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As a new member I would like to ask others how to make wise use of MSP2?

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Hi Bianca,

Welcome! Have you perused the groups yet? They are at http://www.msteacher2.org/groups or you click on "Groups" from the green menu bar. Find one or two that interest you and join like minded people.

Also, peruse the events page and choose one or two to participate in.

Both experiences will enable you to connect with others with whom you can have ongoing conversations regarding your needs and interests.

Sincerely,

Mary

Bianca,

 

Thank you for this post. This is the beginning of a great discussion!!

 

What are your interests?  What do you teach?  

 

Perhaps one of the challenges with MSP2 is that there are so many resources it is hard to find a place to grab hold in the beginning.  Mary has some great suggestions.  I enjoy checking the forum, making comments, asking questions, etc.  

 

Are you interested in doing collaborative projects with your students - if you have students?  We are hoping to start at least one project here after the beginning of the year.  We are looking for interested folks to help us design the project so it will be beneficial to many.  We have a "collaboration" group, and we invite you to join if interested.

 

We envision MSP2 to be a "positive teacher's lounge" where people meet to share information and grow together as professionals.  The discussions have not been that rich and ongoing yet.  We hope that comes.  We hope you will help us grow the community here.

 

I look forward to reading your posts.  If you have questions, either post them to your discussion or send me an email. I'll do my best to help.

 

Thanks again for joining us and posting!  Happy Holidays!

Rebecca

South Carolina

Greetings... to all who may be "listening."  :o}

   I am currently teaching 7/8th science at Burris Laboratory School, Muncie, Indiana. It is associated with Ball State University. In addition to teaching middle school students I work with preservice teachers through classroom observations and mentoring practicum teachers; I also sometimes become involved with graduate research projects, and help develop curriculum.

   My current "outside the box" focus is serving as Director for East Central Indiana Regional Science Fair. I recently worked at over coming my lack of enthusiasm for social networking and created a Facebook page - ECI Science Fair Express, and a Twitter account - ECI Science Fair - in an effort to expand the visibility, challenge, and excitement associated with science fair. I want participants to have a forum for venting, discussing, sharing ideas, etc.

   And... I am currently President of Muncie Branch AAUW. As a partner to the National Girls Collaborative Project, we collaborate with Indiana Girls Scouts, and BSU in hosting Cardinal Girls Science Days; Muncie Branch also sponsors mentors for girls through a program called Energizing Career Pathways.  Our target audience is predominantly "tween girls."  :o}   Muncie Branch AAUW now also has a Facebook page and Twitter account!  I do not know if I can keep up... I am hoping to attract some new, young, enthusiastic volunteers to take over!  :o}

   My latest new activity is to multi-task my 8th grade students' participation in NASA's Sports Challenge with science fair projects... time is precious! I am hoping that if they do science fair projects involving Newton's Laws of Motion they will also gain the background knowledge that they will need to complete the Sports Challenge effectively...

   Have I peaked anyone's interest? I would love support and to share ideas... I checked off that I need help with technology... While I grasp at my student's love affair with Facebook and try to use it as a positive tool, I do have concerns with managing the pages and maintaining security and appropriate links. I truly would appreciate an outsider's perspective...

 

"Care with conviction; Defy indifference."

Bianca 

Mary, thank you for the suggestions. There are so many choices available! I am a bit overwhelmed... and awed and the same time.  Bianca :o}

Mary LeFever said:

Hi Bianca,

Welcome! Have you perused the groups yet? They are at http://www.msteacher2.org/groups or you click on "Groups" from the green menu bar. Find one or two that interest you and join like minded people.

Also, peruse the events page and choose one or two to participate in.

Both experiences will enable you to connect with others with whom you can have ongoing conversations regarding your needs and interests.

Sincerely,

Mary

Welcome Bianca,

 

I first place that I would go is "Cool Tools" under MSP2 Resources on the homepage.  Wonderful tools for the classroom- most (if not all) are free!!

 

Take Care,

Tom

 

 

Bianca,

 

WOW!  You are really involved in a lot of wonderful efforts to spread the joy of learning - especially to girls. 

 

During the NMSA Conference in Baltimore, the MSP2 booth was next door to the booth of the architectural firm that created the "21st Century Classroom."  I had the opportunity to talk with one of the (female) architects.  She was adamant that we must find ways to hook girls on STEM.  

 

...looks like you have found some ways to do that.  I believe that would be a great topic for discussion - and perhaps a webinar - here on MSP2.

 

Hope you are enjoying your holidays!

Rebecca

Bianca N McRae said:

Greetings... to all who may be "listening."  :o}

   I am currently teaching 7/8th science at Burris Laboratory School, Muncie, Indiana. It is associated with Ball State University. In addition to teaching middle school students I work with preservice teachers through classroom observations and mentoring practicum teachers; I also sometimes become involved with graduate research projects, and help develop curriculum.

   My current "outside the box" focus is serving as Director for East Central Indiana Regional Science Fair. I recently worked at over coming my lack of enthusiasm for social networking and created a Facebook page - ECI Science Fair Express, and a Twitter account - ECI Science Fair - in an effort to expand the visibility, challenge, and excitement associated with science fair. I want participants to have a forum for venting, discussing, sharing ideas, etc.

   And... I am currently President of Muncie Branch AAUW. As a partner to the National Girls Collaborative Project, we collaborate with Indiana Girls Scouts, and BSU in hosting Cardinal Girls Science Days; Muncie Branch also sponsors mentors for girls through a program called Energizing Career Pathways.  Our target audience is predominantly "tween girls."  :o}   Muncie Branch AAUW now also has a Facebook page and Twitter account!  I do not know if I can keep up... I am hoping to attract some new, young, enthusiastic volunteers to take over!  :o}

   My latest new activity is to multi-task my 8th grade students' participation in NASA's Sports Challenge with science fair projects... time is precious! I am hoping that if they do science fair projects involving Newton's Laws of Motion they will also gain the background knowledge that they will need to complete the Sports Challenge effectively...

   Have I peaked anyone's interest? I would love support and to share ideas... I checked off that I need help with technology... While I grasp at my student's love affair with Facebook and try to use it as a positive tool, I do have concerns with managing the pages and maintaining security and appropriate links. I truly would appreciate an outsider's perspective...

 

"Care with conviction; Defy indifference."

Bianca 

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