Thursday, December 5, 2019

Teaching Is Making A Kid Feel Uniquely Important

MzTeachuh: Teaching Is Making A Kid Feel Uniquely Important: 1. How Can Teachers Foster Self-Esteem in Children? Teachers play an important role in nurturing a student's sense of dignity and ...

Teaching Is Giving Lifelong Reading

MzTeachuh: Teaching Is Giving Lifelong Reading:  These links are not for Reading Specialists, or those educators involved exclusively with reading instruction. These links are int...

Some Children See Him

MzTeachuh: Some Children See Him:   Mark 10:13-16 The Message (MSG) 13-16  The people brought children to Jesus, hoping he might touch the...

The Digital Classroom--so many resources!

MzTeachuh: The Digital Classroom--so many resources!: Digital Leadership is Not Optional 9 MUS...

Teaching Is Reflective

MzTeachuh: Teaching Is Reflective:   A Mid-Year Reflection for Teachers and Students

Principal's Suggestion Box #17

MzTeachuh: Principal's Suggestion Box #17: These letters are absolutely fictional (to protect the innocent and not-so-innocent.) But, with the hint of truth, maybe we can...

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Info on Learning Disabilities

Learning disabilities are neurologically-based processing problems. These processing problems can interfere with learning basic skills such as reading, writing and/or math. They can also interfere with higher level skills such as organization, time planning, abstract reasoning, long or short term memory and attention.

Types of Learning Disabilities

Dyslexia is a learning disorder that involves difficulty reading due to problems identifying speech sounds and learning how they relate to letters and words (decoding). Also called reading disability, dyslexia affects areas of the brain that process language.


Dyscalulia is difficulty in learning or comprehending arithmetic, such as difficulty in understanding numbers, learning how to manipulate numbers, performing mathematical calculations and learning facts in mathematics.

What Is Dyscalculia?

Dysgraphia is a learning disability that affects writing abilities. It can manifest itself as difficulties with spelling, poor handwriting and trouble putting thoughts on paper. Because writing requires a complex set of motor and information processing skills, saying a student has dysgraphia is not sufficient.

Dysgraphia: What You Need to Know

Currently, there's no known definite cause of auditory processing disorder. It may be linked to ear infections, premature birth, or head trauma.
Symptoms include difficulty understanding speech in noisy environments, following directions, and distinguishing between similar sounds.

Symptoms Of Auditory Processing Disorder

visual processing, or perceptual, disorder refers to a hindered ability to make sense of information taken in through the eyes. This is different from problems involving sight or sharpness of vision. Difficulties with visual processing affect how visual information is interpreted, or processed by the brain.

Visual and Auditory Processing Disorders

Language Processing Disorder (LPD) is difficulty receiving, recognizing and understanding language; it also involves difficulty expressing language. People with LPD may have difficulty getting the meaning behind a joke.

Language Processing Disorder: Symptoms & Treatment

Helping Children with Learning Disabilities

Run, Run, Rudolph!

MzTeachuh: Run, Run, Rudolph!:  Tell Santa he can take the freeway down.   " Run, Run Rudolph" Chuck Berry   ...

Educational Links 12/5/19

How To Get The Best Work From Your Students

Why Deeply Diving Into Content Could Be the Key to Reading Comprehension

'We have a broken system, with broken teachers'

3 Ways to Use Music in the Classroom

Do Kids’ Elementary School Grades Even Matter?

Identifying and Supporting Students With Dyspraxia

Dyspraxia affects fine and gross motor development and can make it difficult for kids to learn, but there are ways teachers can help.

Civil War Era Christmas Carol--True Story

MzTeachuh: Civil War Era Christmas Carol--True Story: A Mournful Christmas Eve 1863--Thomas Nast The lyrics to the Christmas Carol, "I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day'...

Five Poems to Soothe Kids' Toxic Stress

MzTeachuh: Five Poems to Soothe Kids' Toxic Stress: Grandpa was really sick now, thin like a skeleton. The last thing I remember him saying was, "Did you bring the little dog?" We...

Paul McCartney Rewrites the Christmas Song

MzTeachuh: Paul McCartney Rewrites the Christmas Song: Never tried these, but I bet they taste good. As a vegetarian, Paul feels he should 'set the turkey free in the forest' ...

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Educational Links 12/4/19

Creating a Body-Positive Classroom

Why Struggle Is Essential for the Brain — and Our Lives


Class Size: You Don't Need to Be a Math Teacher to Understand Ratios

These Students Speak Perfect Spanglish — And Now They're Learning To Own It

The Path to Fluent Reading: A Developmental Timeline

Some of the most important pre-literacy skills begin in infancy. This timeline shows examples of the milestones children meet on their path to fluent reading.

What Is An IEP?

The IEP creates an opportunity for teachers, parents, school administrators, related services personnel, and students (when appropriate) to work together to improve educational results for children with disabilities. The IEP is the cornerstone of a quality education for each child with a disability.

Learning About IEPs--the legal side

Individualized Education Programs (IEPs)

The Important Role of Parents in Special Education

The Short-and-Sweet IEP Overview

7 Steps Of The IEP Process

Individualized Education Programs (IEPs): Tips for Teachers

Christmas Music For Feeling Sorry For Yourself

MzTeachuh: Christmas Music For Feeling Sorry For Yourself: Oh boo hoo. NPR understands what I'm trying to say. Have Yourself A Sullen Little Christmas

Stopping By The Woods On A Snowy Evening

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Activities for Winter--Grab Your Mittens!

MzTeachuh: Activities for Winter--Grab Your Mittens!:   One of my backyard visitors last January. How To Make Pine Cone Bird Feeders

Monday, December 2, 2019

The Jackson 5 'Up On The Housetop'

Unique Insights Into Learning (and Teaching)

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Info To Help Your Teaching

MzTeachuh: Info To Help Your Teaching:   Have You Seen Yourself Teach Lately?   Classroom Managemen...

Upbeat Educational Outlooks

MzTeachuh: Upbeat Educational Outlooks: What Believing in the Possibilities Can Do For Learning and Teaching

The Snow Is Dancing

MzTeachuh: The Snow Is Dancing: Snow near Honfleur Monet Hope not too much. Claude Debussy - The Snow is Dancing

Educational Links 12/3/19

Stop Ignoring the Innovation That Happens in Traditional Public Schools

Too Many Teachers Are Getting Hit, Kicked, and Punched by Students

How Learning Science Is Catching Up To Mr. Rogers

Ban doodling? Ask yourself these four questions first

Winter Break Is Hard for So Many of Our Students

Talk Less So Students Learn More

Productive struggle is important for students to retain what they learn.

[little tree]

[little tree]

By E. E. Cummings

little tree

little silent Christmas tree

you are so little

you are more like a flower

who found you in the green forest

and were you very sorry to come away?

see          i will comfort you

because you smell so sweetly

i will kiss your cool bark

and hug you safe and tight

just as your mother would,

only don't be afraid

look          the spangles

that sleep all the year in a dark box

dreaming of being taken out and allowed to shine,

the balls the chains red and gold the fluffy threads,

put up your little arms

and i'll give them all to you to hold

every finger shall have its ring

and there won't be a single place dark or unhappy

then when you're quite dressed

you'll stand in the window for everyone to see

and how they'll stare!

oh but you'll be very proud

and my little sister and i will take hands

and looking up at our beautiful tree

we'll dance and sing

"Noel Noel" 

Christmas Short Stories


The Gift of the Magi

WCCO's Christmas classic, The Gift Of The Magi, with Dave Moore 12/?/1983 

 Christmas Day in the Morning 


Cheesy Jokes and Serious Thoughts for Christmas

What has four legs, a red nose and flies?   Rudolf the Red-Nosed Roadkill.

What is Frosty's favorite dinner?

Spaghetti and snowballs.

                                          Where doe Santa keep his red suit?   
 In his Santa Clauset.

 Knock, knock.

Who's there?


Earl who?

Earl I want for Christmas is my two front teeth.

                                                     Why does Santa use reindeer to pull his sleigh?

                                Because the elephants kept crashing through the roof.

What is the best Christmas carol in the Twilight movies?

I'm Dreaming of a Bite Christmas.

What has a red suit, a white beard and rows of razor sharp teeth? Santa Jaws.

What would you call your wedding anniversary if it was December 25th?

A Marry Christmas.

Who had a beard, webbed feet and wrote "A Christmas Carol?"

Charles Duckens.

What do you call being caught in a chimney with a fat man?

Santa Claustrophobia.

 What happened when the family cat swallowed some tinsel?

He needed a tinselectomy.

Knock, knock.

Who's there?


Anna who?

Anna partridge in a pear tree.

Question: Why was Santa's little helper depressed?
Because he had low elf esteem.

What is Santa's favorite American state?

Question: What do you get when you cross a snowman with a vampire?
Answer: Frostbite.

Where does Christmas come before Thanksgiving?
In the dictionary. 

This is for English teachers. 
Q: What do you call Santa's Helpers?
A: Subordinate Clauses

What is the snowman’s breakfast?
Answer: Frosted flakes!

How do snowmen greet each other?
 : Ice to meet you!

You just had to know eventually I would get to the funny cat pics.

Now for the serious talk. Christmas is a full on holiday--it smells good (catch that scent from the cinnamon pine cones?), looks sparkly and cute (lights up again), feels cozy  (snuggly blankets in front of the fire with hot cocoa or wassail), tastes yummy (yeah, bite the head off that gingerbread man!), sounds great (all types of music singing cheer and closeness and holiday, etc.) It is entertaining with endless gifts,  movies and music and fun.

Except for that annoying bell the Salvation Army persists in ringing at the front of stores. That is so annoying to be bugged to give to the less fortunate. The homeless, or impaired, or orphaned--is that my business? 

Shouldn't we have a right not to have them bug us? Isn't that the separation of church and state? I don't need all that Jesus stuff at this holiday, like giving to the poor, or kindness to strangers if I don't wish to. Peace and forgiveness. That's my business. Condemnation for behavior that's nobody's business but mine. And I shouldn't have to be reminded on a public street. At school Jesus and all that radical Christian stuff has been eradicated. When can I finally have a secular holiday?

Well, first of all the very word holiday is rooted from holyday.  A day to meditate on the spiritual side of life. Christmas means Christ worship in the old days. He is still memorialized as the greatest teacher who ever lived, the proclaimer of brotherhood, kindness and conscience. All the major religions admire him. Why is he considered so irritating to some Americans?

He was an all or nothing sort of person. You were with him or not. He was who he said he was or not. No in between. Forgiveness, purity, mercy. Very, very hard precepts. It is hard to hang with Jesus. Its all or nothing with Christ.

Students in public schools who profess Christianity are in danger of having their civil rights violated by some administrators and staff who find the message of Christ to be very irritating--not only those horrendous ten commandments, but that part about not lusting or lying  and giving to the poor and such. These leaders will nail kids for even saying, 'Merry Christmas.' 

Not much holiday spirit there. Or tolerance. I've observed it first hand towards kids and staff. I was told even playing Handel's Messiah was against the separation of church and state. So, I chose to play it anyway, thinking you have to take a stand sometimes. Might as well be Handel. No problems arose. No lawsuits.

It is our obligation as a democracy to extend tolerance to all. Even the annoying, I-Am-The-Only-Way Jesus, and his followers.