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Matthew Stern
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  • Mechanicsburg, PA
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Matthew Stern added a discussion to the group Educational and Action Research

Structured Reading Time in the Middle School Setting

What research exists on providing a daily or every-other-day period for students to read self-selected books.  At Mechanicsburg Middle School, we have had many discussions on increasing student literacy and engagement in reading.  I've read in a number of articles that this practice of setting aside time for students to read and engage in literature can be one of the most valuable experiences,  but I know of no research to support the call for change.See More
Nov 15, 2010
Matthew Stern replied to Jessica Crooker's discussion Engaging Students in Textbook Reading in the group Literacy in the Content Areas
"A great technique I've used is the SQ4R Survey the text and images first to connect to prior knowledge Questions - turn each heading in the text into a question providing a more manageable and concrete purpose for reading Read the text (and…"
Nov 15, 2010
Matthew Stern joined Jessica Fries-Gaither's group

Literacy in the Content Areas

Do your students struggle with comprehension or vocabulary development? Looking for ways to integrate literacy in your instruction? This group will explore issues related to literacy in middle school science and mathematics.
Nov 15, 2010
Matthew Stern replied to Davilla Riddle's discussion NMSA 2010 - Global Treks: Virtual Field Trips
"A new site i found that might interest Social Studies teachers, especially those of you who mentioned teaching the Ancients as I do. http://www.3dancientwonders.com/index.php"
Nov 9, 2010
Matthew Stern is now a member of Middle School Portal
Nov 8, 2010

Profile Information

Which best describes your position?
Classroom Teacher (preK-12)
What discipline(s) do you teach?
Social Studies
I need help with
Assessment/Testing, Instructional strategies, Involving parents/caregivers
I can help with
Assessment/Testing, Integrating technology, Literacy

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At 12:29am on November 24, 2010, Davilla Riddle said…
If you are interested, there are several places where you can immediately take something away or contribute to this site.

Check out the new group Collaboration. MSP2 wants to create opportunities for teachers to collaborate locally or globally and form PLCs around science and mathematics. This group provides educators with a forum to create student collaboration projects around STEM concepts.

There is a link to our Cool Tools wiki under MSP2 Resources on the main page, too.

Is there anything I can help you with right now?

There are several great upcoming events scheduled, too!


Davilla, MSP2 Teacher Leader
At 2:48pm on November 8, 2010, Kim Lightle said…
Hi Matthew - Welcome aboard! I wanted to tell you a little about MSP2 - we are using this NING network as a place where educators can connect with each other (through answers to profile questions and the advanced Members search) and also as a way to connect educators with exemplary resources and professional development opportunities.

If you look on the Main page - you'll see MSP2 resources in the upper left hand box - we have resource guides where we have sifted and sorted and contextualized resources on topics important to middle school math and science teachers, an archive of all of our past webinars, the ability to search the MSP2 collection, and pages of teacher and student opportunities and grants. Our newest resource guides are Teaching With Trade Books which includes lessons for science AND math classes and Science Misconceptions.

The MSP2 bookclub is reading Unscientific America. We'll be meeting online December 7, 2010 at 7pm EST. Hope you'll join the group.

Please don't hesitate to post a question or comment. We are always looking for feedback and new ideas for PD opportunities and people who would like to present.

So glad you joined - Kim

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