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What are you finding on the MSP2 site? What are you trying to find? What works for you? What would you like to see or be able to do via MSP2? What feedback do you have to help us all make this THE place for middle grades math and science educators?
January 4, 2010
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.
January 4, 2010
January 4, 2010
A group for those who work at the district level--curriculum developers, professional development personnel, technolgoy coordinators--to share resources, get advice, and explore creative options!
January 4, 2010
Kimberly Crosby is now a member of Middle School Portal
January 4, 2010

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Which best describes your position?
Curriculum Coordinator
What discipline(s) do you teach?
I need help with
Assessment/Testing, Gifted and talented, Instructional strategies
My district has decided on using math "coaches" for improving instruction throughout the middle schools. I am fortunate to be the middle school math coach. My job has been a work in progress - only being at this since September. The goal is to increase our math achievement and understanding in K-8 math. I am always looking for great ways to get teachers on board with assessment and how quality assessments make a world of difference as well as intervention strategies for those students not succeeding in math class.

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At 12:57am on January 13, 2010, Karolee Smiley said…
Hi Kimberly
Welcome to MSP2

Now that you are here with us, you can start to explore the site and look for opportunities to learn and share in this professional network. I know that there are other coaches and coordinators here as well. Hopefully you can share some ideas about successful strategies that can help instruction.

Be sure to look at the resources on the home page. This will show some of the great tools on the NSDL site.
And be sure to check out our forums. This is a great place to post your thoughts, questions and share your own experiences and expertise. If you find a jewel in the NSDL site, or know of one already, share it with all of us.

There are also events, like the Tech Talks, available. Even if you miss a Tech Talk, you can check out the recorded session and add to the discussion boards.

Let us know if there is something in particular you want us to address or topics and technologies you might want to learn about. We are all here to learn and grow together.

At 9:14am on January 5, 2010, Mary Henton said…
Welcome to MSP2, Kimberly. Thank you, too, for sharing a little more about yourself and your situation.

The institution of coaches, I think, is probably one of the most important things a school or district can do to strengthen teaching and learning. I don't have any research to data to back that up. My assessment comes only from conversations and stories of first-hand experiences between teachers and coaches.

Kim Lightle, Sarita Nair Pillai, and I have been interested in applying MSP2 directly to a school or district and leverage the resources and tools to the benefit of that school or district. For example, run synchronous online PD events for the school, facilitate topic-focused discussions, develop district-specific resources. Don't know if that might be of interest to you.

In the meantime, I do hope you will find the support you need here. I see that you've joined several groups. Have you had a chance to look at the Math Resource Guides? They are standards-based resources. Also, they are wiki pages so that users can contribute to content.

Another resource I'd encourage you to explore are the archives of our webinars. These are available for viewing, free of charge, to anyone.

Please feel free to jump in where and when it is beneficial to you. Post a comment, pose a question, share a resource, describe a need, respond to a discussion. We welcome your contributions.




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