Presented in collaboration with the Association for Middle Level Education.
Jokes You Can Use:
The local sheriff was looking for a deputy, so Gomer, who was not exactly the sharpest nail in the bucket, went in to try out for the job.
“Okay,” the sheriff drawled, “Gomer, what is 1 and 1?”
“11” he replied.
The sheriff thought to himself, “That’s not what I meant, but he’s right. What two days of the week start with the letter ‘T’?”
“Today and tomorrow.”
The sheriff was again surprised that Gomer supplied a correct answer that he had never thought of himself.
“Now Gomer, listen carefully: Who killed Abraham Lincoln?”
Gomer looked a little surprised himself, then thought really hard for a minute and finally admitted, “I don’t know.”
“Well, why don’t you go home and work on that one for a while?”
So, Gomer wandered over to the barbershop where his pals were waiting to hear the results of the interview. Gomer was exultant. “It went great! First day on the job and I’m already working on a murder case!”
At school one morning the teacher asked little Johnny what he had for breakfast. Little Johnny said, well, on my way to school I come cross this Apple tree, so I climbed up there and started eating apples. I guess I eat about six, said little Johnny. No, said the teacher, it’s ate! Little Johnny said well it could’ve been eight I don’t remember.
Q. What did the traffic light say to the other traffic light?
A. Don’t look now am changing!
Q: What kind of insects to you find on the Moon.
A: Lunar Ticks (Lunatics)
Q. Why did the kid eat his homework?
A. His teacher said it was a piece of cake.
Twitter: Shawn Davids, Middle Grades Ed UGA,
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Have students write a story about one of the pictures.
Middle School Science Minute
I was recently reading the November, 2013 issue of Science Scope, a magazine for middle school science teachers, published by the National Science Teachers Association. I then read the article “Building Science Literacy by Reading: Science News” written by Kent Schielke, a 7th-8th grade science teacher in Naperville, IL.
Every year, she challenges her 8th graders with the question, “Where will you get your information about new science after you take your last science class.” She then shares the assignment that she uses to help her students answer this question.
From the Twitterverse:
Mission: Club Academia strives to organize existing knowledge in ways that make learning easily accessible while simultaneously inspiring people to discover and innovate.
Since its founding, Club Academia has provided supplemental instruction to students who are struggling with a particular concept and are looking for further explanation. We recognize that often fellow students can most easily help peers understand difficult classroom material. Starting with only four high schoolers uploading videos to a YouTube account, Club Academia has expanded nearly exponentially, currently with 17 video makers and over 300 videos on our website. With the help of the $20,000 Westly Prize grant, we are able to provide equipment for our video-makers and thus create a strong video base. As a result, we are able to expand into more schools and recruit more volunteers to make high-quality videos for our learners!
Five Tools That Help Students Plan Stories
As a student the importance of planning a story before writing it was driven into my head. Then when I became a teacher, I drove that same message home to my students. Here are five free tools that students can use to plan and outline their stories.
Snow Day Calculator
Free Images from the British Library
We have released over a million images onto Flickr Commons for anyone to use, remix and repurpose. These images were taken from the pages of 17th, 18th and 19th century books digitised by Microsoft who then generously gifted the scanned images to us, allowing us to release them back into the Public Domain. The images themselves cover a startling mix of subjects: There are maps, geological diagrams, beautiful illustrations, comical satire, illuminated and decorative letters, colourful illustrations, landscapes, wall-paintings and so much more that even we are not aware of.
AMLE 2013 Annual Conference
Flipped Classrooms in the Middle Level
Nichole Carter (@MrsCarterHLA)
Conferene handout: http://goo.gl/r/VnTg (Note: the page is down at the time of this podcast.)
Back Channel: http://goo.gl/f3VaKN
(Note: The audience was very not back channel savvy and the presenter didn’t incorporate it in their presentation.)
Video Scribe app: Sparkol Videoscribe is a cheap app for her video presenting.
What is the Flipped Model?
At it’s core the idea is to take out direct instruction from the classroom and to move the application of the knowledge back in. It also asks that you rethink the valuable face to face time with students.
Rethink your face-to-face time with the kids.
Project Based Instruction
Video: Flipped Classroom G. Johnson from Canada
If it isn’t something you can maintain, you won’t do it!
All flipped models are different, that is okay! Find what works for you and your population of students.
Think about your options:
Do you want to create your own material?
Do you want to use previously made videos?
Can you deliver the content with videos, articles, podcasts?
Delivering the content:
In a proficiency based program use backwards design linked to the standards.
Once you know the ending summative assessment you can better breakdown how to deliver the content.
Jon Bergman says to keep the videos to 15 minutes per grade level. (For sure 15 minutes or less,)
2-3 videos per week. (Max)
Routine is important.
Think about what you want to do with them while they are watching these videos.
Do the WSQ! Flipping with Kirch (look this up)
Watch and take notes
Summarize the content
(See the website for the details.)
The Power of the Pause Button
It’s important to train students on how to use the videos.
Teach the students the proper behavior for watching these vidoes.
They should watch on their own.
Go at their own pace, teach the power of the pause button.
This style of teaching is great for ALL students, they can rewind, pause for their own pace and note taking and rewatch!
First few days of school
It’s a good idea to model these ideas in class before unleashing the students on their own.
I like to watch a video that I made explaining these concepts in class. (It’s five minutes long.)
I have a student come up to my SMART board and control the video, and pause it when they need to.
How to make a video
Research and create the content.
Stick with a presentation medium you are comfortable with.
Do a screencast of the video.
Recommended: Screencastomatic.com (Free) limited to 15 mins.
You could use Quicktime on a Mac.
To Face or Not to Face?
My videos generally are a prezi, or a powerpoint and a voiceover
Feedback from students last year was that they were fine with a disembodied voice! This year that might change!
NO SCRIPT! DON’T BE A ROBOT!
Guided Notes or Not?
I started with guided notes last year and ended up dropping them due to keeping my sanity!
Going Digital with Google Forms
Did a template.
It saved her sanity! Grading is now a breeze!
Type out their summary
Answer some questions
This is an excellent idea!
Time stamped, sort by name, hour, etc.
Example: Summarize, Define 2 terms, What is your question?
Flipping with Sophia.org
One place to embed your videos, google forms and additional links and resources.
Track student usage.
Provide short formative assessment in small quizzes on the content.
Organize tutorials into playlists.
Tutorial is one lesson
Playlist is a unit of content.
Learning Management Systems & Google Sites
Edmodo and Schoology
Used in the classroom to push stuff out to the students in a blended learning environment.
Also a great place for students at home for a central log in and contact with the teacher
One place for parents to go to for information on class.
Create a google form and find out what students have at home: technology
I provide, at least once a week, essentially office hours for students to come in and catch up on their homework.
Sometimes snacks are provided.
Videos in class?
Face to face time, how does that change?
Discussion in class on nightly homework
Activities and application in class.
In her class specifically:
Proficiencies worked out together.
Reading and discussion time
Essays done together in class where help can happen whenever a question appears.
One on one intervention for those students that need help.
Develop your PLN!
Monday 8-10 pm EST follow #flipclass
Flipped Learning Network Ning: http://flippedclassroom.org/
Use the LMS systems too!
Now it’s time for exploration!
On the conference handout site she has provided a symbaloo full of links that might be helpful to get you started.
CEU Code: ZH-36
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