NELMS NEWS Node 2016

An annotated list of current events & issues related to the middle level
(updated 4/20/16)

Be sure to check back each week for a new article of interest.
This week's featured article is:

Kahoot App Brings Urgency of a Quiz Show to the Classroom
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/17/technology/kahoot-app-brings-urgency
Kahoot, an online quiz system from Norway that is fast gaining market share in schools across the United States, plays out like a television game show spliced with a video game.
Cast in the role of game host, teachers introduce a multiple-choice quiz — on, say, plant life or English grammar. Using the Kahoot platform, they project one quiz question at a time onto a whiteboard or screen at the front of their classrooms.

N.Y.Times 4/16/16


3 ways to involve students in your ed-tech PD
http://www.eschoolnews.com/2016/04/11/3-ways-to-transform-ed-tech-pd-by-involving-students/

If you’re not including your students in teachers’ PD, you’re missing a key opportunity
Whenever I’m invited to a school or district to talk with teachers about using technology, I’ll ask the principal or superintendent if I can meet with a group of students to prepare first. Often, my request is met with a puzzled reply: “You realize that we want you to come talk to our teachers, right? Why do you want to talk to the kids?” My experience is that involving students in both staff development planning and during workshops can lead to a much more successful implementation.

eSchool News 4/11/16

Sixth-graders explore science of the forest in Cambria’s Strawberry Canyon
http://www.sanluisobispo.com/news/local/community/cambrian/article67779147.html

It was a watershed moment for Santa Lucia Middle School students: planting Monterey pine trees Monday in Cambria’s Strawberry Canyon.
There’s a double meaning there, because the students in Danielle Narzisi’s sixth-grade class have been learning about the Santa Lucia Creek watershed as part of their environmental education class at the Cambria middle school.

San Luis Obispo Tribune 3/23/16

Sixth-graders explore science of the forest in Cambria’s Strawberry Canyon
https://www.teachingchannel.org/blog/2016/03/16/whos-having-more-fun-here/

It’s a dreary, rainy, Seattle Monday morning, but the spinning disco ball in our room is casting snowball light spots around the room and the lasers are putting on their show. It’s barely 8:45 am and our room is abuzz with activity. School doesn’t start for another 20 minutes, but my students are already diving deep into their work.

Tcher's Voice 3/16/16

Rutland Middle School students hold mock legislative session
http://www.rutlandherald.com/article/20160304/THISJUSTIN/160309712

The red brick building on Library Avenue in Rutland doubled as Montpelier's Golden Dome on Thursday morning.
In the culmination of a two-week long civics project, Rutland Middle School eighth-graders debated such topics as raising the minimum wage, expanding school choice, guaranteeing paid sick leave and a casino in Chittenden County at a mock legislative session held in the school's auditorium.

Rutland Herald 3/4/16

 

Teen mental health risk increases with food insecurity
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-mentalhealth-adolescents-pover-idUSKCN0VZ23U

Adolescents living in households with limited or uncertain availability of nutritious food are more than twice as likely as other kids to have emotional problems or conduct problems, according to a new study.
“These findings add to our growing understanding of food insecurity and its implications, and demonstrate that food insecurity is an independent risk factor for mental health problems among adolescents,” said lead author Dr. Elizabeth Poole-Di Salvo of Weill Cornell Medical Center in New York.

Reuters.com 2/26/16

 

Dover Doin's: Teachers don't get enough recognition
http://www.fosters.com/article/20160221/NEWS/160229853

[PLEASE NOTE] Halfway down the article is a bit about NELMS
Recently, we all learned of an award presented to Kim Lyndes, of the Dover Middle School. It came from the New England League of Middle Schools. Kim was named Principal of the Year. We guess that a naming by your peers must be very satisfying, so let’s take a look at what else DMS has received from their peers.

Fosters.com 2/21/16

 

3 ways to infuse 21st-century skills into instruction
http://smartblogs.com/education/2016/02/08/3-ways-to-infuse-21st-century-skills…

All teachers seek to prepare students for life after high school. These days that means equipping them with the skills it will take to survive in the 21st century workplace, while also covering other curriculum requirements. What concrete examples of 21st century workplace skills like communication, self-management, collaboration, motivation and inquiry do you focus on in your classroom? As an interesting parallel, how do your examples compare with these actual comments from employees and their supervisors who participated in the Arizona K12 Center’s Lesson2Life professional development?

SmartBlogs 2/8/16

 

Why Introverted Teachers Are Burning Out
http://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2016/01/why-introverted-teachers-are-burning-out/425151/

Jayson Jones was my favorite person to call when I needed a substitute for my high-school English classes. Jayson was an aspiring teacher who was extremely popular with the students and related especially well with many of the at-risk kids. One day, I walked into the classroom at lunchtime, and he was sitting alone in the dark, listening to music. “Oh, an introvert?” I said. “I had no idea.” He smiled and responded, “Absolutely. I do this every day to recharge.” Unfortunately for me and thousands of future students, Jayson has left the classroom for the workshop: He’s refurbishing furniture instead of teaching and says that his “introversion definitely played a part.

The Atlantic 1/25/16

 

Taunton middle schools search for the ticket to good behavior
www.tauntongazette.com/news/20160115/taunton-middle-schools-search-for-ticket-to-good-behavior

In between a poetry lesson on Paul Revere’s ride in Nora Sweeney’s Grade 5 class, the vocabulary and grammar lessons in Lori Nixon’s Grade 6 class and learning about Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy and the Civil Rights movement in Christine Dever’s Grade 7 English Language Arts class, red paper tickets are left on students’ desks in each classroom.
Not just left, but placed, purposefully, as part of a new program at each of the city’s three middle schools.

Taunton Daily Gazette 1/15/16

 


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