Saturday, April 20, 2019

Hello, Poetry Lovers

  Rocky and Bullwinkle had to be the best comedy writing ever, and it was clean. To fully enjoy Bullwinkle's Corner, read the original poems first.

The Raven By Edgar Allan Poe

Bullwinkle's Corner - The Raven 

Excelsior By Henry Wadsworth Longfellow 

 Bullwinkle's Corner - Excelsior 

I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud By William Wordsworth 

Bullwinkle's Corner - The Daffodils

The Children's Hour By Henry Wadsworth Longfellow 

Bullwinkle's Corner - The Children's Hour 

Barbara Frietchie By John Greenleaf Whittier 

Bullwinkle's Corner - Barbara Frietchie

The Village Blacksmith by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Bullwinkle's Corner - The Village Blacksmith

So, where is that Poetry Slam?

Welcome to Poetry Slam, Inc.


Educational Links 4/21/19

9 Questions To Reflect Critically On Your Own Teaching

5 steps to ensure accessibility

How Effective Are School Lockdown Drills?

​​​​​​​Failure and self-doubt are ‘a natural part of learning’

Activities That Prime the Brain for Learning

The Teacher’s Role When Tragedy Strikes

ADHD Secrets My Teacher Should Know

“I need your patient encouragement, not shaming remarks” — a student with ADHD shares insight into how he learns and what he needs to shine.

National Poetry Month: Celebrating World Poetry (a Great Resource)

The poet Dante, of Inferno fame
Inaugurated by the Academy of American Poets in April 1996, National Poetry Month (NPM) brings together lovers of poetry from around the country to celebrate poetry and its vital place in American culture. This year, the Academy is offering today’s tech-savvy students a new way to experience memorable poetry. See the Poetry Flow link at the end  of this post.

National Poetry Month: Celebrating World Poetry

National Poetry Month: The Power of Poetry 

The 2014 Poetry Out Loud National Finals will be at the Lisner Auditorium, The George Washington University, April 30 (semifinals will take place on April 29). Admission is free and open to the public and the semis and finals will also be webcast live at

Poetry Out loud 

National Endowment for the Arts Acting Chairman Joan Shigekawa and Poetry Foundation President Robert Polito announce the 2014 National Finals of Poetry Out Loud, April 29-30, 2014 - See more at: Out Loud Finalists 2014
This site includes resources for National Poetry Month.
Here are a few of their choices:
  • Epics
  • The Ramayana
  • Arabic Poetry
  • Japanese Poetry
  • World Poetry Sites

And a few of their related lessons:
  • All Together Now: Collaborations in Poetry Writing »
  • "Animal Farm": Allegory and the Art of Persuasion »
  • Animating Poetry: Reading Poems about the Natural World »
  • Arabic Poetry: Guzzle a Ghazal! »
  • Can You Haiku? »
  • Carl Sandburg's "Chicago": Bringing a Great City Alive »
This year EDSITEment is broadening the horizon by focusing on the different poetic forms developed across time and around the world.

This is a marvelous app designed for the iPhone, but can be useful for any internet connection.

Poem Flow app review: a beautiful way to experience poetry

Teaching Is Finishing Strong

MzTeachuh: Teaching Is Finishing Strong: Finishing the School Year Strong   End of Year Activities h

The Up-Side of Teaching

Learn the Top 10 Benefits of a Being a Teacher 

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Why Consider Becoming a Teacher? 

Why Teaching is Good For You 

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Differentiating Instruction

Differentiated Instruction 

Delivering Differentiated Instruction in Your Classroom 

What Is Differentiated Instruction?

A Teacher's Guide to Differentiating Instruction

Differentiating Instruction: Meeting Students Where They Are 

A Teacher's Guide to Differentiating Instruction 

What Is Differentiated Instruction? 

10 Examples & Non-Examples Of Differentiated Instruction 


Friday, April 19, 2019

Educational Links 4/20/19

Celebrate Earth Day with 30 Nature + Recycled Art Projects for Kids

On Your Feet Guide to The Station Rotation Model

To Boost Reading Comprehension, Show Students Thinking Strategies Good Readers Use

2 questions about cheating, copying, and student ‘integrity’


How to Help Your Child Get Motivated in School

The scary, lasting effects of too much screen time on children

Children who spent the most time glued to a screen when they were very young proved most at risk of developing emotional, psychological and physical health problems by the time they became teenagers, researchers at Université de Montréal in Canada have reported in the scientific journal Pediatric Research.

Our STEM Garden: A Dream Come True

Our greenhouses at Granite Hills High School 2017-2018
--full of wonderful things.

We even had a Monarch visit us!
 A STEM garden has always been a treasured desire of mine. And I came out of teacher retirement last school year for an assignment for my favorite group of students (the Moderately/Severely Handicapped), at my favorite high school (Granite Hills High, Apple Valley, CAL. My daughter graduated there in '02), AND greenhouses to tend! Perfect!

Grow lights

The Three Sisters
We used the first semester to have Good Health Tuesdays, which involved class cooking and discussion of how to eat well. The second semester we brought in grow lights and started the plants for the greenhouses. I confess I brought some squash, bean, and corn plantlings home to my Teaching Garden. I'm growing 'The Three Sisters' --a Native American practice placing corn, beans, and squash together. The beans use the corn as a trellis.

'How Does Our Garden Grow?' Quite well!
We ran a few science projects with gardening, too.

Kale, the superfood.
Our greenhouses provide fresh onions, garlic, spinach, kale, tomatoes, squash, pumpkins, radishes, cantaloupe, watermelon, and carrots for the culinary class at our school. BTW, they cater town organizations, faculty meetings and offer weekly specials to the school. I especially like their crescent sandwiches. 
Our veggie goodies also fed the tortoise that lived in the next classroom. The radish was a favorite--she ate it like a corn on the cob!

Casey fulfilling watering tasks in the greenhouse

We all worked every day for the garden. The results were vegetables, of course, but also camaraderie.\Facebook

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National Poetry Month: Poem #25

Grandpa was really sick now, thin like a skeleton.
The last thing I remember him saying was, "Did you bring the little dog?"
We hadn't brought Kip because Grandpa was in a hospice, but the pain-killers made him think he saw the chihuahua at the foot of the bed.  Kip had been a faithful friend stationed at the foot of his bed the previous five years at home when Grandpa was bedridden due to cancer.

Melanie, Grandpa and Kip 1962
Technically, Grandpa wasn't our 'real' grandfather. He was our grandmother's second husband. But to me, my sister, and all the many cousins, he was the best grandpa in the whole world. Everyone says that, even over fifty years later. He loved children. He loved us. He spent time talking to us, taking us on walks, teaching us to play the card game 'Casino.' And card tricks, too. All the photos with him showed everyone smiling. He was like that.

I recall watching baseball on television with him. He was a San Francisco Giants' fan. I realized last year that the reason I knew so much about the Giants was because I watched the World Series (1962) with him (the last baseball season Grandpa was at home), before he passed away the following spring. His going left a dark hole in the family.

Literature can ease the stress of a child's serious loss, so the effect doesn't advance to toxic, chronic stress. Literature draws the isolating pain out in the open. We aren't alone in our experiences; universal themes speak to our human condition, too. For me, I somehow found  "The Rainy Day," by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, probably in my parochial school library. It soothed my heartbroken, prepubescent soul with lines like "Behind the clouds is the sun still shining" and "Into each life some rain must fall, Some days must be dark and dreary."  Henry knew how I felt.

The Rainy Day

The day is cold, and dark, and dreary;

It rains, and the wind is never weary;

The vine still clings to the mouldering wall,
But at every gust the dead leaves fall,
And the day is dark and dreary.

My life is cold, and dark, and dreary;

It rains, and the wind is never weary;
My thoughts still cling to the mouldering Past,
But the hopes of youth fall thick in the blast,
And the days are dark and dreary.

Be still, sad heart! and cease repining;

Behind the clouds is the sun still shining;
Thy fate is the common fate of all,
Into each life some rain must fall,
Some days must be dark and dreary.

Thursday, April 18, 2019

The Sky Is Cheap Entertainment: A Pink Moon!

Full Pink Moon coming Friday! But the name is deceiving…

What are the full moon names?

April Full Moon 2019: The 'Pink Moon' Rises This Friday

Educational Links 4/19/19

The Problem With Hurrying Childhood Learning

I Realized I Wasn’t Holding ALL My Students to a High Standard

7 Fun Ways to Build SEL Skills During Advisory or Homeroom

Here is An Excellent Web Tool For Creating Rubrics


A Tool Kit for Teaching About Research

Why Students Can’t Write — And Why Tech Is Part of the Problem

Part of the problem, he says, is technology. In some cases the very technologies that were intended to improve writing, like automatic-essay grading software, have backfired by encouraging a kind of paint-by-numbers approach to writing.