Monday, September 26, 2022

Connections Crossing Cultures

“The NVIV (Next Vista Inspiring Video) series of posts are written by Rushton Hurley and designed to provide students and teachers with fascinating discussion prompts.”

In Connections Crossing Cultures, Rushton features the Speaking Exchange project, which connects CNA students in Brazil with Americans living in retirement homes.

Rushton gives the following prompts to accompany this video:

“How would you describe your school’s culture? Does it include helping others in some way?

One of the most amazing things about helping someone else is that it might take very little time, but become a huge part of how you see yourself. In this video, the students and the seniors are helping each other quite powerfully.

Is there some small way you could devote some time to helping someone else?”

This was very interesting to me because for the past year, I have been seriously trying to learn Spanish. This would be a great way for students to practice a different language and it would help those who are lonely to have someone to talk to. I think there should be more of this going on in all schools. I also don’t think we use the older generation as a resource enough. Many retirees would be thrilled to help but they just need someone to ask them. There may be some willing to share other skills like woodworking, amateur radio, cooking, or knitting that might interest young people.

Please check out the video and think of other prompts you might come up with. Please share.

Friday, September 23, 2022

Useful Information In and Out of the Classroom 09/23/22

Here are some interesting sites that I’ve found this week, thanks to my PLN. As a teacher, I feel we have to keep up to date concerning research in our field and current issues in the education system. I hope some of these inspire you, inform you, and even have you asking questions. Thank you for coming by and visiting!

Note: Each resource is labeled with a level and subject area to make it easier to use.

Levels: E: Elementary; M: Middle; H: High; G: General, all levels; SN: Special Needs; T: Teachers

Subject Areas: LA: Language Arts, English, Reading, Writing; M: Math; S: Science; Health; SS: Social Studies, Current Events; FA: Fine Arts; Music, Art, Drama; FL: Foreign Language; PE: Physical Ed; C: Career; A: All

Math Sites That Won't Make You Fall Asleep - Resources for teachers to use with students. Curated by Terri Eichholz. (L:T; SA:M)

Icebreakers and Exit Tickets - 30 Questions
- “Whether you're using an online platform to conduct icebreakers and exit ticket activities or you're just reading the questions aloud to your class (AKA the Old Fashioned Way), I hope these help.” (L:T; SA:A)

State History Resources - “you will find C-SPAN Classroom resources relating to the 50 states, Puerto Rico, and Washington, D.C. linked above. Click on the name of each state to expand the section and view the featured resources.” (L:T; SA:SS)

How rollercoasters affect your body - “In 1895, crowds flooded Coney Island to see America’s first-ever looping coaster: the Flip Flap Railway. But its thrilling flip caused cases of severe whiplash, neck injury and even ejections. Today, coasters can pull off far more exciting tricks and do it safely. Brian D. Avery investigates what rollercoasters are doing to your body and how they’ve managed to get scarier and safer at the same time. (L:G; SA:S)

Longtail keyword research tool- “Get hundreds of keyword suggestions for FREE!”(L:G; SA:A)

Original photo by Pat Hensley

Thursday, September 22, 2022

Proper Planning

In The last minute from Seth Godin's Blog, Seth Godin emphasizes,

“If you do anything at the last minute that takes more than a minute, you’re not organizing your project properly.”

Nothing drives me crazy than working with people who wait until the last minute to do something.

I’m a “get it done now” kind of person.

If I know something needs to be done by a deadline, I must get it done early. I want it done ahead of time in case something happens that keeps me from getting it done later.

What if I get sick or get in an accident? At least if I have it done, I don’t have to worry about it. If someone needs it by a certain date, I won’t be holding them up.

By having something done early, I can free my mind up to do other things I enjoy.

I might have learned this from my parents who had a rigorous work ethic. If something needed to be done, do it now and play later. They instilled this in me also and I can hear them in the back of my mind when I want to delay doing something.

Procrastinating always causes me stress so it is better to get something done than to put it off.

Ignoring it until later doesn’t accomplish anything.

By waiting until the last minute, I might not have all the information or materials I need and then I’m scrambling to get what is needed. This means my finished project might not be as good as it could be.

I want to instill this same work ethic in my student’s minds. I want them to learn that it is important to do what needs to be done rather than waiting until the last minute. Organizing their work makes this possible and will help them be successful in the things they do.

Photo by Aron Visuals on Unsplash

Wednesday, September 21, 2022


In Constraints are a gift from Seth Godin's Blog, Seth Godin shares, .

“Constraints are a gift because they bring us something to lean against, and they give us the chance to focus on work we can actually do.”

One of the most challenging things for new teachers is to set boundaries for students. We really want our students to like us but they need a teacher more than they need a new friend.

Students need boundaries so that they know where they stand. They know what is expected of them and how far they can go. Of course, there will be many times when they push these boundaries but I think this is a way to see if the teacher is being fair and consistent.

If students push boundaries and the teacher doesn’t stand firm, then those boundaries don’t really exist. This means that the student doesn’t know when they are in danger, which can cause fear. Just like we wouldn’t let a toddler run out in the street, our students need to know that you won’t let them do something dangerous. They need to know that someone cares enough to stop them from going too far.

Often, students live in a chaotic world and the classroom is where they get structure and security. It is the boundaries that the teacher sets which make them feel safe.

So, even though the student may say they hate me or resent me, they know in their heart that I’m doing what is best for them. It is important for them to learn the boundaries so that they can eventually set them for themselves. How can they learn this if they never experience them?

How do you feel about boundaries? How do you set them? Please share.

Photo by Sylwia Bartyzel on Unsplash

Tuesday, September 20, 2022

Crazy Cool Costumes

“The NVIV (Next Vista Inspiring Video) series of posts are written by Rushton Hurley and designed to provide students and teachers with fascinating discussion prompts.”

In Crazy Cool Costumes, Rushton features Ryan Weimer who makes a costume for his son that incorporates his son’s wheelchair. This led to an idea for a new corporation that could help others.

Rushton gives the following prompts to accompany this video:

“If you were in a wheelchair, what would you want for a cool Halloween costume? What would it take to build it? Do you know people who like to build cool things for the sole reason that it’s cool to do that?

What’s something you’re good at? Could you use that ability to help someone else in some meaningful way? (Hint: the answer is yes, but the challenge might be knowing how.)

I really love hearing how people are finding ways to help those who are different be accepted by others. These costumes take the focus off the wheelchair and allow the children to be just like their peers. It would be great to find ways to do this for other differences too that would allow the focus to be on the person and not the way they are different.

Please check out the video and think of other prompts you might come up with. Please share.