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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!
December 21, 2010
Mary Henton updated an event
CANCELLED: Classroom-to-Classroom Collaborations at Online in the MSP2/NMSA Elluminate room http://tinyurl.com/participateMSP2
October 13, 2010 from 8pm to 9pm
We will reschedule in November. Innovative classrooms today create opportunities for students to collaborate locally, nationally or globally and empower them to forge new, purposeful academic relationships. This webinar provides educators with a fr…
October 11, 2010
Hi Lee-Ann - We record all the presentations. They will be available on the Webinar Archive page the following day - You can find the archive page link on the Main page.
October 8, 2010
Time zone difference means that I have to teach at this time. Will the webinar be archived somewhere?
October 6, 2010
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?
October 1, 2010
Mary Henton updated an event
Virtual Field Trips at Online in the MSP2/NMSA Elluminate room http://tinyurl.com/participateMSP2
October 28, 2010 from 8pm to 9pm
The world becomes a smaller place if you can expand your classroom beyond its walls and location. Purposefully used, virtual field trips can enhance learning and support content mastery. This webinar provides a framework to expand teaching strategi…
September 21, 2010
Hey, science folks.... Karolee Smiley posted about Earth Science Update over on her blog here at MSP2. She's also looking for ideas, input, advice about incorporating earth science in her classroom (she's a bio person). Would love to have you take…
September 21, 2010
Mary Henton added an event
October 21, 2010 from 7pm to 8pm
Date: October 21, 2010 Time: 7pm EST Link to participate: http://tinyurl.com/participateMSP2 - the Elluminate room will be open 30 minutes before the presentation starts The U.S. is in critical need for a qualified workforce equipped with skills be…
September 16, 2010

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Service learning and STEM

There have been a couple of posts on MSP2 about service learning and STEM. Eric Biederbeck shared information and his thoughts from a conference session entitled Teaching STEM through Service Learning. Tom Jenkins shared posed the question, "Service Learning-Why not it Math, Science and STEM?" after attending a workshop.

It's safe to say that Eric, Tom, and…
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Posted on June 24, 2010 at 5:19pm — 5 Comments

Mary Henton

The trail from Glogster to drawing and mapping tools

The following is cross-posted to a discussion on the Integrating Technology Group

I was exploring Glogster this morning, wondering, "How can Glogster help in a learning and teaching setting?" My search for "education" on the Glogster site turned up a glog about Web… Continue

Posted on February 18, 2010 at 10:30am — 3 Comments

Mary Henton

The Future of Teaching (a borrowed title)

One of the messages in my inbox this morning came from the Center for Teaching Quality (CTQ). The item announced the inauguration of TeacherSolutions 2030--an initiative to explore and help shape teaching as a "student-centered profession." There were references and links to the most recent blog posts at the Future of Teaching blog. Two that caught my eye were … Continue

Posted on October 1, 2009 at 9:16am —

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The Edible Schoolyard

Somewhere in the email and blogposting universe, I tripped over a link to an Edutopia story about the Edible Schoolyard. Martin Luther King Middle School, in Berkley, CA, has a one-acre garden where students grow food, raise chickens, learn about soil, pollination, water cycle, and all the other good stuff that is part of life. They also learn the value… Continue

Posted on August 18, 2009 at 4:43pm — 2 Comments

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Problem Based Learning Meets Needs?

Two interactions with members of MSP2 a couple of weeks ago (I know, not good Web 2.0 response time!) prompted me to go looking in NMSA's resources. Both interactions were with MSP2 members: Carla Watts, a teacher in Illinois, and Bernardo Leon De La Barra, lecturer in engineering at University of Tasmania. Carla posted a question to the … Continue

Posted on July 2, 2009 at 9:30am — 22 Comments

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At 7:57pm on September 21, 2010, Gerald Ardito said…
Mary,

Thanks for the message.
I look forward to working together here.
At 2:18pm on June 25, 2010, Mary LeFever said…
Thanks! Glad to be here:)
At 8:48am on April 1, 2010, Pat Hemler said…
Mary,
Thanks for the message. I'm a retired mathematics teacher currently working as a math content specialist. We have received a grant from NSF to develop a pathway for elementary mathematics. We're exploring your site to help us generate ideas about what our online community might be, and what resources we might offer. We would welcome any suggestions you have. Thanks.
At 5:50am on March 18, 2010, Shirley Casper said…
Hi Mary,

Aussie schools have had a great boost to It as our Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd, has given a substantial amount of money so that every public student gets their own laptop computer.Of course this has not been fully resourced as maintaining wireless connections in all schools has not been perfected. Nevertheless it is a great incentive.

I am fortunate in that I am teaching at an independent school in Sydney and we are very much into integrating technology into our daily lessons. Again, we are fortunate in that we do have an excellent IT integrator.

I do use IT in some form in virtually every lesson and I am always on the look out for new ways of approaching particular topics, processes and skills.

I look forward to engaging with this group.
At 5:50pm on March 17, 2010, Timothy Rupp said…
If you want to post it under your name that is fine with me. I think that other teachers with this district would agree with what I have said.
At 9:32am on March 17, 2010, Timothy Rupp said…
Dear Mary,

Only if my name is not part of the thread. I still have to get a contract with the district and hopefully tenure.
At 12:39am on March 17, 2010, Timothy Rupp said…
The district has several proficiency tests, math, science, and english for right now. There is talk of adding a history test. The students have to pass all the tests in order to graduate. The math is probably the hardest one to pass.

I may be looking at this the wrong way, but the math test covers topics in geometry and trig. Unless you are going to college you really don't need that information. Why is it on a test that prevents students from graduating? The tests are given before students have taken some of the classes where that information is presented. It seems like the district is setting the student up for failure.
At 6:51pm on March 15, 2010, Timothy Rupp said…
Dear Mary,

I am about half way through an alternate route to licensure program in secondary math for the Clark County School District in Las Vegas, NV. I also work as a substitute teacher with the district.

It seems that here too many students do not graduate high school because they can't pass the proficicency test. I am leaning towards teaching middle school to try and change that for the students I can help.

The reality is I will take what ever job I am offered.
At 10:52am on March 15, 2010, Chris Cox said…
Hi Mary! Thanks for the message this morning. I am working with Kristen Morio at the Ohio Evaluation & Assessment Center as a graduate assistant. I'm looking forward to perusing through the mathematics resources available here.

So a bit about myself... I have a broad mathematics education background that includes both middle and high school mathematics teaching. Prior to starting my PhD work at Miami University, I was the K-12 mathematics curriculum coordinator for Kalamazoo Public Schools in Michigan. At the moment, I find myself wearing several hats as a PhD student, graduate assistant, and I also do mathematics curriculum consulting and professional development.

Again, thanks for the welcome! I'm looking forward to digging into the site.

Chris Cox
Miami University
At 8:45pm on March 14, 2010, Jacquelyn Varcadipane said…
Thanks for the welcome... = )

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