Jokes You Can Use:
Mom: Were you a good boy today?
Son: Yep. You can’t get in too much trouble standing in the corner.
I wouldn’t say the restaurant was suspicious, but there were 3 shakers on the table: Salt, pepper and alka-seltzer.
- Jamie Cruikshank
- Steve Collis
Best Ad Campaigns of All Time.
A Short History of Calendars
Middle School Science Minute
This middle school science minute is about writing lab reports. In the January, 2012 issue of Science Scope (NSTA publication) Fred Enge wrote an article entitled, “Not Another Lab Report.” Fred shares his ideas on helping his 8th grade students improve on their lab reports. Two important factors came into play:
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Character Scrapbook – A Tool for Student Reflections on Stories #fhuedu508
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Seven Tips for Writing Strong Grant Proposals - dedu.org/aWNxvY
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|* Larry Ferlazzo @Larryferlazzo
Nice PBS News Hour Story On Teaching English Slang bit.ly/x0OyAE
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Character is doing the right thing when nobody’s looking.
| DeeAnna Nagel @TherapyOnline
The Whens, Whats and Hows of iPad 3 shar.es/fUgMn
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| Steven W. Anderson @web20classroom
Some pretty neat ways to use Audacity (and audio) with students: bit.ly/i8nuQA
|Terie Engelbrecht @mrsebiology|
ISTE Island has been a resource for many educators over the years. February 28th the Island goes into LOST mode (vanishes completely) as ISTE will no longer make payments to Linden Labs to maintain the island. There’s a party on the 27th and all are invited to attend.
Algebra in the Real World Movies
Videos to help show how algebra is used in the real world.
Latte is a Mac OS X application that uses such Web engines asCodeCogs and Google Chart to typeset formulas written in LaTeX. Formulas can be dragged to other applications (e.g. Keynote, Pages) and, in the case of PDF formulas, scaled to an arbitrary size. Both the LaTeX input and the rendered output can be saved onto your local disk, making it easy to build a library of formulas.
Text to Speech
Mac Only. Extends the functionality of the built-in Text to Speech.
Solve for X
A forum to encourage and amplify technology-based moonshot thinking and teamwork.
Somewhat similar to TED.
Mastery and How to Assess It
This is based on Fair is Not Always Equal.
Has a discussion guide, participant study guide, and videos
Can use it and apply it in another context?
Must incorporate it later in the year . . .
Final exams given over last 2-3 weeks and never for a long period of time/sitting.
What evidence will you tolerate?
Sit down with your team/department and decide.
What are teachers putting on their tests?
“Agree on a commonly accepted definition of mastery.”
What is the difference between proficient in the standard/outcome and mastery of the standard/outcome?
What does exceeding the standard mean?
Written by local teachers
Given when the kids are ready to take them.
Do a variety of them.
They don’t count a huge amount on the report card.
Ask him for the article on Clarifying the Curriculum.
Feedback vs. Assessment
Feedback: holding up a mirror to students, showing them what they did and comparing it to what they should have done – There’s no evaluative component!
Assessment: Gathering data so we can make a decision.
Greatest impact: Formative Assessment.
Be clear: We mark and grade against standards/outcomes, not the routes students take or techniques teachers use to achieve those standards/outcomes.
Events & Happenings:
Calendar of Events:
Ohio Middle Level Association:
- The Ohio Middle Level Association will hold their annual conference.
AMLE Affiliate Conferences:
- The Michigan Association of Middle School Educators Annual Conference is coming up March 2012 in Warren Woods, MI.
- The North Carolina Middle School Association’s Annual Conference March 13-15, 2012
Classroom 2.0’s Live Calendar.