Saturday, November 7, 2020

Could It Be ADHD?


Classroom teachers frequently find overly active behavior and lack of focus during instruction. How to handle these kids? Could it be ADHD?

Check out this information, as well as consult with parents and other educational professionals.

Understanding ADHD 

Almost all children have times when their behavior veers out of control. They may speed about in constant motion, make noise nonstop, refuse to wait their turn, and crash into everything around them. At other times they may drift as if in a daydream, unable to pay attention or finish what they start. 
However, for some children, these kinds of behaviors are more than an occasional problem.

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder 

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a brain disorder marked by an ongoing pattern of inattention and/or hyperactivity-impulsivity that interferes with functioning or development.

ADHD: What You’re Seeing 

Is your child simply “acting his age,” or is his behavior a sign of ADHDAttention-deficit hyperactivity disorder can appear differently at the different stages of your child’s life. Here are examples of some of the more common issues and behaviors of preschoolers, grade-schoolers, tweens and teens with ADHD.

Are You Sure It's Attention Deficit? 

Your child's symptoms may seem to add up to ADHD. But hyperactivity, inattention, and impulsivity could be rooted in other conditions.


Here are two websites that a great resources for learning about ADHD and Learning and Attention issues:

Understood for Learning and Attention Issues 

ADDitude Magazine Strategies and Support for ADHD and LD 


Education Links 11/08/2020

Why Allowing Students To Turn In Work Anytime Is A Bad Idea

In a Contentious Year, Can Social Studies Be Taught Free of Bias?

How P.E. teachers are trying to get students off the couch during the pandemic

6 Trauma-Informed Strategies for Helping Students Succeed Amid COVID-19

The TeachThought Podcast Ep. 222 An Alternative To Empowering Traditionally Marginalized Students

Being OK with Change: How to Fortify Your Child’s Cognitive Flexibility


How to Help Students See Themselves as Mathematicians

When students’ eyes are opened to the broad community of mathematicians, they reject stereotypes and gain confidence in their own abilities.

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

Friday, November 6, 2020

Educational Links 11/7/2020


How Introducing AI Across the Curriculum May Address Key Equity Concerns

How California teachers are making bilingual education work online

18 Of The Best Formative Assessment Tools For Teachers [Updated]

PD That Helps Teachers Improve the Quality of Their Video Instruction

Educator Morale, School Job Applicants Declining, Survey Shows

12 Ways Teachers Say Their Teaching Has Improved in 2020

Veterans Day Activities to Try in Your Class

Veterans Day is a federal holiday observed on November 11th of every year. Veterans Day began as a celebration for an unknown World War I American soldier that was buried in Arlington Cemetery in 1921. This day became known as Armistice Day and in 1954 became known as Veterans Day. These recognitions took place on November 11th to celebrate the end of fighting in World War I, the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, 1918.

Thursday, November 5, 2020

Educational Links 11/06/2020


Questions About Virtual Parent Teacher Conferences? We’ve Got Answers.

Lucy Calkins Says Balanced Literacy Needs 'Rebalancing'

Shorter exams will replace California’s annual Smarter Balanced tests

Students Are Learning Outside of School. Why Don’t They Earn Credit for It?



Creating a District-Wide K–5 SEL Program

Recognizing that social and emotional learning would be especially important this year, one district created a program to address that need.

Vincent Loved Autumn

Van Gogh, Poplars near Nuenen, Autumn 1884.
As long as autumn lasts, I shall not have hands, canvas and colors enough to paint the beautiful things I see.
Vincent Van Gogh

Vivaldi: Autumn

Wednesday, November 4, 2020

Educational Links 11/05/2020

When Everything is a Bit Much, Writing in a Journal Can Help

What The ‘Schools Aren’t Superspreaders’ Argument Misses About COVID

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

'Schools Need to Be Bolder' About Reopening, Public Health Expert Says

Rubric for Recovery: Tightening budgets, litigation add to pandemic special ed pressures

Creative Approaches to Supporting the Emotional Well-Being of Staff

25 Fantastic Free Google Slides Templates and Themes for Teachers

Slideshow presentations are pretty standard in most classrooms these days, especially for distance learning. Google Slides is a popular option: it’s free, it has lots of cool features, and it integrates easily with Google Classroom. One easy way to make your presentations pop is to use Google Slides templates, also known as themes. All the design work is done for you, so all you have to do is customize them to fit your needs.

In Flanders Fields

In Flanders Fields
by John McCrae

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row, 
That mark our place, and in the sky, 
The larks, still bravely singing, fly, 
Scarce heard amid the guns below. 
We are the dead; short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow, 
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields. 
Take up our quarrel with the foe! 
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high! 
If ye break faith with us who die 
 We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

This poem is a rondeau, written by McCrae while a doctor in the trenches; he also died. Many Canadian soldiers volunteered for WWI after reading this. The poem was found in their pockets after they became casualites.


Tuesday, November 3, 2020

Educational Links 11/4/2020

5 Strategies For Incorporating Social Emotional Learning Into Your Classroom

What Happens in Your Brain When You Make Art

Don't Make Assumptions About Your ELL Students


Google is a Gateway Tool

How to Help Girls With ADHD

Leading school superintendents ask Gov. Newsom to impose a ‘common standard’ for reopening schools in California

They ask state to set strict standards on all aspects of reopening, especially on testing for virus.

Monday, November 2, 2020

Educational Links 11/03/2020

Lateral Reading vs. Vertical Reading: Differences and Benefits

As a ‘Second Wave’ Looms, Here Are 4 Steps Schools Can Take to Boost Resiliency and Minimize Outbreaks

 Tips For Building Early Reading Skills Online

Special education funding should be less isolated, have more accountability, report finds

Supporting Choice Reading for Students in Distance Learning

The TeachThought Podcast Ep. 221 Addressing Teacher Shortages With Online Teaching

Rubric for Recovery: ELs face more hurdles amid lost in-person learning

Schools are employing extra English development courses, individualized support delivered to students' sidewalks and more to maintain progress.

Educational Links 11/02/2020


8 Science-Based Strategies For Critical Thinking

4 ways leaders are keeping teachers motivated through pandemic disruption

The K-12 model has been overturned since spring, but these principals and superintendents say focusing on people first and finding joy are key to success.