The Monday Minute

April 26, 2021

AMLE Presentation Deadline Extended to May 9

AMLE extended the deadline to May 9 to submit an application to present in Lousiville next November. Presentations can take many forms: traditional concurrent, spark & tell, or speed learning. The conference tracks meet the criteria for using ESSER funds for staff to attend.
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Speaking of AMLE, I did something today I had never done before; after being in the webinar shown above, I immediately wrote to Chrissy McLaughlin and encouraged her to apply to present at AMLE. It was that good! While next year there will probably be fewer teachers dealing with Roomers and Zoomers simultaneously, she had many great ideas for organization and engagement that would benefit students in many situations, and many are still teaching under this format now. You can view the recorded webinar here and access the slides here.

The Cicadas are Coming, the Cicadas are Coming!

Much of Indiana will soon experience the cicadas. There are even ways for citizens to help track the emergence, with some interdisciplinary opportunities as well.

Lesson Plan from AAAS

Lesson Plan from PBS/NYT Learning Network

"Media Faux Pas" around the cicada; you might have students observe if they see any of these misconceptions in print or on air. (Examples: be sure to call them "Brood Ten" and not "Brood X, and photos should show red eyes!)

Creative Commons article from "The Conversation" website (and source of the image)

Safe Online Searching Activities from the FBI; Even Earn a Visit from an Agent!

Librarians have shared this site from the FBI; it amounts to a game that students wanted to play even after the class period was up. It's divided by grade levels. They have had monthly contests, with some top-scoring schools receiving visits from an agent. Computer by Maarten van der Werf from the Noun Project

MORE Opportunities from AMLE

AMLE is seeking creative educators and students to design the logo for the new AMLE Schools of Distinction program. This is an incredible opportunity to leave your mark on a program with international visibility. The winning designer will receive a $500 cash prize and registration to and recognition at the #AMLE21 Annual Conference this November in Louisville, KY. Any middle grades educator, staff person, or student aged 10-15 is eligible to participate.

AMLE has also issued a call for manuscripts for the Middle School Journal. The 18 characteristics presented in The Successful Middle School: This We Believe are divided into three categories. Submissions regarding research in these areas are due July 15.

  • Culture & Community Curriculum,
  • Instruction
  • Assessment Leadership & Organization
Brain Break - Staff Meeting Would You Rather


INSPIRE3 philanthropy education and service-learning projects are available on our website as well as IASP. You can also go directly to Learning to Give for current ideas, including standards-based lessons.

That's All for Now...

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