The Monday Minute
Teacher Appreciation Edition, May 3
OUr Appreciation for You Lasts Beyond Today and This Week!
Shining Star Award
Every year, IMLEA honors middle school students who exemplify positive leadership, school/community service, and academic excellence. We thank Horace Mann Insurance for its financial sponsorship of this award honoring outstanding adolescents in grades 5-8.
A selection committee will determine the winners based upon the nomination forms submitted by institutional (school or district) members of IMLEA. Please submit this nomination form no later than May 10, 2022. The nominator does not have to be the principal of the school.
Videos Celebrate Math & Lunch Ladies
How about some enjoyment to show appreciation? At first look, you may not realize it, but one person is playing all 11 parts in the math video below! You can read about him and see another video here.
And, see how lunch lady TikToks have made the lunch line more enjoyable-and profitable-at Wellington Landings Middle School in Florida. Do your students show appreciation to your cafeteria staff? (This Friday, May 6, is School Lunch Hero Day.)
middle school behavior charts (It's not what you think)
Finishing the Year Strong... Best Post I've Seen
Middle Web has aggregated and updated numerous end of the year posts. Find them here. Some teachers and students greatly enjoy special activities after testing is over. Also for your consideration: a post on eliminating those "end of year countdown" calendars.
AMLE Collaboration Mini-Grants
PhET Math and Science Interactive Simulations
Nobel Laureate Carl Wieman founded the free PhET Interactive Simulations project at the University of Colorado. PhET sims are based on extensive education research and engage students through an intuitive, game-like environment where students learn through exploration and discovery. By filtering with 'Middle School.' the results yielded 71 simulations. I've heard many rave reviews of this site.
Purdue STEM "Degree" for Students
The Purdue University Kids STEM Degree consists of 10 videos (3-5 minutes) for each level and assessments for each video. Students will have the option to complete a quiz (Google Form) at the end of each video where they will earn a code. Collect 10 codes and be eligible to earn a ‘degree’ from Purdue Science. This program can be completed individually by students, or together as a class. You can see one example below.
Learning Opportunities (Times EDT) Free unless noted.
May 3: Sonic Matches Donors Choose Contributions
May 6: School Lunch Hero Day
*May 7: Free Comic Book Day
May 10: KIL Webinar-What's the Scoop on Summer PD? 7 pm
*May 14: Tinkerfest at the Indiana State Museum, 10-5
June 1-August 5: Summer of Learning Events Across the State
June 9: Keep Indiana Learning 2022 Reading Summit ($100; some free videos available now)
edWeb.net Webinars (if sponsored, "commercials" are at the end)
AMLE Events (some free, some paid)
IN LearningPartnership (Includes Wednesday PD with IDOE)
Please note: Webinars and events mentioned in this space are not an endorsement of commercial products; on the contrary, we try to avoid listing events that appear to be commercial in nature. Every effort is made to strip social media/tracking data from provided URLs. In many cases, you can register and receive a recording later.
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*Potential savings of educators assisted by Horace Mann with Public Service Loan Forgiveness from October 2016 through 2020 based on assumptions established by the U.S. Office of Federal Student Aid. Monthly and annual savings are based on 2020 only. For more information regarding the U.S. Office of Federal Student Aid assumptions, refer to www.studentaid.gov/loan-simulator. The information provided here is for general informational purposes only and should not be considered a recommendation. Horace Mann’s Student Loan Solutions program includes services provided by an independent third party, Tuition.io. Horace Mann is an independent company not affiliated with the Department of Education or the federal government. Horace Mann does not negotiate, adjust or settle debts. No assistance provided by Horace Mann constitutes official action for purposes of student loan forgiveness programs or guaranteed results. Horace Mann’s Student Loan Solutions program terms are subject to change.