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Middle Level-Jr. High School

Using iPads to Enhance Content Knowledge: A Teacher's Guide

Explore how to use iPads to create and implement lessons that enhance students' content knowledge. World and U.S. History lessons included. Resource materials will be disseminated.

Teaching Civic Responsibility through Simulation Games

Civic simulation games are great media to engage students to learn about civic responsibility and democracy. Relevant theoretical perspectives, case studies, and pedagogies will be discussed in this session.

Creating Global Citizens through Current Events and Civil Discourse

Students engage in a literacy focused investigation by analyzing current civic, political, and economic issues to effectively participate in civil discourse and global citizenship.

iSTEM: Leveraging GIS to integrate STEM in the Social Studies

Discover how to merge STEM with the social sciences! Hook your students with geospatial technologies (GIS) and enhance traditional instruction. Topics include: crowdsourcing information, story maps, and ready-to-go lessons.

Celebrating Newspapers in the Classroom: Engaging students through Chronicling America

What really happened? Whose point of view? How did people react? Why? Experience and celebrate how historical events chronicled in newspapers can create excitement, engagement, and curiosity within your students.

C3, Literacy Strategies & Learning Practices for Middle School World History

Cause/effect, compare/contrast, and problem-solving skills are emphasized in C3 and CORE ELA standards, and are applicable in world history instruction. Explore active learning strategies and practices used to teach them.

Teaching History as Mystery: Inquiry-Based Strategies for the C3 Classroom

Want to incorporate inquiry lessons in your social studies classroom? Experience history as mystery strategies in action. Examine clues, make hypotheses, and learn to help your students think like historians.

Developing Creative Historical Thinking

Discover research proven methods to incorporate 21st Century Skills of creativity, historical thinking, collaboration, and innovation in a middle school history classroom. Includes examples of student products, discussions and technology.

Connecting Middle Schoolers to Morocco in an International School-Museum Collaboration

See how a school-museum collaboration connected middle schoolers in Michigan and Morocco to create an exhibit for their pre-teen peers and explore ideas for collaborating with museums in your community.

Collaboration Cubed: Combining Forces to Contextualize Curriculum Construction

Social studies teachers join forces with a teacher educator to create an authentic context for teacher candidates' instructional planning experiences and to gain fresh perspectives on existing middle school curriculum.


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