Speed Learning Sessions
Friday, November 9
3:45 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Rethinking Homework: A Research Based Review of Homework Strategies in the Middle School
This session will provide a forum to share practical and research based ideas and strategies for handling homework. The session provides a brief overview of previous research in the area of homework effectiveness, followed by discussions and sharing opportunities of best practices that can be applied to a teacher’s homework strategies.
Breaking Down Stereotypes: Teaching Students about Diversity among American Citizens
Recognizing barriers created by stereotypes is essential when teaching students about diversity we face each and every day. Addressing those stereotypes and removing them is important for helping students learn about groups of people in society and various belief systems. The presentation will use the way stereotypes impacted Japanese Americans following the bombing of Pearl Harbor with a comparative analysis of Islamic Americans post 9/11.
Alternative Middle School Models
Stacy Duffield, Larry Napoleon
Fall 2011, the state of North Dakota identified supplemental funding for alternative middle schools that could address the needs of at-risk students. Thirteen school districts were approved for funding. This session will describe practices, procedures, and philosophies that have driven the structural design and implementation of the various alternative models being implemented by these districts.
Stuck Like Glue - Cohesive Co-teaching in the Classroom
Samantha Dooley, Latasha Armer
What happens when a middle school math teacher with a few OCD tendencies is asked to start co-teaching with a free spirited special education teacher? SUCCESS!! Join me as strategies for co-teaching, working with special needs students, and classroom management techniques that have worked for three years are discussed and shared. Great for pre-service, novice, and teachers thinking about a co-teaching relationship in their school!
Creating a More Inclusive Middle School: 10 Strategies for Success
Roseanne Vallice, Ilene Rothschild
Presenters will share suggestions for creating a more inclusive middle school environment. They will highlight 10 specific strategies and techniques that all teachers would find effective and practical. Through an interactive presentation, participants will be able to examine how their schools may implement the designated strategies that are recommended. Discussion will be focused on disability-awareness activities, meaningful use of media, and selected models of inclusive programs.
Hormone Raging Teenagers and Menopausal Women: Who Thought Up This H#$L Called Middle School?!
Dana Smith, Mary Beth Skerjanec
The creator of middle school/junior high was either sadistic or had a sense of humor. No one in their right mind would encourage trapping two hormonal-raging groups together for 8 hours a day for 9 months! Middle school and menopause are Life Phases that are miserable for ALL who are associated with either "sufferer." This is a light-hearted look at the h#$l which is middle school, combined with praise and encouragement for the survivors on both sides, which will leave the troops re-energized.
Benefits of Single-Gender Education: What Do the Teachers Say?
Come dialogue with a recent graduate as she shares the results of a quantitative study completed as part of a doctoral program. Using a nationwide survey, the study examined the perceptions of middle grade teachers currently working in a single-gender environment with regard to the academic and behavioral benefits of single-gender education for middle grade students.
Distance Intervention for Students in Rural Alaska: A School and University Partnership
In this speed learning session, presenters will discuss a school to university partnership between a rural school district, in remote Alaska, and middle level teacher candidates from Kutztown University of PA. Middle level teacher candidates are using Blackboard Collaborate to provide distance intervention to individual ML students 1-3 times a week. A model synchronous distance intervention will be conducted during the session to demonstrate its global promise for rural students.
Avoiding Classroom Comas
David A. Shepard
What do you do when faced with blank stares, nodding heads, and day-dreaming minds? Exceptional educators know that all students must be actively engaged in order to reach their maximum potential. Research shows that middle level students have a particularly high need to be active learners and not passive "receivers". This session will outline, teach, and practice 20+ strategies that differentiate instruction as well as engage more students. Many "I'll try that on Monday" ideas will be shared.
Motivation in Middle Grades: Insights from Four Case Studies
Motivation is one of middle grades’ teachers top concerns. You will learn about my research on how middle school teachers think about motivation, and then share your own ideas, insights, and strategies.
Creating Caring Classroom Communities in the Middle School Classroom
Bridget Mahoney, Ruchelle Owens, Michael DiCicco, Laura Sabella, Erin Parke, Cheryl R. Ellerbrock
This session will provide participants with research-based best practices that help to create caring classroom communities that support students basic and developmental needs and set the foundation for student success in school. A multitude of research-based best practices designed to foster a caring classroom community will be shared. Participants will discuss ways they can enhance their own classroom environment to promote care and community. Relevant literature and handouts will be provided.
Supporting Caring Relationships in a Virtual Classroom
Brooke Eisenbach, Taylor Sampson
This session will provide participants with research-based best practices that help foster a caring environment to support students’ basic and developmental needs and set the foundation for success within a virtual classroom. Presenters will share a multitude of research-based best practices designed to foster care for middle-level students in an online environment. Participants will discuss ways they can immediately enhance their own virtual classroom to promote care and community.
Differentiating Instruction Using Technology in the Middle School Math Classroom
Teachers are using technology such as Interactive White Boards or Interactive Software in their classrooms to enhance their teaching. Children benefit from this because not only can they learn in a more interactive way, but they can manipulate the images and view real life applications that are applicable to what they are learning. Being able to meet the different learning styles of children are the way that the teachers are going to be able to address the rigor of the Common Core.