Monday, January 18, 2021

Educational Links 1/20/2021



Effective online teacher training grows, but in-person supports still needed



Quick Guide: How has the pandemic altered California’s school accountability reforms?

Education in the Face of Unprecedented Challenges 

https://www.edsurge.com/research/reports/education-in-the-face-of-unprecedented-challenges

Getting Started With PBL in Social Studies

THREE VIDEOS ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF STORYTELLING


Education in the Face of Unprecedented Challenges


How to Read an IEP: 5 Things Teachers Should Look for

Understood's resources for educators are backed by research, vetted by experts, and reviewed by classroom teachers.

Sunday, January 17, 2021

Saturday, January 16, 2021

Educational Links 1/17/2021

 Who Is Miguel Cardona? Educatiom Secretary Pick Has Roots in Classroom, Principal’s Office

THIS WEEK’S RESOURCES TO SUPPORT TEACHERS COPING WITH SCHOOL CLOSURES


Give school staff rapid COVID-19 vaccine access, education leaders urge



Autism Families Report Major Impacts From Pandemic


6 teaching resources for the Presidential Inauguration


Newsom opens one-stop Covid information ‘hub’ on reopening schools



Creative Ways to Assess Math Understanding


Traditional math assessments tend to provide a narrow gauge of student learning—here’s how some teachers are going deeper. 

Dust of Snow


Dust of Snow by Norman Rockwell

 

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Dust of Snow

by Robert Frost 

The way a crow
Shook down on me
The dust of snow
From a hemlock tree

Has given my heart
A change of mood
And saved some part
Of a day I had rued.

Friday, January 15, 2021

Educational Links 1/16/2021

 

30 Of The Best Tools For Remote Teaching And Learning

A LOT IS GOING ON! HERE’S EVERYTHING (WELL, ALMOST EVERYTHING) YOU NEED FOR TEACHING ABOUT MARTIN LUTHER KING JR., THE INAUGURATION, IMPEACHMENT & INSURRECTION


To help get kids back in school, California should temporarily suspend local collective bargaining



School District’s Special Ed Services During COVID-19 Under Investigation


Low-Tech Scientific Exploration for Students at Home


Give school staff rapid COVID-19 vaccine access, education leaders urge


How to Make Anti-Racism More Than a Performance


Whether white people are ready or not, policies have to change

Thursday, January 14, 2021

Educational Links 1/15/2021

 

New Thinking About Emotional Intelligence



'Ambitious Girl' Reminds Kids: Your Dreams Are Not A Drawback



Improving Instruction With Student Data


Do Instructional Videos Work Better When the Teacher is On Screen? It Depends.


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



30 Of The Best Tools For Remote Teaching And Learning


Learning Disorders in ChildrenSEL


Many children may struggle in school with some topics or skills from time to time. When children try hard and still struggle with a specific set of skills over time, it could be a sign of a learning disorder. Having a learning disorder means that a child has difficulty in one or more areas of learning, even when overall intelligence or motivation is not affected.

Teachable Moment: Dr. Martin Luther King



Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. galvanized the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950's and 1960's due to his remarkable courage and unsurpassed eloquence.  He was right: those who were on the opposing  side of the argument were revealed as hideous, sadistic monsters. They still are. 

Unspeakable atrocities preceded and follow Dr. King's time of leadership. His actions and words still call forth men and women, boys and girls of all demographics to seek equality in America. And the price could be high.

When Dr. King gave his immortal, 'I Have A Dream' speech, he ignited dreams among all ethnicities, genders, religions, and students.  Hearing it is a profound experience. Please have your students listen. It is probably the most important speech given in the twentieth century, and given by a future winner of the Nobel Peace Prize.

Here is a resource to hear the "I Have A Dream" Speech on American Rhetoric.

Teachable Moment: "I Have A Dream" Speech Anniversary Today 
http://mzteachuh.blogspot.com/2012/08/american-rhetoric-great-resource-for.html 

Here is an excerpt from my blog "Books to Soothe Kids' Toxic Stress" http://mzteachuh.blogspot.com/2012/01/books-to-sooth-kids-toxic-stress.html

A third grader, small for his age, could really run fast during practice for his elementary school's Olympic Day. It was his way to shine. His tennies were worn out, so Teacher got him a new pair at  Wal-Mart. He made the school proud. This school district was low income, and located near a federal prison, therefore many families were in the area to be living nearby to visit relatives. The little boy also worked very hard at reading, writing, and math, including those impossible fractions. After the January 19th holiday, he asked Teacher, "Why don't they make Dr. Martin Luther King bedsheets? They make them for Superman." He had chosen the better hero.
This is a true story, and I hope the little guy is now a grown, happy, and functional adult, since I last had him at school in 1995.  He had the odds against him, but hopefully some encouragement from reading in school has remained with him.

http://www.amazon.com/Martins-Big-Words-Martin-Luther/dp/0786807148

This story of Dr. King and his profound words will be like miracle grow to the young soul, no matter what color his skin may be.

Teachable Moment: Book Review: Martin's Big Words 


http://mzteachuh.blogspot.com/2012/03/book-review-martins-big-words.html 


There are excellent resources to inform students about Dr. Martin Luther, King. 

March on Washington: Throngs mark 'I Have a Dream' anniversary



 http://www.cnn.com/2013/08/24/us/march-on-washington/?hpt=hp_inthenews



March on Washington's 50th anniversary commemoration draws tens of thousands



 http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-250_162-57599979/march-on-washingtons-50th-anniversary-commemoration-draws-tens-of-thousands/



 And some posters and quotes.





 





Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.





 The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character - that is the goal of true education.





 I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.







The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.





Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness.





 We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive.    







 Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.





He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love. There is some good in the worst of us and some evil in the best of us. When we discover this, we are less prone to hate our enemies.





I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality... I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word.





 Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?' 





 I look to a day when people will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.




MLK aged seven. Do you have one in your first grade? Maybe your eighth grade class, or your American History class?

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Educational Links 1/14/2021

3 strategies to teach STEAM in a blended environment



What Is Dyslexia?


Resources and Tools: Covid 19


Are Colleges Partly to Blame for the Riot at the Capitol?

 

WEDNESDAY’S MUST-READ ARTICLES ON SCHOOL REOPENINGS

Will New COVID-19 Strains Mean More Cases in Schools? An Explainer

A Model for Setting Up Group Work in High School Math


Collaboration is beneficial for student learning, and a strategy designed for distance learning makes it manageable and engaging.

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Educational Links 01/13/2021

 

Surveys Find Districts Are Using More Edtech Tools — and Teachers Are Bearing the Costs


“IMPROVING INSTRUCTION WITH STUDENT DATA”


Big district superintendents, Newsom advisers remain at odds on back to school plan



What Is Autism?


When Toxic Positivity Seeps Into Schools, Here’s What Educators Can Do


3 Ways to Level Up Your Zoom Skills


Want Students to Master Literary Analysis? Try Starting With a Vocabulary Lesson 


Unless they understand words such as ‘symbolize’ and ‘connote,’ it’s difficult for students to analyze literature well.

Monday, January 11, 2021

Educational Links 01/12/2021

 Bringing More of a Classroom Feel to Distance Learning


If an app can detect COVID-19 carriers by the sound of a cough, should schools use it?



Falling Through the Cracks - Strategies for Stopping Learning Loss


20 Simple Assessment Strategies You Can Use Every Day


Tools for Keeping Children Safe Online


Schools Are a Lifeline for Homeless Students. COVID-19 Is Severing the Connection.

How Online Teaching Needs to Improve—Even After the Pandemic


Despite all the frustrations and struggles to make remote and hybrid learning work during COVID-19, many teachers have evolved their practices to an approach more tailored to individual students’ needs, and the vast majority say they’ve gained skills that they’ll continue to use after the pandemic ends, concludes a new report.

Sunday, January 10, 2021

Educational Links 1/11/2021

A Daily Ritual That Builds Trust and Community Among Students


Stepping into 2021 - Tips for Transitioning



Delivering on Equity Post-Pandemic: Will We or Won’t We?


State closes digital divide with boots-on-the-ground effort



CLASSROOM INSTRUCTION RESOURCES OF THE WEEK


One Thing Today: Start Small & Keep Going in 2021


Inside the Effort to Find and Help Disengaged Youth


When in-person learning abruptly ended last spring, schools and community groups sprang into action, scrambling to offer wireless internet access, computers, and food. For many families, those measures were enough to ensure a level of economic and academic stability.

Saturday, January 9, 2021

Educational Links 1/10/2021

What To Do If You’re Attacked By A Student


Gov. Newsom proposes $4.6 billion for summer school, more learning time in 2021-22 budget



MOST POPULAR POSTS OF THE WEEK


Dyslexia and Bullying


Indicators for Dynamic School Decision-Making



Activities to Recognize and Celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Digital Games: Powerful Motivation Tool or Not So Much?


A Daily Ritual That Builds Trust and Community Among Students


An activity that encourages students to open up about a person close to them can bring a whole class together in profound ways. 

The Sky Is Cheap Entertainment: 2021 Skyshow

 


EarthSky’s 2021 meteor shower guide



All you need to know about major meteor showers in 2021.

January 2021 guide to the bright planets



As the year opens, you can still view 2 bright close-knit planets in evening twilight: Jupiter and Saturn. Mercury joins them on January 9, 10 and 11. Mars is the only bright evening planet out after true darkness falls. Dazzling Venus is the sole morning planet, lighting up the east at dawn.

Educational Links 1/9/2021


 

A Quiet And 'Unsettling' Pandemic Toll: Students Who've Fallen Off The Grid




“7 Reasons Why You Need More Analog Clocks”



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


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



Opening Campuses During Pandemic Sent Virus Cases Soaring in Communities, CDC Reports

Inside the Effort to Find and Help Disengaged Youth


California schools struggle to pay for ventilation upgrades, key to safely reopen campuses


Upgrading ventilation systems is a key way schools can reduce the spread of the coronavirus when campuses reopen, but some districts in California are finding the cost of those upgrades to be insurmountable.

Thursday, January 7, 2021