Saturday, June 13, 2020

Hey, Grandude!

Paul McCartney shows off his grandchildren.
Paul and first child, Mary.
Paul McCartney is a grandfather. He seems to enjoy it, and seemed to really enjoy being a dad as well.

He wrote  a child's book last year, inspired by one of his grandchildren.

It is really cute.

"Hey Grandude!" (A Story book written by Paul McCartney.) Read by The Storyteller

You'll have to buy the book to get Paul reading it, and his original music, too.

Behind the scenes: Paul McCartney records Hey Grandude! audiobook

Father's Day is June 21.

Educational Links 6/14/2020

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

Health Experts Say Schools Can Reopen in the Fall — But With Some Big Changes

A new playbook for summer school

Growing Friendships During the Coronavirus Pandemic

How To Handle The Uncertainty Of Next School Year

Teaching A New Generation About the History of Racist Ideas

Your Child Is Not Lazy. He Is Overwhelmed.

What parents perceive as laziness may be ADHD — specifically, the executive dysfunction that impairs focus, effort, and processing speed. Here, learn how you can help your child get started and keep going with an ADHD brain.

MzTeachuh's List of 25 Movies to Watch With Your Teens (updated)

Here are twenty-five of my favorite films. Although most of these are very famous, they might not be to a fourteen year old.  Consider sharing films that meant something to you, sharing personal insights to your life experience. 

Some are fine for pre-teens, use your own discretion and consider ratings. Make watching your favorite movies a family occasion, to share your feelings and experiences at the time. Kids are amazed to imagine their grownups as kids. This can be a closeness-builder. Don't forget good snacks.

And don't neglect all those great Christmas/Holiday films--you have your choice of so many 'Christmas Carols', my favorite it George C. Scott's, and 'Elf',  even National Lampoon, You can always binge on the Hallmark Channel.

Hurrah for Amazon Prime, Hulu and Netflix! But I say, even if you use ole skool tek like VHS (as long as it works, why not?) or DVDs, just have a blast from the past.

Not in order of importance or preference. Just as I thought of them. I have more, of course, like 'Braveheart,' or 'Spartacus' but I must limit myself.

Forrest Gump (1994)

Lincoln (2012)

Men in Black (1997) 

Frankenstein (1931) 

A Hard Day's Night (1964) 



All in the series, but especially The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) 

All Mel Brooks' films, but especially  The Producers (1967) 

A Patch of Blue (1965) 

Gravity (2013) 

Sleepless in Seattle (1993) 

Schindler's List (1993) 

Glory (1989) 

All Episodes--but definitely Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) 

The Sound of Music (1965) - IMDb 

Saving Private Ryan (1998) 

My Left Foot (1989)  

12 Years a Slave

Titanic (1997) 

All Sequels: Back to the Future (1985) 

The Miracle Worker (1962) 

Alien (1979) 

Dances with Wolves (1990) 

Summer Activity: How Do Your Garden Friends Grow?

A frequent family visitor to my garden on a summer morning.

A tiny garden, a whole farm--size doesn't matter. Creating a lovely habitat for garden critters (including yourself) is a dynamic way to love a summer.

Butterflies, bees, lizards. hummingbirds all become part of the family when you live part of your summer outside in a garden. Kids thrive just like the rollie pollies Pill Bug (Rollie Pollie) in a well mulched garden plot. Morning sunrise is a lovely time to see how the garden and its inhabitants are doing. Bird Song Hero Later, during a lunch picnic, your kids' butterfly family will flutter by. Butterflies and Moths of North America

How to Create a Butterfly Garden in a Pot

Kids quickly learn most garden dwellers are not dangerous and are deserving of respect. Kids have a serious vested interest in the environment and can make positive contribution through loving your local bees. Help save our bee population with this easy DIY project!

Extra credit! Helping bees and growing mint for Mom's summer tea.
A garden is an adventurous place, an eco-system alive and active. Kids know when to leave it alone and just observe. Anyone who eats black widow spiders is welcome in my garden, and these mojave
lizards really love it. They are characters that can win a staring contest. When claiming their territory, they do push ups. It is also good to know what else might be in your garden that's not so innocuous. Living With Wild Reptiles and Amphibians 

A garden attracts an exciting variety of birds--your kid will be just as excited about the bird feeder as old great Aunt Maxine--and they will have a lot to talk about! Hummingbirds are curious, funny friends in the garden, finches keep a regular schedule of feeder visits, and around here we even get the occasional roadrunner (beep beep.) Ravens here are so regular in their habits, you can name them.

Backyard Bird Identifier


The Unloved.
The Loved.

Kids love bugs. Digging around in the garden doing maintenance can transport a child into the marvelous world in the dirt, on the plants. The interrelated lives of garden insects. Good Garden Bugs, the Ten Most Wanted 


Loving those worms, lacewings, pillbugs, kids joining all the community of the garden.

This is my favorite post, probably because it reminds me of so many lovely visits to the garden. 

Keeping Butterflies, Bees and Hummingbirds Happy

Friday, June 12, 2020

Educational Links 6/13/2020

How Student Agency Can Ease the Pain of Remote Learning and Teaching

10 ways administrators can collaborate with librarians–even remotely

Is Your PD For Teachers Working–Or Just Work?

Google Meet Switches On Jaw-Dropping Feature To Beat Zoom & Microsoft Teams

4 Ways to Encourage Math Talks

Teachers Are as Racially Biased as Everybody Else, Study Shows

Your Child Is Not Lazy. He Is Overwhelmed.

What parents perceive as laziness may be ADHD — specifically, the executive dysfunction that impairs focus, effort, and processing speed. Here, learn how you can help your child get started and keep going with an ADHD brain.

A Father's Loss

 Guidance by Akiane

Losing a child-this song written by Eric Clapton after the loss of his son in a horrific accident-feels the experience.
Tears in Heaven

Eric Clapton - Tears In Heaven (Official Video)

Eric Clapton

Would you know my name
If I saw you in heaven?
Would it be the same
If I saw you in heaven?
I must be strong and carry on
'Cause I know I don't belong here in heaven
Would you hold my hand
If I saw you in heaven?
Would you help me stand
If I saw you in heaven?
I'll find my way through night and day
'Cause I know I just can't stay here in heaven
Time can bring you down, time can bend your knees
Time can break your heart, have you begging please, begging please
Beyond the door there's peace I'm sure
And I know there'll be no more tears in heaven
Would you know my name
If I saw you in heaven?
Would it be the same
If I saw you in heaven?
I must be strong and carry on
'Cause I know I don't belong here in heaven 

Father's Day is June 21.

The Digital Classroom--so many resources!

Digital Leadership is Not Optional



Offers daily news articles from the AP that can be differentiated by Lexile levels.
A “meta-index” that provides links to more than 140K books.
400+ non-fiction articles at students' specific reading levels. Common Core Aligned questions.

Take That, Summer Slide!

Summer Reading Programs Boost Student Achievement, Study Says 

Take THAT Summer Slide! 15,000 Books to Kids in DC

1. Take That! Summer Slide!

2. 5 Great Math Apps for Grade School Kids 

3. 5 Ways To Really Connect With Online Students 

4. Stopping the Summer Slide 

5. Use Arts Integration to Enhance Common Core

6. An At-Home Summer Reading Camp 

7. Disengaged and Non-Traditional Learners Can Thrive Through Summer Learning 

8. Games and Learning for Kids (also review for secondary)


Youth sports, Oakland, CAL

Thursday, June 11, 2020

Educational Links 6/12/2020

How to Be a Better Online Teacher


How Teachers Want Emergency Distance Learning Improved

ADHD in Girls: Overlooked?

The Results Are In for Remote Learning: It Didn’t Work

Lessons and leadership during the switch to online learning

'Schools should plan for COVID to last at least a year'

A Focus on Empathy in Distance Learning

Many students have a tough time learning at home, but teachers can create space to listen to their concerns and guide them to overcome obstacles.

Beautiful Boy

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.

 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"

Father's Day June 21.

Summer Madness

Vintage Otter Pop flavors. I favor Louis Bloo Raspberry

Kool & The Gang - Summer Madness 

It would be madness, on a very hot summer day, to eat the whole box of Otter Pops while chillaxin' to this cool music.  Mix up the flavors! Madness, sheer madness!