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Showing results for Grades: Grades 6-8

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 »

Wade Tillett

Jose Clemente Orozco Community Academy, Chicago, IL
Grades 6-8, Social Studies
2006, Winter

Mr. Tillett, Mrs. Creed, and Ms. Visinaiz implement an interdisciplinary, problem-based learning project to help students become autonomous learners, view the world as changeable, and increase their connection to the community. Students construct a problem statement ... more »

Stephen Birmingham

Oliver Wendell Holmes Middle School, Wheeling, IL
Grades 6-8, Computers / Technology
2006, Winter

Through “Music in the 21st Century,” Mr. Birmingham, Mr. Christopher, and Ms. Konopacki expand students’ music skills and exposure to technology careers. Students use technology to compose, arrange, and perform several digital music pieces including ... more »

Teresa M. Stevens

Denn-John Middle School, Kissimmee, FL
Grades 6-8, Social Studies
2006, Winter

Ms. Stevens and her partners implement an interdisciplinary project that examines the geographical and cultural development of Asia through the study of biomes. While studying the organisms and climates of each biome and the way climate affects biodiversity, ... more »

Gerald A. Garwood, III

Coronita Elementary School, Corona, CA
Grades 6-8, Science
2006, Winter

Mr. Garwood and Ms. Flores combine advanced technology skills and hands-on science learning through the development of “Science Buddy” teams. Cooperative learning groups of first and sixth grade students use handheld computers and light, temperature, and ... more »

Kelly Vanhook

The Classical Center at Brandenburg Middle School, Garland, TX
Grades 6-8, Social Studies
2007, Fall

Develop teaching strategies for band and orchestra through participation in the Midwest International Band Clinic.

Martha Valdillez-Medlock

Lake Travis Middle School, Austin, TX
Grades 6-8, Social Studies
2007, Fall

Complete course required to earn National Board Certification.

Michael J. Clark

Rhodes Junior High School, Mesa, AZ
Grades 6-8, Science
2007, Fall

Take three classes to become a Certified School Nutrition Specialist.

Valene Scott

Ephraim Middle School, Ephraim, UT
Grades 6-8, Science
2007, Fall

Students will investigate systems of the human body through interactive exploration (i.e., cell structures, bodily functions).

Michele Cook

Alderson Middle School, Lubbock, TX
Grades 6-8, English
2007, Fall

Students will demonstrate a variety of proven hands-on methods to simulate real world application of literacy improvement as based on English instructional standards.

Debra Foster

Pickerington Lakeview Junior High School, Pickerington, OH
Grades 6-8, Mathematics
2007, Fall

Students will demonstrate math principles by designing and producing two products which must perform and/or represent specified geometric applications.

Jessica Blanchard

Lynn Middle School, Las Cruces, NM
Grades 6-8, Social Studies
2007, Fall

Students will participate in “Voices for the Borderlands~

Voces de la Fronter,”

a multicultural curriculum project based on the literacy framework and integrate personal and family narratives and home and community outreach.

Alexis Nogle Willing

Westside Intermediate School, Hebron, MD
Grades 6-8, Mathematics
2007, Fall

Students will experience the intricacies of money and finance by opening a series of mock bank accounts and managing their assets through a series of predetermined expenditures.

John Walsh

Irwin M. Altman Middle School 172, Floral Park, NY
Grades 6-8, Science
2007, Summer

To enhance a spiral science curriculum and involve students through exploration and inquiry, Mr. Walsh attends the FLINN Scientific Foundation Summer Chemistry Workshop and the Rhode Island School of the Future Robotics Workshop. Through the chemistry workshop, Mr. ... more »

Antoinette C. Smith

Cedar Grove Middle School, Decatur, GA
Grades 6-8, English
2007, Summer

To gather resources on the foundations of educational practice and strategies for differentiating instruction for exceptional students and English language learners, Ms. Smith attends the First International Conference on Teacher Education in Brussels, Belgium. At ... more »

Sharon Regner

C.T. English Middle School, Los Gatos, CA
Grades 6-8, Computers / Technology
2007, Summer

Ms. Regner and her fourth through eighth grade teaching partners form a study group to research methods of incorporating technology into instruction to improve students’ 21st century literacy skills. After attending the National Educational Computing ... more »

Andrew G. Smith

Travis Middle School, McAllen, TX
Grades 6-8, Social Studies
2007, Summer

Through “Show Me the Money,” Mr. Smith and Ms. Klingensmith use numismatics to introduce science and social studies students to both the ancient and modern worlds. Students clean, classify, and create a timeline for bronze coinage of ancient Imperial ... more »

Jennifer Bodkin

Haverstraw Middle School, Haverstraw, NY
Grades 6-8, Science
2007, Summer

To develop a deeper understanding of infectious diseases, where they are found, how they are transferred, and how they can be controlled, students engage in a school-wide research activity. Students create a plan for tracking and identifying common sources of ... more »

Kimberly Lesher

Farnsley Middle School, Louisville, KY
Grades 6-8, Science
2007, Summer

Ms. Lesher and Ms. Gividen convert their science classroom into an interactive planetarium to provide students with hands-on learning experiences. Students apply mathematical concepts to design and build a planetarium and create star shows. Using models and ... more »

Esther Oganda Ohito

John J. Pershing West Magnet School, Chicago, IL
Grades 6-8, History
2007, Summer

Ms. Ohito and Ms. Sims develop a project that allows fifth and eighth grade students to develop advanced research skills and explore historical events through fiction. Students use museum trips and print and media resources to research an event in history while also ... more »

Nathan Meyer

Tri-Valley Middle School, Downs, IL
Grades 6-8, Mathematics
2007, Summer

Recognizing the importance of cross-curricular and experiential learning, Mr. Meyer and Mr. Wilson supervise the design and creation of a twenty-four hole miniature golf course by their eighth grade students. Each hole of the course represents one decade of United ... more »

Angela Hale

Forest Grove Middle School, Fort Pierce, FL
Grades 6-8, Social Studies
2007, Summer

To encourage students to consider a career in health care, Ms. Hale and Ms. Walukiewicz design a mock hospital and doctor’s office environment in which students experience the physical sense of health professions. In preparation for an existing high school ... more »

Jesus Arrizon

Southwest Junior High School, San Luis, AZ
Grades 6-8, Mathematics
2007, Summer

To help at-risk students begin working toward a college degree, Mr. Arrizon and Mr. Silva partner with a local community college to offer college level mathematics courses to middle school students whose socioeconomic status might otherwise prevent them from ... more »

Rhett D. Buchanan

Rhett D. Buchanan

Teeland Middle School, Wasilla, AK
Grades 6-8, Science
2007, Summer

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River Rangers: Combining academics, conservation and community service
7th grade Science classes

Located in Alaska's fastest growing region and along the banks of the Little Susitna River, Wasilla is home to the Teeland Middle School River Rangers Project, an innovative ... more »

Eli S. Rosenberg

Main Street Middle School, Montpelier, VT
Grades 6-8, Computers / Technology
2007, Winter

Mr. Rosenberg and Mr. Scott establish a collaborative study group focused on using instructional technology to improve student achievement in science. The group generates student data from learning activities using wireless audience response systems and electronic ... more »

Russell W. Sanders

Molalla River Middle School, Molalla, OR
Grades 6-8, Mathematics
2007, Winter

To improve the achievement of their middle school students, Mr. Sanders and Mr. Gilbertson work with colleagues to develop a common understanding of effective pedagogy, integrate technology tools, and improve student discourse. The team uses a combination of case ... more »

Judith Webb

Bingham Middle School, Independence, MO
Grades 6-8, Social Studies
2007, Winter

Teachers and education support professionals participate in study groups to learn how to better support students at risk of dropping out of school. Ms. Webb, Ms. Meckel, and their colleagues study how to build stronger personal relationships with students within ... more »