Saturday, June 8, 2019

It's Summer, There's Time To...

OMG! its summer!
...browse National Geographic and National Geographic Kids. (online or with your fingers with a real smooth magazine with pages.)


BTW its okay to color between the lines somedays.

Sorry, must gloat.

How to Go to the Zoo

Ah, those humans...always eating.

 Picnics With Kids

Picnics are easy (and free) family outings that kids love. 




go to the beach or river or shore; and get sand everywhere.

 Top Tips on What to Take to the Beach with kids 


Mom, what's for breakfast?


when its 101 F or 37C...

watch documentaries.

I believe you can find many, many online, through NetflixHulu, or other networks or channels.

Here are some suggestions.

Nature Documentaries for Kids and Families

I prefer the ones where the animals are not constantly eating eat other. I frequently match the documantaries to fiction, like White Fang and documentaries on wolves. It is so interesting for adults, too.

It's Summer, There's Time To Hang Out With Mom

          Thanks, Nat Geo, for these phenomenal pics. 

                                You are awesome.


Fun Ideas This Summer--for Teens

100+ Things for Teens to Do This Summer


65+ Tasty Picnic Recipes to Enjoy All Summer Long

10 Great Volunteer Ideas for Teens

Garden Activities For Teens: How To Garden With Teenagers

Cool Arts and Crafts Ideas for Teens

Beautiful Boy


John Lennon and son Sean.

Father's Day June 17.

John Lennon truly had a hard row to hoe and a long way to go before arriving at joy and contentment when his son Sean was born in 1975, on Lennon's own birthday, October 9. Five years later he included this song on his Double Fantasy album, which was released after his murder in 1980. Beautiful, poignant, profound stuff. Life (and death) is what happens while you're busy making other plans.

Beautiful Boy

 Close your eyes
Have no fear
The monster's gone
He's on the run and your daddy's here 

Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful
Beautiful boy
Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful
Beautiful boy 

Before you go to sleep
Say a little prayer
Every day in every way
It's getting better and better 

Out on the ocean sailing away
I can hardly wait
To see you come of age
But I guess we'll both just have to be patient
'Cause it's a long way to go
A hard row to hoe
Yes it's a long way to go
But in the meantime 

Before you cross the street
Take my hand
Life is what happens to you
While you're busy making other plans 

Before you go to sleep
Say a little prayer
Every day in every way
It's getting better and better 

Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful
Beautiful boy
Darling, darling, darling
Darling Sean

This video has some lovely photos of John and Sean.

John Lennon - "Beautiful Boy"

Educational Links 6/9/19

A Strategy for Reducing Math Test Anxiety

Why We Weren't Surprised to See Teachers Holding a Noose

Beyond Pedagogy: 8 Other Things A Teacher Needs To Be Effective In The Classroom

A Principled Revolution in the Teaching of Writing

[Self-Test] Auditory Processing Disorder in Childrenwriting instruction, math anziety, bias

What Should Be the Qualifications for Education Secretary?

22 Powerful Closure Activities

Quick activities from DJ summaries to paper snowball fights can be used to check for understanding or emphasize key information at the end of a lesson.

Teaching Is Having With-It-Ness

1. Teacher Withitness 

Teacher Withitness - Inside USC Rossier, the blog of USC Rossier School of Education's online teaching degree

2. Withitness...what does it mean? 

3. Withitness in the Classroom 

4.  “Withitness”: Being Aware of What’s Going on in the Classroom 

5. The Kounin Model of Discipline 

6. Teacher Engagement and "Withitness" in the 21st Century Classroom 

Great video--relieve some stress!

7. With-it-ness 


Daddy, Daddy, Come Play!

Precious Cargo by Kim Roberti

Father's Day is June 16.

Having a positive relationship with Dad can really influence a young girl's whole life

Developing Lesson Plans

9 Ways to Plan Transformational Lessons: Planning the Best Curriculum Unit Ever

40 Ways to Make Time for Classroom Creativity in Your Lesson Plans

Innovative Lesson Plans with Media

The New Teacher's Guide to Creating Lesson Plans

12 Cause-and-Effect Lesson Plans You’ll Love

The 7 habits of highly effective lesson plans

Lesson Plans

Back To School Survey? Yeah, Do It!

That first day of school, get the kids settled in a desk and have them write answers to some questions. Of course, you'll get to know them better (learning styles and such), but you also can tell if their writing is legible! Just being practical.

Student First-Day of School Questionnaires

First-Day-of-School Surveys: Get to Know Students

Student Surveys: Using Student Voice to Improve Teaching and Learning

The First 6 Weeks: Strategies For Getting To Know Your Students

Self-reflection is a wonderful way to help students dig deeper and reveal more about themselves to their classmates. These questions will stimulate class conversation.

Or,  I will let you use my favorite get-to-know-you essay prompt.

Hmmm, what do I like least about school?

Friday, June 7, 2019

Summer Activities Collection

Summer Activity: Let's Have a Cookout! 


Summer Activity: Grow Flowers! (Moss Roses) 


Summer Activities: Art 

Summer Activity: Fruitilicious Freezer Jam 


Summer Activity: Everyday Science at Home


Summer Activity: Beauty Tastes Good (Violas) 

 Summer Activity: Red, White and Blue Flowers for the Fourth 



Summer Activity: Keeping Butterflies, Bees and Hummingbirds Happy 



Summer Bump Not Slump: Midsummer Shakespeare Festival At Your House

A Midsummer Night's Dream (1999)

Summer's here and the time is right...for a Midsummer Shakespeare Festival at your house. And maybe you can also go to an outdoor amphitheater or playhouse if you are very lucky, as I am going to see Othello at the Old Globe in San Diego next week (Another reason to visit San Diego.)



Julius Caesar (1953)




 Romeo and Juliet (1968)






Macbeth (6 Oct. 2010)







The Merchant of Venice (2004) 




  Othello (1995)





Much Ado About Nothing (2012)

Where's Hamlet? Here's Hamlet...and poor Yorick.


Hamlet (2009) 

This is also an excellent resource for further insight into Shakespeare that can inspire new Shakespearian thespians.