IMLEA Monday Minute

March 19, 2018

IS IT WINTER OR IS IT SPRING? EDITION

Do Your Students Have Spring Fever?

Are your students (and teachers) counting the days until spring break? Maybe you are already on break, but want some new ideas for your return. This recent MiddleWeb article by Cheryl Mizerny, a sixth grade ELA teacher in Michigan, shares several suggestions. Your staff may already do some of these activities, but there are possibly new ideas to add engaging twists to instruction.
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NASA GLOBE Clouds: Spring Cloud Observations Data Challenge

Teachers and students can participate in real science observations for NASA with Cloud Observations. Directions, observation sheets, and stories of ways middle school science teachers have participated can be found on this page. This is just one example of a "citizen science" project, one which easily lends itself to problem-based learning.

Social Emotional Learning Grants

NoVo Foundation, in partnership with Education First and supported by Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, Is offering $5000 teacher-led grants and $25,000 for district-wide projects that foster social and emotional (SEL) skills in students in grades PK-12. Whether a new initiative or expansion of an existing project, consider applying. More details, including examples of past awarded grants, can be found on their website. Applications are due April 20.
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Spring Newsletters on Their Way

School and district members should receive a pdf version of our spring newsletter sometime this week. Print copies will be probably be mailed to all members and article authors next week; once we deliver them to the mail house, delivery time varies. Thanks to those who submitted stories, photos, and information; we had to do some tough editing!

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Minute's Up!

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