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Showing results for Grades: Grades 6-8

Jill Shadoff

Tradewinds Middle School, Lake Worth, FL
Grades 6-8, Social Studies
2004, Fall

Through “Students Teaching Origami for Success,” Ms. Shadoff and Mr. Berg enhance the reading and mathematics skills of their students with learning disabilities. Students read about Sadako, a young Japanese girl who died in Hiroshima before realizing her goal ... more »

Carrie Zimmerman

Ortega Middle School, Alamosa, CO
Grades 6-8, Computers / Technology
2004, Fall

Through a multidisciplinary unit on how inventions have influenced American society, Ms. Zimmerman and Mr. Golsan enhance the technology and communication skills of their eighth-grade students. Students study the advantages and disadvantages of selected inventions ... more »

Maria Yukelson

Park Forest Middle School, State College, PA
Grades 6-8, Social Studies
2004, Spring

Working with students with learning disabilities, Ms. Yukelson attends the Schools Attuned training to better meet the varied learning needs of her students. She investigates cognitive functions and best practices for meeting different learning styles.

Linda Roeder

Cedarbrook Middle School, Wyncote, PA
Grades 6-8, Social Studies
2004, Spring

Ms. Roeder leads a study group to explore adapting the Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) program to the district’s needs. Through the AVID model, the group learns strategies for increasing the achievement of their minority students. The team shares their ... more »

Vicki Schmidt

Wea Ridge Middle School, Lafayette, IN
Grades 6-8, Social Studies
2005, Spring

To enhance her music curriculum, Mrs. Schmidt attends World Music Drumming: Level II training at University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee. Mrs. Schmidt uses her expanded knowledge to develop an advanced drumming curriculum to include more students in the program. She ... more »

Gail M. Thibodeau

Griswold Middle School, Rocky Hill, CT
Grades 6-8, English
2005, Spring

Mrs. Thibodeau leads a study group of high school teachers to explore methods for integrating reading and writing strategies into their contentinstruction. Teachers meet monthly to discuss strategies and materials, plan and design lessons, and analyze student work ... more »

Bonnie Robinson

Newport Middle High School, Newport, NH
Grades 6-8, Literature
2004, Spring

To improve reading comprehension across curricula, Ms. Robinson and her partners learn research-based literacy strategies. The participants study the work of leading experts and observe each other’s classes to identify effective approaches. Creating rubrics for ... more »

Kyle Bacon

Thomas Johnson Middle School, Lanham, MD
Grades 6-8, Social Studies
2004, Spring

Mr. Bacon, a second-year teacher, attends the Kagan Cooperative Learning Structures for Success Institute to enhance his instructional skills. Working with his colleagues, he creates a plan to implement the instructional strategies that he learns at the institute to address ... more »

Patricia Marie Royle

Camden Junior High School, Camden, TN
Grades 6-8, Science
2005, Spring

To encourage scientific inquiry and increase hands-on learning, Mrs. Royle and Mrs. Cantrell develop a project that explores the sun. Using sun projection screens to view features of the sun’s surface, students keep a data log of their observations and produce ... more »

Sharisse Dye

Walter J. Baird School, Lebanon, TN
Grades 6-8, Science
2005, Spring

Through “CSI @ WJB,” Mrs. Dye and Ms. Carr cultivate cross-curricular learning and career interests in students with both academic and social needs. With mentoring from local police, newspaper reporters, and attorneys, students research the ... more »

Joseph Gilmartin

Davisville Middle School, North Kingstown, RI
Grades 6-8, Science
2005, Spring

Mr. Gilmartin and Ms. Barden develop a watershed project to help students create a positive environmental change. Students study the history of the local river region, learn to identify species of fish and macroinvertebrates, and conduct field studies to test the ... more »

Tina Shank

Manor Middle School, Lancaster, PA
Grades 6-8, Computers / Technology
2005, Spring

Mrs. Shank and Ms. Long implement “FCS Online: A Digital Bridge for Remote Collaboration” to prepare students for work and develop communication, technology, and problem-solving skills. Students at two regional middle schools use an online discussion forum ... more »

Elizabeth Eckert

Tomlinson Middle School, Fairfield, CT
Grades 6-8, Social Studies
2004, Spring

Ms. Eckert attends two language immersion institutes to improve her Spanish language skills. At the institutes she engages in research on cultural topics, becomes familiar with contemporary issues in Spanish-speaking cultures, and reflects on pedagogical practices. She ... more »

Anthony A. Dalasio

Lackawanna Trail Junior/Senior High School, Factoryville, PA
Grades 6-8, Mathematics
2005, Spring

Mr. Dalasio, Mr. Beckish, and Mr. Pierce implement “Enhancing Your Economic Success” to increase students’ economic and political awareness and to develop academic skills in both social studies and mathematics. Using a wide variety of technology and ... more »

Seewan Eng

San Francisco Community School, San Francisco, CA
Grades 6-8, Social Studies
2004, Spring

Ms. Eng and her partners research performance assessments and identify standards and assessments to help promote students to the next grade level based on achievement. Team members study Deborah Meier’s ideas and experiences with performance assessments and develop an ... more »

Gregory Daniel Brumagin

Titusville Middle School, Titusville, PA
Grades 6-8, Computers / Technology
2005, Spring

Mr. Brumagin and Mr. Huck incorporate a student newsroom into classroom instruction to enhance students’ technology and problem-solving skills. After researching the responsibilities of various newsroom jobs, eighth-grade students apply their new technology ... more »

Michelle Evans

Valley Elementary School, Huntsville, UT
Grades 6-8, Mathematics
2004, Spring

Ms. Evans, Ms. Hogge, and Ms. Weight increase the critical-thinking and inquiry skills of their students by transforming computer labs into spaceships. Students use these spaceships to travel back in time and research famous mathematicians. Students also interact with ... more »

Shannon Saunders

Ringgold Middle School, Rio Grande City, TX
Grades 6-8, English
2004, Spring

Ms. Saunders and Ms. Hallums, both beginning teachers, strengthen the literacy skills of their students by implementing a reading and writing workshop in their classes. Students read, analyze, create, and publish their original writing. Teachers and students host literacy ... more »

Judy Leinius

Jeremiah Rhodes Middle School, San Antonio, TX
Grades 6-8, Computers / Technology
2004, Spring

At-risk students at Jeremiah Rhodes Middle School learn how to build computers to increase their technology and critical-thinking skills. After researching components, students assemble computers for the school library. To increase parental involvement, middle school ... more »

Karen Irwin

Southwood Middle School, Anderson, SC
Grades 6-8, Literature
2004, Spring

Ms. Irwin and Ms. Schall increase their students’ literacy skills and content knowledge by creating mini-library carts, filled with fictional and non-fictional books. Students select readings for discussion in literature circles, written reports, and learning ... more »

Jude Julian

Arturo Toscanini Community Junior High School 145, Bronx, NY
Grades 6-8, Mathematics
2004, Spring

Mr. Julian and Mr. Cornish connect science and math to real-world experiences through a unit on motion. Students learn to use a motion detector, and explore the relationship between position- and velocity-time graphs.

Alan Horowitz

Felix Festa Middle School, Stony Point, NY
Grades 6-8, Mathematics
2004, Spring

To enhance their middle school students’ mathematics, science, and technology skills, Mr. Horowitz and Mr. Lapidus create a project focused on rotorcraft vehicles. Students apply mathematics and science theories to construct a full-size helicopter.

Roberta Oliver

Richard Edwards School, Chicago, IL
Grades 6-8, Literature
2004, Spring

Eighth-grade English language learners improve their literacy and science skills by creating laboratory manuals for elementary students. To develop these documents, the older students photograph each stage of the various experiments and add step-by-step instructions. To ... more »

Stephanie Skelly

Ewa Elementary School, Ewa Beach, HI
Grades 6-8, Science
2004, Spring

Ms. Skelly and Ms. Tonaki build students’ knowledge of science and environmental issues through a curriculum on ecosystems. Students learn about local ecosystems, produce a musical on the environment, and investigate environmental preservation issues. As a final ... more »

Rosetta Roach

Dover Central Middle School, Dover, DE
Grades 6-8, Social Studies
2004, Spring

By integrating art across disciplines, Ms. Roach, Ms. Hameed, and Ms. Mackey develop thematic lessons to enhance their students’ critical-thinking and problem-solving skills. Students learn how art affects their lives, from the clothing they wear to the houses in ... more »

Kimberly Mickey

Bellflower Middle School, Bellflower, CA
Grades 6-8, Social Studies
2004, Spring

Ms. Mickey and Ms. Williams develop inquiry-based activities to help their students learn about marine ecosystems. Students research, write, and illustrate books on animals and explore current environmental issues. At the unit’s conclusion, students visit a floating ... more »

Jane Scott

Flagstaff Middle School, Flagstaff, AZ
Grades 6-8, Social Studies
2004, Spring

Students with special needs and those in general education classes collaborate to produce a school newspaper. Ms. Scott and her partners train students to use digital cameras and computer software, and lead a field trip to a local newspaper. After choosing a topic for their ... more »

Leslia Gould Mercural

North Middle School, Sioux City, IA
Grades 6-8, Literature
2005, Fall

Ms. Mercural and her partners form a study group to learn about the most current and effective ways to teach reading comprehension. Teachers meet with each other to develop reading comprehension strategies and lesson plans for struggling readers in their classrooms, ... more »

Kristine Crowe

Augusta Middle School, Augusta, WI
Grades 6-8, Literature
2004, Winter

Ms. Crowe learns how to create a community-based remedial program to help improve mathematics and reading skills of students. She participates in workshops sponsored by the Mott Foundation that address program management, curriculum integration, staff development, and ... more »

Tara Melchior

Maplewood Middle School, Maplewood, NJ
Grades 6-8, Social Studies
2004, Winter

Ms. Melchior and her partners form a study group to learn best practices for mentoring pre-service and beginning teachers. Bi-weekly, the group meets and discusses data on current mentoring relationships and creates a framework for the district to use to develop and train ... more »

Sherry Schaaf

Quillayute Valley School District, Forks, WA
Grades 6-8, Science
2003, Fall

Ms. Shaaf leads a group of elementary- and middle-school teachers in learning to integrate inquiry-based science with reading and writing. The group participates in a National Science Foundation program that teaches them instructional strategies for implementing ... more »

James Everett

Nooksack Valley Middle School, Everson, WA
Grades 6-8, Social Studies
2003, Fall

Using hand-held computers, Mr. Everett and Mr. Scott pilot a program that provides colleagues with immediate formative and summative assessments. One third of the middle-school teachers use assessment data to create individual rubrics designed to differentiate instruction ... more »

Karen Ansberry

Mason City Schools, Mason, OH
Grades 6-8, Science
2003, Fall

To improve the teaching of science in middle school, Ms. Ansberry leads a study group on designing and managing inquiry science in the classroom. Study group members examine the Japanese lesson study model, and visit Ohio schools using this model to observe their successes. ... more »

Kim Norton

Chaska Middle School West, Chaska, MN
Grades 6-8, Social Studies
2003, Fall

Ms. Norton and Ms. Burnett study effective models for creating electronic student portfolios in Chaska Middle School West. These teachers visit schools that have successfully implemented portfolio assessment, and begin testing and developing their own model in a pilot ... more »

Mary Anderson

Audubon Technology and Communication Center, Milwaukee, WI
Grades 6-8, Mathematics
2003, Fall

Each Wednesday afternoon, Ms. Anderson and her partners take their students with special needs to a bowling ally for “Bowling for Numbers,” a standards-based activity designed to increase students’ mathematics and interpersonal skills. Students learn to ... more »

Rita Smith

Coffee County Middle School, Manchester, TN
Grades 6-8, Science
2003, Fall

Ms. Smith and Mr. Harris team with local community members to construct an outdoor classroom for their school. In this hands-on laboratory, students investigate local biodiversity and ecological concepts to devise a conservation plan. Students also design a brochure to ... more »

Michelle Tregembo-Allen

Los Lunas Middle School, Los Lunas, NM
Grades 6-8, Science
2003, Fall

Partnering with local environmental organizations, archeologists, and historians, Ms. Tregembo-Allen and her partners create a hands-on interdisciplinary study of the natural environment of La Semilla, New Mexico. Their seventh- and eighth-grade classes, which include ... more »

William C. Van Evera

H-B Woodlawn Program, Arlington, VA
Grades 6-8, Science
2005, Fall

Mr. Van Evera and his partners develop “Rocket Flight!” to help students understand concepts of physics and motion using technologically advanced rockets. After participating in experiments to learn the physics of rocket flight, students are assigned to ... more »

Brooke Derrickson

Poe Middle School, Annandale, VA
Grades 6-8, Literature
2005, Fall

Ms. Derrickson and her partners develop a Student Choice Mobile Libraries Project in which students create a library based on research and created for each grade level. Students work in groups to compile data and to select library materials based on the reading ... more »

Jeffrey LaBarbara

West Jessamine Middle School, Nicholasville, KY
Grades 6-8, Social Studies
2003, Fall

To increase the self-esteem and fine motor skills of their first- through eighth-grade students with special needs, Mr. LaBarbara and Ms. Parrott have created an adapted orchestra program. Students learn to play the cello and read music, and participate in orchestra ... more »

Elisabeth Ivy

Dunbar Sixth Grade Center, Fort Worth, TX
Grades 6-8, Computers / Technology
2005, Fall

Ms. Ivy and Mr. Smith implement “The Stop Six Drama Project” to introduce engage students in performing arts and technology. Students participate in theatrical productions using unique set designs and special effects created by blue screen technology, ... more »

Jan Studer

Boundary County Junior High School, Bonners Ferry, ID
Grades 6-8, Social Studies
2003, Fall

Ms. Studer and Ms. Bergstrand have integrated fine arts and language arts to create an arts throughout history curriculum. For this curriculum, the students use their artwork as prompts for expository, personal, persuasive, and creative writing. Students reflect on their ... more »

Susan I. Rae

Williams Middle School, Florence, SC
Grades 6-8, English
2005, Fall

Ms. Rae and Ms. Barnes enhance students’ reading comprehension and analytical skills by incorporating a unit on Russian culture into the curriculum. Students read literature by Russian authors, such as Anton Checkov and Alexander Solzhenitsyn. After reading ... more »

Alison Morett

Ardmore Avenue Elementary School, Lansdowne, PA
Grades 6-8, Computers / Technology
2005, Fall

Through “The Art and Philosophy of Magic,” Ms. Morett and her partners introduce their students to the history and practice of magic. Students enjoy a performance by an award-winning magician who introduces students to the concepts, theories, and ... more »

Jeannette Bautista

Frank F. Garside Junior High School, Las Vegas, NE
Grades 6-8, Mathematics
2005, Fall

Mr. and Mrs. Bautista implement “Mathematics Roadshow: Algebra On The Go!” to show students potential uses of algebra outside of the classroom. Working in groups, students gather data and relate algebraic functions to science, music, sports, medicine, and ... more »

Nancy Goss

Amity Middle School Orange Campus, Orange, CT
Grades 6-8, History
2005, Fall

Through their project, “Exploring Our Nation’s Heritage,” Ms. Goss and her partners instruct students on the founding of our country. Students read and share historical novels, experiment with simple machines used by colonists, and research American ... more »

Maria Shiffer

Maria Shiffer

Seeley Union Elementary School, Seeley, CA
Grades 6-8, Science
2005, Fall

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A renewable energy source in Imperial Valley: understanding geothermal energy
6th grade Mathematics and Science classes

Environmentalists often offer the advice to "act locally, think globally." In teaching their sixth grade students the importance of renewable energy, Seeley ... more »

Marcy Jerome

Pilot Rock Elementary School, Pilot Rock, OR
Grades 6-8, English
2005, Winter

To increase students' literacy skills, Ms. Jerome leads a study group that researches best practices in literacy instruction. Participants implement instructional strategies and analyze student data to determine effective approaches. After the assessment is ... more »

Irma Roberts

Westglades Middle School, Parkland, FL
Grades 6-8, English
2005, Winter

Partnering with faculty at Florida Atlantic University, Ms. Roberts leads an action-research study of how drama helps emergent literacy among low-performing students. Participants use dramatic techniques, such as storytellers, to teach writing and collect and ... more »

Ruby Simon

Westlawn Middle School, Tuscaloosa, AL
Grades 6-8, Science
2005, Winter

Ms. Simon leads a study group, which includes middle school teachers and university professors, on culturally relevant pedagogy. Participants develop action-research that explores how cultural situations influence student learning in and outside of the classroom. ... more »