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Mary LeFever
  • Columbus, OH
  • United States
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Mary LeFever commented on Mary Henton's blog post One thing leads to another
"Great issue! Yes, the possibility of these beetles adapting is very possible given mechanisms of natural selection. The Wikipedia resources Mary linked to indicate the beetle is a specialist and that field studies in the US indicate it does not…"
Mar 30, 2011
Mary LeFever commented on Sarita Pillai's blog post iPads - the new cool tool?
"Thanks for sharing this Sarita. Readers comments are even more interesting! I currently seek to go paperless in my classroom. I have my students complete assignments on-line and there are several advantages to that and a few disadvantages. On the…"
Jan 8, 2011
Mary LeFever joined Middle School Portal's group
Dec 23, 2010
Mary LeFever replied to Bianca N McRae's discussion New Member Orientation
"Hi Bianca, Welcome! Have you perused the groups yet? They are at http://www.msteacher2.org/groups or you click on "Groups" from the green menu bar. Find one or two that interest you and join like minded people. Also, peruse the events page…"
Dec 14, 2010
Mary LeFever replied to Tom Jenkins's discussion NMSA Session: Ioannis Miaoulis (STEM, Engineering, Changing Education)
"Interesting. I think many teachers do try to help students understand where the man made materials they depend upon originate, and even the non-manmade! For example most students cannot tell you the origin of their foods. As a life science teacher,…"
Nov 19, 2010
Mary LeFever replied to Vivian Barker's discussion Centers
"Hello Vivian, Jessica has some great advice. Another idea is to have more stations than groups of students, so that students who finish first do not have to wait. AND/OR build in a page that is a reading/react activity they can work on while waiting…"
Nov 19, 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
Mary LeFever replied to Kim Lightle's discussion Using Technology When You Are Away From Your Classroom (or other ideas you use with substitutes)
"Wow, these seem like great ways to keep the educational process going while you are out. But it's a little scary too! I'm not sure I want to have that much contact while I'm out because I'm only out when I need to devote my…"
Oct 24, 2010
Mary LeFever commented on Dr. GBJohnson's blog post Critical Thinking Skills
"The four Cs are * critical thinking and problem solving, * communication, * collaboration, * and creativity and innovation. For at least half of my units, I have students produce artifacts of evidence of learning/knowledge gained with very specific…"
Aug 17, 2010
Mary LeFever is now a member of Middle School Portal
Jun 24, 2010

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Which best describes your position?
Classroom Teacher (preK-12)
What discipline(s) do you teach?
I can help with
Content knowledge, Instructional strategies, Managing labs (including safety)

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At 8:31pm on July 7, 2010, Davilla Riddle said…

I hope you are enjoying your summer! If you are interested, there are several places where you can immediately take something away or contribute to this site. Check out the discussions under forums - Using Social Media, STEM Education, and Oil Spill Resources. There is a link to our Cool Tools wiki under MSP2 Resources on the main page, too.

Is there anything I can help you with right now?

Do you have a favorite resource for lessons, videos, or content material for your classroom? Please reply to this comment or post under forums "Science Content Knowledge".

What is one tip you have for surviving being a new teacher? Please reply to this comment or post under forums "Tips for New Teachers".


Davilla, MSP2 Teacher Leader
At 12:04pm on June 25, 2010, Mary Henton said…
Hi, Mary!
Glad to have you on board here!
At 12:23pm on June 24, 2010, Kim Lightle said…
Hi Mary - We are using this NING network as a place where educators can connect with each other (through answers to profile questions and the advanced Members search) and also as a way to connect educators with exemplary resources and professional development opportunities.

If you look on the Main page - you'll see MSP2 resources in the upper left hand box - we have resource guides where we have sifted and sorted and contextualized resources on topics important to middle school math and science teachers, an archive of all of our past webinars, the ability to search the MSP2 collection, and pages of teacher and student opportunities and grants. Our newest resource guide is about Teaching With Tradebooks and includes lessons for science AND math classes.

We have have on the right side of the page our two project blogs - Resources for Math and Science and Connecting News. We also RSS feed the Free Technology for Teachers, Teach Engineering, and Science and Technology NYT blog feeds.

You can see a list of all the MSP2 events and others that we think would be of interest to our audience under the Events tab. We have recorded all our past MSP2 webinars here is the link to those - http://wiki.nsdl.org/index.php/MiddleSchoolPortal/Webinar_Archive.

Please don't hesitate to post a question or comment. So glad you joined - Kim

PS - this is what I send to folks that join - and usually personalize it based on their profile data

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