An annotated list of current events & issues related to the middle level
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Winter Math and Science Can Be "SNOW" Much Fun!
I’m not going to lie. Winter can get LONG and gruesome here in the upper Midwest. When kids are cooped up in a school building all day, with no recess, and dreary weather conditions, we all start to go a little kkkoo-kkkoo (that’s me shivering)! So I say, embrace the cold weather and make the best of it in order to beat those bothersome winter blues.
A healthy thought: Dryden students learn about wellness
Instead of sitting through math or social studies Monday morning, Dryden Middle School students strapped on snowshoes, sampled healthy snacks and played basketball.
The school hosted its first Health and Wellness Day, where students from sixth to eighth grade learned about nutrition and general health during a shortened school day.
Ithaca Journal 1/12/15
Celebrating Dr. King's Life: Do Something
During my educational career of almost 30 years, I have found that when you get to the middle school classroom, the "cuteness" factor takes a nosedive. I am not talking about appearances or personalities, but rather those cute holiday activities or crafts that seem to live on in elementary school.
When you teach in middle school, you have to dig deeper to find creative ways to celebrate special occasions other than writing essays or entering a reading/writing contest…
Push is on to start school days later
Sophomore Bailey Kelly has trouble staying awake during her first period American studies class.
The same goes for fellow sophomore Brittany Bloom, who, during choir class at Portsmouth High School, with a start time of 7:30 a.m., can barely wake up — let alone sing at the level she'd like to achieve.
"You're not awake, you're not ready for it," Bloom said. "All you think about is wanting to go back to bed."
Erin Bakkom, an eighth-grade history teacher at Portsmouth Middle School, has seen the same tired eyes in her first period classes. At a Portsmouth School Board meeting in December, Bakkom spoke to the board about the importance of changing the start times for the middle and high schools. Toward the end of the meeting, the board held an hourlong workshop to discuss where to start with a change as all-encompassing as the time school begins each day.
Seacoast Online 1/4/15
What trends are in store for education in 2015?
Outlook on instruction: Class around the clock
Some exciting advancements are on the horizon for classrooms in 2015. While they sound technical, the biggest changes aren't going to be driven by an app, a computer program or a new kind of tablet—they will come from new theories about how to engage both students and teachers in the classroom.