The Monday Minute

March 16, 2021

Nominations Open for IMLEA Shining Star Awards

After a year's absence, we are happy to announce that nominations are open for IMLEA's Shining Star Awards, sponsored by Horace Mann. These are open to Indiana middle level students or teachers. For this year, we thought it would be appropriate to honor individuals who have shown exceptional innovative practices or assistance to others. Traditionally, the awards have been given at a school assembly with an IMLEA board member and/or Horace Mann representative present, but we will work with administrators to determine the most appropriate time for the celebration. Nomination forms are on our website, and are due April 15.

Speaking of Horace Mann

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Horace Mann is once again giving at least $10,000 in DonorsChoose grants the week of April 5-9. Now would be a good time to create some project applications, as you need the project ID to enter. They even have tips to help you get started. More information here.

Starting today, DonorsChoose projects with books and digital projects are being matched, up to $1 million. You can find all available Indiana matches here.

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Like many products, Actively Learn has opportunities for students to read passages and answer questions. But, it goes way beyond some other products in that many different types of questions can be included, teachers can upload their own materials, and immediate feedback can take a variety of forms. They have a vast library of materials. You can create a free account and be upgraded to a much more robust version through June 30. Need poetry for a March Madness bracket or Poetry Month in April? Here are some AL resources.


North Carolina teacher Kasey Short asked her students to share some tips for teachers in a hybrid environment. Their ideas in this post from Middle Web might provide some insight-- or maybe you can compile a similar list with your own students.


Although it's part of their commercial site, Scholastic has some great, free STEM lessons on their page, sponsored by entities like the National Institutes of Health. There are complete Science Pathways issues for students, with guides for teachers, activities, and even ready-made Kahoots. Topics so far include Circadian Rhythms and Superbugs, with spectacular photography.

That's All for Now!

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INSPIRE3 materials are available on our webpage, or on IASP. And don't forget, you can join both IMLEA and AMLE in a joint membership!