"I use page protectors over the text book page. Cut a protector to where it will easily fits over one page and coach students how to find main ideas of subheadings and imprtant facts. This technique is used at the beginning of the year and I show…"
"A great technique I've used is the SQ4R
Survey the text and images first to connect to prior knowledge
Questions - turn each heading in the text into a question providing a more manageable and concrete purpose for reading
Read the text (and…"
"You may want to look into some of Kylene Beers' materials. There are a lot of strategies posted at www.allamericareads.org Look under Lesson plans.
A book I am currently reading is Creating Literacy Rich Schools for Adolescents by Gay Ivey and…"
Take a tour the Middle School Portal 2: Math and Science Pathways (MSP2) online social network - connect to colleagues, access free resources, and participate in professional development opportunities. Learn how to personalize your "My Page" and connect with other educators that are having the same issues as you. Find out what the fall book club selection will be and all the events and resources that will support our book choice. Provide feedback on what we've developed so far.To go directly to…See More
"Wordle is a great tool for all kinds of activities.
If you want to use it as a pre-reading activity, copy and paste your text (or type a few paragraphs) into wordle to create the word cloud. The size of the words indicates the frequency of their…"
Do your students struggle with comprehension or vocabulary development? Looking for ways to integrate literacy in your instruction? This group will explore issues related to literacy in middle school science and mathematics.
Thanks for the note on my page. I'm new to MSP2, so it's fun to get those emails saying someone wrote on my page! :)
I am currently using wikis in two ways:
1. As a collaboration tool for my district's Teachers of…"
"What is a wiki?" you say. Let's take a look at what a wiki is and how it can be used as a tool for online student collaboration. Whether used to create a reference library or a collaborative teaching tool, wikis are an easily accessible Web 2.0 tool that can be used in any class. Works great in the one-computer room or in the computer lab.Facilitator: Karolee SmileyTo register, go to…See More
Hi Jessica - So glad you joined the MSP2 network. I see you chose "Other" - I'm always curious about people's background - would you be willing to share what your position is? We really are trying to meet the needs of a varied audience and knowing who our members are sure helps.
In any case, I wanted to point out that we've got lots of resources for middle school math and science educators - look at the left side of the Main page - Math and Science Resource Guides, Diigo lists, and project blogs where we highlight exemplary online math and science
resources and the research that is going on at the polar regions.
We've had three Tech Talks so far - one on Interactive Notebooks, Moodle and Digital Storytelling. Hope you can make the Wiki Webinar - if not, you'll be able to get to all of the archived recordings by clicking on the Web Archive link.
You can see all our upcoming events by clicking on the Events tab. We've got lots more topics to cover in the next few months - technology, pedagogy, content knowledge, all sorts of fun stuff!
Any ideas or feedback you have would be greatly appreciated!
Welcome to MSP2
I hope you will be able to join me with wikis! If you have any questions or ideas to share, feel free to add them to the discussion.
Besides wikis, are there other things you are interested in? You might want to introduce yourself here and join groups. Its a great way to find more people with similar interests, to find information and share your own experiences and expertise.
If you need any help or would like to see something added, just let us know.