Enjoyed the podcast as always this week. Especially enjoyed the music link. I also liked the comment about how kids seldom hear stories in their songs. This may be one of the advantages of ballads. I was talking to one of our ELA consultants and she was saying how Taylor Swift is one of today’s artists that uses songs to tell stories. But I had an interesting comment from my grandson the other day. He was listening to Abiyoyo:
a song by Pete Seeger that often comes up when we are in the car. But the other day, he said it was his favorite “story song.” We talked a bit about it and it aligned with what you were talking about – songs that tell a story and there are not a lot of songs that do that. I am glad I keep playing that song.
Share with students. What do they think? Is this worthwhile? How do they monitor their own use of “wasteful” sites?
Middle School Science Minute
Moving Toward 3-D Learning
I was recently reading the August, 2019 issue of “Science Scope,” a magazine written for middle school science teachers, published by the National Science Teachers Association.
In this issue, I read the section “From the Editor’s Desk” written by Patty McGinnis. She wrote an article entitled, “Moving Toward 3-D Instruction.” She cites some valuable resources that will help with this movement:
Quality examples of science lessons and units: http://bit.ly/2IMzxCz
NSTA classroom resources: http://ngss.nsta.org/Classroom-Resources.aspx
NGSS Lesson Screener: http://www.nextgenscience.org/sites/default/files/NGSSScreeningTool-2.pdf
From the Twitterverse:
20 Instant Google Searches your Students Need to Know http://controlaltachieve.com/2016/05/google-search-cards.html #edtech
OK class, what did we learn today? If you pout about rules, get in fight w/your boss, & air the drama on Insta, you get $15M + $9M signing bonus on a better team. (Antonio Brown Reference)
I’m pretty sure those were not any of the “I can…” statements on the board.
Teachers: trusted with other people’s children and the future of our democracy. Not trusted with the color copier.
We must work hard to teach students with special learning needs. But we must work harder to teach students with special learning wants.
Stop wasting your time. If students don’t learn from your comments what’s the point? If you leave feedback, make it actionable and don’t release their score until they respond.
“Glory to Hong Kong,” the unofficial anthem of Hong Kong, was created/shared on YouTube less than two weeks ago and now people are gathering in malls to sing it together. Incredible.
This evening’s #GloryToHK thread. First off #CausewayBay Times Square
Orchestral Version: https://twitter.com/i/status/1171786302527856640
Don’t forget #mschat every Thursday at 8:00 pm EST. Look for your host Todd Bloch to have a middle school topic all ready to go! Make it a strategic part of your personal professional development.
Play-Doh/Activity Dough Beginning of the Year Thingy
Perspective (First Day in class in China):
No Copyright Video Backgrounds – YouTube
A Rare Universal Pattern in Human Languages
Some languages are spoken more quickly than others, but the rate of information they get across is the same.