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Showing results for Grades: Grades 6-8

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 »

Lary Barilleau

Hamilton International Middle School, Seattle, WA
Grades 6-8, Social Studies
2005, Winter

Mr. Barilleau, Ms. Docter-Richardson, and Mr. Ellis implement “Musical Markers of the African Diaspora,” a cross-curricular project that explores music traditions that reflect African heritage. Students learn about jazz traditions in African, Caribbean, ... more »

Lori Stenger

Joseph E. Gary Elementary School, Chicago, IL
Grades 6-8, Science
2005, Winter

To enhance the literacy and science skills of their sixth- and seventh-grade students, Ms. Stenger and Ms. Turner design a collaborative school garden project. Students read a story about an urban garden that instills hope and community, and then create books and ... more »

Julie Maharaj

Hollenbeck Middle School, Los Angeles, CA
Grades 6-8, Social Studies
2005, Winter

Ms. Maharaj and her partners implement a multidisciplinary project that teaches students about health issues and concerns in their local community. After collaborating with the city’s health department and researching the most prevalent health problems, ... more »

Therese M. Jilek

North Shore Middle School, Hartland, WI
Grades 6-8, Computers / Technology
2006, Fall

Through an action research project, Ms. Jilek investigates the effect of authentic and relevant experiences on student learning and the effect of interaction with children around the world on students’ attitudes toward other cultures and each other. Students ... more »

Martha Finnegan

Five Forks Middle School, Lawrenceville, GA
Grades 6-8, English
2006, Fall

Recognizing that teachers in all subjects must collaborate to improve literacy skills, Ms. Finnegan, Ms. Hravatic, and Ms. Hart develop vertical teams of language arts and science teachers to refine curriculum and instruction. Language arts teachers from elementary ... more »

Martin E. Robertson

Peabody Charter School, Santa Barbara, CA
Grades 6-8, Social Studies
2006, Fall

To give students a deeper appreciation and understanding of the ancient world and how it was shaped by geology, Mr. Robertson travels to Egypt, Greece, and Rome to collect materials to enhance the social studies curriculum. Among other regional subjects, Mr. ... more »

Kelly Rae Underwood

Tucker Valley Elementary Middle School, Hambleton, WV
Grades 6-8, Literature
2006, Fall

To engage students in reading and improve literacy through differentiation, Ms. Underwood and her partners develop literature centers. Students read books and magazines at their diverse reading levels and complete activity folders to demonstrate learning. Using an ... more »

Karre Nevarez

Westfield Elementary School, Alpine, UT
Grades 6-8, Science
2006, Fall

To motivate and challenge students, Ms. Nevarez and her partners create investigation teams for sixth grade students to teach science concepts such as microorganisms and space to third graders. Sixth grade students master a concept and create an appropriate ... more »

Pat Kuhn

South Brandywine Middle School, Coatesville, PA
Grades 6-8, History
2006, Fall

Ms. Kuhn, Ms. Doan-Harley, and Ms. Poskitt develop “Fever: 1793,” an in-depth study of American culture during the 1793 yellow fever epidemic in and around Philadelphia. Expanding on a previous study of period medical practices, games, and clothing, ... more »

Christine Romano

5ive 6ix School at State Street, Hackensack, NJ
Grades 6-8, English
2006, Fall

To improve students’ writing skills, Ms. Romano and Ms. DeVincentis develop an interdisciplinary project that explores endangered species and the environmental impact of historical change. Students read Carl Hiassen’s environmental novel, Hoot, discuss ... more »

Sherry Haibach

Garfield Heights Middle School, Garfield Heights, OH
Grades 6-8, Mathematics
2003, Summer

Ms. Haibach and her colleagues engage in curriculum mapping and intensive study to align the school's mathematics curriculum across all grade levels with state and national standards for students. Their process for this work serves as a model for the revision of curriculum ... more »

Daniel Rufner

Wendler Middle School, Anchorage, AK
Grades 6-8, Social Studies
2003, Summer

Mr. Rufner helps broaden the scope of Wendler Middle School's student services committee. At the National Institute for Trauma and Loss in Children, Mr. Rufner participates in a five-day seminar that covers several topics including trauma-specific intervention tasks and ... more »

Mary Kay Luczynski

Nobel Middle School, Northridge, CA
Grades 6-8, Social Studies
2003, Winter

Ms. Luczynski and her partners created a lesson study design group to learn how to develop high-quality, standards-based lessons and student assessments. After determining the learning needs of their students, the teachers develop a rubric that assesses student learning

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Elizabeth Rees-Gilbert

Swan Meadow School, Oakland, MD
Grades 6-8, Social Studies
2006, Fall

To increase appreciation for regional history and culture, students conduct interviews with members of the local Amish and Mennonite community; the students collect stories, recipes, music poetry, quilting and weaving techniques, farming practices, and Pennsylvania ... more »

Gary Roberson

John Young Middle School, Mishawaka, IN
Grades 6-8, Science
2006, Fall

To engage students and meet the needs of diverse learning styles, Mr. Roberson, Ms. Bulger, and Ms. Greenwood create an interdisciplinary, outdoor learning lab. In preparation for the project, students research regional weather patterns, past land use, local Native ... more »

Bernard Peter Roy

Arvida Middle School, Miami, FL
Grades 6-8, Science
2006, Fall

Dr. Roy, Ms. Espinoza, and Ms. Rodriguez develop students’ notation, computation, and communication skills through hands-on engineering activities. Students who traditionally struggle with standardized tests work with peers to design and construct mousetrap ... more »

Ann Tilley Van Patten

Herbert H. Cruickshank Middle School, Merced, CA
Grades 6-8, Science
2006, Fall

Ms. Van Patten and her partners supervise their special needs students in the planning and performance of music and songs with forest ecology and environmental themes. To develop environmental understanding, students visit Yosemite National Park, participate in ... more »

Bunny Bauernfeind

Webster Transitional School, Cedarburg, WI
Grades 6-8, Literature
2006, Summer

Ms. Bauernfeind and her colleagues study ways to address the range of learning levels in small reading groups. The study group members read several books on differentiated reading instruction, view accompanying videos, and practice techniques for differentiating ... more »

Suzanne Jarrell

Louise R. Johnson Middle School, Bradenton, FL
Grades 6-8, Social Studies
2006, Summer

Ms. Jarrell strives to improve the success of students she has been unable to reach in the past. By attending a summer institute on cooperative learning, she learns methods to help her students take responsibility for working independently to contribute to the ... more »

Chris Matier

Chappelow Arts and Literacy Magnet School, Evans, CO
Grades 6-8, English
2006, Summer

By studying Writers’ Workshop, Mr. Matier and his colleagues seek to narrow the achievement gap for the school’s Hispanic learners. Writers’ Workshop emphasizes the development of a common philosophy and approach to the teaching of writing and ... more »

Melanie Parker

C. Alton Lindsay Middle School, Hampton, VA
Grades 6-8, Computers / Technology
2006, Summer

Ms. Parker and her partners implement a digital documentary movie project to help eighth grade students build higher order thinking skills and research and technology skills. The project also provides students with multiple learning styles the opportunity to ... more »

Patricia Golden

Bonham Elementary School, Wichita Falls, TX
Grades 6-8, Literature
2006, Summer

To provide students with a more meaningful literary experience and increase exposure to other cultures, Ms. Golden and Ms. Gee implement a food-based reading project. Students read novels about different cultures and research recipes that represent each culture to ... more »

Jeanne Phillips Wiles

Lewisburg Middle School, Lewisburg, TN
Grades 6-8, Mathematics
2006, Summer

Through “Destination Calculation,” Ms. Wiles and Ms. Haislip use graphing calculators to improve students’ mathematical and communication skills. Students complete various projects including researching sports salary statistics, conducting motion ... more »

Johnny Ramsey

Soldiers Memorial Middle School, Tazewell, TN
Grades 6-8, Physical Education
2006, Summer

Through “CHANGE”, Mr. Ramsey and his partners hope to challenge the diet and exercise practices of their rural students and to increase student health and self-esteem. Students receive nutrition instruction, graph their lifestyle habits, track walking ... more »

Kelly L. Hawkins

Mid-Carolina Middle School, Prosperity, SC
Grades 6-8, Mathematics
2006, Summer

To address the achievement gap in their school, Ms. Hawkins and Ms. Wise implement a program to make mathematics more meaningful to students. Career role models visit the school and discuss the function of mathematics in their jobs. Students participate in ... more »

Lindsey K. Rutherford

Mill Creek Elementary School, Warrington, PA
Grades 6-8, Computers / Technology
2006, Summer

Ms. Rutherford and Ms. Tomlinson implement an inquiry-based learning program to increase the technology and research skills of their second and sixth grade students. Sixth grade students use handheld technology to access multiple sources of information. To increase ... more »

Brian C. Querry

Charles A. Huston Middle School, Lower Burrell, PA
Grades 6-8, Computers / Technology
2006, Summer

To increase students’ understanding of technology and commitment to the community, Mr. Querry and Mr. Porter implement a school documentary project. Students research and gather artifacts, describe and document the present, and plan and anticipate the future ... more »

Brian Beckham

Cityside Middle School, Zeeland, MI
Grades 6-8, Computers / Technology
2006, Summer

Mr. Beckham and Mr. Walker implement a guitar project to expose students to fine arts, new technology, and career choices in the music and technology industries. Students learn basic guitar skills and research music genres and music history. Applying this knowledge, ... more »

Judy Lindauer

Nancy Hanks Elementary School, Ferdinand, IN
Grades 6-8, Computers / Technology
2006, Summer

To integrate technology into the curriculum and help students view themselves as members of a worldwide society, Ms. Lindauer and Ms. Stafford establish a connection with the Beatrix Potter School in London, England. Students at both schools work in integrated ... more »

Rebecca Grandin

William H. Farquhar Middle School, Olney, MD
Grades 6-8, Social Studies
2006, Winter

Working with a special educator from Johns Hopkins University, Mrs. Grandin and her partners form a study group to learn about effective co-teaching models for inclusion classrooms in which a regular educator and paraeducator are providing instruction. To address ... more »

Barbara Blakeslee

Palm Springs Community Middle School, Palm Springs, FL
Grades 6-8, Social Studies
2006, Winter

To meet the needs of diverse learners in her classes, Ms. Blakeslee attends the University of Connecticut’s Confratute. She studies differentiated instruction, high-end learning, and enrichment teaching. With the goal of motivating and challenging both ... more »

Sarah Bremer

Far West School, Oakland, CA
Grades 6-8, Social Studies
2006, Winter

To inform the development of culturally relevant curriculum for her diverse students, Ms. Bremer attends a summer seminar for teachers on South East Asian history and culture run by the University of Hawaii’s East-West Center. Ms. Bremer travels to Vietnam, ... more »

Summer Brooke Williams

J. F. Drake Middle School, Auburn, AL
Grades 6-8, English
2006, Winter

To improve students’ writing skills, Mrs. Williams participates in an internship at the Center for Teaching and Learning, a kindergarten to eighth grade non-profit demonstration school in Maine that emphasizes literacy across the curriculum. Mrs. Williams ... more »

Melinda Merrill

Center Middle School, Kansas City, MO
Grades 6-8, Science
2006, Winter

Ms. Merrill and her partners implement an interdisciplinary unit on watersheds. Students examine topographical maps, write letters to local companies and government agencies, conduct animal field studies and classifications, collect and graph data, and create a ... more »

Meredee Vaughan

Dwight Rich Middle School, Lansing, MI
Grades 6-8, Science
2006, Winter

Ms. Vaughan and Mr. Freeze implement the “Greenhouse Ecosystem Project” to provide students with an understanding of the complexities of ecosystems and to expose them to a real-world entrepreneurial venture. Students learn basic engineering principals ... more »