Middle School Matters
MSM-286 International Day
Oct 11, 2014
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MSM 286: It’s International Day of the Girl, Homework, and Muting the Messenger . . . Jokes You Can Use: Eileen Award: Advisory: Radiooooo http://beta.radiooooo.com/ Does My Voice Really Sound Like That? Take it from an expert: It’s weird to hear how your voice really sounds. But why does it sound different to you than everyone else. Hank explains -- in a deep, resonant voice. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L2wThQljxcY&feature=youtu.be 16 Shakespearean Insults *Warning the *H* word is used. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P_Uej8LJ48Q#t=49 Breakfast http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2014/10/08/magazine/eaters-all-over.html Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) I was recently reading the September, 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 "Moving Ahead With Alternate Conceptions," written by Aaron Isabelle, Rosemary Millham, and Thais da Cunha. In the article, they explain how alternate conceptions are also referred to as misconceptions, which are deeply ingrained, scientifically inappropriate ideas about something in the physical or natural world. In the article, they state 11 alternate conceptions correlated with the NGSS. An example of an alternate conception is that dinosaurs and cavemen lived at the same time. http://k12science.net/Podcast/Podcast/Entries/2014/10/1_Middle_School_Science_Minute-Alternate_Conceptions.html From the Twitterverse: #mschat every Thursday at 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. And as Troy says, “The Twitter never stops!” Strategies: Homework http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2012/11/26/homework-an-unnecessary-evil-surprising-findings-from-new-research/ Three critical questions students should keep in mind--any subject, any grade--when reading NF: https://twitter.com/KyleneBeers/status/515988759171829760/photo/1 Resources: How Teacher’s Learn http://thelearningcounsel.com/repository/teachers-as-tech-learners.jpeg http://thelearningcounsel.com/archives/How-Teachers-Learn National Cyber Safety Month https://plus.google.com/photos/+google/albums/5940699556055522273 ScratchJR Coding is the new literacy! With ScratchJr, young children (ages 5-7) can program their own interactive stories and games. In the process, they learn to solve problems, design projects, and express themselves creatively on the computer. Download for the iPad. http://www.scratchjr.org/index.html Web Spotlight: Mute the Messenger When Dr. Walter Stroup showed that Texas’ standardized testing regime is flawed, the testing company struck back.by Jason Stanford Published on Wednesday, September 3, 2014, at 8:00 CST http://www.texasobserver.org/walter-stroup-standardized-testing-pearson/ Random Thoughts . . . Personal Web Site Book deliberate [sic] Optimism: reclaiming the JOY in education by Dr. Debbie Silver, Jack C Berckemeyer, and Judith Baenen. “Recharge the optimism that made you an educator in the first place! School is where students and staff should feel safe, engaged, and productive - and choosing optimism is the first step toward restoring healthy interactions necessary for enacting real change.”
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