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Sandra Bureau
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  • Newcomb, NY
  • United States
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Sandra Bureau commented on Middle School Portal's group Science
"That's why you would like diigo. You can search your bookmarks. You can annotate them also and search these.So, I annotate them with how I used them in class and then it makes it easy to find. I'm sure there are other services. "
Jan 10
Sandra Bureau commented on Middle School Portal's group Science
"On that note, what do people use to organize their bookmarks? I've been using diigo. I really like being able to access my bookmarks from the cloud, but it also has nice organization features, annotations and I like that I can share with a…"
Jan 8
Sandra Bureau commented on Middle School Portal's group Science
"Ohh, thanks for reminding me. ACS's Middle School Chemistry website got lost in my abundance of bookmarks. I really like the activities they have associated with chemical change. I'm using right now with my 7th graders"
Jan 6
Sandra Bureau replied to Kim Lightle's discussion Using Technology When You Are Away From Your Classroom (or other ideas you use with substitutes)
"I haven't tried video yet, that will be next. I set up a wiki for each class and then I just leave directions for the sub to go to the wiki page for the kids and the sub to use. Most of the time, the sub is in my room because someone in my…"
Jul 4, 2010
Sandra Bureau replied to Kristen Palumbo's discussion science fair ideas
"For the past three years I have done a science fair for my entire middle school. It's a small school and I am the only middle school science teacher. Any way I teach the scientific method over the course of the year and I use the science fair…"
Dec 10, 2009
Sandra Bureau replied to Mary Henton's discussion Science fair question in the group Science
"For the past three years I have done a science fair for my entire middle school. It's a small school and I am the only middle school science teacher. Any way I teach the scientific method over the course of the year and I use the science fair…"
Dec 9, 2009
Sandra Bureau commented on Lynne Menechella's blog post Hello!!
"Hi Lynne, welcome aboard. I teach middle schools sciences even further upstate from you, in the Adirondacks. I too am very interested in brain-based learning and differentiation. Been going to a lot of these workshops over the past couple of years…"
Jun 21, 2009
Sandra Bureau replied to Karolee Smiley's discussion Branch of science in the group Science
"I teach in a small school. I'm the only life sci, physical and earth for middle school. I don't mind separate threads, I'll just join them all"
Jun 13, 2009
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Jun 13, 2009
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Jun 12, 2009

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Classroom Teacher (preK-12)
What discipline(s) do you teach?
Science

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At 2:48pm on January 13, 2011, Davilla Riddle said…
Hope to see you tonight at our webinar!! Thank you for joining our group.
At 3:25pm on August 13, 2009, Kim Lightle said…
Hi Sandra - Hope your summer is going well! I wanted to update you on our free webinars and hope you can join us for one of them soon.

We've had three Tech Talks so far - one on Interactive Notebooks, Moodle, and Digital Storytelling. 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. The next TechTalk topic is Using Wikis. 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! Kim
At 7:03am on June 25, 2009, Lynne Menechella said…
I would love to see Rick Wormli ~~ is he as down-to-earth in person as his books and his posts on the MiddleWeb listserv have lead me to believe?
At 9:29am on June 24, 2009, Lynne Menechella said…
Dear Sandra~
Thank you for the welcome!! It's nice to hear from another upstate NYer. As a remedial teacher, I do a lot of differentiation quite "naturally" as I work with small groups of students, finding out their learning strengths and helping them use those strengths in math. In my enrichment classes my current goal is to find ways to incorporate more choice into my units. My favorite books on differentiation are by Tomlinson and by Rick Wormli. How about you?
At 3:53pm on June 14, 2009, Karolee Smiley said…
WOW. 198 kids in the whole school! That is small I have over 160 students myself, and those are just 7th graders.
That must be great for building a sense of community. You can know every student and watch their progress. How wonderful that must be. You can really see the impact you have on students.
We have so many students at our school that there are many that I never meet. And since they are only there for two years, the kids barely get their feet under them and we send them off to the high school. Oh well, tis the nature of industrialized education.
At 1:26pm on June 14, 2009, Karolee Smiley said…
Hi Sandra
I am always excited to see another science person on board.

How small is your school? I know that when you are the only teacher of a subject at a school, it can seem isolating. There is no one to share preparation of materials, swap resources, bounce ideas off of, and so forth. There are plenty of other teachers, but its not quite the same as having someone in your discipline.
I hope our network here can provide you with some additional support and connections. Let us know if there is anything we can help you with.
At 10:53am on June 12, 2009, Jessica Fries-Gaither said…
Hi Sandra! So glad you joined the MSP2 network. We're just getting started so any ideas or feedback you have would be greatly appreciated! We've got lots of resources for middle school science teachers - look at the left side of the Main page - Science Publications, Diigo lists, and two project blogs - Connecting News to the National Science Education Standards and Exemplary Resources for Middle School Math and Science. A third blog - Polar News and Resources might also be interesting to you - it's coming from another of our projects - Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears.

Right now there are three groups - Science, Math, and Integrating Technology - I would encourage you to join one or more and start a conversation. Are there any specific topics or issues you would like to see addressed?
Welcome!
Jessica
At 8:49am on June 12, 2009, Mary Henton said…
Welcome, Sandra,
New York has a pretty good representation in this community already (I realized it's a big state, though!). Anyway...I'm glad you've joined us. Is there anything in particular you are looking for, hoping to gain, interested in sharing? Please feel free to jump in, comment, join a discussion, share ideas, poke around in the various resources, and let us know how the community can help you.
M

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