Monday Minute

October 28, 2019

Don't Give Up the Ghost!

Matthew Moulton, PhD, is now working at Indiana State University with middle level teacher candidates. The October AMLE magazine features his article, "Don't Give Up the Ghost," which encourages us to keep doing our best for our students; this could be a great discussion starter for your staff. I have the book he references, Sheets. You can follow him on twitter at @matthewjmoulton, and if you are attending #AMLE19, look for him in Nashville! IMLEA hopes to continue to tap his expertise!

As the end of his article states,

"The nasty spirits that replace teachers who give up the ghost can negatively influence a student's desire to learn or engage with classmates and school. Fear is powerful and its influence is pervasive.

We owe too much to our students, our schools, and ourselves to give up the ghost."

Halloween Fun!

Do you have a green screen at your school? Check out these fun, creative Halloween (and other) tweets created using the DoInk iOs app!

(The links below are clickable)

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A "LIterary Creepfest" for Older MS & HS Students

Barbara Bowman Hertz, a librarian at a DOD school in Japan, shared this success from last year: Author Emily Carroll has a book of short horror comics called Through the Woods. This story "His Face All Read" is available online, so students read it silently. They then watched this video version. "The discussion and analysis from this was phenomenal, and they wanted to re-watch it and keep discussing." They're still talking about it!

How to Create Digital Escape Rooms

Matt Miller had this great guest post from Mandi Tolen on his "Ditch That Textbook" blog last week. With escape rooms and BreakOutEDU very popular right now, a digital breakout that you create yourself can be very cost effective, and more applicable to what you are studying. She includes several Halloween themes.

Middle Level and Indiana-Specific Twitter Chats

Mondays at 7 pm ET, #AMLEasks a question for you to respond.

Wednesday, Nov. 6, DOE is starting a new weekly chat, #INedchat, 8 pm ET

Thursdays, #mschat at 8 pm ET

#INeLearn from 9-9:30 pm (from DOE's Office of eLearning, various moderators)


Highlights included in Update Below That You May Download: Thank You for sharing these Updates with your staff.

  • Spotlight on Service-Learning Article just published in the the October Indianagram: Service Learning Has Class
  • · SNAPSHOTS OF SERVICE-LEARNING STORIES addressing these 14 Focus/Issue Areas found HERE
  • · LTG November Moments of Service Toolkits with lessons and project ideas for Election Day, Veterans Day, National Philanthropy Day, Thanksgiving Day
  • · generationOn Website November Theme –Family Volunteer Day – Projects/Resources
  • · INSPIRE3 Mini-Grants available for 2019-2020 school year. Click here for requirements
  • · INSPIRE3 contact information for free on site PD or interest in area workshop
  • · Visit our INSPIRE3 page on the IASP website here

Learning Opportunities

Breaking News!! Special 2019 Conference Offer from AMLE

Join AMLE in Nashville, TN for the 46th Annual Conference for Middle Level Education, November 7–9, for three days of innovation, creativity, and inspiration.Groups of (20+), every fourth person is FREE! Registration forms and complete payment must be submitted together. Free registrations are at an equal or lesser value.Questions? Call or email, 800-528-6672,

Why attend as a group?

Build a common language of success for your entire staff. Divide and conquer. With more than 300+ sessions, having multiple minds, hearts, and feet is the only way you can get everything out of the conference that you would want Create camaraderie, collaboration, capacity, and confidence that you can’t experience anywhere else. Get opinions and advice from people from all over the world. Bring the team together for on-site meetings and discussions. Experience a collective excitement that can continue to grow in the classrooms in your school.

You can register as a single or any number from your school. To facilitate this, send your request to Shirley Wright at IMLEA at imlea@iasp. Deadline is Nov.3.

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Have a safe and enjoyable Halloween, and may your students learn a lot this week! Thinking ahead? Next year both Halloween AND the day after will be on the weekend!