Here’s a fascinating idea that combines some old time interests (sharing lesson plans) with some new technology (wiki’s). Although not specific just to middle school, you can search by middle school to find lesson plans. Here is who they say they are:
“Curriki is more than your average Website; we’re a community of
educators, learners and committed education experts who are working
together to create quality materials that will benefit teachers and
students around the world.
Curriki is an online environment created to support the development and
free distribution of world-class educational materials to anyone who
needs them. Our name is a play on the combination of ‘curriculum’ and
‘wiki’ which is the technology we’re using to make education
Joining is free and easy. The idea is a simple one. Without a lot of input though, the idea will fall short. This brings forth a fascinating idea, What if every teacher contributed one of their best lesson plans?
At some point, some of this technology is going to hit the Tipping Point (a wonderful book by the way). The questions are what, when and will we be ready?
The Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) has just opened a new web site. This web site is all about “The Whole Child“. We’ve seen an interesting move toward addressing health issues as well as academics. I know that we have greatly changed our menu at my school to reflect better nutrition. Additionally, we have tied in many health issues into the curriculum and some of our Advisory activities. However, when push comes to shove, we are graded on solely on academic scores. Now, some of us believe that educating the whole child is not only a moral imperative, but something that the public and the government ought to recognize and support. How do you feel? What is your reaction to the new ASCD web site?
It’s the end of the year. Personally,I have really mixed feelings about this time of year. There is still so much to do. Plus, crazy as middle school can be, I really love working with the kids. I’ll miss them this summer as we send them off. It will be nice to get some time to prepare for next year. And of course, we’ll finish getting ready to “go live” with the podcast.
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