Middle School BE Courses    How Can We Digitally Engage &    Energize our    Students in      45 Days?                    ...
Beginning Building Blocks • Curriculum • Standards  –NETS  –NBEA • SCANS
The New Three R’s   • Rigor – Vigor (Middle-level)   • Relationships   • RelevanceMIDDLE LEVEL ISSUES; Vol. 7 #1, January,...
21st Century Skills• Digital Age Literacy• Inventive Thinking• Effective Communication• High Productivity
Characteristics ofYoung Adolescents• Physical• Cognitive• Social/Emotional
Keep In Mind…• Appropriate for Middle Level• Process over Product• Completion Formula – Grades 6-12   N X 3 or N X 4 – Gra...
Instructional Philosophy•   Connect to their Interests!•   Integrate!•   Facilitate!•   Authentic Assessment!
How We Learn10% of what we READ20% of what we HEAR30% of what we SEE50% of what we SEE and HEAR70% of what is DISCUSSED wi...
Classroom Environment• Accelerative Learning –Appeal to senses   • Music   • Lighting   • Posters/Bulletin Boards   • Them...
Set the Stage•   Memorize Names 1st Day•   Meet & Greet•   Listen to Students•   Make Conversation•   Show Genuine Concern...
Instructional Strategies•   Get Up & Moving•   Repeat Directions•   Time Cues•   Brief and Debrief•   Ask Two Before Me
Instructional Strategies• Self Assess & Peer Assess• Post Key/Model• Different activities – 10-12 minutes (3-4 a period)• ...
Activities•   Grouping•   Student Choice•   Shout Outs•   Post-Its Graffiti•   Writing Prompts
Writing Prompt
Writing Prompt      Scenario One      Scenario Two      Scenario Three
Activities•   Information Seekers•   Write/Wipe Boards•   Scattergories®•   Ring Around the Research
Ring Around the Research• A - Reader• B - Paraphraser• C - Predictor
Activities•   Financial Fitness for Life•   Stock Portfolio•   Problem-solving Scenarios•   World View
Projects - PBLs•   Community Highlights/History•   Totem Pole Presentation•   Career Project•   Lost Pet/For Sale
Lost Pet/For Sale
Projects - PBLs• Meteorologist for a Day• Extreme Bedroom Makeover• American Idol® Votes
Meteorologist for a Day
Extreme Bedroom Makeover
Extreme Bedroom Makeover
American Idol® Votes
American Idol® Votes
Projects - PBLs• Amusement Park  Comparison• Excel Timeline• History & Culture through  Food Flyer
Amusement ParkComparison
Amusement ParkComparison
Excel Timeline & Quiz
Excel Timeline & Quiz
History & Culture ThroughFood Recipe Flyer
Make Use of Every Minute!•   Create Graphical Organizers•   Web Worksheets•   PowerPoint/Excel Games•   Assign Jobs•   Tea...
Make Use of Every Minute!• Notebook Housekeeping• Keyboarding Skills• Activities for my Fast  Completers
Put Your Course Online• Course Management System –Moodle   • Calendar   • Screencasts   • Resources – paper   • Resources ...
Put Your Course Online
Put Your Course Online• Teacher’s Web Site –Link to Moodle –NBEA Presentation Files
Online Learning &Assessment • Moodle • United Streaming • Track Star • Quizlab
Digital Tools• Voice Recognition• Screencasts – Vodcasts• Scanners• Digital Cameras• Answer Remotes
Soft Skills -Collaboration• Family of Learners• Teamwork• Discussion Board – Wikis  – Blogs
Soft Skills -Collaboration• Monster Exchange• Change Seats• Peer Help
Soft Skills• Pay Attention to Detail• Time Management• Nonverbal Communication• Problem-solving
Soft Skills• Listening• Introductions• Name Association• Organization Skills
Health & Well-being• Ergonomics• Workstation Workout• Non-food Rewards• Great Web SitesNMSA: Exploring Essential Component...
Extras•   Internet Safety & Security•   Guest Speakers•   Celebrate the Child•   Volunteer Students’ Time•   Technology Sh...
Tips & Tricks• Application Tricks –Office Shortcuts –Auto Summarization –Word Outline to PPT
Tips•   Put the Student First•   Know Your Student•   Merge & Downsize•   Make Learning Fun•   Connect! Connect! Connect!
Ultimate Goal• Life-long Learner –Success –Self-sufficiency –Progression & Self-improvement
EnthusiasmExcitementEngagement
Hershey ___________!
Educating Our Children –  The Most Important  Thing a Community         Does
Any Questions?
Thank you for yourattention and interest!      Go out andCelebrate Learning! Melanie Wiscount mwiscount@hershey.k12.pa.us ...
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How Can We Digitally Engage & Energize our Students in 45 Days - NBEA 2007 Convention in NYC

  1. 1. Middle School BE Courses How Can We Digitally Engage & Energize our Students in 45 Days? Melanie Wiscount Hershey Middle School - PA Derry Township School District
  2. 2. Beginning Building Blocks • Curriculum • Standards –NETS –NBEA • SCANS
  3. 3. The New Three R’s • Rigor – Vigor (Middle-level) • Relationships • RelevanceMIDDLE LEVEL ISSUES; Vol. 7 #1, January, 2007Academic Vigor and Meeting the Learning Needs of Middle LevelStudentsBy Chris Sousa and Robert C. Spear, Ed.D
  4. 4. 21st Century Skills• Digital Age Literacy• Inventive Thinking• Effective Communication• High Productivity
  5. 5. Characteristics ofYoung Adolescents• Physical• Cognitive• Social/Emotional
  6. 6. Keep In Mind…• Appropriate for Middle Level• Process over Product• Completion Formula – Grades 6-12 N X 3 or N X 4 – Grades 3-6 N X 4 or N X 5• TIME!
  7. 7. Instructional Philosophy• Connect to their Interests!• Integrate!• Facilitate!• Authentic Assessment!
  8. 8. How We Learn10% of what we READ20% of what we HEAR30% of what we SEE50% of what we SEE and HEAR70% of what is DISCUSSED with OTHERS80% of what is EXPERIENCED PERSONALLY95% of what we TEACH TO SOMEONE ELSE William Glasser
  9. 9. Classroom Environment• Accelerative Learning –Appeal to senses • Music • Lighting • Posters/Bulletin Boards • Themes • Props
  10. 10. Set the Stage• Memorize Names 1st Day• Meet & Greet• Listen to Students• Make Conversation• Show Genuine Concern• Bell-ringer
  11. 11. Instructional Strategies• Get Up & Moving• Repeat Directions• Time Cues• Brief and Debrief• Ask Two Before Me
  12. 12. Instructional Strategies• Self Assess & Peer Assess• Post Key/Model• Different activities – 10-12 minutes (3-4 a period)• Over Plan• Use Humor
  13. 13. Activities• Grouping• Student Choice• Shout Outs• Post-Its Graffiti• Writing Prompts
  14. 14. Writing Prompt
  15. 15. Writing Prompt Scenario One Scenario Two Scenario Three
  16. 16. Activities• Information Seekers• Write/Wipe Boards• Scattergories®• Ring Around the Research
  17. 17. Ring Around the Research• A - Reader• B - Paraphraser• C - Predictor
  18. 18. Activities• Financial Fitness for Life• Stock Portfolio• Problem-solving Scenarios• World View
  19. 19. Projects - PBLs• Community Highlights/History• Totem Pole Presentation• Career Project• Lost Pet/For Sale
  20. 20. Lost Pet/For Sale
  21. 21. Projects - PBLs• Meteorologist for a Day• Extreme Bedroom Makeover• American Idol® Votes
  22. 22. Meteorologist for a Day
  23. 23. Extreme Bedroom Makeover
  24. 24. Extreme Bedroom Makeover
  25. 25. American Idol® Votes
  26. 26. American Idol® Votes
  27. 27. Projects - PBLs• Amusement Park Comparison• Excel Timeline• History & Culture through Food Flyer
  28. 28. Amusement ParkComparison
  29. 29. Amusement ParkComparison
  30. 30. Excel Timeline & Quiz
  31. 31. Excel Timeline & Quiz
  32. 32. History & Culture ThroughFood Recipe Flyer
  33. 33. Make Use of Every Minute!• Create Graphical Organizers• Web Worksheets• PowerPoint/Excel Games• Assign Jobs• Teachable Moments
  34. 34. Make Use of Every Minute!• Notebook Housekeeping• Keyboarding Skills• Activities for my Fast Completers
  35. 35. Put Your Course Online• Course Management System –Moodle • Calendar • Screencasts • Resources – paper • Resources – electronic –derrymoodle.caiu.org (no www.)
  36. 36. Put Your Course Online
  37. 37. Put Your Course Online• Teacher’s Web Site –Link to Moodle –NBEA Presentation Files
  38. 38. Online Learning &Assessment • Moodle • United Streaming • Track Star • Quizlab
  39. 39. Digital Tools• Voice Recognition• Screencasts – Vodcasts• Scanners• Digital Cameras• Answer Remotes
  40. 40. Soft Skills -Collaboration• Family of Learners• Teamwork• Discussion Board – Wikis – Blogs
  41. 41. Soft Skills -Collaboration• Monster Exchange• Change Seats• Peer Help
  42. 42. Soft Skills• Pay Attention to Detail• Time Management• Nonverbal Communication• Problem-solving
  43. 43. Soft Skills• Listening• Introductions• Name Association• Organization Skills
  44. 44. Health & Well-being• Ergonomics• Workstation Workout• Non-food Rewards• Great Web SitesNMSA: Exploring Essential Components: Physical Activity,Nutrition, and the Young Adolescent ppt
  45. 45. Extras• Internet Safety & Security• Guest Speakers• Celebrate the Child• Volunteer Students’ Time• Technology Showcase
  46. 46. Tips & Tricks• Application Tricks –Office Shortcuts –Auto Summarization –Word Outline to PPT
  47. 47. Tips• Put the Student First• Know Your Student• Merge & Downsize• Make Learning Fun• Connect! Connect! Connect!
  48. 48. Ultimate Goal• Life-long Learner –Success –Self-sufficiency –Progression & Self-improvement
  49. 49. EnthusiasmExcitementEngagement
  50. 50. Hershey ___________!
  51. 51. Educating Our Children – The Most Important Thing a Community Does
  52. 52. Any Questions?
  53. 53. Thank you for yourattention and interest! Go out andCelebrate Learning! Melanie Wiscount mwiscount@hershey.k12.pa.us 717-531-2222 ext 4108

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