Saturday, November 21, 2020

Educational Links 11/22/2020


School Wasn’t So Great Before COVID, Either

10+ Ways to Use Technology in the Math Classroom


8 Ways Parents Can Support Critical Thinking At Home

An Anti-Racist Form of Assessment: The C.A.P Model: Creative. Academic. Practical.


How to Use the 5Es in Remote Math Instruction

A five-stage instructional model—engage, explore, explain, elaborate, and evaluate—can guide students to a deeper understanding of math.

Tis a Gift


Shaker gift drawings, which were inspired by spiritual visions.

....when you are in a place just right

Judy Collins sings "Simple Gifts" for the February 1963 TV broadcast of Dinner with the President, the 50th anniversary celebration of B'nai B'rith in Washington, D.C. President Kennedy received a Democratic Legacy Award and spoke during the broadcast. 

JUDY COLLINS - "Simple Gifts" 1963 

Abraham Lincoln, 11/15/1863

The United States has a rich heritage empowering the individual to express beliefs through literacy and the arts. 

John F. Kennedy and Jackie 11/22/63

We have a strong connection to the diverse folks of our American past as we look to Thanksgiving; singing the music, reading the Gettysburg Address at the 150th anniversary on November 15th, remembering the fiftieth anniversary of John F. Kennedy's assassination on November 22th, even preparing and eating the traditional foods of sweet potato pie, turkey, pumpkin pie, secret-recipe family stuffing, biscuits and gravy (and a new tradition for some, tofurkey.) 

Our battles aren't much different than our folks from the past: we stand for equality, education, religious freedom. We validate those beliefs, and tell our young ones they will inherit these battles. We work as partners with the past and the future to provide a 'place just right.'

"Simple Gifts" was written by Elder Joseph while he was at the Shaker community in Alfred, Maine. These are the lyrics to his one-verse song:

'Tis the gift to be simple, 'tis the gift to be free
'Tis the gift to come down where we ought to be,
And when we find ourselves in the place just right,
'Twill be in the valley of love and delight.
When true simplicity is gain'd,
To bow and to bend we shan't be asham'd,
To turn, turn will be our delight,
Till by turning, turning we come 'round right.
Several Shaker manuscripts indicate that this is a "Dancing Song" or a "Quick Dance." "Turning" is a common theme in Christian theology, but the references to "turning" in the last two lines have also been identified as dance instructions. (per Wikipedia)

This is a documentary about the Shakers that is also available on Netflix.

The Shakers by Ken Burns

Friday, November 20, 2020

Educational Links 11/21/2020

What Is The Relationship Between Quality And Effect?

Building Better Relationships With Parents at the Classroom, School, and District Level

3 ways K-12 schools can evolve post-pandemic

How to Make Digital Thanksgiving Thankfulness Turkeys


What Lessons Have Emerged From the Pandemic Semester?


17 Famous Art Museums You Can Visit from Your Living Room

Did you know that you can access art museum virtual field trips, tours, and resources from around the world for free? Why not take your students on virtual museum tours to the lavish Louvre in Paris? Or the majestic Metropolitan Museum of Art? Or any one of these historic art museums from around the world? 

Thanksgiving Song

The Potato Eaters, Van Gogh 1885


Thanksgiving Song - Mary Chapin Carpenter 

On Thanksgiving, we all are potato eaters, pretty much.


Thursday, November 19, 2020

Educational Links 11/20/2020

What the Research Says About the Academic Power of Friendship

How to Use and Adjust Grid View in Google Meet

COVID Shaming: The New Face of Bullying in School?


Video: See UDL in Action in the Classroom

COVID-19 Is Forever Changing How Students Experience Libraries

How to Celebrate Cultural Differences through the Arts

4 Assessment Strategies for Distance and Hybrid Learning

A few ways to set up formative and summative assessments that provide an accurate picture of what students know.

Educational Links 11/19/2020


How to Support Young Learners in Racially Diverse Classrooms

What Lessons Have Emerged From the Pandemic Semester?

5 predictions for post-pandemic K-12 IT support

How Effective Is Online Learning? What the Research Does and Doesn't Tell Us

ADHD Symptoms Checklist: Signs of Each Subtype in Adults & Children

What Is Bloom’s Taxonomy? A Definition For Teachers

Disappointing grades, technology glitches and glimpses of learning fun

While some students have acclimated to distance learning and even thrived, most in EdSource’s project following California families on how they are coping with Covid-19, are still struggling with spotty internet access, technical glitches and the frustration of not seeing friends and teachers in person. Concerns with distance learning track a recent EdSource poll in which 75% of registered California voters, including parents, say that distance learning is worse than in class instruction.

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Educational Links 11/18/2020


Good Teaching Is Not Just About the Right Practices

Core Teaching Beliefs - Reaffirming Our Purpose


Lessons In Leadership: How a Washington district's 'promise' to students guides decision-making

Childhood Trauma and ADHD: A Complete Overview & Clinical Guidance

Personalized Learning: Same Subject. Same Teacher. 3 Different Student Experiences

Personalizing instruction to the needs of individual students is hard. It takes a lot of planning, a commitment to understanding each student’s academic and social needs, and smart use of ed-tech tools. That is probably why most K-12 students still learn the same material, at relatively the same pace, for the same subjects.

I'll Put A Trinket On


Autumn Poplars along the River Epte - Claude Monet

by Emily Dickinson

The morns are meeker than they were,
The nuts are getting brown;
The berry’s cheek is plumper,
The rose is out of town.

The maple wears a gayer scarf,
The field a scarlet gown.
Lest I should be old-fashioned,
I’ll put a trinket on.

Monday, November 16, 2020

Educational Links 11/17/2020


What Highly Effective School Leadership Really Looks Like in a Pandemic

100 Search Engines For Academic Research

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

20 Teacher-Approved Educational YouTube Channels

Helping Students Read Emotions Behind Masks

States' accountability changes may impact school designations, improvement timelines

Many states are hesitating on high-stakes accountability for 2020-21, and its return may look vastly different than when systems were first configured under ESSA.

Thanksgiving Art


Happy Thanksgiving by Megan Miller

Pilgrims N C Wyeth
Norman Rockwell
Cousin Reginald Catches the Thanksgiving Turkey
Home For Thanksgiving by Medana Gabbard
Artist unknown
Macy's Parade by Kathy Jakobsen
John Currin – Thanksgiving, 2003
Micahael Andryc, The Weird Thanksgiving

Special Arts and Crafts for Thanksgiving

Paper-Bag Turkey

20+ Easy Thanksgiving Crafts and Activities for Kids 


Over 100 Free Thanksgiving Crafts Projects 

Thanksgiving Crafts 

Thanksgiving Crafts and Children's Activities 

Thanksgiving Crafts


Sunday, November 15, 2020

Educational Links 11/16/2020

8 Virtual Ways To Celebrate the Holidays With School Staff

How Assistive Technology Is Supporting Students Through the Pandemic

IEP Accommodations During Distance Learning

Research-Backed Strategies for Better Classroom Management

Educator Morale, School Job Applicants Declining, Survey Shows

How to Connect with Reluctant Students During Remote Learning

What Have You Learned About Your ADHD During the Pandemic?

“I can’t do it all, no matter how much energy I devote to doing it all.” What truths have you learned about your ADHD during the pandemic? Here are 15 quotes from ADDitude readers reflecting on their symptoms and victories in 2020.

A Thanksgiving to God, for his House

A Cottage Interior, by William Redmore Bigg.

A Thanksgiving to God, for his House

By Robert Herrick
Lord, Thou hast given me a cell
         Wherein to dwell,
A little house, whose humble roof
         Is weather-proof:
Under the spars of which I lie
         Both soft, and dry;
Where Thou my chamber for to ward
         Hast set a guard
Of harmless thoughts, to watch and keep
         Me, while I sleep.
Low is my porch, as is my fate,
         Both void of state;
And yet the threshold of my door
         Is worn by th' poor,
Who thither come and freely get
         Good words, or meat.
Like as my parlour, so my hall
         And kitchen's small;
A little buttery, and therein
         A little bin,
Which keeps my little loaf of bread
         Unchipp'd, unflead;
Some brittle sticks of thorn or briar
         Make me a fire,
Close by whose living coal I sit,
         And glow like it.
Lord, I confess too, when I dine,
         The pulse is Thine,
And all those other bits, that be
         There plac'd by Thee;
The worts, the purslain, and the mess
         Of water-cress,
Which of Thy kindness Thou hast sent;
         And my content
Makes those, and my beloved beet,
         To be more sweet.
'Tis Thou that crown'st my glittering hearth
         With guiltless mirth;
And giv'st me wassail-bowls to drink,
         Spic'd to the brink.
Lord, 'tis Thy plenty-dropping hand
         That soils my land;
And giv'st me, for my bushel sown,
         Twice ten for one;
Thou mak'st my teeming hen to lay
         Her egg each day;
Besides my healthful ewes to bear
         Me twins each year;
The while the conduits of my kine
         Run cream, for wine.
All these, and better, Thou dost send
         Me, to this end,
That I should render, for my part,
         A thankful heart,
Which, fir'd with incense, I resign,
         As wholly Thine;
But the acceptance, that must be,
         My Christ, by Thee.