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Upper Peninsula Middle School Association Conference

Friday, October 11, 2002

Bothwell Middle School, Marquette, MI

Keynote Speakers

Elliot Soloway

"Technology in the Classroom: What is REALLY Takes!"

Bill Jamerson

"Singing the History of the U.P."


STAMP OUT STUDENT APATHY! Toss a little dynamite into your classroom. The teachers will present several ideas for classroom management within the traditional seventh grade setting. Utilizing little money but plenty of creativity, props and drive, these "Drama Mamas" will leave you with several "pearls" that you can try in your own classroom, whatever your discipline. Their motto: "No Guts, No Glory!"

Presenters: Irene and Shannon, Calumet M.S. teachers

"WHAT’S UP WITH THE SECOND FLOOR?" The presenters are part of the energetic teaching staff who created two thematic units for the middle school environment. Their cross-curriculum approach to learning, resulted in "Backpacking through Europe" and "WMS-Down Under." Come prepared to create your own rucksack and toss your own boomerang. If you are very sincere, they may even share their Vegamite with you!

Presenters: John, Julie, Margie, Darrell, Serenity, Calumet M.S. teachers

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders. What is it? More importantly, how can school personnel understand and work effectively with the students and families who struggle with this disability? This session will give you up to date information and strategies.

Presenter: Karen Twa, Marquette General Hospital

Adolescent Substance Abuse: Learn about warning signs of substance abuse, how to approach students and parents with your concerns, how to access services if a problem is identified, how to support and encourage students in treatment and other related topics.

Presenters: Carroll Ann Swanson and Pat Lynott

Marquette General Hospital-Outpatient Behavioral Health

Building Computers with Sixth Graders: During the 2001-02 school year I received a MEEMIC grant to buy parts to build two Celeron 900 computers. You can undertake a project like this to increase the amount of affordable computers in your room and school.

Presenter: Jay Maki, teacher, Rudyard Middle School

Stepping "Outdoors" into the Classroom: Science based thematic unit incorporating local resources, on-site investigation, supported by language arts and social studies activities.

Presenters: Frank Holes, Jr., Terry Keenan, Carolyn Sackett, Dave Hare,

Teachers, Inland Lakes M.S

Superiorland Counselors Meeting: Quarterly meeting of Superiorland Counselors

Facilitator: Don Mourand

From Management to Mission: Effective professional development is on-going, and organized around collaborative problem solving; the link between staff development and student achievement is intuitively strong and methodologically challenging. In a time where budgets are being cut and professional development opportunities dwindling, site based programs become essential. In this presentation, learn how to turn staff meetings into fun and meaningful PD opportunities, where everyone can move From Management to Mission.

Presenter: Michele Ackerman, Principal, Cheboygan M.S.

Aspiring to be a School Administrator. An informative session on what it entails to be a school administrator in the 21st Century. Detailed handouts and an informal questions and answer session on any educational issues audience wishes to address.

Presenter: Tom Jayne, Principal, Gwinn M.S.

The "Nuts and Bolts" of Communicating with Parents: Winning Support and Working through Conflict. This session will provide strategies for successful written, verbal, and face-to-face contacts with parents. Topics will include: how to redirect focus when the discussion becomes "heated," the importance of language, avoiding blame, mutual problem solving, when to involve others, and designing communication systems.

Presenters: Sue Grenier, Prinicipal; John Rose, Asst. Principal, Seneca M.S

Academic Service Learning. ASL is a teaching methodology that utilizes community service as a means of helping students to gain deeper understanding of course objectives, acquire new knowledge, and engage in civic activity. Learn how to become involved and how Northern Michigan University can help with funding, planning, and implementing.

Presenters: Jon Mallo, graduate assistant; Dr. Rodney Clarken,

Northern Michigan University

Stress: Letting Go to Hold on. There is evidence that teaching is the most stressful of all professions. In this workshop we will explore causes of stress among educators, how its effects are manifested, and way to prepare for and manage stress.

Presenters: Dr. Jon Bayerl

World Religions. Representatives of the Bahai, Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Jewish and Moslem faiths will each explore the major contributions their religion has given to the world civilization.

Presenters: Dr. Rodney Clarken and other representatives from Interfatih Forum.

Are We Too Serious? The Role of Humor in Our Work. There is much about humor that we do understand yet, it is all around us and we can learn to use it often and wisely in our personal and professional lives. We will explore the possibilities in this workshop.

Presenters: Bill Waters, Court Jester

Theresa Hamari, Michigan State Extension Office

A Picture Book Is Worth a Thousand Words. Participants will examine ways to use picture books to enhance children’s writing and engage them in meaningful responses.

Presenter: Carole Turner, teacher, Phelps M.S.

Piloting the 2003 E/LA MEAP. The presenter will share her knowledge after piloting the 2003 E/LA MEAP in her classroom.

Presenter: Carole Turner, teacher, Phelps M.S.

Take Control of Your Bookmarks and Get Excited about the Web! Is using one computer at school and another at home giving you grief? Participants will be shown how to register for and use Internet based organizational tools to help you bridge this gap. Excite "start" pages will be the focus along with other sites that provide similar services. The bookmark tools presented will be utilized in the next session.

Presenters: Marc Hefke, Kevin Wilson, teachers, Marquette Area Public Schools

What’s on the Web and How Can I Use It! Using the tools illustrated in the previous session, participants will be shown various content sites on the Internet. Links will be available after the session so participants can explore and use them on their own.

Presenters: Marc Hefke, Kevin Wilson, teachers, Marquette Area Public Schools

Multi-Genre Research Projects They’ll Love: Research projects that fit the bill for students’ needs and district curriculum. The students produce a multi-genre project they’ll be proud of…and you will enjoy grading (really!)

Presenter: Suzanne Hindman, teacher, Gwinn M.S.

Mood Disorders in Children: This presentation will focus on the diagnosis of depression in adolescents, specifically Season Affective Disorder, and the treatment of these disorders.

Presenter: Jan N. Cools, M.D., Psychiatric Associates of Marquette

Teacher Technology Toolkit: After attending this session, you will have three web-based tools that you know and can use. A web-based favorites list, a teacher website and MICliMB. The Top-ten list of teacher websites will also be given with time to explore.

Presenter: Michelle Lammi, teacher, Negaunee M.S.

Drugs: Become Aware:

The presentation will help educators become more aware of the types of durgs, their effects, what to look for and items associated with drug use.

Presenters: Gregg St. John and Marty Munger, Marquette City Police

Adapting Science Lessons for Students with Special Needs: In this workshop participants will be exploring science as it pertains to students with special needs. There will be discussion of why science is necessary and how to adapt lessons, text, and written activities in order to optimize the success rates of the students.

Presenters: Rhonda McKimpson, Paraprofessional

Cathy Skornia, special education teacher, Hancock M.S.

Making History Come Alive: This is an integrated unit that takes a textbook lesson and turns it into a real experience. Though the emphasis was on history, this unit will demonstrate what can be done with any subject to pique the interest of every student.

Presenters: Merri Rose, Bo Fletcher, Kim Monthei, teachers, Inland Lakes M.S.

Classroom Technology in the Palm of Your Hand: In this session, we will learn about a variety of learning tools that can be used with handheld (Palm OS) computers. Come and learn how this technology is being utilized in a variety of classrooms, and try out some of these tools in a hands-on demonstration. Participants will receive a CD with software for the Palm OS handheld computers, and handouts with information of using these tools and acquiring these computers for your classroom.

Presenter: Stephen Best, Director of Professional Development and Outreach, Hi-ce, University of Michigan

Inquiry and Technology in the Science Classroom: This session will focus on strategies used to engage students in the process of inquiry in their science classes, and will explain how different technologies can support this approach to learning. Participants will see examples of the project based learning programs developed at the University of Michigan, and learn how they can use similar strategies to engage students in this process of asking questions, developing investigations, and solving problems. Participants will also see how they can use these curriculum and software materials. Participants limited to 50.

Presenter: Stephen Best, Director of Professional Development and Outreach, Hi-ce, University of Michigan

Have you heard about Real Reading in the Middle?: Learn more about this literature-based reading and language arts program for Grades 4-8 that is designed to foster students’ social, ethical, academic, and intellectual abilities in the context of a caring classroom community. The program provides 18 days of professional development support at your school. Grant monies are available from the UPCED for any current UP Middle Start school.

Presenter: Valerie Maxwell, Director of Real Reading in the Middle

Disability Awareness Workshop: Disability awareness stations will be set up throughout the school. Stations include simulations of different disabilities and assistive devices used to help people with various disabilities.

Coordinator: Lisa Kowalski, Oakland ISD

Put Computing in the Palm of Your Hand: Introductory Workshop: This workshop will provide you with the basic operation of a palm-sized computing device. You will learn: Grafitti (how to handwrite letters that are recognizable to a computer); PicoMap (do concept mapping on the Palm and share your maps, via beaming, with colleagues); Cooties (safely learn how diseases are spread); HandySheets (worksheets, worksheets, worksheets); Go ’N Tell (using the Kodak PalmPix camera, document a field trip or classroom activity with the Palm). Participants limited to 30.

Presenter: Dr. Elliot Soloway, University of Michigan