The Monday Minute
December 7, 2021
More Details for Our March 12, 2022 Conference
Board Members Honored at IASP
8 Googley Winter Activities from Eric Curts
⛄ Activity #1 - Build a Snowman with Google Slides
🎄 Activity #2 - Decorate a Holiday Tree with Google Slides
Activity #3 - Wintertime Magnetic Poetry with Google Drawings
📬 Activity #4 - Holiday Greeting Cards with Google Drawings
🎁 Activity #5 - "12 Days of Christmas" Guided Google Sheets Math Activity
🌟 Activity #6 - Pixel Art Ornaments with Google Sheets
❄️ Activity #7 - Wintertime Emoji Rebus Stories with Google Docs
💡 Activity #8 - Holiday Lights Writing with Google Docs
Extend Learning over Break Through the Library
More Ways to Use Calendar Events in the Classroom (Dec-Jan-Feb)
Macy's Make a Wish
This could be a good advisory activity: For every "Letter to Santa" submitted online or dropped off at one of their stores, Macy's will donate $1 to Make-A-Wish, up to $1 million. Students can download the template below or create their own design and deliver their wishes to a Macy's store, or they can submit their letter digitally at https://www.macys.com/social/believe/ They can also participate in a global Macy's Make-A-Wish Flipgrid at https://flipgrid.com/0c0e34d5. The guest password is Believe* and videos will be screened by librarian Kristina Holzweiss before they are accepted.
Sheinkin Student Session Includes Codebreaking Contest
Join bestselling and award winning author Steve Sheinkin for a conversation about Fallout: Spies, Superbombs, and the Ultimate Cold War Showdown, one of the most critically acclaimed books of the year. This author talk at 1 pm December 14 will be packed with fascinating details about this momentous period of history and end with a code-breaking workshop and a contest for classrooms to win their own spy gear. Sign up and request contest information here. Sheinkin has written several of the most popular non-fiction books for middle level students, including Bomb, Undefeated, Lincoln's Grave Robbers, and more.
Applications Open for Student Pages During 2022 General Assembly
Letters about Literature Due January 10
Poetry Contest for Grades 6-12
It's Back! #DitchSummit from Matt Miller and Friends
The Ditch That Textbook Digital Summit is a FREE online conference for teachers. It brings together some of the brightest minds in education to discuss technology, pedagogy and more.
This year, the summit is open Dec. 13, 2021 to Jan. 7, 2022. You can watch the videos at your own pace during this time.
Each year, they empower & inspire with new video presentations as well as access to 70+ presentations from previous summits. Generate FREE certificates for professional development credits. And it's free! Get all the details and sign up here.
Special Opportunity for K-6 Teachers in First 3 Years of Teaching
Ohio Middle Level Association Celebrates "Team of the Year"
Presidential Award Nominations Open Through January 7
The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) are the highest honors bestowed by the US government specifically for K–12 science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and/or computer science teaching. Awardees serve as models for their colleagues, inspiration to their communities, and leaders in the improvement of STEM education. This year's cycle is for teachers in grades K-6. Nomination and application information is available here. Nominations are due January 7, 2022
How Could $5,000 Jumpstart Career Exploration at Your School?
American Student Assistance (ASA) and AMLE have teamed up to create "Career Exploration in the Middle Grades: A Playbook for Educators" that offers a roadmap that ANY school can use to create an impactful program for their students. To celebrate this, they are awarding $5000 to 3 different schools to implement one of the programs in the playbook. Entries are due January 31, 2022. The playbook is available for free electronically, along with contest details and examples.
Looking Forward to January- Unified Champions Opportunities
Learning Opportunities (all times EST)
*December 6- Computer Science Education Week/Hour of Code
Dec. 6-10: Indiana Learning Lab Computer Science Lunch & Learns, 11:30 am daily
December 7: Free Educator Screening at IN State Museum, "Asteroid Hunters 3D", 6 pm
December 8: KIL-Navigating SEL with Christy Berger, 11 am
*December 8: Free Live Storycast with Jeff Kinney (Diary of a Wimpy Kid), 1 pm
December 8: IDOE Dig Deep: Dig Cit & Professional Responsibilities, 4pm
December 10: Heading into 2022 with Gimkit, 7 pm
December 13: Supporting Students' Mental Health Needs, 5 pm
December 13-January 7, 2022-Ditch Summit
*December 14: Webinar with author Steve Sheinkin on his book Fallout & Codebreaking, 1 pm
December 15: KinL Livestream-Let's Have Fun Tech Tips Livestream, 2:30 pm
January 7: Deadline to Nominate K-6 Teachers for PAEMST
*January 10: Letters about Literature Entries Due
January 31: Entry Deadline for ASA & AMLE Playbook Challenge
February 6: Deadline for PAEMST Applications
March 12, 2022: IMLEA Conference, Lebanon High School
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.
Saying Goodbye to 2021
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.
This is our final newsletter of 2021, a year unlike any other, a year for which we had high hopes. We hope that the final days before winter vacation are productive, and that you experience a restorative, enjoyable break. Our next Monday Minute will be January 3, 2022.