IMLEA Monday Minute

Sept. 14, 2020 Indiana Middle Level Education Association

Saddened by Empty Seats? Give Them Personality--Literally!

Big picture
Social Studies Teacher Joe Welch makes use of his empty seats by using cutouts of famous historical figures, and then making them part of class assignments. You can read this great twitter thread with how he made them and other ideas he uses, from having students decide what it would be like if these different people met, to determining what local people should be added (they can be living). Perhaps you've seen other stories with teachers using cutouts of their actual virtual students, stuffed animals, animals, and more.
Big picture

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month and Nature, Together!

Experience the vibrant culture that connects humans to the fall migration of the monarch as the butterflies travel south from Canada to Mexico. In Mexico, the monarchs arrive just in time for the Day of the Dead celebration.

The 3rd annual Festival de la Monarca hails from East Chicago, Indiana and is going virtual this year. Invite your class, your friends, and your family to join this celebration to learn about these amazing butterflies, what they need to survive, and how people can help them thrive. One festival event is a live presentation with conservationists in Mexico, en Espanol!

There is no cost to participate, though registration is required. Most events are in the evening, September 14-19. Thank you to Melissa Moran from The Nature Conservancy for sharing this.

Edgewood Teachers Get Creative to Keep Students Engaged

Covert Colts Episode 1: "The Concession Stand Caper"
In a Saturday night program, "Silver Lining for Learning" viewed by educators all over the world, imagine my surprise when two Indiana middle school teachers were mentioned for their creativity during this time. @BradMoorhead and Kevin Gill from Edgewood Junior High in Ellettsville were featured in the Bloomington newspaper (behind paywall), and an IU professor shared it with the world. You can see the videos to accompany this project, which has their 6th grade math students acting as agents to solve the "Concession Stand Caper."

Crowd-Sourcing Success

Big picture

AMLE Webinar Recording: "Becoming a Middle School Teacher During COVID"

Last week I attended a helpful webinar from AMLE, "Becoming a Middle School Teacher During COVID-19 Era." It had several timely tips from classroom teachers. You can watch it below; even if you listen to it during a commute (if you have one), run, etc. I think you would find it useful

Conference Updates: We're All Virtual!

The IMLEA Conference previously scheduled for February 2021, will now be virtual; it's possible the dates will be adjusted. Our board will be meeting on September 25 to decide how to proceed.

Don't forget that registration is open for AMLE's national conference, October 23-25 (Access to some features will actually begin on October 16.) All sessions will be recorded. You can find the keynote and featured speakers listed on the site; more details about other sessions are still being added.

Big picture

AMLE will be selecting one student to be their social media influencer at AMLE20, Oct 23-25, 2020. The student influencer will add their voice to the conference by creating social media videos, posts, and conversations and will receive a wealth of knowledge on social media as a career field and benefits including:

  • Training how to safely and effectively use social media from experts including Sprout Social (one of the largest social media companies in the country) and current Social Media Influencers
  • A professional social media set up
  • A video package that can be used in future college applications
  • A lot of fun, a little fame and some great skills to take with them

Students can submit applications to:

Applications are due by September 30.

DOE Book Study: The Perfect Blend

Beginning September 21, Meri Carnahan from DOE will lead a study on "The Perfect Blend: A Practical Guide to Designing Student-Centered Learning Experiences" by Indiana educator Michele Eaton. Learn skills, strategies, and lesson ideas to use in planning and implementing blended learning in your classroom. More details and instructions are here. You earn PGPs by the week.

Teachers First Book Club

Teachers First is an online community for teachers filled with thousands of lessons, units, and reviewed web resources for K-12 teachers. They also offer quality, interactive professional development. This fall, they are offering a different kind of book club; they are using well-regarded literature and modeling different ways you can engage students. If you finish (most is asynchronous), you will be reimbursed the cost of the book. The only requirement to apply is that you register for a free membership on their site. (Each group will be limited to 40). Registering on the site gives you access to all kinds of worthwhile resources as well. You can also share this with your teachers. There is more information and the application here due by September 21.

Remote (or in Person) Fun!

Brain Break - THIS or THAT Energizer Game 3 VIDEO GAMES Edition
Big picture

The Mind Reader

You've probably seen this trick before, but teachers are reporting great luck with it during remote learning. You can have a copy of the whole process here (not the circle above); some teachers use it as a beginning of class activity.
Big picture

Highlights included in this INSPIRE3 Update 9/14/20. Thank You for sharing this Update with your staff and colleagues as these resources are beneficial in service-learning planning for in-school and/or virtual instruction for the 20-21 school year.

  • NEW LTG Teaching Social Justice and Building Remote Community - Social Justice resource guides, organized by grade spans for elementary, middle and high school students,
  • LTG’s newest literature guides that feature diverse perspectives and help teach generosity, social awareness, and respect for others.
  • Five Activity Guides that define the core competencies of SEL as they relate to youth finding their personal and collective role in community.
  • New- Your Voice, Your Vote – LTG K-12 Voting and Civic Engagement Resources
  • Content area PowerPoints that connect Virtual Learning with Service Learning
  • Peace/Kindness Spotlight on Service-Learning Articles with service-learning experiences from Indiana Schools
  • Planning for 20-21 - LTG Calendar
  • LTG September Themes and Lessons: Citizenship/Constitution Day (9/17)
  • Upcoming LTG October Themes and Lessons
  • LTG Youth Activities Page– Simple Safe Service Projects; Literature Guides; Youth Group Facilitator Guide; Video Discussion Guides
  • generationOn website free service/service-learning resources for teachers, students, and parents
  • INPSIRE3 mini-grants available for 1st semester of 20-21
  • Visit our INSPIRE3 page on the IMLEA website HERE or the IASP website HERE and Connect
  • INSPIRE3 Program Update
  • Contact information for free assistance
  • Thank You Very Much for sharing our updates and web page with your staff and colleagues

Learning Opportunities & Recognitions (all times listed are EDT)

September 14-18: Indiana Digital Citizenship Week, #INDigCitWeek

September 15-October 15: Hispanic Heritage Month

September 15: DOE Webinar on Digital Citizenship, 7 pm

September 16: Donor's Choose Match Day

September 17: Constitution Day

September 17: Free CIESC Webinar, Grades 5-8 Virtual & Hybrid Learning Panel, 4 pm

September 17: DOE eLearning Lab: Supporting Student Wellness and Safety in a Virtual World (EVERFI), 4 pm

September 21: John Hattie Webinar: 10 Mindframes for Leaders, 6:30 pm

September 22:Using the Science of Learning to Elevate How We Teach and How Students Learn, 4 pm

September 23 (& 30): Free webinar with Dr. Lori Desautels via CIESC/Keep Indiana Learning, "Resiliency Through The Adversity: Our Brains And Bodies Respond When The Conditions Of Safety And Connection Are Present," 9-10:30 am

September 23: Edsurge Webinar, "How to Move from Reactive to Proactive Virtual Learning," 2 pm

September 25: The Emergency Home Learning (and More) Summit Begins

September 25: IMLEA Board Meeting (Zoom)

October 6: Robert Kaplinsky Webinar: Why We Should Reconsider Using Worksheets (And What We Should Be Doing Instead), (Esp good for math) 5 pm

October 23-25: AMLE Virtual Conference

November 2 : Lilly Creativity Grant Applications Due

2021: IMLEA Conference-Now Virtual!


STEM Teach Indiana

DOE Digital Learning Series

DOE Tools for Teachers on new Digital Learning Toolkit

Global CUE (Mainly Microsoft) (ongoing)

Leslie Fisher Free Webinars

PATINS Trainings for Accessibility for All

Learning Revolution

Corwin Monday Afternoon Webinar Series

That's All for Now!

We don't want to overload you, but want to share some of the best things we've found on the web. Feel free to send us your successes and ideas!

You can access past Monday Minutes via this link on our webpage, and you can follow us on Facebook and Twitter; we will be posting there more frequently. Principals and others: Feel free to forward this newsletter to your staff, and email us at any time.