The Monday Minute

March 9, 2021

Pi Day: It's Not Just for Math Class Anymore

Each year it seems like the activities shared to celebrate Pi Day increase exponentially! This year, March 14 falls on Sunday, but many of these activities can be done any day. Did you know that the celebration of Pi Day started at the Exploratorium in San Francisco in 1988? (one of my favorite museums) I have a page of Pi Day resources here, including this somewhat quirky Pi Day page.


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Carrie Rosebrock, formerly an ELA administrator, has been a frequent, popular presenter at IMLEA conferences, as well as a contributor to our print newsletters. She shared this exciting news about the release of a new book!

Carrie Rosebrock, CIESC Professional Learning Specialist, and Sarah Henry, Secondary Science Administrator for Brownsburg Community School Corporation released their debut book titled Arrows: A Systems-Based Approach to School Leadership. It’s a personal story of a decade’s worth of growth and alignment within the Brownsburg Community School District. Unlike other educational leadership books, Arrows is the story of what happens when, not one school—but an entire district—simplifies its vision, clarifies its goals, and truly aligns its arrows.

You can read more about the book and order it here.

Recommended Resources from Vivify STEM

A friend who is a middle school digital technology teacher in MIchigan recommended Vivify STEM. Her district received a grant to purchase materials from them, which she said are very organized, challenging, interesting for students, realistic and well-written. They also have many resources on their website for free. Planning how to spend funds from ESSER and GEER? These materials could be a possibility. Please let me know if you would like me to ask my friend for more information about her experiences, or which specific materials she has used.

Want Help with TikTok?

YouTube, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, now TikTok. Do you really need to learn about yet another platform to better reach students? Yes, you could probably just ask some of your students or your own children. This blog post from Shannon Quigley at Keep Indiana Learning explains a lot of the basics with teachers in mind. Keep Indiana Learning has its own TikTok channel as well.

Boost Morale with Spirit Challenges

Speaking of TikTok, MiddleWeb recently ran an article with examples of spirit challenges for staff and students. (You can see the first article from last June here.) Whether it's a dance, costume, or physical activity, there were multiple ways for students to participate. And, UJU videos are back with another fun, active "Would You Rather?" brain break.
Brain Break - Spring Would You Rather?

Virtual Improv Activities for Remote Learning

That's All for Now!

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