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Dr. GBJohnson
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  • Peachtree City, GA
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Which best describes your position?
Classroom Teacher (preK-12), Researcher, Agency/Association Professional, Curriculum Coordinator
What discipline(s) do you teach?
Science, Mathematics, Social Studies, English/Language Arts, Enrichment
I need help with
ESL/ELL, Managing labs (including safety)
I can help with
Assessment/Testing, Classroom management, Content knowledge, Gifted and talented, Instructional strategies, Literacy, Being a new teacher, Involving parents/caregivers, Special needs students, Standards

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21st Century Skills, Are We There Yet?

Thanks to all who attended my webinar on 21st Century Skills, Are We There Yet? We had a great discussion on whether we as educators are providing the skills our students will need in order to be productive citizens when they leave the K-12 setting. A couple of days after this webinar, I received the November 2010 issue of Ed Digest. And low and behold, there's an article, "A Century of Skills Movements" by Diane Ravitch, from American Educator. She mentions the fact that educators have been… Continue

Posted on October 25, 2010 at 7:04pm — 2 Comments

Critical Thinking Skills

Today I just picked up my issue of EdDigest from the post office and quickly noticed an article on Critical Thinking Skills for the new workforce we are currently teaching. It is amazing, we are preparing students for jobs that have not even been invented yet. I thought about this upcoming school year. I immediately started thinking as I was reading the article, am I able to incorporate "(the four Cs)" they refer to, into my curriculum? I'm sure it's going to be pretty easy to incorporate the… Continue

Posted on August 15, 2010 at 7:43pm — 6 Comments

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At 11:05am on April 11, 2011, Todd D. Paige said…


Thanks so much for the welcome.  I hope I am able to gain some insight from this network and maybe even offer a little along the way, too.




At 12:16pm on March 13, 2011, Ivo Herzog said…

Dear Genola,

Thank you for your welcome. I'm just getting oriented around this intersting site.


At 8:19pm on March 12, 2011, Alaina Hermon said…
Thank you.  I'm just trying to learn what all is in here.  What a wide variety of stuff.  It's almost overwhelming. 
At 10:49pm on January 11, 2011, Kim Lightle said…
Hope you join us online this Thursday, 1/13 at 4pm EST as we explore how reader's theater can be used to improve comprehension of informational text and help students learn science concepts. We'll focus on science-themed text, but the same principles can apply to other  content areas as well. You can find the link to participate, the descriptions, and archived recordings of all the webinars at http://wiki.nsdl.org/index.php/BeyondPenguins/Seminars
At 9:40am on June 4, 2010, Kim Lightle said…
Welcome aboard! We are using this NING network as a place where educators can connect with each other (through answers to profile questions and the advanced Members search) and also as a way to connect educators with exemplary resources and professional development opportunities.

If you look on the Main page - you'll see MSP2 resources in the upper left hand box - we have resource guides where we have sifted and sorted and contextualized resources on topics important to middle school math and science teachers, an archive of all of our past webinars, the ability to search the MSP2 collection, and pages of teacher and student opportunities and grants. Our newest resource guide is about Teaching With Tradebooks and includes lessons for science AND math classes..

We have have on the right side of the page our two project blogs - Resources for Math and Science and Connecting News. We also RSS feed the Free Technology for Teachers, Teach Engineering, and Science and Technology NYT blog feeds.

You can see a list of all the MSP2 events and others that we think would be of interest to our audience under the Events tab. We have groups - including a book club - and lots of conversations! We just had a free webinar on using Prezi as a presentation tool. One of our most popular webinars was Reading Mathematics is Different - you can find the all the recordings here - http://wiki.nsdl.org/index.php/MiddleSchoolPortal/Webinar_Archive.

Please don't hesitate to post a question or comment. We are always looking for feedback and new ideas for PD opportunities and people who would like to present. You wear lots of hats so I'm sure you have lots of ideas. So glad you joined - Kim

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