Saturday, May 25, 2019

Educational Links 5/26/19

The Powerful Effects of Drawing on Learning

Dig into new research and get tips on how to make your digital citizenship instruction more relevant and effective.

Why We Should Make It Easier–Not Harder–To Be A Teacher

How Learning In Your Classroom Is Different Than Learning In The Real-World

Students can’t learn if they don’t show up at school

Ed. Dept. Reverts to Original Timeline for Rules on Racial Bias in Special Education

A Little Prep Goes a Long Way

A bit of logistical work in the classroom can help new teachers wrap up for summer—and ease the back to school crunch as well.

Friday, May 24, 2019

Educational Links 5/25/19

What Students Gain From Learning Ethics in School

Unraveling the Myths Around Reading and Dyslexia

Computational Thinking Is Critical Thinking. And It Works in Any Subject.

Common Cents: George Lucas Foundation details strategy of exploring innovation without being prescriptive

Why should schools change?

Professional Learning with Innovative Educators

Super soft skill training

We’ve known for some time that students with emotional or developmental challenges often need to have training in “soft skills”, but new research from Michigan State University has shown how such efforts pay off, especially to help these students enter and stay in the work force.

The Clouds Will Be A Daisy Chain

As close to a cloud daisy chain as I've captured so far.

Dear Prudence

Dear Prudence, won't you come out to play?
Dear Prudence, greet the brand new day
The sun is up, the sky is blue
It's beautiful and so are you
Dear Prudence, won't you come out to play?

Dear Prudence, open up your eyes
Dear Prudence, see the sunny skies
Chirp-a-dee-duh-chirp dee.....

The wind is low, the birds will sing
That you are part of everything
Dear Prudence, won't you open up your eyes?

                                                      Look around round
                                                      Look around round round
                                                      Look around

Dear Prudence, won't you open up your eyes?
Look around round
Look around round round
Look around
Dear Prudence, let me see you smile
Dear Prudence, like a little child
The clouds will be a daisy chain
So let me see you smile again

Dear Prudence, won't you let me see you smile?
Dear Prudence, won't you come out to play?
Dear Prudence, greet the brand new day
The sun is up, the sky is blue

Its a brand new day.

It's beautiful and so are you
Dear Prudence, won't you come out to play?

  Dear Prudence
Is this a better cloud daisy chain? I'm still on the lookout.

Educational Links 5/24/19

Here are 7 Schools of Opportunity That Shows Us A Way Forward

Personalizing Your Final Exam

The Futility and Degrading Nature of Evaluation: Evaluation and How to Improve It

White teachers like me should not be policing black pupils’ hair

What Is True Play?

What Students Gain From Learning Ethics in School

Fetal alcohol syndrome

Individuals and families impacted by FASD face enough challenges without having to deal with stigma and incorrect beliefs about their disability. Help us share this message and end some of the misconceptions about FASD.

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Educational Links 5/23/19

14 Brilliant Bloom’s Taxonomy Posters For Teachers

When Schools Cause Trauma

The Importance of Self-Advocacy for Kids With Learning and Attention Issues

Grading Report Cards

An Excellent Website to Create Jeopardy-like Games

In Praise of a Nonelite Education

Why Autism Diagnoses Are Often Delayed

For many, it’s not because they’re not getting diagnosed—it’s because they’re getting a different diagnosis first. Often, it’s ADHD, diagnosed by a pediatrician at age 2 or 3. Or parents are told that their child has sensory processing issues. Then, the autism isn’t picked up until the demands of school and social situations increase.

One Memorial Today

Orvis Henry Sweet, Union Army, Vermont

Orvis, age 21, will be shot in the lung one week after this picture was taken by Matthew Brady in Washington, DC. His younger siblings on the family farm in upstate New York (he volunteered from St. Alban's, Fifth Vermont) grew up and after the Civil War moved West to Idaho, Wyoming, Colorado, and California to become lawyers, Congressmen, ambassadors, journalists and teachers. His father, Haviland Livingston Sweet, died earlier in the War, under the leadership of General McClellan.  Their sacrifice was not in vain.

He volunteered while working at a Print Shop in Vermont, where his family had lived on Grand Isle for generations since the Revolutionary War. His ancestors were Pilgrims and Wampanoags.

He was a regular kid who lived and died for great things.
He fought with his unit through all the major battles of the Civil War, being mortally wounded in the Second Battle of the Wilderness. If you ever watched Ken Burns' documentary on the Civil War, you know how that one was particularly hellish.

One of Orvis' younger sisters was Alice Eliza Sweet Link, my great grandmother; she went West after the Civil War and became a teacher.

Trip to the Wilderness Battlefields 


With that haunting music that always brings tears to my eyes, Ashokan Farewell.

Educational Links 5/22/19

26 Sentence Stems For Higher-Level Conversation In The Classroom

7 Good Apps for Getting Started With AR & VR


The Teachthought Podcast Ep. 166 Deeper Learning Of Math Concepts Through Social Constructivism

ACT Comes Out Against Adversity Index

Raising Kids Who Love Math — Even If You Don't

At a Glance: How Reading Changes the Brain

What does reading do to your brain? Use this graphic to learn how reading affects the brain—and how dyslexia and intensive reading instruction affect the brains of struggling readers.

Monday, May 20, 2019

Educational Links 5/21/19

The Benefits of Video-Mediated Instruction

One of the Best Coding Resources for Teachers and Students

Teaching Evals: Bias and Tenure

What Is Arts Integration?

Conduct Disorder Basics

Designing Lessons for Engagement

Why I use student-driven ideas in my curriculum

It’s important for us to recognize the relationship between reading and math and how these two seemingly different content areas can be used to leverage one another when we apply our skill sets and those of our students. 

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Educational Links 5/20/19

“You Are Wonderful!” How Praise Triggers Better Control in the ADHD Brain


Teacher Confession: The Student I’ll Never Forget

65 Years After Brown v. Board, Our Fixation on Integration Is Hiding Gross Inequities in Our Schools. We Must Focus Not Just on Whom We Teach — but on How We Teach

Enhancing the 'Mental Bandwidth' of Students


10 Tips for Giving the Best Kind of Praise

The best kind of praise can motivate your child. But some compliments can make kids with learning and attention issues less willing to take on difficult tasks. Here’s how to give praise that empowers.

Memorial Day and Regular Kids Who Were Heroes

This crew was delivering supplies to French civilians during the D Day invasion and was shot down. My dad's cousin, Blake Treece, T/Sgt. Radioman, is in the second row, fifth (l to r.)

My dad was from Marshall, Arkansas. He was 21 years old when Pearl Harbor happened. His older brother, Robert, had already volunteered to fly with the English in the Battle of Britain. As boys, they had built an airplane in the backyard, and dad had participated in a local aeronautical club as an
Robert, Grandma, Alphia, Larry, Maxine. Just after Pearl Harbor Day.

instructor. Both brothers were going to a teacher's college (Arkansas State Teacher's College) until Robert volunteered to fly with the Canadians to protect Britain.
After Pearl Harbor Day,  my dad (Larry) joined the Navy, and my aunt Maxine joined the Army. Both my dad and Uncle Robert flew in the Pacific. My dad was a quick study, after flying Corsairs, became an instructor pilot. Robert became one of the first pilots to fly a B29 as part of the Billy Mitchell Group, sort of a test pilot while fighting the war.

The Lady Hamilton, B 29, Billy Mitchell Group.
Robert was captain of Lady Hamilton B 29, on a bombing mission that flew from India, over the Himalayas (called 'Flying the Hump') and China to Japan when the plane developed engine trouble, and the second target was chosen. Japanese Zeroes pursued. Robert, as captain, ordered most of the crew to parachute out (they were aided by Chinese and survived.) He and two other crew completed the mission but were shot down by the Zeroes, losing their lives in 1944.

College Memorial (OCA) with the names Robert Mills and Blake Treece.

My grandma's nephew and my dad's first cousin, Blake Treece, was a radio operator for a B-17 in the European theatre. Blake left the same college as his cousins to enlist. His plane was shot down in 1944 over France. The remains of the crew were buried by a French farmer and recovered in 2006 due to historical excavations of the Caen area. Blake and his crew members were then buried in 2006 in a ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery.

Another of my grandmother's nephews and my dad's first cousin from Searcy, Arkansas, Claude A. McBride, served in the Army in the Philippines, being killed in action.

Regular kids from a most regular, simple town in America, Marshall, Arkansas. Where do the courage and brilliance come from? On this Memorial Day, by my observation as a teacher, the USA is filled with such courage and brilliance in all our boys and girls. The devotion, teamwork, collaboration that leads to heroic deeds develops in the minds, spirits, and souls of kids allowed to believe in their own capacity for excellence and their intrinsic value as citizens. Kids from all demographics and ethnicities, which is, of course, what America is made of.

I feel compassion for my little grandma in the photo, knowing she would lose her Robert. And her brother and sister would lose their Claude and not know ever what happened to Blake. (They passed away before his remains were found.)

We can value their choice to serve our country and expect the same excellence and commitment to all varieties of service to continue because all regular kids can be heroes. And they're sitting in your classrooms.

Blake's sister communicated with me after the original post in 2015, and told me about my dad's family in Arkansas. I'm very amazed and validated to have access to such information. Amazing world nowadays.