Saturday, July 18, 2020

Educational Links 7/19/2020

Is School Safe? Will Districts Test For COVID-19? Answering Back-To-School Questions

The Pandemic’s Toll on School Leaders Is Palpable. Here’s What’s Needed for a Successful School Year.

Education and the coronavirus crisis: What’s the latest?

Self-directed learners more engaged during remote learning

How America's Leaders Have Failed Educators on COVID-19

2 Simple Ways to Improve Online Instruction

Distance learning started as an emergency in the spring, but teachers are finding ways to make it better, even for students working on smartphones.

Info on Child Development

Skipping rope, hopping, running. Who knew having fun was a developmental  milestone?

Child development refers to the biological, psychological and emotional changes that occur in human beings between birth and the end of adolescence, as the individual progresses from dependency to increasing autonomy. It is a continuous process with a predictable sequence yet having a unique course for every child.

--Checking to make sure kids are developing appropriately within expected parameters.

This site offers information on developmental milestones, screening, and mental health guidelines. 

CDC Child Development 

--Children need a well balanced experience growing up. 

This site offers several excellent resources to understand and enhance the full lives of growing children.

Child Development Tracker 

--The Common Core and Child Development.

This article examines the academic expectations of young children. 

All Children Are Not the Same: Common Core Standards Fail to Keep Child Development in Mind;postID=2230281102243584239 

--Child Development: Middle and High School

Understood offers excellent resources to evaluate the development of  students from K-12.

Developmental Milestones for Typical Middle-Schoolers 

Developmental Milestones for Typical High-Schoolers

 Please notice that medical, psychological/psychiatric,  physical and education consideration are all included in child development. As educators, our expertise is education. However, we are responsible to recognize when students need the expertise of other professionals available to serve them.

--Piaget's Famous Stages of Development (Cognitive Learning)   

This site lays out Piaget's well-known explanation of stages of learning.

Piaget Stages of Development 

Jean Piaget and his beret.

Dyslexia and Creativity

What is Dyslexia?

Dyslexia is an unexpected difficulty in learning to read. Dyslexia takes away an individual’s ability to read quickly and automatically, and to retrieve spoken words easily, but it does not dampen one’s creativity and ingenuity.

Friday, July 17, 2020

Educational Links 7/18/2020

Teachers at High Risk for COVID-19 Face a Terrible Choice: Your Job or Your Health

Helping Teens and Tweens Navigate These Uncertain and Unsettling Times

Rising Wave of Districts Sticking With Full-Time Remote Learning


Most California schools will begin 2020-21 school year online under Newsom's reopening guidelines

5 Steps to Design Instruction for Blended Learning Environments

Starting the Year in Reading on the Right Foot

Like runners, middle and high school readers get better with practice, goals, and individual feedback.

Learn About Learning Disabilities

a condition giving rise to difficulties in acquiring knowledge and skills to the level expected of those of the same age, especially when not associated with a physical handicap.

What are Inclusive Special Education Programs?

Helping Children with Learning Disabilities

Inclusion is a term used to describe one option for the placement of special education students in public schools. These inclusive programs are sometimes referred to as mainstreaming, which is the selective placement of students with disabilities in regular education classrooms.

What Are Classrooms Like for Students with Learning Disabilities?

Successful Strategies for Teaching Students with Learning Disabilities

It is thought that learning disabilities may be caused by hereditary, teratogenic factors (for instance, alcohol or cocaine use during pregnancy), medical factors (premature birth, diabetes, meningitis of mother or offspring), and/or environmental factors (malnutrition, poor prenatal healthcare).

National Center for Learning Disabilities

Types of Learning Disabilities

What are the treatments for learning disabilities?

Research and Knowledge

There was a time when society didn’t have a word for “dyslexia.” People didn’t know what “learning disabilities” (LD) were or the best ways to teach kids to read or do math. But thanks to the work of pioneering researchers, there have been enormous advances in understanding learning and attention issues. Teaching has improved. More and more kids have educational programs that work. Advances in research and knowledge have helped countless students learn and succeed in life.

Thursday, July 16, 2020

Educational Links 7/17/2020

Can Teachers Read Books Out Loud Online? Actually, Yes.

Students Self-Assess For Mastery

Gov. Newsom expected to make call on reopening California schools, sources say

What Are Our Priorities? 20 Questions To Guide School Leaders


More robust coronavirus guidelines needed to protect high-risk educators

Helping Teens and Tweens Navigate These Uncertain and Unsettling Times

It’s been a challenging year for all of us, and if adults are struggling to navigate these unsettling times, how are teens and tweens coping?  In this session, we talk about how to assess how students are getting along and what we can do to help those who need support.

Ed Tech Cafe: Fact-Checking Resources

Top 10 sites to help students check their facts

Help Your Students Fact-Check the Web Like Professionals


The Pedagogy of Fake News: A Four-Part Critical Thinking Exercise for Upper Elementary Students

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Educational Links 7/16/2020

Making distance learning secure

Pace of California schools looking to open with distance learning accelerates

Why Student Voice Matters More Now Than Ever 

Literacy Is a Constitutional Right: So How Do We Ensure That All Kids Can Read?

Designing Your LMS to Make Distance Learning Better

On-Site and Online Hacks for Teaching in “The New Normal”

9 Ways Online Teaching Should be Different from Face-to-Face

It’s a pretty safe bet that most teachers will be doing some form of online teaching in the coming year. Maybe you’ll do it full-time, maybe it will be some kind of hybrid model, but one thing is for sure: This time around you won’t be dropped into it without warning.
So with this chance to take a breath and do more thoughtful, intentional planning, the next question is What do we do differently? What shifts do we need to make in our face-to-face teaching practices to make the most of online learning?

Figurative Language Resources


Figurative Language

7 types of figurative language

And this is my first Kahoot game:

Figure Out Figurative Language

Wherefore, Oh Summer's Day?

Kindergartener's portrait of Emily Dickinson after reading this poem.
The bee is not afraid of me.
I know the butterfly -
The pretty people in the Woods

Receive me cordially -

The Brooks laugh louder

When I come -

The Breezes madder play;

Wherefore mine eye thy silver mists,

Wherefore, Oh Summer’s Day?

Marine Blue Butterfly in my Butterfly Garden
Bee watering station.

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Educational Links 7/15/2020

National COVID-19 Outdoor Learning Initiative from Green Schoolyards America

Summer Reading: Coronavirus and the future of assessment

The Key to ADHD Emotional Regulation? Cultivating Gratitude, Pride & Compassion

The Case for Reopening Schools

Strategies for Improving Small Group Instruction

Ed Tech

Will schools mandate COVID-19 vaccine or face liability?

Nearly all states offer nonmedical exemptions to vaccination mandates, and those will likely stay in place even if districts require coronavirus inoculation.