IMLEA Monday Minute

April 9, 2018

Want a Spirited Discussion? Try Rick Wormeli's Latest Articles

The fantastic website MiddleWeb is currently featuring Rick Wormeli's post "Fair Isn't Always Equal- 3 Grading Malpractices" to accompany the release of the second edition of the book.

He is also featured in the April, 2018 edition of AMLE's magazine with the post, "The Grief of Accepting New Ideas." It poses the question: "Changes in school or classroom practices unleash a variety of emotions. How can we support each other in the process?"

Great Sources of Inspiration: Blogs

Are there any blogs that you find especially helpful? Not only can a blog be an effective reflection piece for the author, it can also serve as an invaluable resource for the readers and help form strategic connections.

We are still updating our website after the migration to Blackboard, and are revamping the "Resources" tab. We would love to highlight member blogs as well as sites and materials you find helpful. Please send any suggestions to Susie Highley or use this form.

To get things started, we have Jessica Moman's blog, "Teaching Middle School Language Arts with Love, Laughter, and Lots of Sparkle." We were going to feature her post "Inferencing: It's Part of the Plan" in our newsletter, but decided it was better to share the entire blog. Jessica teaches at River Valley Middle School in Greater Clark County Schools.

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During Matt Miller's DitchSummit over winter break, my favorite webinar was given by Pooja Agarwal, Ph.D. I was able to arrange for her to be a guest on this Saturday's Classroom 2.0 Webinar (noon ET). One thing that really fascinated me was her expertise in "retrieval practice." As she describes it,
  • "When we think about learning, we typically focus on getting information into students’ heads. What if, instead, we focus on getting information out of students’ heads?"
More information and directions to access the webinar (it will be archived) are on the Classroom 2.0 webpage. She has a great website and periodic updates.

Vicki Davis AKA @CoolCatTeacher 10-Minute Teacher Podcast

Vicki Davis's "10-Minute Teacher Podcast" is outstanding; one of my favorite episodes was today's "Mathivating Kids to Get Excited about Math." Even if you are not a math teacher, you can't help but be inspired by Kim Thomas, Illinois's TOY in 2016. (Be sure to check out how she deals with students who swear.) These are great to listen to in the car on your commute; they are also transcribed if you prefer to read them.


Conference information can be found on our special site, or linked on the IMLEA website. We are very excited about the sessions proposed so far; thanks to those who have submitted.

Special note: To keep registration costs low for all, we do not offer discounts, but if presenters are not a member (or part of a member school/district), we will let them register at the early bird member rate.

Dates of Note

April 9-13: National Assistant Principals Week. Thanks for all you do!

April 10: Schools to Watch Training at IASP

April 12: Free live stream of John Hattie at edWeek event (8-9 am)

April 14: Free webinar with Pooja Argawal, Ph.D.

April 15: AMLE Collaboration Grant Proposals Due

April 20: Deadline to Submit Proposals for "The Middle Matters" Sept Conference

April 22: Earth Day (many events are on April 21)

April 26: Poem in Your Pocket Day

May 2: DOE Digital Content Curation Workshop at Southridge

May 21: IMLEA Board Meeting

Time's Up!

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