Saturday, December 26, 2020

Educational Links 12/27/2020


CDC: Head Start is model for safe early ed programming amid COVID-19

ADHD in Children: Symptoms, Evaluations & Treatments

Indicators for Dynamic School Decision-Making

Standards-Based Grading Only Solves Half The Problem

The 11 Most Popular Classroom Q&A Posts of the Year

Blended Learning with Google (Part 1: Do THIS, NOT That!)

With this latest—and largest—surge of coronavirus infections in the United States, K-12 schools that hadn’t yet reopened for in-person learning now see few paths to do so in the near term, and many of the schools that were offering some face-to-face instruction are now pulling back into full-time remote learning.

Friday, December 25, 2020

Educational Links 12/26/2020


Educators: Hold Onto Humanity With Both Hands. Let Students Show You How.

Remote Teaching Strategies for Students with ADHD

Working toward flexible school experiences

California school districts, charter schools to get $6.8 billion, in varying amounts, of federal aid

NCLD Resources: COVID-19 has catapulted us all into a new reality

Digital self-harm on the rise among students, study finds

The Power of Being Seen

How well do you know your students? In a Nevada school, a simple strategy pushes teachers to look beyond the lessons.

Christmas Hilarity in the Wildlife Habitat


We really didn't do it on purpose as a prank on the birds in the wildlife habitat, but it is pretty humorous. Who knew our Earth Science project would turn into a Christmas carnival carousel?

During distance learning, I demonstrated to my Special Ed class how to create pinecones slathered in peanut butter rolled in bird seed. Then I hung the two bird feeders with twine in different locations--the northern front yard which is actually the Butterfly Garden, and the southern back yard which is the wildlife habitat. We have Special Activities  three times a week with three different, small student groups. I tell the kids I'm grabbing my blue Chromebook and we're going outside. 

Today, Christmas, I caught white crowned sparrows trying so hard to reach the underside of the pinecones with the remaining peanut butter and seeds. Turn, turn, turn-and it's the birds not the Byrds!

I am a pretty poor videographer-but you can get the humor of the situation. Please forgive my guffaws-they cracked me up!

Nature, My Garden and Me: Hilarious birds spinning on pine cone peanut butter/birdseed feeder 

Nature, My Garden, and Me: Birds spin on pinecone bird feeder

Yay, Lord, We Greet Thee Born This Happy Morning


[OFFICIAL VIDEO] O Come, All Ye Faithful - Pentatonix

Adeste, Fideles Enya

O come, all ye faithful
Joyful and triumphant
O come ye, o come ye to Bethlehem
Come and behold Him
Born the King of Angels!
O come, let us adore Him
O come, let us adore Him
O come, let us adore Him
Christ the Lord

A Jazzy Christmas with Wynton

Christmas Music: WHITE CHRISTMAS - Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis

Thursday, December 24, 2020

Educational Links 12/25/2020


Things Fall Apart. Will Public Education?


The Defining Signs of Dyslexia Too Often Ignored


The TeachThought Podcast Ep. 228 Developing Virtual & Intercultural Skillsets

States Renew Efforts to Track Student Attendance as Pandemic Stretches On

Connecting SEL to Academic Outcomes

Skills that students develop in social and emotional learning—empathy, collaboration, and so on—are closely connected to standards in many academic subjects.

Merry Christmas from MzTeachuh


Love, joy and peace-not to mention rest- 

to us all this Christmas Day. 

Kids, parents, teachers all have experienced such profound changes and challenges--


 we look for the miracle. 

Christmas representing the season of hope and help and heaven

seems almost overdue. But the time is right.

Love, joy and peace-not to mention rest. 

God bless us everyone.

My actual background for Google Meeting during the Holiday seasons. We get festive around here.

Classical Music for Christmas Playlist

Rimsky-Korsakov - Christmas Eve: Orchestral Suite (1895)

Camille Saint-Saëns - Christmas Oratorio - Op. 12 - Royal Opera Theater Orchestra

Christmas (smalin) with animated musical graphics; listen to the whole mix

The Nutcracker Suite Full Album: Tchaikovsky

G. F. Handel: Messiah HWV 56 (fantastic performance)

Carols From King’s – The Choir of King’s College, Cambridge (Full Album)

Rimsky-Korsakov - Christmas Eve: Orchestral Suite (1895)

Bach - Christmas Oratorio [1-3] Harnoncourt

Classical Music for Christmas Playlist

When The Holidays Aren't Fun

COVID-19 Holiday Season May Be Particularly Hard on Kids: What to Do

8 Difficult Holiday Situations for Kids With Aniety

Keep the Holidays Happy During COVID-19

10 Quarantine Activities for Kids with free printables

Holidays During the Pandemic

'Yes, we can still have Christmas': the children's charities giving hope to families

Minimize Holiday Havoc with These ADHD-Friendly Strategies

Do you dread each winter break — especially your child’s accompanying ADHD symptom flare-ups? Stay ahead of the curve with these 6 tips for helping your children enjoy holiday celebrations without behavior problems, safety issues, or family conflicts.

Like starlight on a Christmas tree-glittery


Kacey Musgraves - Glittery (From The Kacey Musgraves Christmas Show) ft. Troye Sivan

Wednesday, December 23, 2020

Christmas Saves the Year


twenty one pilots - Christmas Saves The Year (Official Audio)

Snow falls down from the gray sky
Ashes fall in the sea
Plans are thrown to the wayside
Frozen days of the week
But everybody wants to make it home this year
Even if the world is crumblin' down
'Cause everybody's got somebody who's got their name on a shelf
With cheap décor and flavored cheer
You rest assured that Christmas saves the year
Dust off old photo boxes
This one's marked '92, yeah
Years past seemed so much grander
This one needs to come through
'Cause everybody wants to make it home this year
Even if the world is crumblin' down
'Cause everybody's got somebody who's got their name on a shelf
With cheap décor and flavored cheer
You rest assured that Christmas saves the year
Bum-bum-bum, bum-bum-bum-bum
Bum-bum-bum, bum-bum-bum-bum-bum
Everybody wants to make it home this year
Even if the world is crumblin' down
'Cause everybody's got somebody who's got their name on a shelf
With cheap décor and flavored cheer
You rest assured
Everybody wants to make it home this year
Even if the world is crumblin' down
'Cause everybody's got somebody who's got their name on a shelf
With cheap décor and flavored cheer
You rest assured, Christmas saves the year

Educational Links 12/24/2020


13 Virtual Games to Play in Your Elementary Classroom

School Workers May Get Early Shot at COVID-19 Vaccine. Will They Take It?

Understood’s top 5 educator articles of 2020

'Every Kid is Motivated': Action-oriented Ideas to Revive Students' Curiosity

Learn Right Now! 8 Secrets to Engaged Online Learning for Students with ADHD

How Today’s Unique Education Challenges May Improve Tomorrow’s Assessments

Low-Income Students

The majority of California’s students come from families with incomes of less than 185 percent of the federal poverty level and qualify for free- and reduced-price meals. These students often face obstacles to succeed in school. California’s funding formula provides more funding for schools to serve children who are low-income.

Dolly's Words: Christmas Is


Dolly Parton - Christmas Is (featuring Miley Cyrus) Lyrics

Coldest Winter


Coldest Winter Pentatonix

Does This Student Have a Learning Disability?

Each of these age divisions also has subtopics with very helpful information.

Pre-K to Grade 2

Pre-kindergarten through the second grade is a crucial time for parents and educators to recognize early warning signs of learning disabilities (LD). Features of LD may be hard to spot during this time, however, as children can mask their struggles by playing up strengths and hiding weaknesses. For more free early learning resources, please visit NCLD's Get Ready to Read! website.

Grades 3 to 8

During grades three through eight, children are no longer learning how to read, but rather are reading to learn. This is a major turning point in education—one that has big implications for children with reading-related learning disabilities, like dyslexia. Throughout this time, children are figuring out how they learn, and parents are figuring out how to support their child’s learning.

Grades 9 to 12 (High School)

Once high school comes around, it’s important that students know how to take charge of their learning disability (LD) and are able to articulate what they need in order to succeed. High school issues are tough enough—competition, planning for the future, and raging hormones, to name a few—which is why it's important that teens know how to deal with LD-related obstacles.

College & Adult

Living with a learning disability (LD) is no easy task. Throughout your life, your LD accompanies you everywhere—to the workplace, the supermarket, the bowling alley…it's always there. Adults need to understand how to manage their LD and the risks and advantages of disclosing their LD status in college, at work, and beyond.

Here are the NCLD links for the process of asking school professional to help identify a possible Learning Disability.

1. My child is struggling with school

2. Now my child has been identified with a Learning Disability--what now?

3. How do I ensure my child's success?

About Understood 

Parents want the best for their children. We do, too. For the first time ever, 15 nonprofit organizations have joined forces to support parents of the one in five children with learning and attention issues throughout their journey.

With the right support, parents can help children unlock their strengths and reach their full potential. With state-of-the-art technology, personalized resources, free daily access to experts, a secure online community, practical tips and more, Understood aims to be that support.

Tuesday, December 22, 2020

Educational Links 12/23/2020

Don’t Rush to ‘Diagnose’ Learning Loss With a Formal Test. Do This Instead


Teachers and school staff in California increasingly likely to get vaccine in next round

10 questions about the new stimulus money for schools, answered


Assuming The Best: The Power Of Teaching Through Positive Assumption

'Every Kid is Motivated': Action-oriented Ideas to Revive Students' Curiosity

How to Spend Less Time Grading

Carefully deciding what to grade and providing students with rubrics can make grading less time-consuming.

News Flash: Three Kings Seeking Peace In Middle East


And they found the Prince of Peace.

The Mediaeval Baebes - 'We Three Kings'

I like that the composer of this carol was at first trained to be a journalist, then chose to be a pastor.

We Three Kings (Wikipedia)

I observed this a astronomical phenomena a couple years ago standing in my neighborhood in the Mojave Desert of SoCal looking to the west horizon at sunset. It was amazing.

Star of Bethlehem Visible After 2,000 years (2015)