Hi Sandra - Hope your summer is going well! I wanted to update you on our free webinars and hope you can join us for one of them soon.
We've had three Tech Talks so far - one on Interactive Notebooks, Moodle, and Digital Storytelling. You can get to the recordings of those by clicking on the Web Archive link.
You can see all our upcoming events by clicking on the Events tab. The next TechTalk topic is 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 on additional topics or feedback you have would be greatly appreciated! Kim
Thank you for the welcome!! It's nice to hear from another upstate NYer. As a remedial teacher, I do a lot of differentiation quite "naturally" as I work with small groups of students, finding out their learning strengths and helping them use those strengths in math. In my enrichment classes my current goal is to find ways to incorporate more choice into my units. My favorite books on differentiation are by Tomlinson and by Rick Wormli. How about you?
WOW. 198 kids in the whole school! That is small I have over 160 students myself, and those are just 7th graders.
That must be great for building a sense of community. You can know every student and watch their progress. How wonderful that must be. You can really see the impact you have on students.
We have so many students at our school that there are many that I never meet. And since they are only there for two years, the kids barely get their feet under them and we send them off to the high school. Oh well, tis the nature of industrialized education.
I am always excited to see another science person on board.
How small is your school? I know that when you are the only teacher of a subject at a school, it can seem isolating. There is no one to share preparation of materials, swap resources, bounce ideas off of, and so forth. There are plenty of other teachers, but its not quite the same as having someone in your discipline.
I hope our network here can provide you with some additional support and connections. Let us know if there is anything we can help you with.
Hi Sandra! So glad you joined the MSP2 network. We're just getting started so any ideas or feedback you have would be greatly appreciated! We've got lots of resources for middle school science teachers - look at the left side of the Main page - Science Publications, Diigo lists, and two project blogs - Connecting News to the National Science Education Standards and Exemplary Resources for Middle School Math and Science. A third blog - Polar News and Resources might also be interesting to you - it's coming from another of our projects - Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears.
Right now there are three groups - Science, Math, and Integrating Technology - I would encourage you to join one or more and start a conversation. Are there any specific topics or issues you would like to see addressed?
New York has a pretty good representation in this community already (I realized it's a big state, though!). Anyway...I'm glad you've joined us. Is there anything in particular you are looking for, hoping to gain, interested in sharing? Please feel free to jump in, comment, join a discussion, share ideas, poke around in the various resources, and let us know how the community can help you.
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