IMLEA Monday Minute

October 30, 2017

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Follow the Polar Bears in Churchill, Manitoba

Every fall, hundreds of polar bears gather on the shores of Hudson Bay near Churchill, Manitoba to wait for the sea ice to form so they can return to hunting seals. You can follow the action with your students LIVE through Polar Bear Cams, participate in chats, and more. (Students might even want to watch on their own outside school.) This free programming, called Tundra Connections, has already started, and runs through November 15.

Great opportunities with National Geographic

National Geographic has a new certification program for educators. Once you are certified, you can apply for the Grosvenor Teacher Fellow Program, which sends educators on unforgettable, expenses paid expeditions to places like the Galápagos Islands and Antarctica, and supports them in bringing a unique geographic perspective back to their students. I have a friend who has participated (she now teaches in Pike Township), and she said it was the experience of a lifetime. You can learn about the certification and fellowship here.

Gratitude Snaps Challenge (Nov 1-23)

The challenge: each day, tweet one thing you are grateful for; this could be done as a individual or class activity (or even advisory), and can be done without snapchat. Perhaps you have seen the increase in #booksnaps and other posts on twitter, instagram, or Snapchat. Teachers are using many platforms, such as Buncee, Google Drawings, Canva, Adobe Spark, and more to encourage students to make annotations of what they're read or learned. It's a great way for students to evaluate information, determine what they think is most important, and decide how to display and share it. Tara Martin, who started #booksnaps, will be the guest on Classroom 2.0 Live this Saturday, Nov. 5, at noon ET. She has many resources here.

Spotlight on Service Learning

While service-learning curricula are suitable year round, it does seem that many schools intensify their efforts around the holidays, which can be partly due to the fact that many of these efforts benefit a district's own students. Through IMLEA, we have close connections with both generationOn and Learning to Give. Not only are these resources FREE, but there are also grant opportunities from both organizations!

Contact Joan Belschwender with any questions about either program; there is also information on our website. You can also have Joan or one of the generationOn consultants come to your school for PD; some districts have readily adapted the lesson plans into their PBL framework.

generationOn is the youth portion of Points of Light, and is administered in Indiana by IMLEA and IASP, with financial support from Lilly Endowment. They have national projects and themes, plus many ideas on their site. Please take the time to register; you will then be on the email list, will be eligible to apply for $250 Indiana mini-grants to perform a service project, and will have access to the useful service tracker.
Learning to Give began in Michigan and now includes over 1700 standards-based lesson plans. One of the things they stress: This international community of teachers will help you infuse community awareness and giving into the content you already teach. Several IMLEA members are featured on their website; check out the pictures at the bottom! They currently have applications available for grants of $250, $500, $750, or $1000. You can also register on their site to get additional content.
A great way to pull all of this together is for #GivingTuesday. On November 28 this year, the first Tuesday after Thanksgiving has become a global day of giving. You can start planning something now for your class or school. This lesson is one of four "Teach One" initiatives on the Learning to Give website, complete lesson plans written by teachers, available on the website, that are a good way to introduce service learning to your students.

Important Dates

October 31: Every teacher's favorite day... or is it the day after? (See link for lesson ideas, and there are even special Kahoots just for the occasion)

November 4: Webinar on #booksnaps with founder Tara Martin

November 6-8: AMLE National Conference, Philadelphia

November 6-10: U.S. Media Literacy Week

November 13-16: Global Education Conference (online)

November 13-17: American Education Week

November 28: #GivingTuesday (see above)

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