Middle School Matters
MSM-281-Were Rusty
Aug 16, 2014
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MSM 281: We’re Rusty. Shut off the Internet to test. Presented in collaboration with the Association for Middle Level Education. Jokes You Can Use: Eileen Award: iTunes: Twitter: Holly Berchet-Hall, Brian Marks, Andre Spang, Torsten Larbig, MEEMIC, Kyle Stalzer, @sarahdateechur, Kit Hard, Yong Park, Dr. Phil Metzger, Secondary Principals (MASSP), Google+: Ryan Easton, Sandra Wozniak Facebook: Email: Advisory: Too Obvious to share Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) WE GET LETTERS I was recently reading the Summer, 2014 issue of "Science Scope," a magazine written for middle school science teachers, published by the National Science Teachers Association. In this issue, I read an article entitled "Letters! We Get Letters" written by Joanna Shubin. In the article, Joanna describes how she has her students write letters to scientists. It is a great way to integrate science and English Language Arts and to generate enthusiasm in all of the students. She suggests that you try having your own students write to scientists, because you will get letters! http://k12science.net/Podcast/Podcast/Entries/2014/8/7_Middle_School_Science_Minute-We_Get_Letters.html From the Twitterverse: 4 Ideas To Have A Successful First Year as Principal http://feedly.com/k/1qmcUDJ ~ #ISTEAPLN #fhuedu610 #tn_teta #edchat => @MSMatters #mschat every Thursday at 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. And as Troy says, “The Twitter never stops!” Stick Pick Twitter Giveaway: So recently I won a copy of Stick Pick. I already have a copy of Stick Pick from back when I reviewed it for the Podcast. If you’d like my copy of Stick Pick, send us an email at middleschooleducators@gmail.com with a short statement on how you use differentiation in your classroom and we’ll throw your name in a random name selector (called Stick Pick) and announce a winner two weeks from the recording of this show. Stick Pick will be making an important product announcement soon and we’ll bring you the news when it happens. Strategies: Random Name Generators Need a way to select students to “volunteer”? http://www.classtools.net/education-games-php/fruit_machine http://primaryschoolict.com/random-name-selector/ http://www.classtools.net/random-name-picker/ * Note that these can also be used for vocabulary words, important terms, etc. Classroom Games http://www.teachhub.com/classroom-games-other-creative-ways-start-day What works in teaching Math http://ies.ed.gov/ncee/wwc/MathHome.aspx Resources: Fluency Tutor Fluency Tutor™ for Google is designed to increase the fluency and comprehension skills of emerging readers. It can be used with individual students or whole classrooms. It helps to identify students needing additional support, and is often used with students in older grade levels who have specific reading difficulties. The teacher dashboard and student interaction area are all free. Premium features such as useful analytics and progress tracking are also available for $99 per teacher, per year. http://www.fluencytutorforgoogle.com/ Web Spotlight: Making Connections with Advisory Relationships are among the most important elements of student success. By: Ellen D'Amore ...research has shown that the more teachers foster relationships with their students and focus on their social and emotional needs, the more academic performance, motivation, and attendance improve. Our advisory program includes activities that take approximately one to two hours a week for the first semester, gradually moving the focus from social/emotional awareness to academics. The advisory program involves a series of seamless steps. The results of our advisory program include higher overall GPAs, increased attendance rates, and fewer behavior referrals. In the two years since we implemented the program, my students have commented that they feel like our advisory class is a little family, and they wish we could do more activities together. I feel the same way. http://www.amle.org/BrowsebyTopic/WhatsHot/WHDet/TabId/271/ArtMID/889/ArticleID/297/Making-Connections-with-Advisory.aspx Random Thoughts . . . Personal Web Site IFTTT Badges
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