Saturday, November 28, 2020

Educational Links 11/29/2020

School districts try out different strategies to boost immunization rates for non-Covid diseases

Ways to Celebrate National Disability Day in Your Class

Social and Emotional Learning

Will Teachers Get Priority for COVID-19 Vaccines?

 The Importance Of Intrinsic Motivation

Sensory Processing Disorder

What role will schools play in COVID-19 vaccine distribution?

While schools have played "very active" roles in vaccinations during prior epidemics, they now face increased polarization and other concerns.

Love the Look Leonardo Gave Grandmother

The Virgin and Child with St. Anne, Leonardo da Vinci

St. Anne has that proud Grandma smile. Just noticed Mary is sitting on Anne's lap, and all their toes are perfect. Oh that Da Vinci!

Merry Christmas Eve.

Here is a lovely rendition of O Holy Night from our Canadian friend Celine. I love the lyrics as well as the music.



O Holy Night! The stars are brightly shining,
It is the night of the dear Saviour's birth.
Long lay the world in sin and error pining.
Till He appeared and the Spirit felt its worth.
A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices,
For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn.
Fall on your knees! Oh, hear the angel voices!
O night divine, the night when Christ was born;
O night, O Holy Night , O night divine!
O night, O Holy Night , O night divine!

Led by the light of faith serenely beaming,
With glowing hearts by His cradle we stand.
O'er the world a star is sweetly gleaming,
Now come the wisemen from out of the Orient land.
The King of kings lay thus lowly manger;
In all our trials born to be our friends.
He knows our need, our weakness is no stranger,
Behold your King! Before him lowly bend!
Behold your King! Before him lowly bend!

Truly He taught us to love one another,
His law is love and His gospel is peace.
Chains he shall break, for the slave is our brother.
And in his name all oppression shall cease.
Sweet hymns of joy in grateful chorus raise we,
With all our hearts we praise His holy name.
Christ is the Lord! Then ever, ever praise we,
His power and glory ever more proclaim!
His power and glory ever more proclaim!


Friday, November 27, 2020

Educational Links 11/28/202

What Will Schools Do in the Fall? Here Are 4 Possible Scenarios

Teacher Development

Remote Learning Is Not Going Away Soon. This Is How to Make It Better.



Every Child Deserves to Learn

A Grading Strategy That Puts the Focus on Learning From Mistakes

How Mentor Texts Provide Valuable Lessons Beyond Writing Instruction

The knowledge middle and high school students gain through working with mentor texts can strengthen their critical thinking skills.

The Rainy Day: Longfellow's Poem of Comfort

The vine still clings to the mouldering wall...My thought still cling to the mouldering past...and the day is dark and dreary.

The Rainy Day

The day is cold, and dark, and dreary;
It rains,and the wind is never weary;
The vine still clings to the mouldering wall,
But at every gust the dead leaves fall,
And the day is dark and dreary.

My life is cold, and dark, and dreary;
It rains,and the wind is never weary;
My thoughts still cling to the mouldering past,
But the hopes of youth fall thick in the blast,
And the days are dark and dreary.

Be still, sad heart, and cease repining;
Behind the clouds is the sun still shining;
Thy fate is the common fate of all,
Into each life some rain must fall,
Some days must be dark and dreary.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Written after the tragic death of his wife in 1861.

Thursday, November 26, 2020

Educational Links 11/27/2020

Pandemic Anxiety: 10 Expert Coping Strategies


 How to Make Sure Grades Are Meaningful and Useful to Students

school reopening

What role will schools play in COVID-19 vaccine distribution?

DeVos' Team Has Left Biden a Policy Blueprint Several of Her Critics Support

In These Reopened Schools, Students Exceed Expectations Following Safety Rules

School districts try out different strategies to boost immunization rates for non-Covid diseases

Declining rates means some students won’t be able to return to campuses whenever they reopen.

i thank You God


Composition on Green Ground 1947 Matisse, Henri
i thank You God
e e cummings
i thank You God for most this amazing
day:for the leaping greenly spirits of trees
and a blue true dream of sky; and for everything
which is natural which is infinite which is yes
(i who have died am alive again today,
and this is the sun’s birthday; this is the birth
day of life and of love and wings: and of the gay
great happening illimitably earth)
how should tasting touching hearing seeing
breathing any–lifted from the no
of all nothing–human merely being
doubt unimaginable You?
(now the ears of my ears awake and
now the eyes of my eyes are opened)

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Educational Links 11/26/2020

I Teach Art to Students With Trauma. These Are the Strategies I Use to Support Them.

Teaching in the Time of COVID-19

 Shifting Teaching From What They Might Become To Who They Are Today

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

How Mindfulness During Class Can Help Students and Teachers

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

7 High-Impact, Evidence-Based Tips for Online Teaching

What do highly effective teachers do in online classrooms? We combed through dozens of studies to find the best research-backed ideas.

The Sky Is Cheap Entertainment: the Moon and Mars for Thanksgiving


Watch for the moon and Mars

Cheesy Jokes and Serious Thoughts About Thanksgiving

The above joke is probably my favorite cheesy joke of all time.
Why did the Pilgrims eat turkey on Thanksgiving? The couldn't fit the moose in the oven.
  If April showers bring May flowers, what do May flowers bring? Pilgrims.
  What's the best way to stuff a turkey? Take him out for pizza and ice cream.
  What did the turkey say to the hunter? Quack! Quack! Quack!
Teacher: Where did the Pilgrims come from? Student: Their parents, of course.

Time for a little serious talk about the Pilgrims. Let's delineate: they were not the Puritans. It was the Puritans and Henry VIII-inspired later purges that began the 'off with their head' programs that sent the Pilgrims, and groups like them, to the Netherlands, and later, to Virginia (woops, Plymouth Rock.) The Pilgrims were in search of religious freedom, and not only accepted help from the Wampanoag tribe--local Native Americans--but intermarried with them over the next few generations because so many of the Pilgrim group died the first year after they arrived in 1620. Many members of the Pilgrims left Massuchusetts during the Puritan's religious purges, like the Salem Witch Trials, and went to Rhode Island. The English have a dynamic history of religious freedom, for example, William Tyndale who translated the Bible into the English language and was martyred as a rebel. We have religious freedom now due to this legacy. Thousands of Americans have genetic ties to the Pilgrims (DNA evidence now shows) and that information is something to treasure. Now we live the liberty for ourselves and offer it to others.

What kind of music did the Pilgrims play?
Plymouth Rock and Roll.

Q: Why did they let the turkey join the band?
A: Because he had the drumsticks.

What do you call the dirt on a Pilgrim's hands?

 What would you get if you crossed a turkey with a spooky spirit?
A poultrygeist.

What's brown and white and flies all over?
A turkey when you carve it with a chainsaw.

How many cooks does it take to stuff a turkey?
One, but you really have to squeeze him in.

Q: What smells the best at a Thanksgiving dinner?
A: Your nose.

Why did the glutton get a traffic ticket on Thanksgiving?
He was exceeding the feed limit.

 Grandma: What would you like for dessert, Joey?
Joey: Pumpkin pie!

 Grandma: Pumpkin pie, what, dear? Say the magic word. 
Joey: I'm sorry, Grandma. Pumpkin pie, abracadabra!

 What is Math teachers favorite part of Thanksgiving dinner?
Pumpkin Pi.

Knock, knock, who's there?
Arthur who?
Arthur any leftovers?

What would you get if you crossed Easter and Thanksgiving?
Feaster Sunday.

What's the key to a great Thanksgiving?
A tur-key, of course.

This is my second favorite cheesy joke of all time.

Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Educational Links 11/25/2020


Critical Thinking Is A Mindset

Distance learning stokes fears of excessive screen time

How to Make Time for Independent Reading in Remote Learning

Building Community Virtually With Friendly Fridays

IDEA turns 45: Is Congress close to guaranteeing full special ed funding?

How to Use Self-Directed Learning in Your Class

Tips for Cultivating Healthy School Friendships Online

This fall marks the first time most kids met unknown classmates 

virtually. For some this is a transition year from elementary to 

middle school. How can educators promote new friendships? 

Do you anticipate digital interactions making it harder or 

easier to form friendships across traditional chasms like gender, 

race, and class?

Monday, November 23, 2020

Educational Links 11/24/2020


How I Teach Kids to Write Strong Book Reviews Using 3 Simple Steps


How Revising Math Exams Turns Students Into Learners, Not Processors

What Is Dysgraphia?

Dysgraphia is a brain-based learning disability that affects writing. As with all learning disorders, dysgraphia is common among individuals with ADHD. Learn more about dysgraphia signs & symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment here.

Sunday, November 22, 2020

Educational Links 11/03/2020

8 Ways To Grow As A Teacher

The Mistake Imperative—Why We Must Get Over Our Fear of Student Error


5 Myths About English Language Learners (ELLs) and Special Education

What Is ADHD? It’s Not Misbehavior, Manipulation, or Permissive Parenting

The manifestations of ADHD — hyperactivity, impulsivity, inattention, poor memory — do not reflect willful intent, lax parenting, or low intelligence. This ADHD Awareness Month, let’s dispel with these ADHD myths once and for all.