Middle School Matters
MSM-199 MAMSE Can You Hear Us-Major Announcement
Mar 24, 2012
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Jokes You Can Use: What do you get when you cross a porcupine with a sheep? An animal that knits it’s own sweaters. What do you get when you cross a chicken with an elephant? I don’t know, but Colonel Sanders would have trouble dipping it in batter. If a dog loses his tail, where does he go? To the retail store. On Our Mind: MAMSE Major Announcement Eileen Award: John Bernia Todd Bloch Jeff Pelich Advisory: Even Disney Makes Mistakes: http://www.slashfilm.com/watch-rare-disney-documentary-called-the-sweatbox/ Paper Toys All kinds of paper projects. You could have the kids make a “scene” or use it http://papertoys.com/ Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) This middle school science minute is about the misconceptions that middle school students have about light. In the February 2012 issue of Science Scope (NSTA publication) Amber Haslag and James P. Concannon wrote an article entitled: "Reflecting on students' misconceptions about light: Using research to guide assessment and instruction" They begin by sharing data on a study done through Michigan State University, which identifies the misconceptions that students have about light. They then developed a two-day 5E lesson that helps students to clarify their misunderstandings. After the lesson, they evaluate the students on their understanding of light. From the Twitterverse: MAMSE 2012 Formative Assessment Formative assessment. Fowlerville and Flatrock have also implemented this. MDE and Measured Progress Self reflection Goal Setting Prior Knowledge Formative Assessment Toolbox ( A really thick binder - 4", I do believe) Non-negotiables Rationale Explanation Ways to Incorporate Grading Scale - How do we grade? Why? Chose a 13 point scale. ZAP - Zero's Aren't Permitted Students are ZAPPED for lunch and after school. 3 Zaps in a week=after school. Principal is heavily involved. Counselors are used to follow up with the student. The counselor does the scheduling of the student with the parent for after school ZAP. This is also combined with the after school programs for support for students who are struggling. This is more immediate than Saturday school. The issue with Saturday school was the delay. They use Advisory for communication. They rely on the relationship development through Advisory to support the ZAP. Collaborative Team work Touch the numbers in order. 30 seconds to touch them in order. Then pair up. One person touches, the other helps. Shows that you are more effective in a group. They usually get farther. Wordles: Group works together. Combine different groups. When done, give out the answers, then process. Teacher takes notes on what happens: groups talk things out. The teacher role is to observe and then help the students process. Trying these out, the students respond genuinely. IZZI: 8x8. Resources: Zopler Zopler is a social network where writers, authors and students can easily collaborate on writing stories together as a group. http://zopler.com/ Contact Info: Anne Thorp: www.oaisd.org athorp@oaisd.org PeterArashiro: www.learnport.org parashiro@mivu.org Events & Happenings:
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