Saturday, March 9, 2019

Teachable Moment: Danny Boy, The Soul of Melancholy, The Soul Of Ireland


This song is traditionally sung by a male and is from the perspective of father to son.

Danny Boy - Finbar Wright

 Oh Danny boy, the pipes, 
the pipes are calling.
From glen to glen, 
and down the mountain side.

The summer's gone, 
and all the flowers are falling.
'Tis you, 'tis you 
must go and I must bide.

But come ye back 
when summer's in the meadow,
Or when the valley's hushed 
and white with snow.

And I'll be here
in sunshine or in shadow.
Oh Danny boy, oh Danny boy,
I love you so.

But if you come, 
and all the flowers are falling.
And I am dead, 
as dead I might well be.

You'll come and find 
the place where I am lying.
And kneel and say 
an "Ave" there for me.

And I will hear, 
though soft your tread above me.
And all my grave 
will warmer sweeter be.

And you will bend 
and tell me that you love me.
And I shall sleep
in peace until you come to me. 

But if I live,
and should you die for Ireland,
Let not your dying thoughts 
be just of me.

But say a prayer to God 
for our dearest Ireland.
I know she'll hear
and help to set her free.

And I will take your pike 
and place my dearest,
And strike a blow, 
though weak the blow may be.

T'will help the cause 
to which your heart was nearest 
Oh Danny Boy, Oh, Danny boy 
I love you so.

Educational Links 3/10/19

Civic Discussion Videos

We Have a National Reading Crisis

I Marie Kondo-ed a Cluttered Classroom, and Here’s What Happened


7 Common Myths About Dyslexia

Reframing How We Assess Student Writing

The work of assessing writing assignments can be shared with students, creating a critical learning opportunity for them.

Interactive Notebooking-Yes or No?

Classroom Management: Using Interactive Notebooks

7 Reasons to Use Interactive Notebooks


These next two posts are one day apart, I'm guessing to be 'fair and balanced.'

10 Reasons Not to Use Interactive Notebooks

10 Reasons to Use Interactive Notebooks


Marzano, Pickering, and Pollack (2001) have contended, as have others, that to foster higher-order thinking, instructional activities must call on learners to restructure their prior knowledge and link it to new information. A crucial aspect of this brain-based activity is that students use their own “voices and perspectives” as they construct personal meaning for various mathematical processes, data, and events.

Festival of Irish Arts and Music Day 5

I also like the one that says, 'May you be in Heaven a half an hour before the devil knows you're dead.'

That's some pot of gold.
Here's some fun with Irish folklore, film, mirth, music and lively dance.

'Darby O'Gill and the Little People' includes a rundown of many well-known Irish superstitions from leprechauns to banshees, as well as a very young Sean Connery.

'The Secret of Roan Inish' is another film that also reveal lovely Irish landscapes as well as the legend of the silkies.

Numerous fantasy and faerie stories. These are old timey ones by 
W.B. Yeats. Read them first yourself before reading them aloud to children; some are rather creepy. 

Oh no, not a changling!
Fairy and Folk Tales of the Irish Peasantry  

Here's more on the gift of gab (remember our Irish American presidents?

Tip O'Neill and Ronald Reagan
Reagan and Kennedy? They inherited the joke telling and the charm.)

Irish Quotations, Irish BlessingsIrish Proverbs and Irish Toasts 

Here is live Irish music from a pub in County Clare--great fun even if you're just drinking O'Douhl's.

Traditional Irish Music - Brogan's Bar - Ennis, Ireland

Irish dance has worldwide participants and audiences.

Irish dance 

I don't know if this happens every day at the Dublin Airport, but how cool if it did. 

TAKE THE FLOOR Flashmob Dublin Airport 

Love the sentiment.


Friday, March 8, 2019

Educational Links 3/9/19

Modern Trends In Education: 50 Different Approaches To Learning

Download: Parent-Teacher Conference Worksheet


Supporting Student Success in Online Learning

Growing Writing Skills with Digital Portfolios

Engaging Students From the Front of the Room

How Learning Through Classroom Games Keeps Students Engaged

Keeping students engaged is a challenge teachers of all grades experience. The results of a 2016 Gallup survey of 1 million students aged 5th through 12th grades showed only about 50 percent of students are engaged in school. Even worse, one-fifth are actively disengaged, and 10 percent are both disengaged and discouraged.

Journaling As A Teaching Strategy

Journaling the Old-School Way

Journal Writing

How to Implement Journal Writing Effectively in High School

Most famous journal ever? At least until you assign your students to write.

Journal Writing

Journal Writing Every Day: Teachers Say It Really Works!

Journal Teaching Strategies

The Importance of Student Journals and How to Respond Efficiently

The benefits of students integrating journal writing across the curriculum are amply documented. From a teacher's perspective, there are few activities that can trump journal writing for understanding and supporting the development of student thinking. Journaling turbo-charges curiosity. The legendary Toby Fulwiler, author of The Journal Book, writes, "Without an understanding of who we are, we are not likely to understand fully why we study biology rather than forestry, literature rather than philosophy. In the end, all knowledge is related; the journal helps clarify the relationship."

Refining Classroom Rules and Norms

Create Your Classroom Rules WITH Your Students for a Powerful Start to the Year

Ten Activities for Establishing Classroom Rules

The 5 Critical Categories of Rules

Classroom Management: Develop Clear Rules, Expectations

The Science Behind Classroom Norming

How can I create, uphold, and share responsibility 
for classroom norms?

Creating Classroom Rules Together

5 Keys to Effective Classroom Management

How to Create Class Rules

Classroom rules vs. procedures

Let’s clarify what purpose rules serve and how they differ from routines.  Rules set the tone for the classroom.  They provide broad guidelines about what should or should not be happening as a whole in the classroom. Procedures and routines are specific steps that kids are supposed to take in specific scenarios.

especially like #4. Kill no vermin such as fleas, lice, ticks, etc., in the sight of others.

English Language Instruction: Info and Inspiration

Obviously, English Teachers are the heroes of education. Reading, writing, grammar, vocabulary, speaking and listening--and digital communication skills--and the crowning glory of all education: literature.

Teaching English and Language Arts


The College Board Language Arts Framework

Nine Strategies for Reaching All Learners in English Language Arts

5 Effective Strategies for English Teachers

And poetry helps us know which road to take.

The Road Not Taken

Popular Poems to Teach

We have to have our memorable characters!

11 Great Book Lists for High School Students

Pride and Prejudice
Catcher in the Rye

Purpose for Writer's Workshop

The Ulitmate Writing Workshop Routines Guide

The teacher acts as a mentor author, modeling writing techniques and conferring with students as they move through the writing process. Direct writing instruction takes place in the form of a mini-lesson at the beginning of each workshop and is followed by a minimum of 45 minutes of active writing time.

Teaching Strategies to Implement a Writer’s Workshop

Types of Writing Lessons (Writing Workshop Ideas)

What Is Writing Workshop?

Creating a Writers' Workshop in a Secondary Classroom

With the station rotation model, secondary students can focus on language arts skills such as analysis, structure, and academic writing while improving their overall writing quality.