Middle School Matters
MSM-215 This We Believe-Walk with Dave
Aug 18, 2012
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Presented in collaboration with the Association for Middle Level Education. AMLE Feature: Characteristics To comprehend their breadth and focus, the characteristics are grouped in three general categories: Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment Characteristics ●Educators value young adolescents and are prepared to teach them. ●Students and teachers are engaged in active, purposeful learning. ●Curriculum is challenging, exploratory, integrative, and relevant. ●Educators use multiple learning and teaching approaches. ●Varied and ongoing assessments advance learning as well as measure it. Leadership and Organization Characteristics ●A shared vision developed by all stakeholders guides every decision. ●Leaders are committed to and knowledgeable about this age group, educational research, and best practices. ●Leaders demonstrate courage and collaboration. ●Ongoing professional development reflects best educational practices. ●Organizational structures foster purposeful learning and meaningful relationships. Culture and Community Characteristics ●The school environment is inviting, safe, inclusive, and supportive of all. ●Every student’s academic and personal development is guided by an adult advocate. ●Comprehensive guidance and support services meet the needs of young adolescents. ●Health and wellness are supported in curricula, school-wide programs, and related policies. ●The school actively involves families in the education of their children. ●The school includes community and business partners. You can find the This We Believe Jokes You Can Use: Eileen Award: ●Charles G. Timm ●Jennifer Johnson ●Marianne Mangels ●Jenifer Fox ●Mark Wills Advisory: Ten Rules for Class http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2012/08/10/10-rules-for-students-and-teachers-john-cage-corita-kent/ Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) Josh Fullan wrote an article entitled, ”Pedestrian City,” for the magazine Green Teacher, summer edition 2012. The purpose of the article was to present a way that middle school students could investigate the walkability of their urban neighborhoods. He presented three activities: Learning Activity 1: Introduction to walking as a mode of transportation. Learning Activity 2: Experiential lesson on walking in which the teacher leads the students on a neighborhood walk. Learning Activity 3: Culminates the unit with a creative hands-on activity on walking in which students create a hand-drawn map of a walk they do regularly. For more information, please visit: http://www.greenteacher.com/contents96.html From the Twitterverse: Join #mschat on Fridays at 8:00 pm EST on Twitter! Resources: 5 Video Projects to Try With Your Students Richard Byrne Here are five ideas and tools for video projects that you can try with your students this year. http://www.freetech4teachers.com/2012/08/5-video-projects-to-try-with-your.html http://thedirectorintheclassroom.ning.com/page/director-book ISTE: Digital Historians Events & Happenings: Calendar of Events:
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