Saturday, April 25, 2020

Educational Links 4/26/2020

Five Ways Mindfulness Can Support Educators During a Crisis

Homeless Families Face High Hurdles Home-Schooling Their Kids

How I Navigate the Coronavirus as an Educator With Anxiety

COVID-19 Educator Resources

The Week in Review - Could This Be Spring?

What Does Remote Professional Development Look Like for Online Teachers?

Why Are Some Kids Thriving During Remote Learning?

Though remote learning has brought many challenges, some students seem to be thriving in the new circumstances. What can we learn from them?

National Poetry Month: Poem #24

As a young woman,Maya Angelou was a dancer.

Phenomenal Woman

Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.
I’m not cute or built to suit a fashion model’s size   
But when I start to tell them,
They think I’m telling lies.
I say,
It’s in the reach of my arms,
The span of my hips,   
The stride of my step,   
The curl of my lips.   
I’m a woman
Phenomenal woman,   
That’s me.

I walk into a room
Just as cool as you please,   
And to a man,
The fellows stand or
Fall down on their knees.   
Then they swarm around me,
A hive of honey bees.   
I say,
It’s the fire in my eyes,   
And the flash of my teeth,   
The swing in my waist,   
And the joy in my feet.   
I’m a woman

Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

Men themselves have wondered   
What they see in me.
They try so much
But they can’t touch
My inner mystery.
When I try to show them,   
They say they still can’t see.   
I say,
It’s in the arch of my back,   
The sun of my smile,
The ride of my breasts,
The grace of my style.
I’m a woman
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

Now you understand
Just why my head’s not bowed.   
I don’t shout or jump about
Or have to talk real loud.   
When you see me passing,
It ought to make you proud.
I say,
It’s in the click of my heels,   
The bend of my hair,   
the palm of my hand,   
The need for my care.   
’Cause I’m a woman
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

Maya Angelou: Biography

National Poetry Month: Emily Dickinson

If I can stop one heart from breaking
Emily Dickinson

If I can stop one heart from breaking,
I shall not live in vain;
If I can ease one life the aching,
Or cool one pain,
Or help one fainting robin
Unto his nest again,
I shall not live in vain.
Emily Dickinson

Apparently, poetry-lovers cannot decide which are the best ten poems of Emily's. You can read them all and make up your own mind.

The 10 Best Emily Dickinson Poems

10 of the Best Emily Dickinson Poems Everyone Should Read

Friday, April 24, 2020

Educational Links 4/25/2020


25 Family Movies Every Kid Should See (Plus Fun Activities to Go With Them)



Why we need to suspend K-12 testing for next school year now

Google Classroom Assignments from Teacher and Student Perspectives - Nine Lessons

9 Ways Schools Will Look Different When (And If) They Reopen

Every expert NPR spoke with predicted that the need for remote learning would continue because of staggered schedules, schools prepared to close again for future waves of infection, and many students needing remediation. And that means training and support for teachers, and equipment for children.

National Poetry Month: Poem #23


Presentiment – is that long Shadow – on the Lawn
Indicative that Suns go down –
The notice to the startled Grass
That Darkness – is about to pass –
- Emily Dickinson

Absolutely adore Dickinson's personification.

National Poetry Month: Best Simile Ever: like a fragment of angry candy

the Cambridge ladies who live in furnished souls

By E. E. Cummings
the Cambridge ladies who live in furnished souls

are unbeautiful and have comfortable minds

(also, with the church's protestant blessings

daughters,unscented shapeless spirited)

they believe in Christ and Longfellow, both dead,

are invariably interested in so many things—

at the present writing one still finds

delighted fingers knitting for the is it Poles?

perhaps. While permanent faces coyly bandy

scandal of Mrs. N and Professor D

.... the Cambridge ladies do not care, above

Cambridge if sometimes in its box of

sky lavender and cornerless, the

moon rattles like a fragment of angry candy 


After all the years of loving this poem, I just realized he capitalized the word Cambridge. 

How sarcastic he was. 

Best simile ever: 

the moon rattles like a fragment of angry candy

Teachable Moment: A Rose By Any Other Name...

Roses in Stratford-Upon-Avon

Romeo's speech, the balcony scene
But, soft! what light through yonder window breaks?
It is the east, and Juliet is the sun.
Arise, fair sun, and kill the envious moon,
Who is already sick and pale with grief,
That thou her maid art far more fair than she:
Be not her maid, since she is envious;
Her vestal livery is but sick and green
And none but fools do wear it; cast it off.
It is my lady, O, it is my love!
O, that she knew she were!
She speaks yet she says nothing: what of that?
Her eye discourses; I will answer it.
I am too bold, 'tis not to me she speaks:
Two of the fairest stars in all the heaven,
Having some business, do entreat her eyes
To twinkle in their spheres till they return.
What if her eyes were there, they in her head?
The brightness of her cheek would shame those stars,
As daylight doth a lamp; her eyes in heaven
Would through the airy region stream so bright
That birds would sing and think it were not night.
See, how she leans her cheek upon her hand!
O, that I were a glove upon that hand,
That I might touch that cheek!
Thank you, William, for the wonderful thoughts. And inspiring some profound music, too

Jefferelli's version
Music and song from "Romeo and Juliet."

 And Tchaikovsky and a ballet, too.

Shakespeare lives.
Thank you, William.

Thursday, April 23, 2020

Educational Links 4/24/2020

22 YA Novels to Help Students Process the Pandemic (or Forget It for a Bit)

How to reach students without internet access at home? Schools get creative

‘It’s OK to not be OK:’ How One High School Saved Lives with a 34-Question Survey

“We’re being punished again”: How people with intellectual disabilities are experiencing the pandemic

Special education will be one of the biggest challenges for schools going online

7 Guiding Principles for Parents Teaching From Home

8 Ways Distance Learning Makes It Harder to Focus

School shutdowns because of COVID-19 have caused upheaval and distraction for all students. Some kids settle in to distance learning quickly and easily. Others take longer. But for kids and teens who struggle with focus , distance learning in the time of the coronavirus can be difficult.

Teachable Moment: A Party Game for William's Birthday

Need A G-Rated Insult? 

I find Shakespeare animal memes hilarious. I just can't help it. So here's the game--I'll give you a hint which plays these come from-- you guess. To be sure, you can always google the quote.

Which of these first four are from Richard III, Hamlet, Two Gentleman of Verona or a sonnet?








Of the next three, which are from Richard II, Romeo and Juliet?

Of the three memes above, which are from Romeo and Juliet or Richard III?

Of these four memes below, which are from MacBeth, Midsummer Night's Dream,  and Romeo and Juliet?

This last group:

Two from MacBeth, one from Midsummer's Night's Dream.






 My own meme--from a play we study in grade ten in the USA.

Celebrate Shakespeare’s birthday with some of his best insults and pickup lines

Welcome to the official Shakespeare’s Birthday Celebrations website.