The Monday Minute

May 17, 2021

Activities to Use with Your Students-- & Possibly Be Part of a Research Study

Dr. Matthew Moulton of Indiana State is part of an exciting new research study on young adolescents. The focus of the project is to explore how their various identities (e.g., age, race, class, gender, etc.) influence the ways they see themselves and the world around them. Within this study, researchers will collect middle school students' nonfiction literary and artistic artifacts that focus on who they are and their experiences in and/or out of school. Selected artifacts will be incorporated into a book on this topic.

Where do you come in? They have created activities you can use, even if your students do not participate in the research part; there are 10 exercises that will hopefully provide some answers to the study's research questions, in students’ own voices. They want this packet to be a resource that includes ideas/tools for future relationship building with students, practices that can be used in whole group or small group/individual settings (face to face and virtually), and opportunities to empathize with students. Regardless of whether or not students participate in the research study portion of the work, educators can still feel free to use the activities. You can access the activities and complete information about the study here.

Dr. Moulton is also available to chat with teachers about the project and activities if they want some more guidance. His expertise is in middle-level education, and we are fortunate to have him in our state!

End the School Year with Epic Review Olympics (and More from Matt Miller!)

Matt Miller recently sent a lengthy email with end of the year activities, including these Olympic-themed ideas (updated from 2016, with more ideas in the comments). There are many more ideas on his blog, and you can sign up for his newsletter as well. Photo by Bryan Turner on Unsplash

If We Remake Middle School, What Would That Mean for Teens?

The University of Virginia, with an extensive School of Education and Human Development, is sharing a toolkit created during a project launched in 2019. You can access different features of the toolkit and give feedback. This could serve as a source of PD and discussion for your staff as you think about middle school in the years ahead.

Reflection Questions for Staff and Students

While generally we do not link to Tpt resources, these reflection questions for staff and students are on a free section of the website Minds in Bloom. Using some of these questions could be a great way to look back at a year like no other and learn what an impact you truly had!

Highlights from MiddleWeb

Media Literacy Scholarships Available

The Graduate Certificate in Digital Literacy program at the University of Rhode Island is funding five tuition awards for educators whose work addresses the needs of underserved communities to attend the award-winning 9th Annual Summer Institute in Digital Literacy. This Institute will be hosted by the University of Rhode Island (URI) and National Louis University (NLU) on July 16-20, 2021 fully online. By attending the Institute, scholarship recipients will join a vibrant community of educators who are committed to digital and media literacy education. This is a $400 value; apply for the scholarship by May 26, or register here.

On a related note, Media Literacy Gurus Frank Baker & Renee Hobbs are offering a webinar on "Media Literacy Books for All Ages" tomorrow, just in time for summer exploration.

Free Course on High Impact Virtual Instructional Practices for Teachers

Kristin Patrick of Noblesville Schools and Dr. Tara Kingsley of IU-K have created this self-paced course. Whether you are currently engaged in virtual instruction, making the shift to virtual instruction, or looking to increase your knowledge of high impact practices for virtual instruction, this course will meet the needs of teachers on a continuum of skill sets and interests. It is worth 8 PGPs.

Learning Opportunities (all times EDT, Free Unless Noted)

May 18: Media Education Lab Webinar-50 Media Literacy Books, 4 pm

May 18: KIL-Keep Indiana Chatting (on Zoom), "Refresh, Restore, Reflect,"7 pm

May 19: KIL-Starting a Makerspace: Plainfield MS & How They Use Design Thinking/PBL (Part 1), 4:30 pm

May 20: Dollar General Grant Application Due

May 20: First Deadline for Student Hindsight 20/21 Projects

May 20: AMLE Webinar-A Virtual Approach to Social & Emotional Learning, 4:30 pm

May 24: KIL: Flora Jones "Nothing Can Stop Me, I Survived COVID," 4 pm

May 26: KIL Makerspace (Part 2), 4:30

June 29-30: Keep Indiana Learning Summer Conference


Keep Indiana Learning Live Events, Archived Events

Indiana eLearning Lab. Must log in to see workshop topics. This week's live sessions: Revise & Organize: Google Drive, Our Top Inbox Tips, SEL Practices to Try

PATINS Trainings for Accessibility for All

Corwin Monday Afternoon Webinar Series

Leslie Fisher Webinars

Teachers First/OK2Ask Virtual Workshops

AMLE Podcast Series

Summer CS & STEM Ops Collected by DOE

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.


INSPIRE3 philanthropy education and service-learning projects are available on our website as well as IASP. You can also go direction to Learning to Give for current ideas, including standards-based lessons.


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Next week will be the final Monday Minute of the school year, but we will keep updating our website with new opportunities.