Middle Level-Jr. High School
The Instruction Community shares several “teacher-tested” best practice methods for delivering meaningful, active learning experiences to K-12 students, with special emphasis on differentiating instruction and closing the achievement gap.
Janie Hubbard, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL, US; Joel Rothblatt, School for Visual Arts and Humanities, Los Angeles, CA, US; Melinda Staubs, Jacksonville State University, Jacksonville, AL, US
The ability to analyze text is critical for literacy development in social studies classes. Participate in an engaging strategy and assessment that promotes student collaboration and deeper comprehension of texts.
Angie Davis, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL, US; Colby Hall, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX, US; Elisabeth McCulley, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX, US; David Osman, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX, US
Landmark Project: International collaboration among student-researchers developing geographic, communication, collaborative-problem-solving, and global competencies across cultures and languages. Ninety teams from 3 continents in this challenging 4-week social studies competition.
Terry Smith, Western Illinois University, Macomb, IL, US; Michelle Huseman, Eugene Field Elementary School, Hannibal, MO
Using data from a recurring public opinion polling question, this session examines one way middle level (but really all) teachers can begin to teach social studies for ecological citizenship.
Mark Kissling, Penn State University, University Park, PA, US; Sarah Rogers, Penn State University, University Park, PA, US
Explore the ways in which the Tenement Museum uses the history of the Progressive Era to engage students in the work of past reformers and inspire contemporary civic participation.
Miriam Bader, Lower East Side Tenement Museum, New York, NY, US
Middle school teachers and university faculty planned and co-taught an interdisciplinary unit about globalization and economics, centered around McDonald's. Curriculum and strategies for collaboration between teachers and college faculty will be presented.
Laura Beth Arnold, Little Rock School District, Little Rock, AR, US; William Delsa, Dunbar Middle School, Little Rock, AR, US; Kristin Dutcher Mann, University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Little Rock, AR, US
Cause/effect, compare/contrast, and problem-solving skills are emphasized in core ELA standards and are applicable in geography instruction. Explore active learning strategies and practices used to teach them in geography classrooms.
Peggy Altoff, Colorado Springs, CO, US
We will explore the vocabulary demands of textbooks, engage participants in learning instructional strategies that increase students’ long-lasting understanding, and share our research that reveals students’ perceptions of vocabulary learning.
Kathryn Hopkins, Fort Zumwalt School District, St. Charles, MO, US; Patrick Brown, Fort Zumwalt School District, St. Charles, MO, US
Students don't have any background knowledge? Learn how to use pictures and tableaus to help students develop poems that demonstrate their understanding of historical perspectives. Also addresses Common Core Standards!
Margarita Jimenez-Silva, Arizona State University, Mesa, AZ, US; Ruth Luevanos, Pacoima Middle School, Pacoima, CA, US; Pablo Ramirez, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, US
Familiar formats like superheroes, trading cards and action figures engage and motivate students. These strategies immerse students in social studies via pop culture, and help build Common Core connections.
Quinn Rollins, Granite School District, Salt Lake City, UT, US