I don't know

No I love that woman mine
And I need her all of the time
No I'm telling you
That woman, that woman
Don't make me blue

Something in the way she knows
And all I have to do is think of her
Something in the things she shows me
I don't want to leave her now
You know I believe and how

Educational Links 2/8/19

Exploring Ways to Say So Long to Traditional Letter Grades



How to keep overbearing, micromanaging parents from stressing you out as a teacher

10 EdTech Influencers Leading the Way

What Teachers and Sports Coaches Can Learn From Each Other

Active-Shooter Drills Are Tragically Misguided

There’s scant evidence that they’re effective. They can, however, be psychologically damaging—and they reflect a dismaying view of childhood.

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Educational Links 2/7/19

8 Critical Skills For A Modern Education

Using Contemporary Culture to Teach Black History

365 Characteristics Of Good Teachers

Using Expressive Writing To Keep Students Grounded and Engaged in Science Courses

10 Powerful Community-Building Ideas

Understanding Dyslexia

How Game-Based Learning Empowers Students for the Future

Two decades in, and it’s abundantly clear that one of the most effective ways to nurture the 21st century’s trademark skills—creativity, critical thinking, communication, collaboration—is by creating opportunities for kids to do what kids do naturally: play. So we’ve crafted this educators’ guide to game-based learning, packed with resources for gaming gurus and greenhorns alike.

Aww Garsh--Love Songs for Valentine's Day #4

Stevie Wonder - My Cherie Amour

La la la la la la, La la la la la la 
My cherie amour, lovely as a summer day
My cherie amour, distant as the milky way
My cherie amour, pretty little one that I adore
You're the only girl my heart beats for
How I wish that you were mine 

In a cafe or sometimes on a crowded street
I've been near you, but you never noticed me
My cherie amour, won't you tell me how could you ignore
That behind that little smile I wore
How I wish that you were mine 
La la la la la la, La la la la la la
La la la la la la, La la la la la la 
Maybe someday, you'll see my face among the crowd
Maybe someday, I'll share your little distant cloud
Oh, cherie amour, pretty little one that I adore
You're the only girl my heart beats for
How I wish that you were mine 
La la la la la la, La la la la la la
La la la la la la, La la la la la la

STEM Valentines

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Educational Links 2/6/19

6 Questions Students Can Use To Guide Their Inquiry-Based Learning

Study: General Education Classrooms Boost Performance Of Students With Disabilities

9 innovation tips from pioneering schools 

Defining Love: An Assignment That Can Reveal Students' Perspective on Life

Heavily Decorated Classrooms Disrupt Attention and Learning In Young Children


Bringing the Science of Learning Into Classrooms

Years of research prompt a group of scientists to ask whether we should rethink the way we do school.

Cheesy Jokes and Serious Thoughts for Valentine's Day

Garfield is one of my closest friends. The alarm goes off around 4:30 am, I reach for the laptop and see what Garfield is up to. As a substitute teacher, I would bribe the class with his jokes. I'd draw his picture on the board, put the questions to the riddle up and tell the kids I wouldn't give them the punchline unless...the whole class could be complete 15 minutes of work, or be good until recess, or clean up the class. Whatever needed to be done. The rascaliest students really wanted the joke, so everyone would cooperate. I told them I wasn't sure if it was even legal to keep a punchline from them, it seemed like cruel and unusual punishment (but I never had to withhold a punchline ever.) Humor is a great break in the authoritarian regimen; and puns do teach language arts in their multiple meaning words. Oh, the punchline: let me call you Tweetheart. Maybe to be current I should change the riddle to, 
''What did the boy bird text to the girl bird?'
Let me call you Tweetheart.

''What did the boy bird text to the girl bird?'
“Humor is a very important component of emotional health, maintaining relationships, developing cognitive function and perhaps even medical health,” said Allan Reiss, MD, who directs the Center for Interdisciplinary Brain Sciences Research at Stanford  

Most of us know the ancient proverb, 'A merry heart doeth good like a medicine.' 
Leave it to Stanford to use an MRI to prove it! They hooked up kids and showed them funny and nonfunny material. I wonder how these jokes would do.

If you don't like cheese, don't read these!

Here is some more silly:

Did you hear about the romance in the tropical fish tank?
It was a case of guppy love.

What did one piece of string say to the other piece of string?
Please be my valentwine!

What did the French chef give his wife for Valentine's Day?
A hug and a quiche.

What did the farmer give his wife for Valentine's Day?
Hogs and kisses. 
What did Frankenstein ask his girlfriend?
Won't you be my Valenstein? 

What is serious about this holiday is that some of our students are in difficult circumstances due to stressors in their families. They can't write a valentine to mom or dad or other relatives. They may be in the middle of a family break up, in foster care, or suffered a great loss. Our job is to be aware of this, first of all, and maybe have an additional activity to take the edge off the intensity of the student's actual life. Maybe valentines to mail to troops overseas, or to a local nursing home or hospital. Maybe a writing project to write an anecdote of  a time someone showed kindness and love to the student. This could be emotional, but also cathartic. Life is tough, and the facade of the perfect family life is very difficult at times for many kids. Recalling a time of warmth and stability can be a positive moment on a dark day. I've had unique class situations where we could share such a writing project in discussion, and the other students were very supportive.

                                             Thanks, Garfield and other silly souls for 
                                                             keeping it real. Real silly.

What did the boy bird say to the girl bird?

Black History Month: Langston Hughes, Two Favorite Poems



By Langston Hughes
What happens to a dream deferred?

      Does it dry up

      like a raisin in the sun?

      Or fester like a sore—

      And then run?

      Does it stink like rotten meat?

      Or crust and sugar over—

      like a syrupy sweet?

      Maybe it just sags

      like a heavy load.

      Or does it explode?

Mother to Son
By Langston Hughes
Well, son, I’ll tell you:
Life for me ain’t been no crystal stair.
It’s had tacks in it,
And splinters,
And boards torn up,
And places with no carpet on the floor—
But all the time
I’se been a-climbin’ on,
And reachin’ landin’s,
And turnin’ corners,
And sometimes goin’ in the dark
Where there ain’t been no light.
So boy, don’t you turn back.
Don’t you set down on the steps
’Cause you finds it’s kinder hard.
Don’t you fall now—
For I’se still goin’, honey,
I’se still climbin’,
And life for me ain’t been no crystal stair.

Monday, February 4, 2019

Aww Garsh: Songs for Valentine's Day #11

I Will Always Love You, Whitney Houston live 1999

Whitney Houston - I Will Always Love You - 


"I Will Always Love You"
If I should stay
I would only be in your way
So I'll go but I know
I'll think of you every step of the way

And I... will always love you, ooh
Will always love you
My darling, you...

Bittersweet memories –
That is all I'm taking with me.
So good-bye.
Please don't cry:
We both know I'm not what you, you need

And I... will always love you
I... will always love you
You, ooh

[Instrumental / Sax solo]

I hope life treats you kind
And I hope you have all you've dreamed of
And I wish you joy and happiness
But above all this I wish you love

And I... will always love you
I will always love you
I will always love you
I will always love you

I will always love you
I, I will always love you.

Darling, I love you.
I'll always...
I'll always love you.

Black History Month: Marian Anderson

Marian Anderson
'Marian Anderson's Future Fund' was the name of the extra offering her church used to pass around so the little girl with the big voice could have singing lessons. Her dad bought her a piano when she was a very young, and after he passed away when she was eight, her mom raised her and her two little sisters. That's a lot of faith put into a young person.

Marian Anderson did not let anyone down. She not only used her very unusual gift for extreme  excellence in opera, receiving international acclaim, but used her very unusual gift for grace and morality in the confrontation with baseness and racism.

She used a cash award from the city of Philadelphia to start an award for young people. Not for young people only of her race or profession, but young people of her humanitarian dispositions.

Even when accosted by racism in her own country, such as separate accomodations while touring, she was the perfect lady.  The most famous incident of racism was in the nation's capitol when she requested to rent a certain hall for a concert in 1939. The Daughters of the American Revolution, who owned the hall, refused to rent to her because they had a segregationist policy. The First Lady at the time, Eleanor Roosevelt, resigned from the DAR because of their attitude, and arranged for Marian Anderson's now famous concert on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial twenty-five years before Dr. King's speech there. I could also be a member of the DAR from three out of four of my grandparents,  but would rather not for the same reasons.

American Experience Biography: Marian Anderson

Eleanor Roosevelt and Marian Anderson

Easter morning 1939

Marian Anderson's Easter Sunday Lincoln Memorial concert on April 9, 1939 from the UCLA Film & Television Archive's "Hearst Metrotone News Collection."


 A short film about the life and career of singer Marian Anderson up through 1950. Transferred from original 35mm print. Footage from this subject is available for licensing from 


Langston Hughes wrote about Marian. Marian Anderson: Famous Concert Singer. with Steven C. Tracy 1954

Marian Anderson singing as Ulrica in Verdi's Opera.

This is an article from NPR.

Avedon And Marian Anderson At Smithsonian 

Marian Anderson 


Educational Links 2/5/19

How ADHD Amplifies Emotions


Poor Students More Likely To Play Football, Despite Brain Injury Concerns

What Is Love? Teachers, Share This Prompt With Your Students

The number one response from teachers on how administration can help support and empower their teachers through professional development was to be more present. One teacher on Reddit said, “I wish my administration would visit my classroom more frequently to get to know my teaching style and get to know my students.” Another teacher on social media responded, “Administration can help support me by actually coming into my classroom more than once a year.” The majority of teachers feel abandoned and want more face time with their administration.