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Showing results for Grades: Grades 6-8

Dona Durham

Lincoln Middle School, Portland, ME
Grades 6-8, Social Studies
2004, Fall

Ms. Durham and her partners establish a study group to improve methods for recognizing, understanding, and teaching students with learning differences. Analyzing Dr. Mel Levine’s phenomenological approach to understanding learners’ neurodevelopmental ... more »

Carla Thomas

Iroquois Middle School, Louisville, KY
Grades 6-8, English
2004, Fall

To support their high-risk learners, Ms. Thomas and Ms. Crawford study the most effective strategies for reading instruction. The participants analyze research-based approaches, conduct action research in their classrooms, assess their instruction, and develop a ... more »

Bryan Braack

North Scott Junior High School, Eldridge, IA
Grades 6-8, Mathematics
2004, Fall

Mr. Braack leads a team of seventh- and eighth-grade mathematics teachers in lesson study on problem-solving and fractions. Participants conduct classroom observations and collect and analyze data on student learning. Based on these data, the team develops and ... more »

Carrie Smith

Carmel Valley Middle School, San Diego, CA
Grades 6-8, Science
2004, Fall

Ms. Smith and her partners engage in lesson study to improve their science curriculum design and instructional strategies. The participants examine which inquiry-based activities enhance student learning, then videotape and analyze their instructional approaches. To ... more »

Linda Wamboldt

West Milwaukee Middle School, West Milwaukee, WI
Grades 6-8, Social Studies
2004, Fall

Through “Honoring the Past to Preserve our Future,” Ms. Wamboldt and Mr. Liska implement a historical preservation project to increase the problem-solving and historiographical skills of their eighth-grade students. Students research, write tour descriptions, ... more »

Dorothy Maria Jones

Robert J. Frank Intermediate School, Oxnard, CA
Grades 6-8, English
2004, Fall

Ms. Jones and her partners collaborate with university professors to analyze reading and writing strategies that improve student achievement across disciplines. After identifying strategies, participants incorporate instructional approaches into their curricula and ... more »

Yevgeny Pevzner

Kearns Junior High School, Kearns, UT
Grades 6-8, Social Studies
2004, Fall

Ms. Pevzner and Ms. Carson connect science to their students’ everyday lives while improving reading and writing skills. Students conduct scientific experiments using common products, such as bubble gum and paper towels. With the data analyses from these experiments, ... more »

Gail Calloway

Williams Middle School, Florence, SC
Grades 6-8, Social Studies
2004, Fall

Ms. Calloway and Ms. Rae have created the interdisciplinary unit “China: Bridging the Wall” to increase students’ higher-level thinking skills and global understanding. In literature circles students read and discuss articles and stories about Chinese ... more »

Ann Altman

Newberry Middle School, Newberry, SC
Grades 6-8, Mathematics
2004, Fall

Through hands-on activities and cooperative learning, Ms. Altman and Ms. Floyd enhance the problem-solving and mathematics skills of their eighth-grade students. Students apply geometric properties as they design and paint ceramic tiles, create dream catchers and ... more »

Samuel Reed III

D. Beeber Middle School, Philadelphia, PA
Grades 6-8, Social Studies
2004, Fall

Mr. Reed and his partners implement a program called “Who Am I? Using Multimedia and Performing Arts for Self Discovery and Making Literacy Connections” to improve their students’ reading and critical-thinking skills. Teachers collaborate with parents, ... more »

Shae Factory

Okmulgee Middle School, Okmulgee, OK
Grades 6-8, Social Studies
2004, Fall

To increase the technology skills of their students, Ms. Factory, Ms. Swyden, and Ms. Taylor develop “Time Travel with a Theatrical and Technological Twist.” In this multidisciplinary project, the students use digital film to explore a historical theme. After ... more »

Joanne Toft

Marcy Open School, Minneapolis, MN
Grades 6-8, Social Studies
2004, Fall

To foster an understanding of how the U.S. Constitution relates to current events, Ms. Toft, Ms. Gray, and Ms. Hyman implement “The Constitution: A Living Document.” Collaborating with an attorney, the teachers guide students in analyzing primary sources and ... more »

Susan Fourniea

Cleveland Quality Middle School, St. Paul, MN
Grades 6-8, Science
2004, Fall

Seventh-grade students travel to a local outdoor classroom to conduct student-designed environmental research. Students study animal adaptations, water-quality testing, biomes, and ecosystems. In the outdoor classroom, students collect data on animal activity, weather, and ... more »

Elizabeth Rockett

Murray Henderson Middle School, New Orleans, LA
Grades 6-8, English
2004, Fall

Ms. Rockett and Ms. Wolfe infuse arts into the language arts curriculum to increase literacy and writing skills. While studying Louisiana jazz and blues and African-American poetry, students develop poetry anthologies and illustrate children’s books on Louisiana ... more »

Susi Jordan

Cloverdale Middle School, Cloverdale, IN
Grades 6-8, Science
2004, Fall

In collaboration with the Brownsburg Challenger Learning Center, Ms. Jordan and Ms. Mann increase their students’ understanding of the scientific method through inquiry-based learning activities. Students work in teams to conduct experiments, on such topics as plate ... more »

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 »