Saturday, October 24, 2020

Educational Links 10/ 25/2020

When Principal Leadership Is Missing At Your School

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Understanding Your Child’s Trouble With Writing

  • It’s not uncommon for kids to struggle with writing.

  • They may have messy handwriting, trouble expressing ideas, or both.

  • When kids have difficulties with writing, it doesn’t mean they’re not smart.

Cheesy Jokes and Serious Thoughts for Halloween

Pumpkin carving as fine art: The Headless Horseman
This holiday is very controversial; not only does it offend many family's religious convictions (they may believe it is glorifying the 'dark side') but the images and stories are really scarey and icky, even for adults.  

You don't have to believe in the supernatural to be offended or freaked out by Halloween. The concentration on aberrant behavior is enough to be unsettling. What might we do to take the edge off of the disturbing aspects of Halloween?

All children go through various developmental levels (Piaget's theory of cognitive development and it is possible to create an experience appropriate for the child's development. It is not easy, particularly if you live in the modern world, but with effort, a classroom and a family experience can be healthy for a child. For example, even though I enjoy the television show, 'Grimm," it is really not for young children. The episode, La Llorona, will freak out millions of folks, Hispanic or not. Another urban legend I have learned to never mention in class is Bloody Mary; the kids are truly scared. And what's the point of that? ELA classes can study folklore and Edgar Alan Poe without being traumatized.
How about the Simpson's version? I think Edgar would have enjoyed it.

The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe

Bart always cracks me up as the raven.
Many families, school, and community groups concentrate on Harvest Festivals. That is a fine contrast to the ghastly. But even if you choose a study of nature, for example, spiders are freaky. Most are just helpful little garden buddies, but there are some dangerous ones. Kids need to know. Same with bats, and various birds. Around here we have huge ravens; I see them with their beady eyes focused on my chihuahua.

So we temper the fun, the imaginative, the quaint qualities of this season with supervision and wisdom. If you feel your child's school is offending your family's sensibilities--tell the principal. Tell the superintendent. You and your child have rights, especially when it comes to the quality of the school community activities. Offer an alternative. Autumn and harvest time (in the northern hemisphere) offers very lovely opportunities for art and activities. You could skip the dark side and go straight to Thanksgiving. 
Yeah, Linus, I agree with you.

And don't forget, 'It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!',_Charlie_Brown 

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So, where are the jokes? These are just riddle-diculous.

You can actually buy this in NYC.
Did you hear about the new ice cream for monsters? 
Its called cookies and scream.

This is a pic of an actual CookiesNScream Sundae.

Knock, knock, who's there?
Ivan who?
Ivan to bite your neck.

Where did Mzteachuh take the ghost for lunch?
Pizza Haunt.

Why isn't he purple?
Where do werewolves stay on vacation?
The Howliday Inn.

Where does the Wolfman live?
In a werehouse.

Also, my classes used to play 'Name that Tune' with 'Elvira Presents Haunted Hits' just to be very silly. Once we won a decorating contest with our classroom door covered with original panels and comic style story of the Purple People Eater. (Was the People Eater Purple, or did he eat purple people? Inquiring minds want to know.) 

And Drac finally got with it.

bobby 'boris' pickett & the cryptkickers - monster mash 

File:Monster Mash cover.jpg
The mashed potatoes was really a dance?

How do zombies celebrate Halloween?
They paint the town dead.

What oinks and drinks blood?
A hampire.

Sheb Wooley - Purple People Eater (1958) 


 Dad: Your older brother sure looks weird and scarey tonight. 

Younger brother: Yeah, just wait til he puts on his mask.

 What did the poultergeist serve at his Halloween party?

Routine frequently seen at Middle School dances.

 We can't forget Michael Jackson's 'Thriller."

 What do birds say on Halloween?
Trick or Tweet.

What do fishermen say on Halloween?
Trick or Trout.

What did the little ghost have in his lunch box?
A boo-loney sandwich.
What did he have to drink?
A little box of Ghoul-Aid.

What do you call the eyeglasses for a ghost?


How did the bootician dry the Wolfman's hair?
With a scaredryer.

Is it good to drink the three weird sister's brew from the Scottish Play?
Yes, its very newt-tricious.

What do baby ghosts like to play?

What happened when the phantom disappeared into the fog?
He was mist.
Don't get me started on comic books!Sabrina the Teenage Witch

Did you hear about the hippie werewolf?
He was fur-out, man.

What does an Aussie witch ride on?
A broomerang.
(Well, I'm not.)

And the greatest favorite of all--I even created a tee shirt for myself at Zazzle that read on the back:
I Ain't Afraid of No Ghosts! 
Who ya gonna call?

 Ghostbuster theme song 

Silly Music For Halloween #4 hear the door slam...


This looks like so much fun, and good exercise, too. Loosen up, Teach! Take a few 20 minutes sessions to dance! And what outstanding music by Quincy Jones and Michael Jackson.  We can take some of the scarey out of Halloween by making fun of it.

Easy Thriller Dance - Rehearsal 

Even Zombies can use exercise.

Thriller (Easy Dance) 

Michael Jackson - Thriller Music Video 




[1st verse]
It's close to midnight and something evil's lurking in the dark
Under the moonlight you see a sight that almost stops your heart
You try to scream but terror takes the sound before you make it
You start to freeze as horror looks you right between the eyes,
You're paralyzed

'Cause this is thriller, thriller night
And no one's gonna save you from the beast about to strike
You know it's thriller, thriller night
You're fighting for your life inside a killer, thriller tonight

[2nd verse]
You hear the door slam and realize there's nowhere left to run
You feel the cold hand and wonder if you'll ever see the sun
You close your eyes and hope that this is just imagination, girl
But all the while you hear the creature creepin' up behind
You're out of time

'Cause this is thriller, thriller night
There ain't no second chance against the thing with forty eyes, girl
Thriller, thriller night
You're fighting for your life inside of killer, thriller tonight

Night creatures call and the dead start to walk in their masquerade
There's no escapin' the jaws of the alien this time
(they're open wide)
This is the end of your life

[3rd verse]
They're out to get you, there's demons closing in on every side
They will possess you unless you change the number on your dial
Now is the time for you and I to cuddle close together, yeah.
All through the night I'll save you from the terror on the screen,
I'll make you see

That this is thriller, thriller night
'Cause I can thrill you more than any ghoul would ever dare try
Thriller, thriller night
So let me hold you tight and share a killer, diller, chiller, thriller here tonight

'Cause this is thriller, thriller night
Girl I can thrill you more than any ghoul would ever dare try
Thriller, thriller night
So let me hold you tight and share a killer, thriller

I'm gonna thrill you tonight

[Rap performed by Vincent Price]
Darkness falls across the land
The midnight hour is close at hand
Creatures crawl in search of blood
To terrorize your neighbourhood
And whosoever shall be found
Without the soul for getting down
Must stand and face the hounds of hell
And rot inside a corpse's shell
The foulest stench is in the air
The funk of forty thousand years
And grisly ghouls from every tomb
Are closing in to seal your doom
And though you fight to stay alive
Your body starts to shiver
For no mere mortal can resist
The evil of the thriller

[Into maniacal laugh, in deep echo]

Educational Links 10/24/2020


This District Helps Young Kids Identify Their Interests — and Ideal Careers

Are Aspiring Teachers Learning Classroom Management? It Varies

How Remote Learning's Distractions Put Extra Pressure On Students With ADHD


Resources in Social And Emotional Development encourage children to develop positive peer and adult interactions and to manage self-expression and inner feelings. Many of our favorite characters, such as Daniel Tiger, Super Why, and Caillou, teach lessons on confronting our fears, working together as a team, and welcoming a new member to a family. Kindness is explored in a lesson that also challenges a student's artistic expression by making a Kindness Tree. An interactive activity can be used to encourage and teach appropriate social behaviors. Social problem solving, self awareness, and empathy are also explored.

Friday, October 23, 2020

a wind has blown the rain away

Four Trees, Egon Schiele

 a wind has blown the rain away

by E.E. Cummings

a wind has blown the rain away and blown
the sky away and all the leaves away,
and the trees stand. I think i too have known
autumn too long

          (and what have you to say,
wind wind wind—did you love somebody
and have you the petal of somewhere in your heart
pinched from dumb summer?
          O crazy daddy
of death dance cruelly for us and start

the last leaf whirling in the final brain
of air!)Let us as we have seen see
doom’s integration………a wind has blown the rain

away and the leaves and the sky and the
trees stand:
        the trees stand. The trees,
suddenly wait against the moon’s face.

This poem is actually a Shakespearean sonnet.

Thursday, October 22, 2020

Educational Links 10/23/2020

Halloween Activities and Games for Distance Learning

Bring More Kindness to Your Classroom With These Free SEL Resources

Making the Most of Synchronous Sessions in PBL

Most Educators Require Kids to Turn Cameras On in Virtual Class, Despite Equity Concerns

 The Week in Review - The Most Popular Posts

When People Have Different Views: How to Help Your Child Cope This Election Season

Length of live teaching varies in California even in the same grade level and same district

Among state’s 20 largest districts, a fourth-grader can get as little as one hour per day in some districts and nearly four hours in others.

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Educational Links 10/22/2020


Lucy Calkins Says Balanced Literacy Needs 'Rebalancing'

Why Teaching Kindergarten Online Is So Very, Very Hard

Recognizing the Stressors That Paralyze ADHD Brains

Please Stop Expecting Normal From Kids (and Teachers) Right Now

Flexible backup plans keep online learning going through illness, outages

Moving remote learning from reactive to proactive

How to Connect with Reluctant Students During Remote Learning

Students are reluctant to engage in instruction for a multitude of reasons. While teachers should strive to have all students engaged in instructional activities, teachers have more direct ownership of some of these reasons for students not being engaged. The key to increasing student engagement is to invest in key areas. These key areas can be viewed like low-hanging fruit. By investing in these areas, educators are likely to reap a harvest that leads to increased student learning outcomes.

Silly Music For Halloween #3...they're creepy and they're kooky...

Aside from finger snapping, students can create family portraits of Cousin Itt (pictured above), Lurch, Thing, Morticia, Gomez, Uncle Fester, Grandmama, Puggsley and Wednesday

The Addams Family Theme song

They're creepy and they're kooky,
Mysterious and spooky,
They're all together ooky,
The Addams Family.

Their house is a museum
When people come to see 'em
They really are a scream
The Addams Family.


So get a witches shawl on
A broomstick you can crawl on
We're gonna pay a call on
The Addams Family.

Printable Addams Family Coloring Book Pages 

Vincent's Autumn Perspective

Van Gogh – Landscape with House and Ploughman 1889

Getting perspective from Vincent with lovely music to listen to.

Autumn Music.Piano Music.lyrics music.autumn scenery.10 min .丘の雲

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Educational Links 10/21/2020

Can Your Students Tell the Difference Between Fact and Fiction?

7 Steps to Make Teacher Videos More Accessible and Engaging During Distance Learning

 3 COVID-19 education trends set to persist post-pandemic

The Big 3: How Nutrition, Exercise & Sleep Curb ADHD in Children

Improving Your Practice Through A Self-Coaching Framework

Picking a single problem to work on and mapping out strategies to tackle it can help teachers overcome their biggest challenges.

Silly Music For Halloween #2...I Ain't Afraid of No Ghosts

Well, I'm not.
Writing prompt: 5 Reasons I Ain't Afraid of No Ghosts 
Can include illustrations of inventions, such as the Ghost Vacuum (Portable Containment Unit.) 

Ghostbusters song

Monday, October 19, 2020

Educational Links 10/20/2020


The Do's & Don'ts of Hybrid Teaching



In Schools, Are We Measuring What Matters?

50 Of The Best Quotes About Teaching

Principals, Here’s What Teachers Want You to Know But Feel Like They Can’t Say

The Most Useful ADHD Accommodations and Modifications for Distance Learning

Distance learning is not a natural fit for many students with ADHD, who benefit from one-on-one attention, physical reminders, and pro-active educators. Here, learn about the most effective accommodations for smoothing out these challenges for special-education students learning — and learning to focus — at home.