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Karolee Smiley
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Karolee Smiley replied to Rhonda Pennington's discussion IPads
"Our school doesn't have them, but my husband does.  One of things you can do is use your IPad as a presentation system.  Keynote presentations, video streaming, and anything else you can see on the IPad can be presented to the…"
Aug 2, 2011
Karolee Smiley replied to Kim Lightle's discussion Teaching Tornadoes (or Other Extreme Weather Events)
"We are even getting tornadoes in northern California, a rare occurrence.  Unfortunately, weather is not a part of my state standards, so I do not have many resources.  I am pulling out my old JASON curriculum - Monster Storms, which does…"
Jun 13, 2011
Karolee Smiley commented on Kim Lightle's blog post "Investigating Birds: Supporting Student Inquiry" Summer Online Course - Deadline June 1, 2011
"Looks like a great program!  Unfortunately, cardinals do not make it out here. For those who missed the deadline or who live in an area without cardinals, Cornell has other Citizen Scientist programs.  I have been a part of the Project…"
Jun 13, 2011
Karolee Smiley replied to aimee's discussion Looking for a Few Middle School Science Teachers to Help with a Last Minute Research Project
"Hi Aimee   Have you had much luck?  Unfortunately, I don't have a full class period left with my kids after the final exam tomorrow.Is it something kids could do independently?  Perhaps I can give it to them as an extra credit…"
May 25, 2011
Karolee Smiley commented on Sarita Pillai's blog post Skype in the Classroom - New Global Community for Educators
"Its exciting to see the new tools and support for connecting classrooms.  I have used teleconferencing to connect classrooms before, but it could be difficult to coordinate the calls with the district office IT.  Skype is very…"
Apr 6, 2011
Karolee Smiley commented on Eric Biederbeck's blog post "Flipping the classroom"- What I'm doing
"I can see some real advantages for students being able to see the introduction at home; students who need to hear it again can, students who are absent are not left out, and they have access to the teacher during practice time. However, it does put…"
Feb 15, 2011
Karolee Smiley replied to Amanda Grear's discussion Dissection in Middle School
"We haven't been doing whole animal dissections the last few years.  Partially because of the money and also because it doesn't fit as well in our newer state standards.  We only study a few body systems now, so our dissections…"
Dec 13, 2010
Martina Fasano commented on Karolee Smiley's blog post 10 projects to teach creativity and problem solving skills in your classroom
"The link to the website doesn't work....is the extension .com or something else? Thanks so much for posting this! I really wanted to go to this session but couldn't."
Nov 25, 2010
Mary LeFever commented on Karolee Smiley's blog post Rebels with applause
"Thanks for the thorough notes! I'm going to share with teachers I know are interested but were unable to come."
Nov 7, 2010
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Nov 6, 2010
Vivian Barker commented on Karolee Smiley's blog post Paperfolding 101
"Thanks for posting this!!! I attended the scienc vocabulary sesion at the same time--you just made my day!! Hope to attend the Grapic Organizers in 3D tomorrow morning."
Nov 5, 2010
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Nov 5, 2010
Karolee Smiley commented on Karolee Smiley's blog post CSTA - California Science Teachers Association
"CSTA Stories in Statistics How to make data delightful, digestible and interdisciplinary Line up graphs- Quick kinesthetic survey Line up on the continuum or group by cluster- have group discussion in clusters Storytelling is a useful way for…"
Oct 27, 2010
Karolee Smiley commented on Karolee Smiley's blog post CSTA - California Science Teachers Association
"CSTA Blood, guts and vomit How to use emergency medical scenarios to teach anatomy Take emergency preparedness to improve it First get patient info The obvious wound, may not be the biggest problem. Safety first- scene survey don’t become a…"
Oct 27, 2010
Karolee Smiley commented on Karolee Smiley's blog post CSTA - California Science Teachers Association
"CSTA Environmental education and the classroom California Environmental Education Interagency Network Social action projects Activity 1 Brainstorm ideas about environmental projects Three columns- Environmental issues, community service, lesson…"
Oct 27, 2010
Karolee Smiley commented on Karolee Smiley's blog post CSTA - California Science Teachers Association
"CSTA 10/23/10 Earthquakes- a workshop for teachers IRIS incorporate research institutions for seismology: GSN, PASSCAL, DMC, E&O Foreshocks, earthquakes, and aftershocks The biggest event is the earthquakes - foreshocks are uncommon -…"
Oct 27, 2010

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Which best describes your position?
Classroom Teacher (preK-12)
What discipline(s) do you teach?
Science, Other
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Integrating technology, Science fairs/competitions

Karolee Smiley's Blog

Rebels with applause

Brain compatible approaches for motivating reluctant learners

The reluctant learner…

  • Has trouble paying attention
  • Seems bored/forgetful
  • Doesn’t participate
  • Disruptive/silent
  • Seems capable but unmotivated
  • If they choose not to participate, then at least they are in control rather of the situation. Its better to

Strategies that you can use…


Posted on November 6, 2010 at 12:30pm — 1 Comment

10 projects to teach creativity and problem solving skills in your classroom


Really need the ppt to support this workshop – lots of links!

What is innovation? Doing the “impossible”, creating something new

How can we be creative within the parameters of our standards and pacing? Think about blocks, or legos. They can build and create. Once they know how it work, then they can create and build. Need the tools and know how to use them before…


Posted on November 6, 2010 at 12:30pm — 1 Comment

Social Technology and the Middle Level Child

Balancing opportunity and risk

Why is texting so powerful?

  • Self regulated speech- when teens are trying to communicate, there are so many variables to consider (body language, appearance, see words before you say) The ability to

    regulate what you are saying.
  • Removes social cues-
  • More efficient- can respond to relevant components of conversation instead of…

Posted on November 5, 2010 at 5:30pm

Paperfolding 101

Graphic Organizers using regular paper - Diane E Tatum

Although I already use foldables, a tool that helps kids make a kinesthetic learning tool with paper, its always good to find ways to use it more efficiently and effectively.

(We folded a paper into 8 boxes for our notes on this- hard to capture as well in…


Posted on November 5, 2010 at 9:00am — 1 Comment

NMSA opening session

I am at the NMSA conference in Baltimore. The opening session had some great words to inspire and help us reflect on what we do. Here are my notes of the opener, not perfect, but hopefully the key ideas are there.

NMSA- Opening session – 11/4/10

Innovate Create Inspire

Dr. Nancy Grazmik Maryland superintendent - One of the top states for education.…


Posted on November 5, 2010 at 8:30am

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At 11:46am on March 14, 2011, Kim Lightle said…
Karolee - Nice job on the introductions! I couldn't have said it better myself! Hope you are doing well. Kim
At 9:33am on February 3, 2011, Kim Lightle said…
Hey! Saw that you added a couple of resources to one of the wiki pages - that's great. How is everything going in CA?
At 8:53pm on September 29, 2010, De Austin said…
Thank you! Love the site. Thanks again.
At 12:41am on August 18, 2010, Kathy King said…
Hmmmmm, didn't even think of it yet! I have to find out when it is first! If Brent will send me I will go!
At 10:08am on June 9, 2010, Currie Renwick said…
Karolee, Thanks so much for your warm welcome! Things are just calming down at school, so I am looking forward to getting to know our ning over the summer. Look forward to talking again, Currie
At 7:37am on May 31, 2010, John Green said…
Thanks for the very detailed welcome info - much appreciated :)

Looking forward to actively participating.
At 8:49am on May 26, 2010, Tonya Gay Briggs said…
Thank you so much for the welcome and info! I look forward to getting more involved soon. Today is the last day with my students this year, so although I am glad, I am a little sad to see them go! I hope you have a great summer! Thanks again!
At 2:13pm on February 25, 2010, Christie Williams said…
I would love all of the information that I can get on the middle school site I am working on. Please get with your team and send me as much information as you can! Thanks! Christie
At 9:56am on February 15, 2010, Jessica Fries-Gaither said…
Hi Karolee,
I was very excited to see you quoted in the recent NSTA Reports! Congrats, you wonderful wiki women!! :)
At 11:06am on October 29, 2009, Laurie E Sison said…
Thank you for the welcome.
I am a K-8 certified teacher with MAEd.
I was laid off from my job and am working on a math/science endorsement (possibly science only)...
I am in the beginning stages and so I am in that confused state!
Thank you again,

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