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Mary Calhoun Brown
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  • Huntington, WV
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Rebecca Lawson commented on Mary Calhoun Brown's blog post Autism: 1 in 91?
"Thanks for your post. You may be able to help me with a dilemma I have at the moment. I work half time at an alternative school. One of my students is pregnant. I think she is in the 11th grade. Yesterday I got an article about the risk of giving…"
Oct 15, 2009
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Literacy in the Content Areas

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.
Sep 23, 2009
Mary Calhoun Brown commented on Mary Calhoun Brown's blog post Developing curriculum guide for middle school book. Looking for input.
"Thanks, Kathy! I just finished the first draft of the curriculum guide about three minutes ago. I can't pay you for helping, but I can give you recognition on my website. Let me know if you are still interested. Mary Calhoun Brown"
Sep 10, 2009
kathleen Duhl commented on Mary Calhoun Brown's blog post Developing curriculum guide for middle school book. Looking for input.
"HI Mary, I work for Curriki.org and review curriculum. I am an educator of over 30 years working in both public and private schools as a teacher and director. You can contact me if you would like ideas about your book. Kathy Duhl"
Sep 9, 2009
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Aug 26, 2009

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What does autism "look" like?

Just as every person is different and has her own set of strengths and weaknesses, every person on the autism spectrum is different, as well. Too often we think "autism" and we have a preconceived notion of what that "looks like."

I attended a conference not long ago, and a bright educator named Paula Kluth gave a moving presentation about how most autistic behavior is nothing more than human behavior. The difference for those on the autism spectrum is... they don't always have the… Continue

Posted on October 19, 2009 at 11:53am

Autism: 1 in 91?

I've been absent from blogging the past couple of weeks. The press copies of my book arrived, and I have been happily sending them to the most receptive and caring people, plus staying on top of the educators' web ring and all the other marketing activities that come along with a newly published book.

During my blogging hiatus, new autism numbers have been released by several sources. Parents report that the number affected by autism is 1 in 91; old CDC figures show 1 in 150; newer… Continue

Posted on October 14, 2009 at 11:45am — 1 Comment

Developing curriculum guide for middle school book. Looking for input.

I am developing a (free) curriculum guide for my book There Are No Words, due out in February. My goal is to help teachers meet state content standards and objectives over multiple specialties without the prep work.

I am looking for some teacher collaborators to review the curriculum once it is finished (mid-fall) to offer suggestions and ideas of how to improve the curriculum guide before the book hits the mass market Feb. 1st.

If interested, please (please) visit… Continue

Posted on August 26, 2009 at 10:41am — 2 Comments

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At 7:30am on August 28, 2009, Mary Henton said…
Hello, Mary,

Thank you for joining MSP2. I look forward to your participation in this community. Echoing Kim's message, it would be helpful to know something more about you. For example, could you elaborate on your role as "informal educator"? Also, what is your experience specifically in middle grades, math, and/or science education? How do you see yourself participating in MSP2, given your experience and knowledge?

Our experience here and with other sites confirms that the more that members are directly and mutually engaged with each other and with the content, the better for all.

Again, welcome.

At 4:00pm on August 27, 2009, Kim Lightle said…
Hi Mary - So glad you joined the MSP2 network and jumped right in with a blog post.

I see that you checked "Other" - what other are you? Knowing all the ways that our members are involved in education helps us get closer to meeting the needs of our audience. It would be great on your My Page if you would add a short bio in your Text Box.

In any case, I want 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.

In addition, I want to update you on our free webinars and hope you can join us for one of them soon.

We've had four Tech Talks so far - one on Interactive Notebooks, Moodle, Digital Storytelling, and Wikis. You can get to the recordings of those 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 on additional topics or feedback you have would be greatly appreciated! Welcome – Kim

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