Room 104: Are They Bored? Come and Explore Easy Ways to Keep THEM Engaged and Energized
Are your students bored? If so, come and explore easy ways to increase engagement with students. Tactics will range from Defend and Discuss Your Thinking to Say What? This is a high energy presentation with numerous strategies you can try out on MONDAY! All of the strategies are researched-based and have been known to make student fall in love with your subject.
Room 203: Mathematical Modeling: Engage your reluctant learners!
Dive into various unique modeling lessons that present engaging, high-interest situations. Unlike traditional real-world problems, reality-based Mathematical Modeling lessons allow students to address identifying essential variables in a situation, formulate a model from those variables, perform operations using the model, interpret the results of those operations, and validate their conclusions.
Jaime Hill, Pearson
Room 204: Five Things a Good Role Model Does in Middle Level Education
Middle school students need a positive role model in their lives--especially at school. Middle level students need competent, positive teachers who can help them at this pivotal point in their social and intellectual development. Five things a good role model in middle level education does include: turning a vocation into an avocation, creating a positive atmosphere, "HAIL"ing the moment (Honest, Authentic, Integral, Loving), understanding student engagement levels, and killing students with kindness. Come learn to reignite the passion needed to be a successful educator.
Room 205: When The Opioid Crisis Comes to Middle School: One School’s Journey From Tragedy to Connection
Continuing the discussion from the key note address, attendees will reflect on their own school culture, outline a customized plan for improvement, and share ideas that they can take back and facilitate at their schools. More than ever before the situation is urgent; the environment created in middle schools is a matter of life and death.
Emily Sutherland, Amy Jenkins, Treasure Mountain Junior High
Room 105 Session 1: Standards Based Grading and You?
What is this thing called standards based grading? Why is it such a big push? Come find out what standards based grading is all about and why we should care. We will give you some research on why and some things to think about as you move towards standards based grading (or mastery grading or standards referenced grading).
Kathy Bekkemellom- UMLA President