Middle School Matters
MSM-193 A Whole Latte Stuff
Feb 11, 2012
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Jokes You Can Use: Mom: Were you a good boy today? Son: Yep. You can’t get in too much trouble standing in the corner. I wouldn’t say the restaurant was suspicious, but there were 3 shakers on the table: Salt, pepper and alka-seltzer. Eileen Award: Jamie Cruikshank Steve Collis Advisory: Best Ad Campaigns of All Time. http://www.englishblog.com/2012/02/infographic-best-ad-campaigns-of-all-time.html A Short History of Calendars http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=kzprsR2SvrQ Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) This middle school science minute is about writing lab reports. In the January, 2012 issue of Science Scope (NSTA publication) Fred Enge wrote an article entitled, "Not Another Lab Report." Fred shares his ideas on helping his 8th grade students improve on their lab reports. Two important factors came into play: 1. Relevance 2. Guidance From the Twitterverse: News: ISTE Island ISTE Island has been a resource for many educators over the years. February 28th the Island goes into LOST mode (vanishes completely) as ISTE will no longer make payments to Linden Labs to maintain the island. There’s a party on the 27th and all are invited to attend. Resources: Algebra in the Real World Movies http://www.thefutureschannel.com/algebra/algebra_real_world_movies.php Latte http://olivierlabs.com/latte/index.html Text to Speech Mac Only. Extends the functionality of the built-in Text to Speech. http://www.tuaw.com/2012/02/10/daily-mac-app-text2speech-lets-hear-what-you-write-in-record-ti Web Spotlight: English Slang http://larryferlazzo.edublogs.org/2012/02/10/nice-pbs-news-hour-story-on-teaching-english-slang/ Solve for X A forum to encourage and amplify technology-based moonshot thinking and teamwork. Somewhat similar to TED. http://www.wesolveforx.com/ Strategies: AMLE 2011: Mastery and How to Assess It Rick Wormeli This is based on Fair is Not Always Equal. Has a discussion guide, participant study guide, and videos Define Mastery Can use it and apply it in another context? Must incorporate it later in the year . . . Final exams given over last 2-3 weeks and never for a long period of time/sitting. What evidence will you tolerate? Sit down with your team/department and decide. What exemplars? What are teachers putting on their tests? "Agree on a commonly accepted definition of mastery." What is the difference between proficient in the standard/outcome and mastery of the standard/outcome? What does exceeding the standard mean? Common Assessments Written by local teachers Given when the kids are ready to take them. Do a variety of them. They don't count a huge amount on the report card. Ask him for the article on Clarifying the Curriculum. Feedback vs. Assessment Feedback: holding up a mirror to students, showing them what they did and comparing it to what they should have done - There's no evaluative component! Assessment: Gathering data so we can make a decision. Greatest impact: Formative Assessment. Be clear: We mark and grade against standards/outcomes, not the routes students take or techniques teachers use to achieve those standards/outcomes. Events & Happenings: Calendar of Events: Ohio Middle Level Association: The Ohio Middle Level Association will hold their annual conference. OMLA Registration Form OMLA Presentation Proposal Form AMLE Affiliate Conferences: The Michigan Association of Middle School Educators Annual Conference is coming up March 2012 in Warren Woods, MI. MAMSE Exhibitor Form MAMSE Registration Form MAMSE Presentation Form MAMSE Conference Program Book (2011) The North Carolina Middle School Association’s Annual Conference March 13-15, 2012 Conference Brochure Presenter’s Application Who They Are . . . This year’s sessions . . . Classroom 2.0’s Live Calendar. Classroom 2.0’s Ning Blog: Archived content is available.
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