The Monday Minute
IMLEA April 4, 2022
We thank the Bayh College of Education at Indiana State University for sponsoring and hosting this live session, which is open to all. You can register here, and you will receive the Zoom link. Join us to celebrate and learn from an outstanding middle level teacher!
LIVEN THINGS UP WITH THE #EGGDASHCHALLENGE
What started as a Twitter post of a teacher training event in Fauquier, VA has morphed into an activity used a multitude of ways around the world. You can read one of the original posts here, and even more ways to adapt it here. Now that students are able to interact a bit more with each other, it could be a fun way to review. (And you don't have to use eggs) Photo Credit "Plastic Eggs" by pirate johnny is marked with CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.
DEADLINE EXTENDED FOR O'CONNOR CIVICS CHALLENGE
Sandra Day O'Connor, first female Supreme Court Justice, had a goal to increase civics education. Students can choose from a variety of topics (such as a branch of the federal government, citizenship) and create a product to demonstrate their knowledge of civics in these different formats:
2. Original Song (written lyrics or audio/video)
3. Storytelling* (via audio or video)
4. Poetry (written or via audio or video)
5. Written Essay (no more than 1,000 words)
6. Mixed Media Artwork (Poster, Painting or Sculpture)
Entries are now due April 15, 2022. Prizes include computers, and there are even prizes for participating teachers.
USEFUL RESOURCES FROM RICHARD BYRNE
Richard Byrne's newsletters and websites are some of my go-to places for Edtech help. Recent examples:
-Three Good Places to Find Templates for Classroom Games (One of them is Canva.)
KID REPORTER APPLICATIONS OPEN FOR SCHOLASTIC PRESS
Do you have students who enjoy sharing their writing and experiences? Scholastic editors annually select Kid Reporters based on writing ability, interviewing skills, and attention to detail. Students must be between the ages of 10–14 (born on or between September 1, 2008 and August 31, 2012) The new Kid Reporter team will be announced in the fall. Last year there were 36 chosen. You could also use some of the articles from the site.The application information can be found here. Deadline is June 1.
What the Research Says about the Academic Power of Friendship
Now that social distancing has been decreased, what have you noticed about interactions among students? It may not have been an easy transition to work more closely together again. This article has some examples of the power of friendships. Just as the importance of students having a positive relationship with even just one adult has been documented, student friendships can be crucial too. Photo credit: "My Happy Friends except One" by Uray_Zulfikar is marked with CC BY 2.0.
Schools to Watch School Improvement Program
Learning Opportunities (Times EDT) Free unless noted.
April 4-8: Horace Mann Draws Donors Choose Winners (Enter Now!)
April 7: Virtual Voyagers: Exploring Strategies & Resources for Meaningful Online Learning, 10 am (recording available in IN Learning Lab later)
April 8: Leslie Fisher Webinar-Screencast-O-Matic and Screen Pal, 7 pm
April 11: IMLEA Webinar with Sharita Ware, Indiana TOY, 7 pm
April 12: edWeb: Habits that Prepare Middle Schoolers for High School Literacy Success, 3 pm
April 13: Leslie Fisher Webinar-Hybrid Learning with Kahoot, 1 pm
April 15: Deadline to Apply for IDOE's Next Generation SIG (for CSI & TSI Schools)
April 15: Deadline to Apply to Present at #AMLE22 (which is November 3-5 in Orlando)
April 16: Strobel Summit, 10 am-3:45 pm (free replay for 15 days)
April 19: "Closing the Implementation Gap" with Douglas Reeves, 3 pm
April 21: IDOE Alternative Education Programs for Virtual & Blended Learning, 1 pm
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.
WHAT IS THE MONDAY MINUTE? WHY DID I RECEIVE IT?
The Monday Minute is a publication of IMLEA. Generally, it is sent to members on the 1st & 3rd Mondays of the month; occasionally, it is distributed to a wider audience. You can access past Monday Minutes via this link on our webpage, and you can follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Principals and others: Feel free to forward this newsletter to your staff, and email us at any time.
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We realize this is prime time for spring vacations; whether you have had yours, are currently on break, or have that to look forward to in the near future, enjoy!
To support you, your teachers, and your students, long-time corporate supporter, Horace Mann, is funding at least $10,000 in DonorsChoose projects! Please share this with your teachers and encourage them to enter for a chance to win!
Here’s how they do it.
1. Enter their DonorsChoose project at horacemann.com /giveaways now through April 8.
2. During the week of April 4 - 8, Horace Mann will draw winners and fund at least $2,000 in DonorsChoose projects each day.
To learn more about DonorsChoose or if your teachers need help setting up a DonorsChoose project, click here or contact your local Horace Mann representative.
IMLEA thanks Horace Mann, one of our chief sponsors and supporters of educators!