Friday, December 29, 2023

Mzteachuh's Meditations: Wait for the Lord


Remember while you wait, the Lord is holding you by the hand.

Psalm 27:14 

“Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!” (ESV)

Isaiah 40:31

But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.” (ESV)

Lamentations 3:25

The Lord is good to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks him.” (ESV)

Isaiah 30:18

Therefore the Lord waits to be gracious to you, and therefore he exalts himself to show mercy to you. For the Lord is a God of justice; blessed are all those who wait for him.” (ESV)

Psalm 130:5-6

I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in his word I hope; my soul waits for the Lord more than watchmen for the morning, more than watchmen for the morning.” (ESV)

PBS LearningMedia | Teaching Resources For Students And Teachers

PBS LearningMedia | Teaching Resources For Students And Teachers

Sunday, December 24, 2023

Mzteachuh's Meditations: Sleep In Heavenly Peace

Recipe for a good night's rest: 

1 Peter 5:7 Amplified Bible (AMP)

casting all your cares [all your anxieties, all your worries, and all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares about you [with deepest affection, and watches over you very carefully].

Thursday, December 21, 2023

MzTeachuh's Meditations


 Isaiah 40:31, "But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint." 

Take a deep breath. Muscles relax. Give it all to God.

Saturday, December 2, 2023

Cheesy Jokes and Serious Thoughts for Christmas


    What has four legs, a red nose and flies?   Rudolf the Red-Nosed Roadkill.

What is Frosty's favorite dinner?

Spaghetti and snowballs.

                                          Where doe Santa keep his red suit?    In his Santa Clauset.

 Knock, knock.

Who's there?


Earl who?

Earl I want for Christmas is my two front teeth.

                                                     Why does Santa use reindeer to pull his sleigh?

                                Because the elephants kept crashing through the roof.

What is the best Christmas carol in the Twilight movies?

I'm Dreaming of a Bite Christmas.

What has a red suit, a white beard and rows of razor sharp teeth? Santa Jaws.

What would you call your wedding anniversary if it was December 25th?

A Marry Christmas.

Who had a beard, webbed feet and wrote "A Christmas Carol?"

Charles Duckens.

What do you call being caught in a chimney with a fat man?

Santa Claustrophobia.

 What happened when the family cat swallowed some tinsel?

He needed a tinselectomy.

Knock, knock.

Who's there?


Anna who?

Anna partridge in a pear tree.

Question: Why was Santa's little helper depressed?
Because he had low elf esteem.

What is Santa's favorite American state?

Question: What do you get when you cross a snowman with a vampire?
Answer: Frostbite.

Where does Christmas come before Thanksgiving?
In the dictionary. 

This is for English teachers. 
Q: What do you call Santa's Helpers?
A: Subordinate Clauses

What is the snowman’s breakfast?
Answer: Frosted flakes!

How do snowmen greet each other?
 : Ice to meet you!

You just had to know eventually I would get to the funny cat pics.

Now for the serious talk. Christmas is a full on holiday--it smells good (catch that scent from the cinnamon pine cones?), looks sparkly and cute (lights up again), feels cozy  (snuggly blankets in front of the fire with hot cocoa or wassail), tastes yummy (yeah, bite the head off that gingerbread man!), sounds great (all types of music singing cheer and closeness and holiday, etc.) It is entertaining with endless gifts,  movies and music and fun.

Except for that annoying bell the Salvation Army persists in ringing at the front of stores. That is so annoying to be bugged to give to the less fortunate. The homeless, or impaired, or orphaned--is that my business? 

Shouldn't we have a right not to have them bug us? Isn't that the separation of church and state? I don't need all that Jesus stuff at this holiday, like giving to the poor, or kindness to strangers if I don't wish to. Peace and forgiveness. That's my business. Condemnation for behavior that's nobody's business but mine. And I shouldn't have to be reminded on a public street. At school Jesus and all that radical Christian stuff has been eradicated. When can I finally have a secular holiday?

Well, first of all the very word holiday is rooted from holyday.  A day to meditate on the spiritual side of life. Christmas means Christ worship in the old days. He is still memorialized as the greatest teacher who ever lived, the proclaimer of brotherhood, kindness and conscience. All the major religions admire him. Why is he considered so irritating to some Americans?

He was an all or nothing sort of person. You were with him or not. He was who he said he was or not. No in between. Forgiveness, purity, mercy. Very, very hard precepts. It is hard to hang with Jesus. Its all or nothing with Christ.

Students in public schools who profess Christianity are in danger of having their civil rights violated by some administrators and staff who find the message of Christ to be very irritating--not only those horrendous ten commandments, but that part about not lusting or lying  and giving to the poor and such. These leaders will nail kids for even saying, 'Merry Christmas.' 

Not much holiday spirit there. Or tolerance. I've observed it first hand towards kids and staff. I was told even playing Handel's Messiah was against the separation of church and state. So, I chose to play it anyway, thinking you have to take a stand sometimes. Might as well be Handel. No problems arose. No lawsuits.

It is our obligation as a democracy to extend tolerance to all. Even the annoying, I-Am-The-Only-Way Jesus, and his followers.

Teachable Moment: Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol"


Charles Dickens is remembered as the greatest creator of literary characters after Shakespeare. He is also a hero of the Victorian Era, being the conscience of the British Empire and exposing the neglect and abuse of the poor in the burgeoning Industrial Age.

He himself suffered as a child when his father was put into a debtor's prison. But from a young man he wrote numerous popular stories marketed in the United States and the UK, and these have continued to evolve into film, theatre, mini-series and are still enthusiastically enjoyed by generation after generation.

Dickens' novel make characters dynamically real. It is hard to deny knowing Pip or David Copperfield or Oliver Twist personally after reading the novels.

"A Christmas Carol" film, 1984
Tiny Tim and Bob Cratchit
He also wrote short stories, and "A Christmas Carol" is one now celebrated in every possible creative venue. My personal favorite is the film (1984) of the same title with George C. Scott as Ebenezer Scrooge. David Warner, as Bob Cratchit, brings tears to my eyes every year. The script is very compelling. You can show it at a public school because it is not openly a Christian film (Jesus is never mentioned by name), plus there are enough spirits, time travel, etc., that makes it a fantasy.

I've shown it to students of all demographics and they really appreciated it. They felt for Tiny Tim, and were shocked by Ignorance and Want. The kids are relieved Scrooge changes his way and avoids the lonely tragedy of a selfish life. The older students have compared and contrasted two different film versions.

Please consider reading the short story aloud. Dickens can pull the reader into a setting almost miraculously. As Ebenezer Scrooge walks through the streets of London to his home, just to see Marley's face on his door knocker--that is one of the best descriptive passages for mood and tone I have ever read.

How long it would take to list all the various renditions of "A Christmas Carol"? Wow, a couple of days. I do also like "The Muppets' Christmas Carol" with Michael Caine, "Scrooged" with Bill Murray, and Patrick Stewart as Scrooge in the TNT presentation of "A Christmas Carol."

So many Christmas Carols, so little holiday season.

Tuesday, September 26, 2023

How To Help With Dyslexia

Understanding Dyslexia

Accommodating Students with Dyslexia in All Classroom Settings

What Are the 4 Main Types of Dyslexia?

Signs of Dyslexia

Signs of dyslexia at different ages

Dyslexia is a learning disability in reading. People with dyslexia have trouble reading at a good pace and without mistakes. They may also have a hard time with reading comprehension, spelling, and writing. But these challenges aren’t a problem with intelligence.

Saturday, September 16, 2023

Always Great Writing Prompts: MLK Quotes. Here's Twenty-Two


MLK Quotes: #1 

MLK Quotes: #2 

MLK Quotes: #3 

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 MLK Quotes: #5

MLK Quotes: # 10

MLK Quote: #13 

MLK Quotes: #22

Important Education Topics 9/16/2023


“Ambitious growth” is needed to accelerate learning recovery

3 Ways to Help Students Master Academic Language

Safeguarding Students: Preventing the Inevitable

The unexpected connection between handwriting and learning to read

Parents who switched to alternative schools amid pandemic are sticking

All Teachers Should Study ADHD Neuroscience. Here’s Why.

Consequences are not the only path to changing behavior. Through the framework of applied educational neuroscience, educators can focus on understanding the ADHD deficits that trigger behavioral issues.

Saturday, August 5, 2023

On Your Mark, Get Set--It's the First Day of School!

Of course, the goof-offs are hoping for a disorganized, lenient teacher so they can goof-off with impunity! But we yearn to be the teacher they think back to and say, 

"The teacher helped me so much. Man, how strict! That teacher always demanded the best of me and I knew they cared because they never gave up on me. 

They believed in me"

Here are three sites that will help you to be that teacher.

Smart Classroom Management

Why First-Day-Of-School Accountability Is A Must

3 Things You Must Do On The First Day Of School

3 Critical Classroom Management Strategies For The First Hour Of The First Day Of School


23 Ways to Build and Sustain Classroom Relationships

Powerful, Evidence-Backed Ways to Connect with Students in the First Week of School

4 Questions to Ponder Before School Starts


Positive behavior strategies: A guide for teachers

Pre-correcting and prompting: An evidence-based behavior strategy

Why kids have trouble following a routine or schedule