Mike in the Middle School

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Fidget toys are tools that can help students focus and pay attention. They also can annoy teachers and administrators. With this basic understanding, we will investigate to see if there is a link between students use of fidget spinners and memory.
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The diffusion coloring activity is a key reinforcement for middle school science classes. This enables students to demonstrate understanding of the concepts osmosis and diffusion. In addition, it lends itself to discussions with students about
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Fidget toys are tools that can help students focus, pay attention and stay on the task at hand. These tools are considered self-regulating. One common example you have seen is a stress ball. These toys promote movement and allow students to
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This video guide is to be used alongside the Movie Wall-E as an ecology review or application activity. Students will discuss a variety of environmental science topics as they relate to the Earth portrayed in this video. Questions and content
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Kids enjoy gross stuff. In the world of living things, there are plenty of examples. For this activity students learn about brain eating insects, zombie aunts and crypt keeper wasps. Included are QR codes and shortened URL’s to online articles,
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Celebrate May the fourth with Wookiee genetics. Students will enjoy this Star Wars themed activity that can be used in class or as a homework assignment. Students will review vocabulary, recognize gene pairs, solve problems and make predictions.
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Looking to get your students excited about class? Try this Star Wars advisory challenge. This product was originally designed as a grade level competition where hundreds of students competed to see which side would prevail, the Jedi or the Sith?
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This is a bundle of three lessons designed for middle school students learning about cells. The basics of cells, cell parts, cell theory and function are discussed. Each lesson includes a video file with corresponding notes and an interactive
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This interactive notebook includes interactive notebook activities related to cell theory, cell parts, plant and animal cell comparisons and cell part functions. Additionally, there are plant and cell cut and build activities included. This
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Osmosis and Eggs for Middle School The Osmosis and Eggs lab is a key experience for middle school science classes. This lab enables students to manipulate the concepts of osmosis and diffusion since eggs are large enough to see, and they can make
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Product Description Students have issues with lockers, this is a fact of life in school. We generally schedule one day a month as a locker clean out day, 90 percent of students appreciate this opportunity to put their life at school back in order.
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This is an end of unit electrical project where the class creates a model town and electrifies it using DC power. Students love being able to build and create, there are many extensions that can be built off of this lesson. This activity strongly
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Have you ever had a student ask, “My grandpa smoked for 40 years and never got cancer?” These questions often confuse students and give them a false sense of invincibility. This guide is a companion to “You and your Genes” from the National
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The cell energy cut and color activity is a key reinforcement activity for middle school science classes. Written specifically for middle school students, this activity touches upon deeper concepts for cell energy production laying the foundation
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Kids love using microscopes for the first time. This lesson bundle seeks to capture that excitement with a balance of science content and curious exploration. Middle students will benefit the most as we have included some key middle level
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Here’s a great way to engage your classes in a grade level activity at the beginning or end of the school year, Kickball 2.0. We have used this for over a decade to culminate our advisory program in middle schools. Students create team names,
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This is a must use lab activity for middle school science. Students will examine pennies over the last 60 years to determine mass. From there they will make a determination which year the penny changed composition based on its mass. This lab can
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Does your school have a garden? If so, this is a great opportunity to have your students do “science.” With this project students can assess their school garden with simple equipment and a camera. The goal is to create a presentation that
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This lesson is intended to be an introduction to the concepts of cell process for middle school students. Students will sort out concepts related to cell process and put them in similar groups through an interactive notebook activity. This lesson
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A student reading and review guide on the differences between multicellular and unicellular organisms. Included are a brief reading, summary, teacher key and labeling assignment.
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I've been teaching in the middle school for 20 years. Currently, I serve as robotics club coach, varsity track coach and a team facilitator.

MY TEACHING STYLE

I believe in minds on learning experiences. I want my students to engage the content first, this requires them to be involved in their learning. We experiment, build and design as part of our class. I enjoy integrating Google Drive Projects into class. Anytime I can involve a photo you can count me in.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

State Finalist, Presidents Award for Math and Science Model Cooperating Teacher Award in Secondary Education Keystones Technology Integrator, Conservation District “Educator of the Year”

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

MA Educational Technology and Leadership, B.S. Biology, General Science and Education

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

I really enjoy teaching science in middle school. On many days I am amazed that I get paid to play with legos, set things on fire and take kids on amazing field trips. My own kids are now moving through my school and this has been a great experience helping me understand the impact of my teaching.

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