Saturday, February 11, 2023

Education Links 2/12/2023

Why Studying Is So Hard, and What Teachers Can Do to Help 

“The Double Discrimination I Face: Living with Undiagnosed ADHD as a Person of Color”

Feedback, AI, and Language - The Week in Review

Racism is a subtle, silent enemy of STEM classrooms

Location, school culture, curriculum flexibility are top priorities for teacher applicants

The pandemic fueled a public school exodus, study says

Moving Beyond Childhood Trauma to Be a Better Teacher

Education Links 2/11/2023

What Will ChatGPT Mean for Teaching?

How to make sure families of color are heard by the school

Working with Families

How To Keep Your Class Improving

Should We Ban Homework?

13 Study Strategies To Help Students Retain New Learning

Educating the Whole Child: Support for Children With Special Needs

Educators’ Mental Health Gets New Attention in Federal Bill

Friday, February 10, 2023

Education Links 2/10/2023


30 Of The Best Books To Teach Children Empathy

Educating the Whole Child: Support for Children With Special Needs

Have We Learned Any Lessons From Administering Federal Stimulus Funds for Education?

4 Norms for Creating a Human-Centered Classroom

Could AI Finally Kill Homework?

What Every Educator Needs to Know About Artificial Intelligence

Half of students start school year behind — again

Thursday, February 9, 2023

Building A Relationship With Your Students


12 Strategies To Build Relationships With Students

Strategy # 1. Know their story

If you don’t know ‘who’ they are and ‘where’ they come from, any relationship is entirely academic.

What Building Relationships With Students Really Means

If your students trust you because you always do what you say will, and they like you because you’re consistently pleasant, then powerful, behavior-influencing rapport will happen naturally and without you having to work at it.

The ‘How’ of Building Deeper Relationships with Students

“Because I’ve made myself approachable, some of my students will tell me stories about their lives during the five minutes between classes,” she writes. “I stop what I am doing, look them in the eyes, and listen. I love seeing their eyes light up as they tell me these stories, and these encounters always leave me a little more knowledgeable about who they are as people.”

My off-duty reflections are occupied disproportionately with outliers: the most defiant learners, and kids who revere me. Wouldn’t more students benefit if the approach were less haphazard and unconscious? I decided to experiment with being deliberate and intensive in thinking about my students.

Wednesday, February 8, 2023

Education Links 2/9/2023

Teach the Super Bowl: Ideas for Subjects Across the Curriculum


LAUSD's new magnet film school gives students hands-on learning about entertainment industry

Pennsylvania’s school funding system violates state constitution, judge rules


50 Remote Learning Resources for Teachers and Schools


Encouraging Executive Functioning Skill Development in Middle School

Tuesday, February 7, 2023

Monday, February 6, 2023

Education Links 2/7/2023


Using Restorative Justice in your Classroom

Developing Disciplinary Literacy by Exploring Biodiversity on Campus

The Growth of Hispanic Students and English Learners Nationwide—in Charts

USDA proposal would shift school nutrition standards through 2029

There’s no such thing as a bad test taker, but anxiety is real

4 Ways to Give Meaningful Feedback with Google Classroom

Is an App Writing Your Students’ Essays for Them? 5 Smart Ways To Encourage Academic Integrity

STEM Valentines


Gee whiz...I think Nicola Tesla is flirting with me!

Cheesy Jokes and Serious Thoughts for Valentine's Day


What did the boy bird say to the girl bird?
Garfield is one of my closest friends. The alarm goes off around 4:30 am, I reach for the laptop and see what Garfield is up to. As a substitute teacher, I would bribe the class with his jokes. I'd draw his picture on the board, put the questions to the riddle up and tell the kids I wouldn't give them the punchline unless...the whole class could be complete 15 minutes of work, or be good until recess, or clean up the class. Whatever needed to be done. The rascalliest students really wanted the joke, so everyone would cooperate. I told them I wasn't sure if it was even legal to keep a punchline from them, it seemed like cruel and unusual punishment (but I never had to withhold a punchline ever.) Humor is a great break in the authoritarian regimen; and puns do teach language arts in their multiple meaning words. Oh, the punchline: let me call you Tweetheart. Maybe to be current I should change the riddle to, 'What did the boy bird text to the girl bird?'
Let me call you Tweetheart.
 “Humor is a very important component of emotional health, maintaining relationships, developing cognitive function and perhaps even medical health,” said Allan Reiss, MD, who directs the Center for Interdisciplinary Brain Sciences Research at Stanford. Most of us know the ancient proverb, 'A merry heart doeth good like a medicine.' Leave it to Stanford to use an MRI to prove it! They hooked up kids and showed them funny and nonfunny material. I wonder how these jokes would do.

If you don't like cheese, don't read these!

Here is some more silly:

Did you hear about the romance in the tropical fish tank?
It was a case of guppy love.

Why was the rabbit so happy on Valentine's Day?

Because some bunny loved him.

What did one piece of string say to the other piece of string?
Please be my valentwine!

What did one volcano say to another on Valentine's Day?

I lava you.

What did the French chef give his wife for Valentine's Day?
A hug and a quiche.

What did the farmer give his wife for Valentine's Day?
Hogs and kisses.

What did Frankenstein ask his girlfriend?
Won't you be my Valenstein?

What is serious about this holiday is that some of our students are in difficult circumstances due to stressors in their families. They can't write a valentine to mom or dad or other relatives. They may be in the middle of a family break up, in foster care, or suffered a great loss. Our job is to be aware of this, first of all, and maybe have an additional activity to take the edge off the intensity of the student's actual life. Maybe valentines to mail to troops overseas, or to a local nursing home or hospital. Maybe a writing project to write an anecdote of  a time someone showed kindness and love to the student. This could be emotional, but also cathartic. Life is tough, and the facade of the perfect family life is very difficult at times for many kids. Recalling a time of warmth and stability can be a positive moment on a dark day. I've had unique class situations where we could share such a writing project in discussion, and the other students were very supportive.

Thanks, Garfield and other silly souls for keeping it real. Real silly.

Sunday, February 5, 2023

Education Links 2/6/2023


What is Google Workspace for Education? | What You Need to Know! (FREE Download)

GPTZero - Another Tool to Detect Writing Created by AI


A Little-Known Trait Every Teacher Needs

35 Active Math Games and Activities for Kids Who Love To Move

Slipping through the cracks:
Differing federal policies keep homeless students from getting help

Young Writers Need Structure to Learn the Craft. How Much Is Enough?

Black History Month-MLK Quotes: My Personal Favorite


MLK Quotes: # 12

Black History Month: Tim Scott


"Success is created in studio apartments and garages, at kitchen tables, and in classrooms across the nation, not in government conference rooms in Washington." Tim Scott

Timothy Eugene Scott (born September 19, 1965) is an American businessman and politician serving as the junior United States senator from South Carolina since 2013. A member of the Republican Party, Scott was appointed to the U.S. Senate by Governor Nikki Haley in 2013. He retained his seat after winning a special election in 2014, and was elected to full terms in 2016 and 2022. Wikipedia

Books by Tim Scott