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Middle Level Chat on Twitter

Over the course of the last year, twitter chats of all sorts have been popping up.  A regular chat devoted to the middle level has been slow to get off the ground.  There is a hashtag (#midleved) and some regular contributors, but nothing close to a live chat.  That is something that a few middle school educators are trying to change.  Despite being listed on Cybraryman's website as a Tuesday chat (#midleved), it has also…


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At 5:24pm on December 04, 2009, Holly Berchet-Hall gave Ron a gift
Thanks for being an awesome colleague!
At 8:09am on August 13, 2009, Mary Henton said…
Thank you, again, for explaining. Perhaps I need to examine my own misunderstandings about the word, "warrior." My apologies. I do appreciate and honor the tension between meeting human need and respecting natural resource. It's something I didn't begin to understand until I lived in southwest Virginia several years ago, where hunting was an important part of livelihood for many people. Now that I'm in a farming region and involved with local, organic, sustainable agriculture activities and people, I'm developing a better appreciation of the fact that raising animals for food can be done honorably and kindly. The beef cattle who graze contentedly on lush grass in thick, rich pastures on my friends' farm only have one bad day in their lives!

How wonderful that your school enjoys a rich local heritage and your students can learn from the people who have been faithful stewards of the land and the artists who have been able to communicate experience and understanding.
At 6:15pm on August 7, 2009, Kim Lightle said…
Hi Ron - So glad you joined the MSP2 network and I think your avatar is cool too. I wanted you to know that we've got lots of resources for middle school math educators - look at the left side of the Main page - Math Resource Guides, Diigo lists, and project blogs where we highlight exemplary online math and science resources and the research that is going on at the polar regions.

We've had two Tech Talks so far - one on Interactive Notebooks and one on Moodle in the Middle - did you participate in one of these? You can get to the recordings of those by clicking on the Webinar Archive link.

You can see all our upcoming events by clicking on the Events tab. The next two are on Digital Storytelling and Using Wikis. We've got lots more topics to cover in the next few months - technology, pedagogy, content knowledge, all sorts of fun stuff!

Any ideas or feedback you have would be greatly appreciated!

Welcome – Kim
At 8:59am on August 5, 2009, Mary Henton said…
Thank you for explaining the symbols on the shield. The contrast between salmon and "warrior" is a curious one! Is it fair to say that the folks who decided the "warrior" name weren't particularly sensitive to the native tradition of the region?? But perhaps that provides rich opportunity to explore the issue of perspective and personal history.

Is your leadership work with students? adults? part of the school curriculum?
At 7:52am on August 3, 2009, Mary Henton said…
Welcome, Ron,

I'm also curious about your avatar. Would you be willing to share about it?

I see that you're friends with Kathy Allemana. I'm fascinated with the ways people are connected across geography.

Anyway....I'm glad you've joined MSP2. Would love to know a little more about you. For example--
- what you enjoy most about teaching math
- what you enjoy most about teaching middle grades students
- whether you belong to other online professional learning communities
- what intrigued you to join MSP2
- what you'd like to contribute and gain from MSP2

...or anything else you'd like to share!

I hope you've had a chance to check out the various groups (including a math group) and the math online resources.

I also hope you'll be willing to jump in, post, question, comment, share.


At 10:18pm on August 2, 2009, Tom Jenkins said…
Hi Ron,

Welcome to MSP2. I assume that you chose that avatar because you are from the Pacific Northwest. Does it have any particular meaning? Anyway, It looks really cool.

Please feel free to explore the site and let us us know if there is anything that we can do to help you out.

Take Care,



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