Thursday, April 9, 2020

National Poetry Month: Poems # 4 and #5


By Langston Hughes
What happens to a dream deferred?

      Does it dry up

      like a raisin in the sun?

      Or fester like a sore—

      And then run?

      Does it stink like rotten meat?

      Or crust and sugar over—

      like a syrupy sweet?

      Maybe it just sags

      like a heavy load.

      Or does it explode?

Mother to Son
By Langston Hughes
Well, son, I’ll tell you:
Life for me ain’t been no crystal stair.
It’s had tacks in it,
And splinters,
And boards torn up,
And places with no carpet on the floor—
But all the time
I’se been a-climbin’ on,
And reachin’ landin’s,
And turnin’ corners,
And sometimes goin’ in the dark
Where there ain’t been no light.
So boy, don’t you turn back.
Don’t you set down on the steps
’Cause you finds it’s kinder hard.
Don’t you fall now—
For I’se still goin’, honey,
I’se still climbin’,
And life for me ain’t been no crystal stair.

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Educational Links 4/9/20

The Definition Of Blended Learning

Video Series Aims To Help Those With Disabilities Stay Fit At Home

eLearning Resources to Teach Students Virtually

Why school safety tools should serve a dual purpose

No Caps, No Gowns: For Many In The Class Of 2020, Commencement Is Called Off


What Past Education Emergencies Tell Us About Our Future

With schools closed in 185 countries, experts who’ve studied school emergencies around the world share insights about the impact on kids.

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

National Poetry Month: Poem #3

Photo by Shane, Wargave, England
 Summer Song

Wanderer moon
smiling a
faintly ironical smile
at this
brilliant, dew-moistened
summer morning,–
a detached
sleepily indifferent
smile, a
wanderer’s smile,–
if I should
buy a shirt
your color and
put on a necktie
where would they carry me?
- William Carlos Williams

Educational Links 4/8/20

Bringing the Science of Learning to Homeschooling

Learning Hasn’t Changed

To What Extent Can We (Should We) Differentiate Instruction Online Right Now?

How Teachers Can Help Families Deal with Remote Learning Challenges

Resources to Support Educators

How to Invite Students, Teachers and Parents to Google Meet and Google Hangouts

10 Free Classroom Activities for Your Distant Learning Classroom

Bored Children? Be Grateful for It!

But boredom is yet another thing that shouldn’t concern parents — during this time or any other, for that matter — because boredom can be a powerful incentive.

Monday, April 6, 2020

Educational Links 4/7/20

10 Metacognitive Prompts To Help Students Reflect On Their Learning

Exaggerated Thoughts That Can Cause Adolescents to Misperceive Reality

The Cognitive Bias Codex: A Visual Of 180+ Cognitive Biases


What Are Your Questions/Concerns About Remote Teaching?

Helping Students With ADHD Stay Organized

Digital portals like Google Classroom and Moodle can benefit students who struggle with organization and executive function.

Sunday, April 5, 2020

Educational Links 4/6/20

Resource for English language learners


How Caring for Students in Distress Can Take a Steep Toll

Self-Paced Learning: How One Teacher Does It


Navigating Uncertain Times: How Schools Can Cope With Coronavirus

What If Education Honored Students' Individuality ...

Our greatest resource in humanity is the unique compilation of each human mind coupled with a deep longing for collaboration and community. Taking the essential ideas generated by one and compounding them together invites real change.

Cheesy Jokes and Serious Thoughts About Easter

Confession is good for the soul, it is said. And I confess I do love the 'chocolate' holiday season from Halloween to Christmas to Valentine's Day to Easter. Cadbury has the queen of treats, the Creme Egg, appearing only at Easter. Absence makes the heart grow fonder.

I'm not alone. It is just too much fun decorating baskets with that eternal Easter grass (it never goes away, it's like glitter), and coloring the eggs the old fashioned way with vinegar, etc. The images of bunnies and chicks and ducklings are cute, even better than Santa who has a list and checks it twice. No unconditional love from him! And this is an outside sport, temps in the 70s, with light breezes, egg hunting, spring clothes and bonnets, blooming Easter Lilies. Well, at least here in SoCal.

Here's an article about how to dress your kid for Easter. The tradition began as  symbolic of a new spiritual start. Now what is it?

did see a puddy tat!
Not one of Woodstock's, I'm guessing.

The secularization of this holiday makes it acceptable to everyone. Afterall, anthropologists say that all peoples celebrated the return of spring after the difficulties of winter.

Coaxing a smile from Eeyore.
Familiar pop-culture figures dominate all holidays now, and this is a word that used to mean 'holy-day.' Have we lost anything by this transformation?  Is the concept of the sacred now forbidden? Teachers carefully appreciate the separation of church and state in a public school. But everywhere?

Easter is the most secularized of the holidays in the USA, and ironically, the most important for Christians acknowledging the death and resurrection of Jesus. Question: how can we honor the rights of all and permit our students to express their beliefs in public and private?

This is not a student of mine. He is a model.
Here in SoCal this year it has become a fashion statement for middle school boys to wear rosaries as necklaces.

 And not only the latino kids. I've asked some of them what it means to them; sometimes they say it means they are Mexican, sometimes they tell me it is about their faith. Some say they just think it looks cool. So far, this practice has not been considered a dress code violation. In other places, it is dress code.

Amarillo ISD Student Wears Rosary Beads, Violates Dress Code, Arrested 

Can I wear clothing that communicates a political or religious message? 

So why so serious, MzTeachuh, and where are the silly Garfield jokes? OK, here we go.

What do you need if your Cadbury Creme Eggs suddenly disappear?

You need an eggsplanation.

Where does the Easter Bunny get his eggs? From Eggplants.

How is the Easter Bunny like Kobe Bryant?

They're both famous for stuffing baskets.

Q: What does the Easter Bunny get for making a basket?
A: Two points, just like anyone else.

Q: How can you tell where the Easter Bunny has been?
A: Eggs mark the spot! 

Did you hear the one about the fifty-pound jelly bean?

It was pretty hard to swallow

Why do we paint Easter eggs?

Because it is too hard to wallpaper them.

What does the White House do when there are too many undiscovered Easter eggs on the South Lawn?

Call an eggsterminator.

I am a huge fan of the Cadbury Creme Egg Bunny, and was charmed when I found one I could buy as an Easter Bunny. A stuffed one that cackles like a chicken, not a real one.

So, enjoy these animal actors. Why is there no Emmy or Oscar for animal actors?

Saturday, April 4, 2020

Educational Links 4/5/2020

How to Turn on the Part of Your Brain That Controls Motivation

Is It Just Me or Are You Struggling to Get Students to Show Up for Online Classes?

Why The Art of Speaking Should Be Taught Alongside Math and Literacy

7 Guiding Principles For Parents Teaching From Home

Tools to Help Students Follow Their Passions

Temple Grandin Has Some Great Tips to Help Autistic Kids Cope During the Coronavirus Quarantine

6 Reasons to Try a Single-Point Rubric

A format that provides students with personalized feedback and works to keep them from focusing solely on their grade.

Our Daily Agenda --for our Special Education students in quarantine

Our Daily Agenda at Home

Parent/Teacher Surrogate Administered-document your student's work by a handwritten schedule or email on Fridays. The Homeschool teacher can assess the work but the District teacher will need evidence of the work. If teacher sends a packet because you do not have internet access, hold onto the work until the District directs us how to communicate.

Absolutely follow the guidelines for quarantine

Times are approximate.

7:00 am

Get up, get dressed, prepare your breakfast, eat it, brush your teeth, and clean up. Help with morning chores: dishes, feed pets, take out trash, wipe kitchen surfaces (tables, counters, etc.)

8:00 am
HOMEROOM (this has a new meaning) 

Fill these answers in a notebook, or a document on Google Classroom, or an email on Google Classroom.
  • What is today's date? What time is it?
  • What is the weather forecast? What will the temperature be?

  • Check outside-if possible, step just outside. Look at the sky-any clouds? What color is the sky? Listen-hear any birds? What do you hear? Check out the plant life. Are there flowers that smell? Are there bushes or trees that smell? What is is like?
  • Set up for learning work area. Sharpen pencils, get your notebook/device ready and away from distractions. 
8:30 am
ELA and Writing
  • Practice writing your name, alphabet and numeral to 20.
  • Choose a workpage from Google Classroom.
  • Write in your journal. Write about how you
    feel right now, and choose a topic from your list on Google Classroom.
Take a break for exercise-check out the suggestions on Google Classroom. Ask your grown-up how you can help-maybe tidy up your living area, sweep, vacuum.

Math and Arithmetic
Fill these answers in a notebook, or a document on Google Classroom, or an email on Google Classroom.
  • What time is it? Choose a time related assignment on Google classroom.
  • Money math. Choose a money related assignment on Google Classroom.
  • Calculation. Choose an assignment on Google Classroom to add, subtract,multiply, or divide. 
9:45 am
Nutrition Break
Choose a healthy snack. If there are siblings, help them prepare a healthy snack. Fruit is great! Clean up. Wipe down surfaces. Wash your face and hands. Prepare your work area. Prepare a place to read.


Fill these answers in a notebook, or a document on Google Classroom, or an email on Google Classroom.

  • Choose a workpage from Google Classroom.
  • Choose a book, regular or digital, and read for 20 minutes. You can read with a homeschool classmate or teacher.
  • When did I last wash, really wash, my hands? My face? Take a bath or shower washing my hair? Are my clothes clean?
  • Is my body acting healthy? Am I sleeping alright at night? Am I eating and digesting alright?
  • How's my attitude? Do I feel like things are going to be alright? Is there a person I can talk to at home about my feelings?
  • Check your personal space-where you work, sleep-get it organized!

Lunchtime and Recreation
  • Wash your face and hands. Prepare the area to eat, wiping tables and counters.
  • Help prepare lunch. 
  • Choose music to listen to with your homeschool team while you eat. Don't forget our playlists are on Youtube.
  • Eat lunch. Brush your teeth. Clean up. Wipe the table and counters, help tidy floors, pick up clutter, put things aright.
  • Choose a game to play with homeschool classmate, parent, or teacher surrogate. 20 minutes.
  • Free time to do-your-own-thing (within reason.) Listen to music, watch cat videos, play video game--but know you have a time limit!
Fill these answers in a notebook, or a document on Google Classroom, or an email on Google Classroom.
  • Choose your Art activity from Google Classroom. 
  • If you choose Art History, be ready to write about the artwork and artist your responded to the best.
  • You may choose to do art(drawing, painting, sculpture) on your own; there are youtube tutorials on our Google Classroom. 
  • There are digital field trips to Art Museums. If you do that, write a summary of what you saw at the Museum.
  • Edtech-choose one of our three edtech sites (typing club,, timestables, or; Team 1 coolmath) for 30 minutes. You may switch between them.
  • Choose one activity from Google Classroom for Transition.
Finish up your school day
Normally, we would be getting on the bus. Instead, talk with your parent or teacher about how your day went:
  • Were we organized? Can we improved in our process?
  • What did I enjoy learning?
  • What am I curious about-can I choose work or an activity tomorrow about that subject?
  • Be grateful to your teacher and homeschool classmates. Say thank you.
There are directions, guidelines, and helpful information for parents and teacher surrogates on Google Classroom.
You can find workpages for free at 

And, please, if it is safe to take a nice walk and enjoy nature--do that!