We have some excellent webinars scheduled in the month of October – presented by MSP2 teacher leaders and staff. Please share these opportunities with your colleagues. All presentations will be recorded and available on the MSP2 Webinar Archive page. Hope to “see you” online!
Beaks and Biomes: Integrating Science and Literacy
Thursday, October 14, 2010 from 4-5pm EST
For more information: http://wiki.nsdl.org/index.php/BeyondPenguins/Seminars
The series is sponsored by Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears, an NSF-funded project that provides professional development and instructional resources to elementary teachers (but lots of middle school teachers use them too).
This life science unit uses scientific inquiry, literacy instruction, and a multigenre text set to examine adaptations, migration, and ecosystems. Leave with a unit framework you can directly incorporate into your classroom! Note: This session builds on concepts presented in our first two seminars: Informational Text and Multigenre Text Sets and Inquiry, Literacy, and the Learning Cycle. You’ll get the most out of the session if you’ve participated in the previous seminars, or view the archives at http://wiki.nsdl.org/index.php/BeyondPenguins/Seminars.
MSP2 Book Club: Discuss The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
Tuesday, October 19, 2010 from 7-8pm EST
For more information: http://www.msteacher2.org/events/msp2-book-club-discuss-the
How did cells taken from a poor black woman in 1951 come to unlock some of the biggest advances in science? Hope you’ll join me in reading The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot. For a really good overview go to http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2010/jun/23/henrietta-lacks-cells-medical-advances.
21st Century Skills and…
Thursday, October 21, 2010 from 7-8pm EST
For more information: http://www.msteacher2.org/events/21st-century-skills-and
The U.S. is in critical need for a qualified workforce equipped with skills beyond the basics of reading, writing and arithmetic. The U.S. future workforce needs employees with critical thinking and problem solving, communications, collaboration and creative and innovation skills. We as educators will need to tweak what we already are doing in order to prepare our students for the challenges and opportunities that await them in the 21st Century. Learn how you can incorporate these skills in to your instruction to meet the needs of the 21st century employer.
Virtual Field Trips
Thursday, October 28, 2010 from 8-9pm EST
For more information: http://www.msteacher2.org/events/virtual-field-trips
The world becomes a smaller place if you can expand your classroom beyond its walls and location. Purposefully used, virtual field trips can enhance learning and support content mastery.
This webinar provides a framework to expand teaching strategies by incorporating digital technology to explore the world, inquire about big ideas, and create authentic experiences. See examples of virtual field trips around STEM concepts. In addition, learn about tools used to create your own virtual journeys and how to access resources for established field trips.