Middle School Matters
MSM 309:  The Teenaged Brain, Books and the First Days of School.
Aug 29, 2015 · 1 hr 1 min
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MSM 309:  The Teenaged Brain, Books and the First Days of School. Jokes You Can Use: Advisory: Kick off the year http://www.jakeballentine.com/kickoff.html Guess Which Letter has been added http://topnok.com/can-you-guess-which-letter-has-been-added-2/ Mike Rowe on a Career http://www.newslinq.com/mike-rowe/ Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) BIOMIMICRY I was recently reading the March, 2015 issue of "Science Scope," a magazine written for middle school science teachers, published by the National Science Teachers Association. In this issue, I read the article, "Biomimicry: The "Natural" Intersection of Biology and Engineering," written by Celeste Nicholas and Jeffrey Peterson. In the article, they describe a project on biomimicry that uses the crosscutting concept of Structure and Function to link disciplinary core ideas from biology with performance expectations for engineering. From the Twitterverse: Bill Ferriter ‏@plugusin #mschat every Thursday at 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. And as Troy says, “The Twitter never stops!” Strategies: http://connectedprincipals.com/archives/11778 Resources: Open Textbook thoughts by Troy: http://troypatterson.me/2015/08/23/open-textbooks/ Teacher Salary Around the World http://www.theguardian.com/teacher-network/teacher-blog/2014/sep/05/how-the-job-of-a-teacher-compares-around-the-world The Terrible Teens http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2015/08/31/the-terrible-teens College readiness declines when school's focus is improving test scores, study finds http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/05/150512140852.htm History’s Most Powerful Pictures http://coviral.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/Jesse-Owens-wins-gold-in-Nazi-Germany-1936.jpg *Warning some are not for every classroom. http://coviral.com/historys-powerful-photos/ Why Teachers and Bees are disappearing http://scholasticadministrator.typepad.com/thisweekineducation/2015/08/thompson-.html#.VeHFldNVhBd What We Know About the Teenage Brain http://www.pri.org/stories/2015-08-06/what-were-learning-about-teenage-brain Web Spotlight: Random Thoughts . . . Personal Web Site
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