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PBL Project

PBL project: What makes a great toy? Students will have to answer that question in this exercise as they become toy designers trying to figure out what new toy will soon be flying off of the shelves. They will review the history of toys over the past century, including the major sensations (from "Tickle Me Elmo!" to Zhu-Zhu Pets to Silly Bands). They'll also take a look at how toys are changing and what to expect in the future. Here's a link to this exercise:

The Worlds M.C. Escher: Nature, Science, and Imagination

October 17, 2015 – January 17, 2016

Comprising more than 130 woodcuts, lithographs, wood engravings, and mezzotints, as well as numerous drawings, watercolors, wood blocks, and lithographic stones never before exhibited, The Worlds of M. C. Escher surveys the Dutch graphic artist’s entire career, from his earliest print to his final masterpiece.

More information can be found at:

Personal Learning Networks

North Carolina Association for Middle Level Education 41st Annual Conference

It’s Time for Some R & R…

Rigor and Relevance!

March 6-8, 2016

Koury Convention Center & Sheraton Greensboro Hotel

Greensboro, NC

Use the following link for information regarding registration and proposals:

Steven W. Anderson

If you would like to thank Mr. Anderson for his donation of his time, expertise and presentation, you can contact him at!contact/c1d94 or @web20classroom. He did not charge us a penny to come to speak at the MS Summit. We are grateful for his time and appreciate his dedication to teachers and students.

Classroom Management

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Professional Development Opportunities


Building Fluency from Conceptual Knowledge

“Research suggests that about two-thirds of high school juniors and seniors are still functioning at a concrete level of thinking (Orlich, 2000). Consequently, manipulatives can play an important role for a wide range of students to visualize multi-digit multiplication by using base-ten blocks to allowing older students to make sense of completing the square by using algebra tiles.” (Principles to Actions, pg. 83)

It is important to note that fluency from conceptual knowledge is an important part of building a full understanding of mathematics for students. The links below provide information about how developing fluency from conceptual understanding can achieve long term retention for more students.

What is the role of algorithms in mathematics instruction? (PBS)

12 Math Rules That Expire in the Middle Grades (NCTM)

Apple PD

  •  Documenting and Reflecting with iMovie: TNL #12861

Discover how to use the powerful features of iMovie to enhance personal learning by fostering digital

storytelling, creative collaboration, and reflective sharing.

ONE 3-hour session at ONE location

  • January 19, 2016: 1:00-4:00 @ ADR SD2 (a workday)

  •  Making Data Meaningful with Numbers : TNL#12859

Learn how to build meaning from data and display it in compelling ways by using built-in calculation tools,

interactive charts, tables, and other expressive media.

ONE 3-hour session at ONE location

  • January 20, 2016: 8:30-11:30 @ADR SD2 (workday)

Endeavor STEM

  • Endeavor STEM - Click here to register for a no-fee, live, info session about Endeavor’s 100% online, STEM Leadership Certificates or “low-cost” STEM Master’s Degree programs. Cohorts begin: late-January.

  • NEW. NASA Space Act Agreement-- NASA scientists & engineers participate live with teachers.

  • NEW. January’s “Distinguished STEM Educator” designation, and the first new course (20+) in three years: Diversity and Equity in STEM Education.

Just For Fun

Holiday Gift ideas

Are you shopping for a teacher or student in your life? Check out these great deal for “The Educator who has it All”, “The Scientist”, “The Competitor”, “The Adventurous Reader”, and “The Math Wiz”. You will be sure to find something they love.

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