Weekly Links #3


Happy Friday! Are you surviving and thriving in this month’s heat? Kick back and cool off with these offerings from around the web. Have a great weekend!

Why are you grading that?

Speaking of grading, mark your calendar for the second annual Alabama Conference on Grading and Assessment for Learning!

What does career readiness look like in middle school?

Christa McAuliffe, the first teacher chosen to go to space, died along with the crew of the Challenger when the space shuttle exploded 73 seconds into flight. Now her “lost lessons” have been updated and made available for teachers.

9 questions that help get at student agency and personalization.

What if teachers didn’t focus so much on individual achievement?

We’d love to connect with you on Instagram. Tag us in your summer fun as well as your photos and stories as you start thinking about heading back into the classroom!

Follow Friday: We think you need to know Keiosha Quarles. K teaches robotics, coding, and computer science at Westlawn Middle School in Tuscaloosa. She’s spent her summer presenting at conferences and learning at Project Lead the Way training, and she regularly shares videos, photos, and reflections from her school and professional learning experiences. Connect with her on Twitter!

Weekly Links #2


Happy Friday! We hope that you’re having a safe and relaxing 4th of July weekend! Here are a few links from around the web for you.

How to teach kids to talk about taboo topics.

You can now create rubrics in Google Classroom! Request to be a part of the new beta.

A post worth reading on the pressure to spend money on flashy decor and activities at the expense of pedagogy and paycheck.

Connect with ALAMLE on Instagram, and tag us in your posts and stories! We’re sharing resources and ideas, and we’d love to see your summer learning and self-care strategies as well as your classroom setups as we start thinking about the new school year.

Are you headed to the AMLE conference in Nashville this fall? Click here to grab a code to save $50 on your registration!

Follow Friday: Do you know Sophie Phillips? We think you should! Sophie is a self-contained/exceptional ed teacher at McAdory Middle School. She frequently posts glimpses into her classroom and school activities, is dedicated to building relationships and school culture, and shares lots of creative ideas and reflections on teaching practice. Check her out on Twitter!

Weekly Links #1

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This is the first installment in a weekly series here on the blog in which we share a round-up of some of our favorite bits and pieces from around the internet. Happy reading, and have a great weekend!

The most stolen books of 2018-2019.

History Class: It’s about the people, not the dates.

It’s Democratic primary season. Did you watch the debates this week? Here are the candidates’ policy positions.

Adobe Spark now has a collaboration option!

Pixar’s secret for making perfect films.

Do you use Instagram to connect with your school community? Caption your stories to make them more accessible.

We all need mirrors, windows, and sliding glass doors.

Are you at ISTE? #NotAtISTE? Either way, here’s a collection of “the next big trends” in ed tech.

Need some listening material for your summer travels? Check out our podcast recommendations.

Follow Friday: If you’re not already, you need to be following Charlsie Wigley. She’s a 7th grade ELA teacher in Shelby County, a consummate learner, and an active participant in ongoing education conversations in-state and beyond. Connect with her on Twitter!

AMLE 2019


Mark your calendars! The 2019 Annual Conference for Middle Level Education is coming up this fall, and it doesn’t get any closer than this year’s venue - Nashville!

The Association for Middle Level Education (AMLE) invites you to participate in the most comprehensive and valuable professional learning opportunity available to any educator who works with students ages 10-15. The 46th Annual Conference for Middle Level Education is coming to Nashville, Tennessee, November 7-9, 2019.

With more than 400 of the brightest minds in education presenting research-based practices in more than 30 different topics, you will return to your school or classroom inspired and equipped with proven strategies to improve instruction and help students achieve. Among the 300 conference sessions, you’ll find sessions on using Technology for learning, understanding Young Adolescent Development, student-driven Assessment, Social Emotional Learning (SEL), helping At-Risk Students, STEM, Project-Based Learning, and more.

We hope you’ll join other ALAMLE members at the conference! Click here for more conference details, and save $50 with promo code A19ALAMLE. See you in Nashville!


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Here we’ll be sharing community-created content including teaching tips, in-depth experiences with resources and strategies, and information about upcoming professional learning opportunities.

Read along and learn with us and consider becoming an ALAMLE content contributor in the future!