Teacher Questions & Answers:
Are you in the top half of your class?
No, I’m one of the students who make the top half possible!
The picture of the horse is good, but where is the wagon?
The horse will draw it!
Why are you picking your nose in class?
My mother won’t let me do it at home!
Why are you reading the last pages of your history book first?
I want to know how it ends!
What can we do to stop polluting our waters?
Stop taking baths?
Can’t you retain anything in your head overnight?
Of course, I’ve had this cold in my head for two days!
From the Twitterverse:
- russeltarr PhotoPeach: Create movies from photos (simpler than Animoto – for younger students?): http://tinyurl.com/mn3zqm
- sharon_elinI’m not ADD, but I’m attitudinally paralyzed, focus-challenged & facing a severe motivation drought, just when there is imp. wrk 2 get done.
- russeltarriPods in Education: http://tinyurl.com/p9bcgf
- lthumannSMARTBoard presenter needed 6/22 or 6/23 in PA 4 this conference http://bit.ly/6gYGT The coordinator contacted me, but I can’t help, can u?
- rrmurryRT @ShiftParadigm: RT @LeeRebels Hey teacher, can you give me a Tweet? http://tinyurl.com/lwcbb3 Planning on this next school year.
- NMSA is now on Twitter “For everyone who uses Twitter, you can now follow NMSA News and Headlines @Twitter.” http://twitter.com/NMSAnews
- lthumannhttp://bit.ly/F5U1u Nine Reasons Teachers Should Use Twitter
- DanielPinkEureka!: “Our brain may be most actively engaged when our mind is wandering.” http://bit.ly/gnrm3 (via Wall St Journal)
- willrich45Interesting how the first thing I check in the morning is my Twitter feed.
- russeltarrLoving these digitised flip-books – if only I’d had access to all this info as easily at uni! – http://tinyurl.com/kkjvma
- debrennersmithPersonal Narrative Unit by Jessica Meachum http://networkedblogs.com/p… Units of Study personal narrative idea
- pcmikeClay Shirky Explains How Twitter & Facebook Have Changed Geopolitics http://u.mavrev.com/ckc0
- pcmikeSocial Media Give Educators Options http://u.mavrev.com/cjx0
- plivingsWooHoo – holding copy of 2nd ed “1-to-1Learning: Laptop Pgms That Work” http://www.iste.org/lapto2
- AngelaMaiersRT@SuzanneWhisler How to use Twitter in your classroom. http://bit.ly/7wqJP Video
- AlohaArleenOnce U “get” FriendFeed it’s like a breath of fresh air cleaning out the moth balls of your social media closet! @blm03 (How to be prolific in social media . . . )
- russeltarrMagic Tricks using Maths – Great for lesson starters! #mathteacher: http://tinyurl.com/p89qy3
- lthumannMy first life is stressing me out – I’m gonna head into SL to see if that one is any better – it’s gotta be
- stribsDo not use Twitter to proclaim yourself a “guru.” Or I shall strike down mightily upon thee.
Marzano & Smartboards:
Palm Beach County elementary school changes face opposition
Students in grades 3 through 5 will switch classes South Florida Sun Sentinel6:54 PM EDT, June 8, 2009|
Parents at A-rated Boca Raton area elementary schools are raising the threat level over a mandatory plan to drop the traditional one-teacher model in grades 3 through 5. The plan is called departmentalization, in which students have different teachers for reading/language arts, math, science and social studies, similar to middle school. Principals are free to use this model for first and second grades and even kindergarten. Students who are eligible for gifted classes will continue to receive the same amount of specialized instruction, Hernandez said. At the Del Prado meeting, parents asked for research or some proof that student performance improves under departmentalization. Some parents also opposed the change on the grounds that their schools are already performing at high levels and should stay the course.
Guidance program promising
Instead of telling kids to avoid bad behavior, “Positive Action” sets out a framework
A new study shows that fifth-graders in Hawaii who took part in a schoolwide behavioral program called “Positive Action” were about half as likely to try drugs, alcohol, weapons or sex as their peers in other schools. Unlike programs that focus simply on avoiding risky behaviors, Positive Action gives students a comprehensive framework to guide their behavior, with daily 15-minute interactive lessons. Ala Wai Elementary Principal Charlotte Unni said yesterday that initially she was reluctant to try the program, but now is a convert. Positive Action, a kindergarten-to-12th-grade curriculum, was created more than two decades ago, but this was the first randomized, scientific trial of its efficacy, according to Brian Flay, principal investigator in the study. Those results contrast with studies of DARE, the most widely implemented program on preventing drug abuse in the country, which takes place in fifth or sixth grades. In 2001, the U.S. Surgeon General concluded that DARE does not deter substance abuse. The program costs about $300 to $400 per classroom up front, plus 10 to 15 percent of that per year, Flay said. “It’s very cost-effective, because the costs to society of a kid who becomes a drug user or engages in violence are very high,” he said.
One-fourth of teens’ cellphone text messages are sent during class, a new survey finds, despite widespread classroom bans on cellphones at school. The survey of 1,013 teens — 84% of whom have cellphones — also shows that a significant number have stored information on a cellphone to look at during a test or have texted friends about answers.
No Longer Letting Scores Separate Pupils
Sixth graders at Cloonan Middle School here are assigned numbers based on their previous year’s standardized test scores — zeros indicate the highest performers, ones the middle, twos the lowest — that determine their academic classes for the next three years. So in an unusual experiment, Cloonan mixed up its sixth-grade science and social studies classes last month, combining zeros and ones with twos. These mixed-ability classes have reported fewer behavior problems and better grades for struggling students, but have also drawn complaints of boredom from some high-performing students who say they are not learning as much. Educators have debated for decades how to best divide students into classes. Some school districts focus on providing extra instruction to low achievers or developing so-called gifted programs for the brightest students, but few maintain tracking like Stamford’s middle schools (tracking is less comprehensive and rigid at the town’s elementary and high schools). David Rudolph, Cloonan’s principal, said that parents have long complained that the tracking numbers assigned to students dictate not only their classes but also their friends and cafeteria cliques.
Events & Happenings:
Calendar of Events:
- The National Middle School Association is looking for an editor for their Research in Middle Level Education Journal (RMLE).
- NMSA’s Annual Conference: NMSA ‘08 Technology Focus Video. NMSA ‘09 Invitation Video: Indianapolis, IN Conference November 5-7, 2009. Individual Registration is now open.
- ATTENTION Michigan Association of Middle School Educators & Friends: MAMSE is putting together a bus for the trip to the National Middle School Association’s Annual Conference in Indianapolis, IN this fall. Ride down to the conference in a luxury bus. With all the conversations with middle school teachers on the bus, I wonder if we could call this a mini-MAMSE conference? There’s nothing like getting together with people who love the people we love: our students. Getting together with folks like that is energizing and priceless. Email Teresa Sutherland for information and details. Don’t forget to mention you heard about it on Middle School Matters.
- NMSA 09 Conference Connection: Stay connected before, during, and after the conference! Start your packing lists for the conference using packwhiz.com!
- Keynote speakers for NMSA ’09 have been announced: Daniel Pink (political connections) opens and Rick Wormeli closes.
- NMSA has a new publication on the role of middle grades in drop-out prevention. You can download it as a pdf file.
- Schools to Watch Conference June 25-27, Washington D.C. Conference registration info.
- Institute for Middle Level Leadership Santa Ana Pueblo, NM July 12-15, 2009; Ft. Lauderdale FL July 19-22, 2009
Registration Still Open Deadline Extended
- Educational Technology Leadership Conference, June 24th at Holt High School, Holt, MI. Register for the event.
- ISTE Eduverse Talks are the recorded sessions held on ISTE Island every week. Join ISTE in their Second Life conference location for their weekly talks on education.
- The Michigan Association of Middle School Educators Annual Conference is coming up March 4-5, 2010 in Dexter, MI. MAMSE will be celebrating its 40th Anniversary!
- Classroom 2.0’s Live Calendar.
- Classroom 2.0’s Ning Blog: This week’s discussion is on “The BUZZ about LearnCentral” for Teachers. Archived content is available.
- Second Life:
- No Events specified. Regular Tuesday meetings are scheduled. See the board on the ISTE Island for up to the minute details.
- Video: Educational Uses of Second Life