Saturday, July 25, 2020

Educational Links 7/26/2020

COVID-19 & Remote Learning: How to Make It Work

Report: Analyzing student relationships key to closing opportunity gaps

ADHD Essentials

Flexibility needed to maintain teacher training during coronavirus

3 Critical Classroom Management Strategies For The First Hour Of The First Day Of School

Using Sound Texts in Antiracist Teaching

Speeches, music, podcasts, and interviews can be highly engaging, accessible elements of antiracist lessons.

Teaching Is Giving Lifelong Reading

MzTeachuh: Teaching Is Giving Lifelong Reading:  These links are not for Reading Specialists, or those educators involved exclusively with reading instruction. These links are int...

Teaching Is Reflective

Teaching Is Reflective:   A Mid-Year Reflection for Teachers and Students

Suggestions: How to Direct Students Writing Research Papers

Suggestions: How to Direct Students Writing Resear...: How to Write a Research Paper in 11 Steps Scaffo...

It's Caturday? Fire up the grill.

Barbeque or Cookout? 

All-American Music To Grill To  

Hanging Out With The Kid--Cook Outs 

Friday, July 24, 2020

Educational Links 7/25/2020

With Innovation and Empathy, Remote Learning Becomes Accessible for All Students

Teaching Isn’t About Managing Behavior

Parents Turn to 'Learning Pods' and Piecemeal Solutions to Fill Gaps in Kids' Schooling

How to Start Meaningful Conversations About Race in the Classroom

New CDC guidelines come down hard in favor of opening schools

Using Project-Based Learning to Prepare Students for Cutting Edge Careers

Rethinking Learning Loss: When Students Don’t Use What They Learn

One of the most universal patterns of learning in any context is to encounter a new idea, and then put that idea into action somehow, whether through near transfer or far. A daily pattern of reading, then doing something as the result of what’s been read can provide an easy framework for authentic learning outside of the classroom.

Does My Child Need Special Ed. Services?

No need to panic! Kids develop on their own schedules. But it is a good idea to notice how your child (or a child in your class) is responding to instruction since there could be a learning disability hampering their success.

Here are some general questions to ask:

  • Does the child remember verbal instructions well?
  • Does the child retain information in written or graphic form?
  • Is the child's attention span similar to that of her/his peers?
  • Does the child's handwriting and art fall within the general expectations of the grade level?
  • Can the child spell within grade level expectations?
This is a very general list. If parents and teachers do think there may be a learning disability, the most common are auditory and/or visual. In my experience, the students usually qualify for services in Reading/ELA with a mild visual processing disorder.

In this state, the Special Education teacher would use specialized testing materials to pinpoint the current academic levels for the student. We tested with WIAT II or Woodcock Johnson and sometimes the TOWL, but there are many tests that will be sufficient. The law states that a qualified staff member must do the testing. To discern a processing disorder or other handicap, a district educational psychologist will administer other tests. Then the IEP team will initially meet and a decision will be made if the child qualifies for services.

Here are some links to further inform a parent or teacher of what performance or behavior might indicate a learning disability.

Learning Disabilities Association of America

Visual Processing Disorder (Dyslexia)

  • Reads slowly and painfully
  • Experiences decoding errors, especially with the order of letters
  • Shows wide disparity between listening comprehension and reading comprehension of some text
  • Has trouble with spelling
  • May have difficulty with handwriting
  • Exhibits difficulty recalling known words
  • Has difficulty with written language
  • May experience difficulty with math computations
  • Decoding real words is better than nonsense words
  • Substitutes one small sight word for another: a, I, he, the, there, was 
National Center for Learning Disabilities

 Auditory Processing Disorders

  • Learning to read
  • Distinguishing difference between similar sounds. Example: Seventy and seventeen
  • Understanding spoken language, following directions and remembering details
  • Seems to hear but not listen
  • Remembering people's names
  • Memorizing telephone numbers
  • Following multi-step directions
  • Recalling stories or songs 
  • Confusing multi-digit numbers, such as 74 and 47
  • Confusing lists and other types of sequences 
  • Remembering the correct order of a series of instructions
These are the two prominent processing disorders, with Reading/ELA being the most common area to qualify for Special Ed. services, at least in my experience.  Attention Deficit and its variations  is another topic altogether, but can aggravate other learning problems.

Check with the child's team--parents, teachers, Special Education staff--see what's up and how this young one can get the assistance to succeed.

Thursday, July 23, 2020

Educational Links 7/24/2020

How This District Made a Seamless Leap Into Remote Learning With SSO

7 things teachers can do to address student trauma – especially during distance learning

Inspirations: How educators are transforming the education process

Forget Self-Care for Teachers. We Are Fighting for Our Lives

The huge problem with education ‘pandemic pods’ suddenly popping up



Charter schools that offer homeschool forced to waitlist thousands of families

School choice advocates say a growing number of California parents are seeking out charter schools that specialize in “nonclassroom-based” instruction because of their long track records in distance learning, but a new state law is essentially capping enrollment at pre-pandemic levels.

Ed Tech Cafe: Digital Citizenship

Remember everything you post online 

is permanent

The Pros and Cons of Technology

The Teacher’s Guide To Keeping Students Safe Online

Give proper credit to sources

Beat the Cheat: Teaching Students (and Parents) It's Not OK to Copy

A Citation Guide for Digital Resources

Report cyberbullies to teachers and parents

15 Tips To Help Stop Cyberbullying

What Is Cyberbullying?

Get permission before sharing information about others

What's The Big Deal About Internet Privacy? 

Useful Resources On Using Tech With Students

Netiquette and online ethics

Welcome to the Digital Citizenship Website 

Digital Citizenship is more than just a teaching tool; it is a way to prepare students/technology users for a society full of technology. Digital citizenship is the norms of appropriate, responsible technology use.

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Educational Links 7/23/2020

America’s great remote-learning experiment: What surveys of teachers and parents tell us about how it went

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

A Strategy for Building Productive Relationships With Parents

Ways To Help Your Child Succeed At Online Distance Learning

California districts can seek waiver for elementary schools from ban on in-school instruction

Report: Analyzing student relationships key to closing opportunity gaps

Schools Want IDEA Liability Protections From Congress

Concerned that the pandemic will prompt an onslaught of special education litigation, school leaders want federal lawmakers to grant them liability protections related to their obligations under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.

Current Thought on Dyslexia

Dyslexia is a learning disorder that involves difficulty reading due to problems identifying speech sounds and learning how they relate to letters and words (decoding). Also called reading disability, dyslexia affects areas of the brain that process language.

10 Symptoms of Dyslexia

Dyslexic Thinkers Aren’t Disabled Thinkers

What Is Dyslexia?

Dyslexia The Gift: 

Test for Dyslexia: 37 Common Traits

What Is Dyslexia?

Unraveling the Myths Around Reading and Dyslexia

The MindShift Guide to Understanding Dyslexia

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Educational Links 7/22/2020

25 Remote Teaching Tips To Engage Students In Distance Learning

The Promise and Peril of Education Technology


Teachers Are Scared to Go Back to School. Will They Strike?

Impulsivity, Explained

What Is the Role of Memorization When Teaching in a Post-Google World

How Students Benefit from a School Reopening Plan Designed for Those at the Margins

“We should be thinking how to create strong mechanisms to engage all kids in learning and really prioritize our most vulnerable kids and our most disengaged kids as the people who we need to listen to the most if we really want learning to work for everybody,” said Avashia. “Then my job –  our job – is to figure out how to take those needs that kids are identifying and make them real.”

Music To Take A Deep Breath To

Water Lilies Red, Claude Monet

This music ran 5:17.  There now, can't you think better?

Debussy: Arabesque I (1888)

My own version of Water Lilies--taken at Balboa Park, San Diego.

 How to tell Monet's from mine? The palm trees.

It's A Beautiful Morning

It's a beautiful mornin' ahhh
I think I'll go outside a while
An jus' smile
Just take in some clean fresh air boy

Ain't no sense in stayin' inside
If the weather's fine an' you got the time

It's your chance to wake up and plan another brand new day

Either way
It's a beautiful mornin' ahhh

Each bird keeps singin' his own song
So long
I've got to be on my way now
Ain't no fun just hangin' around
I've got to cover ground you couldn't keep me down
It just ain't no good if the sun shines
When you're still inside
Shouldn't hide still inside shouldn't hide
Ahhhh oh shouldn't hide ah ah oh



Do do waaa do do waaa
There will be children with robins and flowers
Sunshine caresses each new waking hour
Seems to me that the people keep seeing
More and more each day gotta say lead the way
It's okay wednesday thursday it's okay
Ahhh monday wednesday friday weekday ah ah ohhh
Do do waaa


Ah ah oh oh do do aaaa

Wooooo oo oo oh oh oh ah wo do waa
Ohhhhhhh oh oh oh

THE RASCALS - 1967 - "A Beautiful Morning"

Wakey, wakey.