Monday Minute

December 2, 2019

Getting Ready for Computer Science Education Week!

Next week is commonly called "The Hour of Code" or Computer Science Education Week, and as in past years, there are many new activities for students to explore. Not only are there new resources on the CSEW page, there are things on (including the new Dance Party), tynker, CS First (with a new Code Your Hero activity), and other sites. This list from Shelly Terrell has "10+ Plugged and Unplugged Coding Activities for Hour of Code". (Scroll down and you can also see her Digital December STEM Advent Calendar with a new app every day.) Coding does not have to be limited to math, science, or computer classes; it's encouraging students to organize their thinking while also being creative! Here are some examples for language arts. I presented my students in the library with links to various coding resources, and they were off to the races!

Want to Start a Spirited "Discussion?" Check Out This Article about Teachers Pay Teachers!

This article by Brent Gilson, "Why I've Stopped Using Teachers Pay Teachers" has over 10,000 views on MiddleWeb and has drawn many comments, with valid points made on all sides. What do you think?

Statewide Writing Contest for Grades 4-12 / Write a Letter to an Author / Win prizes! Get Your Students Published!

Letters About Literature is a letter writing contest for students in Indiana in grades 4-12. Students are asked to read a book, poem or speech and write to the author (living or deceased) about how the book affected how they see themselves or how they see the world.

The 2019-20 Letters About Literature contest for young readers is made possible by the James and Madeleine McMullen Family Foundation and the Indiana State Library Foundation.


How to Talk to Middle Schoolers about What Matters Most

We have mentioned many articles by Phyllis Fagell, a middle school counselor and psychologist who is often featured in the Washington Post. This post is an interview with Dr. Robyn Silverman, which can be listened to in podcast form, or you can read the transcript. I attended her session at AMLE, and got to speak with her several times. She is a great advocate for middle level students and the importance of what we do!

EVERFI Webinar This Thursday: "Classroom Mental Health Strategies for Students & Teachers"

EVERFI is hosting a special webinar in partnership with edWeb - “Classroom Mental Health Strategies for Students and Teachers.” They will be talking with mental health expert Erin McClintock and veteran teacher Kimberly Palocsay about ways to incorporate mental wellness education in your instruction.

Topics include:

  • The current research on student mental health

  • Strategies for supporting student (and teacher) well-being

  • Practical ways to encourage mental wellness in your classroom

The webinar is at 3pm Eastern Time on Thursday, December 5th. Participants can register here and will get a certificate for one hour of professional development from edWeb.

(EVERFI manager Kaley Esselborn presented at our conference, and we featured them in our recent print newsletter.)


Highlights included in this Weekly Update (can download below): Thank You for sharing these Updates with your staff.

  • NEW Spotlight on Service-Learning article, written by Beth Smith our INSPIRE3 program Consultant, Thankful for Cultural Competence through Service-Learning
  • Check out many Snapshots of Service-Learning Stories
  • INSPIRE3 will exhibit and present session at the upcoming IAG conference
  • LTG TeachOne GivingTuesday Dec. 3- Lesson and project
  • LTG December Moments of Service/Calendar
  • generationOn Website December Projects/Resources
  • Introducing you to our New INSPIRE3 Ambassadors
  • INSPIRE3 Mini-Grants available for 2019-2020 school year.
  • INSPIRE3 contact information for free on site PD or interest in area workshop
  • Our INSPIRE3 webpage is found on our INSPIRE3 tab on the IMLEA website here and under “About” on the IASP website here Connect and find helpful information.

Until Next Week....

Please send Susie Highley any ideas or suggestions of things to be included. We would love to feature more school activities! We are now sending the Monday Minute to members only, but we invite you to forward it to anyone who might be interested. You can also access it via this link on our webpage, and you can follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Next week's Monday Minute will be the last one of 2019!