Saturday, June 27, 2020

Educational Links 6/28/2020

Feeling Nostalgic for In-Person Schooling? That May Hurt Our Chance to Rethink It.

Long road ahead to close California’s digital divide in education before new school year begins

Ed Dept's final rule on CARES funding partially backtracks earlier guidance

22 Simple Tips For Video Calls For Teachers

Fear of pulling the thread of racial illiteracy

SEL Can Help Special Educators Address Rapidly Evolving Remote Learning Requirements

6 Common Myths About Learning and Thinking Differences

There’s a lot of misunderstanding about learning and thinking differences like ADHD and dyslexia.Here are some of the most common myths—and facts to debunk them.

Let's Go To The Beach! (Musically)

Surfaris - Wipe Out - YouTube

The Beach Boys ~ Surfin' USA 

theme from the endless summer - YouTube 

Little Surfer Girl, North Shore Hawaii


The Beach Boys - Surfer Girl 

Hawaii Five-O - Theme Song [Full Version] 

Jan & Dean - Surf City - 1963 

The Beach Boys-California Girls 


This Sounds Like Fun (Cheap Summer Activities)

The Kids Wanna Dance! 

For Adults, Coloring Invites Creativity And Brings Comfort 

Poetry For Children

Outdoor Games & Activities Using Water

 15 Best Pun Jokes for Dads 

16 Clean Funny Jokes for Kids 

Sing Free Karaoke Songs

How to Draw Without Taking Classes 

How To Make A Cardboard Easel 

How to Make a Cardboard Easel

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Summer Activities for Teens Fun Ideas a 12 Week Series

Of course, you can have your own Comicon Cosplay at home!



Summer Activity: Thunderstorm? Read This Story

Y'all do know not to go out in a thunderstorm, right? Lightning is SUPER dangerous. Now that we have established that fact,  here's a great memoir to read during a thunderstorm.

Chapter V of Helen Keller's autobiography The Story of My Life has a tremendous description of a thunderstorm--from a girl who could not see or hear. The whole book is well worth reading. The full text is available at the following site.

The Story of My Life by Helen Keller
Helen and Annie Sullivan

Helen Keller Biography 


 The 1962 movie "The Miracle Worker" is directly based on Helen Keller's memoirs. It is available on Netflix and YouTube. As a teacher of the Severely Handicapped myself, I will say this is powerful production is a valid portrayal.

Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?

William Shakespeare


Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?
Thou art more lovely and more temperate:
Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,
And summer's lease hath all too short a date:
Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines,
And often is his gold complexion dimm'd;
And every fair from fair sometime declines,
By chance, or nature's changing course, untrimm'd;
But thy eternal summer shall not fade
Nor lose possession of that fair thou ow'st;
Nor shall Death brag thou wander'st in his shade,
When in eternal lines to time thou grow'st;
So long as men can breathe or eyes can see,
So long lives this, and this gives life to thee. 

Friday, June 26, 2020

Educational Links 6/27/2020

School Buildings and Social Distancing: A Downloadable Guide

ADHD in Children: Symptoms, Evaluations & Treatments

7 New Google Meet Features for Teachers

Some California teaching credential requirements will ease thanks to budget deal

7 New Google Meet Features for Teachers

Hybrid School Schedules: More Flexibility; Big Logistical Challenges

Poll: Most Educators Wary of Fall School Reopening

As school officials decide whether they can reopen their doors in the fall, a major challenge will be to reassure teachers and parents that classrooms are safe and that online learning remains an option for vulnerable people.

All-American Music To Grill To

All-American Music To Grill To: This is mostly for Americans. And maybe you wish to grill in quiet--that's okay, too. But for us in the States, these might be fun...

Classroom Management and Parents

Classroom Management and Parents: Classroom Management Techniques: Partner with Parents Cl...

Refining Classroom Rules and Norms

Refining Classroom Rules and Norms: Create Your Classroom Rules WITH Your Students for a Powerful Start to the Year

Educational Links 6/26/2020

Smarter eLearning: Promoting Higher-Leveling Thinking In Online Courses 


5 ways to help students develop digital literacy

Some California teaching credential requirements will ease thanks to budget deal

Seven Distance Learning Priorities to Consider Before Reopening Schools

8 Perfect Books for Reluctant Readers (Even Yours!)

Ways to guide elementary students to regulate their emotions and feel connected to their teacher and peers so they’re ready to learn.

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Well Rounded Summer Resources: Reading, Art, STEM,...

Well Rounded Summer Resources: Reading, Art, STEM,...: Parks and Recreation Centers have great outdoor activities, too. With a school break, there is time to read, do arts and crafts, hang ar...

Teaching Is Seeing The Happy 'I Got It' Face

Teaching Is Seeing The Happy 'I Got It' Face: 1. Helping Struggling Readers   2. 5 Fun Ways to Help Your Kids Learn Math Online ht...

Teaching Is Understanding Child Development

Teaching Is Understanding Child Development: Child Development Tracker Use the Child Development Tracker to get insights on the stages of growth.

Teaching Is Having With-It-Ness

Teaching Is Having With-It-Ness: 1. Teacher Withitness   Teacher Withitness  -  Inside USC Rossier , ...

Educational Links 6/25/2020

10 Virtual Teaching Tips For Beginners

What our district learned by moving from in-person to distance learning in 8 days

Uncertain educational environment requires shift in PD

We must end school policies that most harm our Black students

How I Reached Students Who Disappeared During Distance Learning

Why There's A Push To Get Police Out Of Schools

One Word to Drop From Your Teacher Vocabulary

A simple change in language can show students how mistakes are useful and how struggle can be productive.

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Educational Links 6/24/2020

4 ways schools can prepare for the future of e-learning

The Work in Becoming an Anti-Racist Educator: It's Not Easy but Don't Stop

What Will Schools Do in the Fall? Here Are 4 Possible Scenarios

9 Things I Wish the World Knew About My Students’ ADHD

Who helps the helpers? Why teacher wellbeing is vital


Why Some Kids Seem Immature Compared to Other Kids Their Age

Kids develop skills at different rates. This includes skills like controlling impulses and picking up on social cues. Some kids just need more time to develop. But sometimes immature behavior is a sign that kids are struggling and need more support.

Relaxing in Monet's Garden with Debussy

Relaxing in Monet's Garden with Debussy: Giverny Garden, Monet Here we are with the two Claudes, taking a moment to pause in beauty. Reverie - Claude Debussy  http://w...

Relax, Enjoy the Summer Evening and Natural Music

Relax, Enjoy the Summer Evening and Natural Music: Native American Flutes Beautiful Relaxing Music, Meditation Music, Flute Music

Latin and Greek Roots and Affixes (et fran├žais inclus)

  1. Sic vos volo Latine discere?

Latin Roots, Prefixes, and Suffixes

Latin was the language spoken by the ancient Romans. As the Romans conquered most of Europe, the Latin language spread throughout the region. Over time, the Latin spoken in different areas developed into separate languages, including Italian, French, Spanish, and Portuguese. These languages are considered “sisters,” as they all descended from Latin, their “mother” language.

Root Words, Roots and Affixes

Teaching Latin Roots with Word Trees

Interactive Notebooking-Yes or No?

Classroom Management: Using Interactive Notebooks

7 Reasons to Use Interactive Notebooks


These next two posts are one day apart, I'm guessing to be 'fair and balanced.'

10 Reasons Not to Use Interactive Notebooks

10 Reasons to Use Interactive Notebooks


Marzano, Pickering, and Pollack (2001) have contended, as have others, that to foster higher-order thinking, instructional activities must call on learners to restructure their prior knowledge and link it to new information. A crucial aspect of this brain-based activity is that students use their own “voices and perspectives” as they construct personal meaning for various mathematical processes, data, and events.

Marzano Strategies- Interactive Notebooks

Interactive Notebooks: No Special Hardware Required

It's actually quite fun at times. I first make a quick pass to check for missing or unfinished work. Fifty percent of the notebook grade is an overall grade, and I take off points for missing or incomplete pages.
Then comes the fun part. The other 50 percent of their notebook grade is based on just four pages. Students choose three for me to grade, and I choose one of those. They get to show me their best work, I get to learn what they like and what they're proud of, and it feels like a conversation with each individual student. I'm not grading the same page over and over, and ultimately, I find that students often do their best work in their notebook where there is little pressure. (Why they freeze when they read the word "essay" is a whole other topic.)