Presented in collaboration with the Association for Middle Level Education.
Jokes You Can Use:
During a dinner party, the hosts’ two little children entered the dining room totally nude and walked slowly around the table. The parents were so embarrassed that they pretended nothing was happening and kept the conversation going. The guests cooperated and also continued as if nothing extraordinary was happening.
After going all the way around the room, the children left, and there was a moment of silence at the table, during which one child was heard to say, “You see, it is vanishing cream!”
Two explorers, camped in the heart of the African jungle, were discussing their expedition. “I came here,” said one, “because the urge to travel was in my blood. City life bored me, and the smell of exhaust fumes on the highways made me sick. I wanted to see the sunrise over new horizons and hear the flutter of birds that never had been seen by man. I wanted to leave my footprints on sand unmarked before I came. In short, I wanted to see nature in the raw. What about you?” “I came,” the second man replied, “because my son was taking saxophone lessons.”
A dentist and a doctor fell in love with the same girl. The dentist had to go out of town for a week. He gave the girl 7 apples and asked her to eat one a day. Why?
Two gold fish are in a tank one says to the other “Do you know how to drive this thing?”
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Too Obvious to share
Middle School Science Minute
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!
From the Twitterverse:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Random Name Generators
Need a way to select students to “volunteer”?
* Note that these can also be used for vocabulary words, important terms, etc.
What works in teaching Math
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.
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.
Random Thoughts . . .