Saturday, March 2, 2019

Educational Links 3/3/19

How To Build Instant Rapport With Individual Students

The Value of Connecting Students: 5 Ways to Help Get You Started

Signs of Slow Processing Speed at Different Ages

There's a gap in education that only industry can fill, report says

How the Documentary “2E: Twice Exceptional” Made Me a More Hopeful Parent

How an Alternative School Helped One Student Find His Way From Suspension to Graduation

Interactive Notebooks: No Special Hardware Required

Before I started using interactive notebooks, I got by, but barely. I'd make multiple copies of every handout for students who were constantly losing theirs. Students would take notes sometimes, and sometimes they wouldn't. All of my grades focused on the finished products, never on the process. I had few or no opportunities to explore the texts that we were studying in class using visual, logical, intrapersonal, or interpersonal learning styles. If I wanted students to write, I had to collect every page that they wrote, and I inevitably had a stack of unread notebook pages on my desk at the end of every day. Classes were discussion all day, every day, with me as the main source of energy for that discussion.

Women's History-Is There Much?





Farrah Fawcett 

Abigail Adams 


Rosie the Riveter 

The Bronte Sisters 

Marian Anderson 

India's Mother भारत मा 

'I Paint Flowers So They Won't Die.' So said Frida 

Music for Women's History: You Don't Own Me 

Women's History Month: Women Scientists--Here are Some Great Posters 


 Condoleeza Rice

 This is an excellent website for all things mighty girl.

Friday, March 1, 2019

Educational Links 3/2/19

Giving Students Stepping Stones For Participation To Lift Up Their Voices

Moms Can Reduce Autism Odds — Even For Kids At High Risk, Study Shows

No Fine Motor Skills? What’s the Big Deal?


Use Digital Notebooks to Facilitate Book Clubs and Literature Circles at the Secondary Level


Access does not equal equity

The school’s leaders made diversity a priority before it even opened five years ago, Bauer says, when they chose not to use grades or test scores as admissions criteria. They also embraced a nontraditional educational model. Like a growing number of schools around the country, Maker Academy uses a mastery-based learning model, in which static letter grades on one-off tests and assignments are jettisoned in favor of detailed feedback that students use to revise their work as they progress toward mastery of clearly defined skills. 

Teachable Moment: The Irish Diaspora

The Irish Diaspora: It’s Not Easy Being Green

The Irish have been leaving the Old Sod for centuries for many reasons. First, as explorers and proclaimers of the Good News of the Gospel, some say all the way to the Caribbean. 

Hiberno-Scottish mission 

Then, forced immigration. I would say that the mandated expulsions of the Irish from their homeland is a marvelous example of the law of unintended consequences, though not so marvelous from the British perspective. 

Flight of the Wild Geese

The leadership (the Wild Geese) were 'invited' to leave by the British, then fulfilled important roles in the empires and governments of Europe. Later, Cromwell especially liked to be rid of Irish Catholics, even sending Irish enslaved to the Caribbean.  The Scots, especially Highlanders, were exported to Northern Ireland then to the American Colonies after the Bonnie Prince Charlie fiasco, along with the northern Irish that were troublesome to the British (for frequently having uprising for independence.) About thirty years later, the American Revolution began. 

Sending Convicts To Virginia 

 Convicts in Australia

 The Irish were loaded into 'convict' ships to Australia--Australia, now a mighty example of democracy. The potato famine was celebrated by British capitalists as a brilliant opportunity to be rid of the Irish, either by starvation, disease or evacuation to Canada or the 
Grosse Isle Memorial, list of the lost.
  USA on 'coffin' ships. There is a memorial in Canada at Grosse Isle, where my Sullivan ancestors arrived in 1842--one Sullivan survived, Elizabeth, my great great grandmother.

The vibrant contribution of Irish Canadians and Irish Americans is self evident, and not to underestimate the contributions of the same to the persistent, dogged, relentless cause of Irish independence. Unintended consequences (to the British.) But Irish independence is a whole other story.

Irish Canadian 

Irish American 

The City of Chicago - Christy Moore

 To the City of Chicago,
As the evening shadows fall,
There are people dreaming,
Of the hills of Donegal.

Eighteen forty seven,
Was the year it all began,
Deadly Pains of hunger,
Drove a million from the land,
They journeyed not for glory,
Their motive wasn't greed,
Just a voyage of survival,
Across the stormy sea.

To the City of Chicago,
As the evening shadows fall,
There are people dreaming,
Of the hills of Donegal.

Some of them knew fortune,
And some them knew fame,
More of them knew hardship,
And died upon the plain,
They spread throughout the nation,
Rode the railroad cars,
Brought their songs and music,
To ease their lonely hearts.

To the City of Chicago,
As the evening shadows fall,
There are people dreaming,
Of the hills of Donegal. 

Here are a couple of interesting links about the Irish:

The Irish Diaspora Center

The Wild Geese

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Educational Links 3/1/19

An Efficient Classroom: 6 Factors Of Academic Achievement

25 #TeacherTruths That’ll Have You Saying Amen!

When Kids Ask Really Tough Questions: A Quick Guide

Could Your Child Have a Working Memory Deficit?

DeVos Announces Support For Proposed School Choice Tax Credit

Types of Emotional Help Available for Your Child

It might not surprise you that children with learning and attention issues may also struggle emotionally. Research shows that these kids are four to six times more likely to be diagnosed with a mental health disorder than other kids their age.

Two Irish Mums Who Won the Nobel Peace Prize

The Peace People Rally, Ireland, Betty Williams and  Maireed Corrigan 

'The Troubles' in Ireland are well know, conflict between two demographics (Catholic and Protestant) that share the same religous root: Christianity. Its been going on since Cromwell. But a lesser known fact is that two Irish mums won the 1976 Nobel Peace Prize for beginning a Peace Movement in Northern Ireland to combat the carnage.

To quote the Nobel Committee in 1976: We admire Betty Williams and Mairead Corrigan for tackling so fearlessly the perilous task of leading the way into no-man's land, in the cause of peace and reconciliation.

Mairead (Corrigan) Maguire

'Gandhi taught that nonviolence does not mean passivity. No. It is the most daring, creative, and courageous way of living, and it is the only hope for our world. Nonviolence is an active way of life which always rejects violence and killing, and instead applies the force of love and truth as a means to transform conflict and the root causes of conflict. Nonviolence demands creativity. It pursues dialogue, seeks reconciliation, listens to the truth in our opponents, rejects militarism, and allows God's spirit to transform us socially and politically. '

 Maireed Corrigan Maquire 

Betty Williams 

"That first week will always be remembered of course for something else besides the birth of the Peace People. For those most closely involved, the most powerful memory of that week was the death of a young republican and the deaths of three children struck by the dead man's car. A deep sense of frustration at the mindless stupidity of the continuing violence was already evident before the tragic events of that sunny afternoon of August 10, 1976. But the deaths of those four young people in one terrible moment of violence caused that frustration to explode, and create the possibility of a real peace movement...As far as we are concerned, every single death in the last eight years, and every death in every war that was ever fought represents life needlessly wasted, a mother's labour spurned."

Betty Williams

Educational Links 2/28/19

How Teachers Are Learning: Professional Development Remix

21st Century Professional Development for Teachers

Teaching Students to Love Their Individuality

It’s Time to Make Sure Our Kids Are No Longer Bound, Shackled, or Locked Away When They’re at School

Low-Income Students and a Special Education Mismatch


6 Strategies for Finding Your Calm

Stress is contagious. Students who have experienced high levels of adversity in their lives can dramatically affect all those who work with them. In order to help them learn, teachers need to care for ourselves so that we can access the areas of our brain we need to problem-solve and regulate our emotions.

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

I Wandered Lonely As A Cloud

This poem is about the opposite of PTSD.

I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud 
I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o'er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.

Continuous as the stars that shine
And twinkle on the milky way,
They stretched in never-ending line
Along the margin of a bay:
Ten thousand saw I at a glance,
Tossing their heads in sprightly dance.

The waves beside them danced; but they
Out-did the sparkling waves in glee:
A poet could not but be gay,
In such a jocund company:
I gazed—and gazed—but little thought
What wealth the show to me had brought:

For oft, when on my couch I lie
In vacant or in pensive mood,
They flash upon that inward eye
Which is the bliss of solitude;
And then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the daffodils.

Teachable Moment: How the Irish Saved Western Civilization

Finnian of Clonard imparting his blessing to the "Twelve Apostles of Ireland"

 1. Who Saved Civilization? The Irish, That's Who! 

2. Hearts And Minds Aflame For Christ: Irish Monks—A Model For Making All Things New in the 21st Century 
3. It Takes a Monk to Save a Civilization 

4. Europe and the Irish Monks 

5.  St. Columbanus, Missionary to Europe

St. Brendan, from German manuscript

6. St. Brendan: Did An Irish Monk Come To America Before Columbus?

6a. Did the Irish Discover America?

7. Irish Monastic Schools 

Plus, who else but a remarkable group of people could keep a wonderful sense of humor while painstakingly copying scripts for years and years? Meet Pangur Bán, the Irish cat.

Two Translations of a Poem from the Old Irish

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Educational Links 2/27/19

10 Ways To Give Students More Control Of Their Education

Let's Draw

Reading Fluency Assessment for Elementary Students

Greener Childhood Associated With Happier Adulthood

22 Diverse Book Choices for All Grade Levels

Why Educators Need to Make Literacy Accessible, Individualized, and Inclusive

Responding to Students’ Personal Narratives

Education researchers Michael Nakkula and Eric Toshalis say the “primary task of adolescence” is identity development, and personal storytelling plays an important role in this development. The way we shape the story of our experiences—the narrative arc of our lives—influences our perceptions of ourselves and the world.

Monday, February 25, 2019

Educational Links 2/26/19

Using Art in Assessments

Talking Race With Young Children

Kids With Autism Twice As Likely To Be Abused

Job stress higher for teachers than other professions

3 Modes Of Thinking: Lateral, Divergent & Convergent Thought

“I Have a Student Who Is Too Stressed to Learn”

Taking personalized learning to scale

Before designing learning experiences that are personal to individual students, it is critical for classroom teachers and school leaders to identify student engagement, student interest, student choice, student voice, cross-curricular connections, and differentiated resources.

A Dickens of a Time-Riverside Dickens Festival

Cousin Eddie
The game is afoot!
The Riverside Dickens Festival is just down the road about 50 miles from me, about the same for my high school friend, Janet. So we met up for a very fun day. Especially since we are both English majors and teachers!
Irene Adler

Victoria and Albert
We got to be in the parade!
Parade at Dickens Festival
Mr. and Mrs. Fezziwig

Edgar Allen Poe and AnnaMelle Lee
Jane Austen

Oscar Wilde
Mark Twain

Sherlock and the new Watson
Melanie and Janet
BFFs in any century