Saturday, January 4, 2020

Educational Links 1/5/20

Preparing Social Studies Students to Think Critically in the Modern World

How Making Music Can Help Students Cope with Trauma

5 Engaging Books for Math Read-Alouds


A Comparison of 6 Blogging Services for Teachers and Students - Updated

Easy to Say—But How Do You Really Help Students Learn From Failure?

9 Meaningful Martin Luther King Activities for the Classroom

If you want to guide your students through conversations about inclusion, diversity, and equity, it’s important to both teach the history and build upon the work of the countless people who contributed to social justice movements throughout the years.

Educational Links 1/4/20

Experiential Learning: Just Because It’s Hands-On Doesn’t Mean It’s Minds-On

Is It ADHD or Immaturity?

Rude, Mean, or Bullying?
A Child Therapist Defines the Differences

Find the Right Tools for Student Projects

How Mastermind Groups Can Combat 'Crabs in a Bucket' Syndrome

Tiny Teaching Stories

I treat teens who attempted suicide. Here’s what they told me.

Technology can provide a forum for more trauma, worsening conflict or isolation. Further, having easy access to information on the internet about how to engage in self-harm can be dangerous for teens with mental health concerns.

Friday, January 3, 2020

Working Together In The Special Education Classroom

Working together in a Special Education classroom takes organization, cooperation, and heart.

These guidelines show the basic structure of a classroom for Special Education students. The classroom is for the students, supporting the instruction for the best benefit of the students.





Beginning activities on a regular schedule gives order and anticipation to the class.  Using instructional minutes in a familiar and well-paced manner brings effectiveness and calm to the students and staff.  A regular schedule brings stability to class.

  • arrive on time to begin class
  • take only time allotted for breaks and lunch. Leave and return on time.
  • begin activities prepared and on-time

Paraeducators relate to the students through instruction, conversation, and observation. During transitions between activities, paraeducators have the chance to chat with the students or help them organize for the next activity.

  • cell phone or personal business is only during scheduled breaks outside of class
  • paraeducators interact with students according to the IEP s and Behavior Plans, as well as teacher instruction; kindness is primary
  • paraeducators encourage students to work using Growth Mindset* principles
  • paraeducators  observe students to support wellness,  comraderie, behavior improvement, and documentation for reports
  • during transitions, paraeducators will attend to students using proximity 


Teachers and paraeducators model respect, enthusiasm, and kindness for the students. Instruction and creation of a learning environment is a team effort.

  • the teacher designs instruction and activities for the class;  paraeducators implement the instruction under the direction of the teacher
  • teacher and paraeducators share student observations and ideas for activities
  • paraeducators assist the teacher in preparation of materials for instruction in a timely manner
  • paraeducators assist the teacher in organization of the classroom
*Growth Mindset

In a theory developed by Carol Dweck,  she writes, "In a growth mindset students understand that their talents and abilities can be developed through effort, good teaching and persistence. They don't necessarily think everyone's the same or anyone can be Einstein, but they believe everyone can get smarter if they work at it."

Growth Mindset vs. Fixed Mindset

The Future Is Now In Education

The Classroom and the Cloud: A Bright Forecast for 2020decentalized educaiton,

Well, let's see about this prediction 
from 2011:

21 Things That Will Be Obsolete by 2020

California education issues to watch in 2020 — and predictions of what will happen

This Is the Future of Education

Four Bold Predictions In K12 Education For The Next Decade

Education 2020: A Vision Of Learning Decentralized & Free

Mark Your Calendars: 70+ US K-12 Education Events to See in 2020

On the way to one of the 70+ Education Events.

Thursday, January 2, 2020

Educational Links 1/3/20


Putting Students in Charge of Their Learning Journey

How to Improve Brain Function and Reverse Poverty's Impact on Student Learning

9 of the Year's Best Reads for Principals

4 Ways to Use Google Keep for Feedback and Assessmentdyslexia,


Inquiry-Based Tasks in Social Studies

Assignments that are bigger than a lesson and smaller than a unit are a good way to experiment with inquiry-based learning.

The Sky Is Cheap Entertainment: Moons, Moons, Moons in 2020!

2019 FULL MOONS PRINTABLE (8.5 x 11)

10 astronomy events you don't want to miss in 2020

Close and far moons in 2020

13 full moons, including 2 supermoons and a blue moon, will be shining in 2020

Sky watchers may have gotten a little spoiled in 2019, with three consecutive “supermoons” appearing during the first three months of the year. Will 2020 be as good?
Astronomy experts say two supermoons will be shining in the sky this year, and one month — October — will have two full moons, making the second a “blue moon” that will be glowing on Halloween. How’s that for an eerie treat?

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Educational Links 1/2/20

12 Critical Issues Facing Education in 2020

5 Reasons Why PBL May Not Be Working At Your School

The 100 Worst Ed-Tech Debacles of the Decade

Immigration policies' impact on families places educators on 'frontlines'

5 Things to Know About the New Google Classroom


5 Reasons Why Kids Get Anxious About Reading—and How to Help

Reading helps lots of people unwind. But for some kids, reading is anything but relaxing. It stresses them out. Even just thinking about reading can put them on edge or give them anxiety.

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Happy 2020!

Educational Links 1/1/20

9 Tips for Teaching Your Child About Personal Safety

Educators Define Learning


Are We Setting Unrealistic Behavioral Expectations?

How Parents Can Help Middle Schoolers Build Confidence and Character

15 Reflection Strategies To Help Students Retain What You Just Taught Them

Frustrated With The Distractions Phones Cause, Some Schools Ban Them

Ask almost any teacher about their daily frustrations in the classroom and it won’t be long until you hear about students and their phones. Not only do teachers worry that their students aren’t learning because they’re distracted, but many also complain that constantly policing phone use damages their relationships with students. The issue has gotten to a point where some schools are banning phones during the school day, forcing kids to lock them up in little pouches every morning and unlocking them when the day is over.

MzTeachuh's List of 25 Movies to Watch With Your Teen

MzTeachuh's List of 25 Movies to Watch With Your TeenHere are twenty-five of my favorite films. Although most of these are very famous, they might not be to a fourteen year old.  Consider sh...

Monday, December 30, 2019

Educational Links 12/31/19

The Answer for Schools Is Not More Technology. It’s Teachers and Human Connection.

12 Ways Teachers Can Build Resilience So They Can Make Systemic Change

The Ultimate List of Mindfulness Exercises

American students aren't getting smarter — and test-based 'reform' initiatives are to blame

How Revising Math Exams Turns Students Into Learners, Not Processors


The Surprisingly Low-Tech Way Schools Are Keeping Students Off Tech

Some studies suggest there’s a correlation between cell phone bans and better learning outcomes. One study of high schools in England found that those that introduced a mobile phone ban saw an improvement in student performance on a year-end test. Another report, involving college students, associated frequent cell phone use with anxiety and lower grades.

Common Sense and Classroom Management from Michael...

MzTeachuh: Common Sense and Classroom Management from Michael...: I really love the clarity and intelligence of Michael Linsin's books and suggestions. You can read  The Happy Teacher  on Kindle for ...

Teacher Resolution #3

MzTeachuh: Teacher Resolution #3: I solemnly resolve... #3. I resolve to not let the kids drive me completely nuts. Seventh grade teachers, I feel your pain...

Teacher Resolution #2

MzTeachuh: Teacher Resolution #2: I solemnly resolve... #2. I will keep up with  all  the paperwork,  all  the time. Quite a goal. But how realistic is it? How abo...

Teacher Resolution #1

MzTeachuh: Teacher Resolution #1: I solemnly resolve... #1. I will be a better teacher. Great sentiment, a little too general. How about: I will pay more ...

Kids Need the Arts

Arts integration is an approach to teaching and learning through which content standards are taught and assessed equitably in and through the arts.

What is Arts Integration? A Comprehensive Overview for Schools

This Neuroscientist Wants to Know Your Brain On Art—and How It Improves Learning

How the Arts Unlock the Door to Learning

Arts Integration in School: 10 Reasons Why It’s Important

Up with the Arts

5 Tips For Teaching With Art In Any Subject Area

How Integrating Arts Into Other Subjects Makes Learning Come Alive

Dyslexia Revealed

The MindShift Guide to Understanding Dyslexia

Why Dyslexia Is More Than a Reading Disorder