Saturday, March 30, 2019

Educational Links 3/31/19


Restorative justice is about more than just reducing suspensions

At This High School, Teens With ADHD Excel Through Project-Based Learning

There's a Poem for That! - Lessons for National Poetry Month


Teaching Is Establishing The Need To Know

How we turned around our scheduling methods

“I Believe In You!” How to Vanquish a Child’s Low Self-Esteem

Constantly corrected and perpetually punished, many children with ADHD and learning disabilities develop low self-esteem. They begin to believe they’re not good enough or smart enough. Of course, we know that’s not true. Here are some ways to help your child see her strengths — and build her confidence from the inside out.

National Poetry Month: Poem #2

The Fall of Icarus by Bruehgal
Landscape with the Fall of Icarus
William Carlos Williams 

According to Brueghel
when Icarus fell
it was spring 
a farmer was ploughing
his field
the whole pageantry 

of the year was
awake tingling
with itself 

sweating in the sun
that melted
the wings' wax 

off the coast
there was 

a splash quite unnoticed
this was
Icarus drowning 

 William Carlos Williams


Jim Henson's The Storyteller Daedalus and Icarus


Monet and Vivaldi: Tulips, Music and Spring

Claude Monet Tulip Field with the Rijnsburg Windmill

Here is the first cousin of Monet's tulips in my garden.
I was hoping to give you just a little blast of Spring--the brilliant blue sky after a spring shower, the shocking, vibrant red, yellow, purple of bulb flowers blaring through the winter's end grey, the enthusiastic chirp and twitter of the birds now activated for the season like an army just getting out of boot camp. I can just about do it with Monet and Vivaldi--but I can't send you the still-chilly-but-not-freezing breeze on a finally sunny day or the scent of earth unfreezing. You'll have to go outside for that.

Wish you could smell these hyacinths!



Oh those spring showers!

Vivaldi Spring



Life Too Fiberoptic? Take A Cafe Jazz Break

Cinnamon Spice Mocha, anyone?

Your Own Rhythm (Cafe Jazz Coffee) - Playing for The Time

Friday, March 29, 2019

Educational Links 3/30/19

Sparking Change in Teaching Practices

Mock Auctions. Pretending to Flee Captors. Do Simulations Have a Place in Lessons on Slavery?

When Zero-Tolerance Was Failing Students, This School Turned to Restorative Justice


7 Surprising Classroom Triggers for Kids Who Experienced Trauma (and How to Avoid Them)

Shifting Toward Equity: The Educator’s Role

Computational Thinking Skills Prepare Students for the Future

How to Snag the Attention of a Distracted Child

Any teacher or parent knows that the wandering eye — and mind — of a student with ADHD is a serious impediment to learning. Use these techniques to increase focus and attention in children with ADD, particularly those who have trouble paying attention to assignments and lessons that don’t spark their interests.

National Poetry Month: Poem #1

The Curious Blackbird by Maureen Ida Farley

Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird

Wallace Stevens

Among twenty snowy mountains,
The only moving thing
Was the eye of the blackbird.
I was of three minds,
Like a tree
In which there are three blackbirds.
The blackbird whirled in the autumn winds.
It was a small part of the pantomime.
A man and a woman
Are one.
A man and a woman and a blackbird
Are one.
I do not know which to prefer,
The beauty of inflections
Or the beauty of innuendoes,
The blackbird whistling
Or just after.
Icicles filled the long window
With barbaric glass.
The shadow of the blackbird
Crossed it, to and fro.
The mood
Traced in the shadow
An indecipherable cause.
O thin men of Haddam,
Why do you imagine golden birds?
Do you not see how the blackbird
Walks around the feet
Of the women about you?
I know noble accents
And lucid, inescapable rhythms;
But I know, too,
That the blackbird is involved
In what I know.
When the blackbird flew out of sight,
It marked the edge
Of one of many circles.
At the sight of blackbirds
Flying in a green light,
Even the bawds of euphony
Would cry out sharply.
He rode over Connecticut
In a glass coach.
Once, a fear pierced him,
In that he mistook
The shadow of his equipage
For blackbirds.
The river is moving.
The blackbird must be flying.
It was evening all afternoon.
It was snowing
And it was going to snow.
The blackbird sat
In the cedar-limbs.

The Beatles - Blackbird

Thursday, March 28, 2019

Educational Links 3/29/19

How a Fourth-Grader Turned Me Into a Book Detective

How Mastery-Based Learning Can Help Students of Every Background Succeed

Does Teenage Marijuana Use Affect IQ?

7 April Fools’ Pranks for Teachers That Will Melt the Minds of Students

How I’ve Worked to Build a Community Where Students Discuss Equity

Virtual conferencing expands SEL opportunities through global connections

Fighting teacher stress

Teacher stress is growing, experts say, pushing educators out of classrooms and hurting learning. On top of chronic underfunding for education and the continued pressure of standardized tests, there’s also the unrelenting pace of newer education reforms.

Don't Like Poetry? Betcha Do

...don't forget all those Valentine's rhymes!

 You say you don't like poetry--I doubt that. We just have to establish what we mean by poetry.

Yes, you enjoyed a movie that is all poetry.
That come-on line is nothing but poetry.

Romeo + Juliet 


The Cat in the Hat--even my name is poetry.


You can't say you never liked Dr. Seuss--what's that--you forgot it was poetry? 

The Cat in the Hat 


Betting you have quoted poetry, though maybe not all at once.

Tis better to have loved and lost/Than never to have loved at all  Tennyson To err is human; to forgive, divine  Alexander Pope  A thing of beauty is a joy forever  Keats And miles to go before I sleep  Robert Frost Hope springs eternal in the human breast  Alexander Pope To be or not to be: that is the question Shakespeare I know why the caged bird sings Maya Angelou O Romeo, Romeo; wherefore art thou Romeo Shakespeare...there's no joy in Mudville, the mighty Casey has struck out. Thayer

You probably chuckled at the Limerick about the girl from Venus, but I won't print that since this is a family edublog. But this poem  might make you smile, especially noting the poet.

The marriage of poor Kim Kardashian
Was krushed like a kar in a krashian.
Her Kris kried, "Not fair!
Why kan't I keep my share?" 
But Kardashian fell klean outa fashian.
—Salman Rushdie 

Maybe you didn't realize you were accessing poetry during spiritual moments. The Psalms are poems, like the most quoted Psalm 23.
Lena Moore Psalm 23 Quilt ca. 1930 Collection of Janet M. Green "Talking Quilts" American Folk Art Museum
Remember when you were in ninth grade and you kind of liked that wild story with the Greek guy and all the monsters like the Cyclops and the crazy-haired Medusa? 

That was poetry, thanks to Homer, not Simpson. The Odyssey by Homer.
Cyclops AKA Claymation

Achilles AKA Brad Pitt.

 And don't forget Achilles, not the heel. The Illiad (and the story of Troy) was  a poem, too.

 Speaking of Homer Simpson, here is my last evidentiary item. You enjoyed "The Raven: the Simpson's Version." I know you did. Though they did a really Poe job of it. (Ha, English major joke.)

The Raven: The Simpsons Version like poetry. Told ya so.

The Raven:The Simpsons Version [117,615 views] 
The Raven:The Simpsons Version[117,615 views]


Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Educational Links 3/28/19

How to unlock students’ internal drive for learning

As Many Instructional Designers As Librarians

Assistive Technology: Finding the Right Resources for All Students

Learning Math by Seeing It as a Story

Your Ed Tech Questions

Autism: 5 ways to support non-verbal pupils

What’s the Difference Between Auditory Processing Disorder and Being Hard of Hearing?

Hearing loss, or hearing impairment, is a problem with one or more parts of the ear that interrupts the way sound travels through the hearing system up to the brain. Someone who has hearing loss might be able to hear most sounds, hear only some sounds or possibly nothing at all. To understand hearing loss, it helps to know how the ear works. 

So how does hearing loss differ from an auditory processing disorder (APD)?
APD is not the inability to hear. It’s the inability to interpret, organize, or analyze what’s heard. All the parts of the hearing pathway are working well. But parts of the brain are not.

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Educational Links 3/27/19

So You Want to Build a Classroom Escape Room…

The Damaging Myth of Normalcy

My Top 20 Tech Tips for Teachers!

How One Principal Transformed His School With Student-Centered Learning

Research Questions About Education

A Look at Implicit Bias and Microaggressions

A primer on the impact of implicit biases in schools and how they can be expressed by students and faculty.

Monday, March 25, 2019

Educational Links 3/26/19

Mastery Learning & Testing Done Right


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

Why Your Brain Loves Kindness

Achieving Accessibility for All of Our Learners

25 Ways to Build Your School’s Reading Culture

9 Ways to Show Empathy for Kids With Learning and Attention Issues

It’s not always easy to respond to your child’s behavior with empathy. But when you show her you understand and respect her needs, you’re helping her stay motivated and gain self-esteem. Plus, you’re building her trust in you. Here are tips for responding with empathy.

Sunday, March 24, 2019

Educational Links 3/25/19

How to Create The Perfect Set Of Class Rules

New bill would require California schools to restrict, ban students using smartphones

Response: Strategies for Effective Parent-Teacher Conferences

I’m Concerned My Child Might Have Dysgraphia. Now What?

The Coolest Ways Teachers Are Using Robots in the Classroom

How social studies can help young kids make sense of the world

Too Much Screen Time May Affect Children's Brain Development, Early Findings Show

Children who use smartphones, tablets, and video games more than seven hours a day are more likely to experience premature thinning of the cortex, the outermost layer of the brain that processes thought and action, according to a new study released by the National Institutes of Health.


Maranatha! 2 - Jesus Is All That We Need (1972)