Saturday, November 14, 2020

Educational Links 11/15/2020


Strategies for Working Efficiently When Teaching Online

Teacher to Teacher: Let’s Improve How Schools and Families Talk About Race

Fostering a Collaborative Classroom During Remote Learning

Rising Covid-19 rates halt school reopening plans in three California counties

Pushback Is Growing Against Automated Proctoring Services. But So Is Their Use

Fostering a Collaborative Classroom During Remote Learning

It wouldn’t surprise you to hear that the learning process is at its peak when connection is involved. We retain and commit information to memory when there are emotional factors involved in our learning, which are created by interaction with others in the learning process.

So, what does that mean for students who are at their kitchen table accessing all of their learning from a device this year? There are still many ways to create that connection remotely to optimize learning for your students, but it requires learning a few new tricks and taking some academic risks to try new things.

Ten Books for Thanksgiving from Reading Rockets

Thanksgiving is about more than the turkey! Here are ten recommended books for kids ages 0-9 that celebrate sharing, community, and family. Read these stories to the children in your life to help them see what the spirit of Thanksgiving is really all about.

1, 2, 3 Thanksgiving 
By: W. Nikola-Lisa, Robin Kramer
Illustrated by: Robin Kramer

A Turkey for Thanksgiving

By: Eve Bunting, Diane De Groat
Illustrated by: Diane De Groat, Eve Bunting

Fat Chance Thanksgiving

By: Patricia Lakin, Stacey Schuett
Illustrated by: Stacey Schuett

Gracias, the Thanksgiving Turkey

By: Joy Cowley, Joe Cepeda
Illustrated by: Joe Cepeda

How Many Days to America?: A Thanksgiving Story

By: Eve Bunting, Beth Peck
Illustrated by: Beth Peck, Eve Bunting

It's Thanksgiving

By: Jack Prelutsky, Marylin Hafner
Illustrated by: Marylin Hafner

Molly's Pilgrim
By: Barbara Cohen, Daniel M. Duffy
Illustrated by: Daniel M. Duffy

Thanksgiving at the Tappleton's

By: Eileen Spinelli, Judith Stuller Hannant
Illustrated by: Judith Stuller Hannant, Eileen Spinelli

The Squirrel's Thanksgiving

By: Steven Kroll, Jeni Bassett
Illustrated by: Jeni Bassett

The Story of Thanksgiving

By: Nancy Skarmeas, Stacy Venturi-Pickett
Illustrated by: Stacy Venturi-Pickett

Autumn Amble with Pissaro

Camille Pissarro | Autumn at Eragny

Go outside. Breathe the air. Take a walk. See if Mario can come along. (Maybe Luigi, too.)

Jesse Cook - Mario Takes a Walk 

An Old Fashioned Thanksgiving by Louisa May Alcott (and recipes)


Grandma Moses 

An Old-Fashioned Thanksgiving

By Louisa May Alcott 

 Note: be sure not to put catnip or wormwood in the turkey stuffing. Here is an alternative suggestion.


French Bread Stuffing With Mushrooms and Thyme

In our family, the following recipe is called Apple Crisp. Apple desserts by any name would tastes taste as sweet.

Louisa May Alcott's Apple Slump

Serving Size: 8

6 tart apples, peeled, cored, and sliced
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt

1 1/2 cups flour
2 tsp double-acting baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg, beaten
1/2 cup milk
1 stick unsalted butter, melted and cooled
Toss together the apples, sugar and spices and place in a buttered baking dish. Bake at 350F for 20 minutes. While this is baking, prepare the topping, starting by sifting together the dry ingredients. In separate bowl, mix the egg, milk and butter and add this mixture to the dry ingredients, stirring till just combined. Spread the topping over apples and bake at 350F for an additional 25 minutes. Serve with whipped cream or ice cream.

I searched for other short stories of Thanksgiving--modern, showing diversity-- but couldn't find any.

Okay, teachers and others will a Thanksgiving story in your soul just waiting to be expressed, get writing! Next November when I do this search again, I would love to see many Thanksgiving stories. From everywhere. About everyone.  


Thanksgiving Quotes

Friday, November 13, 2020

Educational Links 11/14/2020

The Pandemic Is Raging. Here's How to Support Your Grieving Students

Thanksgiving Activities to Try with Your Students

Is there such thing as ‘good’ screen time for young children?

Does Trauma Cause ADHD? And Vice Versa?


Lack of extracurriculars hurts school engagement during pandemic

What Are Learning and Thinking Differences?

Extracurriculars Play a Vital Role During the Pandemic

Dedicating time to extracurricular activities during the pandemic provides middle and high school students with a sense of normalcy and social connection amid uncertainty.

Educational Links 11/13/2020


5 Ways to Support Kids With ADHD During Remote Learning

Despite broad compliance with school mask policies, lawsuits persist for some

What we can do to keep our students engaged in learning

7 Morning Routines for Teachers That Take 10 Minutes or Less

What Shouldn’t Return to ‘Normal’ When Schools Reopen

A Highly Effective Vaccine Is Likely on the Way. What Does That Mean for Schools and Kids?

News this week that a COVID-19 vaccine on the runway is far more effective than originally predicted has been hailed as a potential game-changer in fighting the coronavirus.

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Educational Links 11/12/2020

Pandemic Teaching Is The Hardest Thing We’ve Ever Done

The Big Problem With Teaching


Homework Secrets for Kids Who Can’t Just ‘Buckle Down’

Curricular Counsel: Parental support crucial to maximize virtual learning

“How My Understanding of ADHD Has Evolved Over Time”

 7 Ways to Infuse Your Curriculum With Hope

Young people dealing with the effects of the pandemic can be encouraged through lessons that inspire resilience. 

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Educational Links 11/11/2020


Going Back to Virtual Learning: The Challenges of Reopening High Schools

Using the Arts to Develop Interpersonal Skills

MindShift Podcast is Back with Season Five!

More changes proposed for California’s ethnic studies curriculum to strengthen ‘balance’

How to Nurture Social Emotional Development in Isolation

IEP Accommodations During Distance Learning

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

Dedicated in-person sessions and group interventions have been among districts' strategies for additional supports amid remote learning challenges.

Sunday, November 8, 2020

Educational Links 11/09/2020

What’s the Plan? How K-12 School Districts Are Preparing to Resume and Reopen

One Thing Teachers Can Do to Make Remote Learning More Effective

How California teachers are making bilingual education work online

25 Remote Teaching Tips To Engage Students In Distance Learning

Benefits of Synchronous vs. Asynchronous Online Instruction

 Yoga, help lines, virtual social hours: Strategies to support staff through COVID-19

How to Make the Most of Student Feedback During Distance Learning

It’s harder to read a class when students are learning at home, so teachers need to explicitly ask for feedback.