Choose the Middle!

November 3, 2020 Indiana Middle Level Education Association

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The Successful Middle School Philosophy: Making it Come Alive At Your School

AMLE and PAMLE (Pennsylvania Association of Middle Level Educators) are offering a free webinar this Thursday at 4 pm.


Here's how the website describes it: "I have my copy of The Successful Middle School: This We Believe. Now what? What makes young adolescent learners different? How do I begin to implement this philosophy at my school? Join us as Rick Wormeli leads a conversation about AMLE’s newly updated foundational position paper, The Successful Middle School: This We Believe." (I almost thought it looked like Rick had his hand over his heart in the picture above.) Register and learn more here.

Reminder: You can save by purchasing a joint membership to IMLEA and AMLE, whether at the personal, school, or district level.

Quality Webinars Available on Demand (All Free!)

As a semi-retired teacher, I realize I have more time to invest in webinars that current educators. Last week I attended three that were outstanding! Sometimes I listen to them in the car or at the gym. All these have/will have recordings available.

1. Newsela sponsored session (but they were in no way plugging their product) with Heidi Hayes Jacobs and Dr. Ann Johnson and Amanda Kopp of Humble ISD in Texas. They shared their method of collaborative planning for blended learning. It included a detailed template that could be used for multiple subjects and grade levels. The recording link is here and below.

2. Corwin sponsored session on Assessment with Doug Fisher, Yes, it's another in the Distance Learning Playbook series, and I found it to be very informative and inspiring. Registration for future sessions in the series and links to archived past webinars are here and in the second block below. There are some short videos to accompany the book here as well.

3. Michele Eaton through DOE on The Perfect Blend. The recording will be available here when the captioning is completed, but now you can see a template she shared as a model for asynchronous learning below. You can also hear Michele on the Bam! Radio Podcast explaining "Why the Two Most Important Online Teaching Skills Today Are Grace and Choice."

Math, Math, & More Math (Some from #AMLE20)

Free trial through July, 2021: get more math! was an exhibitor at #AMLE20.

The Scholastic Math Contest below is open to students in Grades 5-8. This year's problems deal with bees, and first-round solutions are due on November 23, and would be a great option for students during asynchronous or enrichment times.

Steve Wyborney's Math Site

This comprehensive site includes a "Multiplication Course" that I've read a lot about! It's a series of short videos to help students (& others) better understand the concept. And, there are number sense activities for each day the rest of the year!

Math Manipulatives, Games, & More

Toy Theater: I've heard many recommendations for this site, including during AMLE.

Digital Activities Repository from M+A+T+H=Love

Outstanding blog from a high school math teacher. Check out the other posts on her blog. More recent posts include more distance-based lessons.

Desmos Resources from @MartyCMath

Great blog with multiple activities to use with the site Desmos.

Service Learning Grants Through Points of Light

Points of Light is offering grants ranging from $500 to $1,000 to support organizations/ schools in engaging young people, ages 5-18, in volunteer service projects (can be virtual) that are identifying needs and safely addressing them in their communities. Apply by November 24 for projects to be completed in January/February 2021.

This Week's INSPIRE3 Update

Highlights included in this INSPIRE3 Update 11/2/20. Thank You for sharing this Update with your staff and colleagues as these resources are beneficial in service-learning planning for in-school and/or virtual instruction for the 20-21 school year.

  • New Snapshots of Service Learning from New Palestine H.S., Eastern Greene M.S., Lakeview Jr. Sr. H.S., Hebron M.S., Wabash H.S., Rochester M.S.
  • Access, view, and share this PowerPoint 10-22-2020 INSPIRE3 Service Learning Presentation used in a recent INSPIRE3 Virtual Service-Learning Session
  • LTG Lessons, Resources, Toolkits to support: Election and Voting: Youth Knowledge and Action; November Service is for Veteran’s- Veterans Day -Nov. 11; National Day of Giving – Giving Tuesday – Dec. 1 and more national initiatives in November: National Philanthropy Day; Thanksgiving Day and in December: Season of Giving with Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa. Nov/Dec. lessons/toolkits found here.
  • INSPIRE3 PowerPoints available: Service Learning for Science and STEM Educator; K-12 Service Learning/Blended/Virtual Learning in ALL Content area K-5 and 6-12; Service Learning/Employability Skills; Service Learning /SEL - All PPTs and Tutorials found HERE.
  • Social Awareness Resources - We do better in learning, relationships, and career when we have opportunities to be generous and connected in community. Incorporate teaching Social Emotional Learning (SEL) and Social Justice in remote settings.
  • generationOn website free service/service-learning resources for teachers, students, and parents
  • Visit our INSPIRE3 page on the IMLEA website HERE or the IASP website HERE
  • INSPIRE3 program status update
  • Contact information for free assistance
  • Thank You Very Much for sharing our updates and the INSPIRE3 web page with your staff and colleagues

That's All for Now!

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Our continued thoughts are with you for the health and safety of your staff, students, and community!