May 13, 2019
Stay tuned for details on how to participate next year; we are meeting to make plans to provide training in the fall, and you can consider forming your team of staff and students now. The student ambassadors from each school did a wonderful job of helping the athletes report for their events, and the meet ran very smoothly, even ahead of schedule. There is more information on our website.
INSPIRE3 GRANTS STILL AVAILABLE!
A Medley of Middle School Year-Ending Activities
The end of the year is a great time to try out new activities, help students reflect on their learning. and capitalize on the relationships that you've built. Here are a few activities you might be able to use.
- This article by ESL guru Valentina Gonzales, "Ending the School Year with English Learners," has activities that could benefit all students.
- Also from MiddleWeb, Anne Jolly shares, "Plan Now for STEM Learning Next Year."
- Prep Your Students Now for STEM Summer Fun-Great suggestions!
- While this math activity, Geo-Dotting, is recommended for students as young as K, middle school students could have fun with it (and expand it) Check out the rest of the site, too.
- Checking out other math resources? Here's a comparison of IXL and Delta Math
- Let Your Students Play the "Original" Oregon Trail
- How Well Can Your Students "Be Washington?"
- DOE's INspirEDlit newsletter has summer PD, suggestions for summer reading for staff and students, and more.
- Tech-based Choose-Your-Own-Adventure Stories. Better yet, have students create some!
- "Game of Quotes" One of the best activities I have seen all year. You can imagine the images you could use! It's a fun way for students to enthusiastically share what they are reading. It comes complete with a copy of slides you can use. (Probably fits best with ELA/Library)
- Classroom Quest: This wacky team game rewards split-second ingenuity.
- Twelve Tools for Creating End-of-Year Review Activities from Richard Byrne
- What to Do on Lame Duck School Days by Jennifer Gonzalez (Cult of Pedagogy) This one is divided into low, medium, and high prep.
- CoolCatTeacher and Dave Burgess: "Ending the Year with Epic Ideas and Intrigue"(podcast)
IMLEA Conference, September 29-30
Wrapping up your year-end spending? Our conference website is now live. You may register your staff members (no price increase) and make hotel reservations (an increase of only $3 from last year.) Here are just a few of the breakout sessions that will be offered:
- eLearning Days Panel on Best Practices
- The Return of Katie Powell!
- Mindful in the Middle: Realistic Technology Integration
- Coordinating Services for Special Needs Students
- Problem-Based Learning in a Traditional Setting
- Digital Safety
- Developing Student Leaders through Inquiry
Join Our IMLEA Voxer Group!
- Voxer Tips & Tricks: Videos from PE teacher Justin Schleider (PE has a really strong group)
- Suggestions for using Voxer for a book study by Meredith Akers
- Using Voxer to Streamline School Communication by Alejandro Rivera
- Spreadsheet of Voxer for Education Groups
James Patterson's Giveaways Continue
Special Workshop Opportunities from INSPIRE3!
Lisa Crick, INSPIRE3 Northeast IN Field Rep, and Beth Smith, INSPIRE3 Consultant, will be presenting Three Free 1/2 day INSPIRE3 Service-Learning Workshop Opportunities for Educators, Counselors, Instructional Coaches. These three workshops are in Wells County, Fort Wayne, and Elkhart on June 18 and 19. View the details, content, and registration link of the workshops in the document below. Thank you for sharing this information with your staff.
Opportunities for Educators & Students
April 22-May 17: iLearn Testing Window Open
May 17: Deadline to Register for Purdue Middle School Science Outreach (June 7, Ft. Wayne)
June 7: Middle School Science Outreach, Purdue Ft. Wayne
June 18-19: Smart Indiana Economic Education and Financial Literacy Conference, Noblesville
June 18: INSPIRE3 Workshop, Wells County Public Library, Bluffton, 1 pm
July 23-26: STEM event at Purdue
September 29-30, 2019: IMLEA Conference, Indianapolis Marriott North
November 7-9: AMLE, Nashville, TN
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Next week: Summer Reading & any updates we have on the "new" PGPs.