Middle Level-Jr. High School
Each year school groups visit historic sites around the country. While some view these experiences as merely practice for future spring breaks, they actually support, deepen, and extend classroom learning.
Robert Madden, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Las Vegas, NV
Session describes a project for middle level students examining aspects of the Gullah-Geechee Heritage Corridor to develop civic agency and increase understanding of connections to community and region.
Carol McClain, Francis Marion University, Florence, SC; Cheryl Lane, Francis Marion University, Florence, SC
The presentation will focus on Ann Bausum's Freedom Riders and how to incorporate issues of social justice in the classroom.
Deborah Wooten, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN; Jeremiah Clabough, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN; Ann Bausum, Janesville, WI; Jennifer Emmett, National Geographic Society, Washington, DC
ENGAGING GLOBAL IDEAS & PRACTICES inspires Social Studies Teachers to "DIRECTLY CONNECT" school programs worldwide with multiple academic programs including Peace Corps, Heifer International, Habitat for Humanity, et al.
Frederick Isele, Western Illinois University, Moline, IL
This presentation uses Walmart as a window to teach secondary level students global interdependence with cross-curricula learning stations and field-based projects. Audience participation is assured and hands-on activities are involved.
Han Liu, Department of Teacher Education, Shppensburg, PA
Built on the premise that the shortest distance between two people is a story, this presentation shows how to use the tools of a fiction writer to teach history.
Krista Russell, Peachtree Publishers, Atlanta, GA
Bruce Springsteen's songs "Sinaloa Cowboys" and "The Line" can provide opportunities to discuss the pull and push factors related to immigration. Presenters will share middle-school students' responses to these songs.
Margarita Jimenez-Silva, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ; Pablo Ramirez, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ
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
We bemoan our the state of our civic discourse. Structured Academic Controversies teach the skills of perspective taking and respectful disagreement. We need to practice/model these in social studies!
John Zola, Boulder Valley School District, Boulder, CO
Fusing Financial Literacy and writing could be as challenging as balancing a checkbook. This ready-to-go literacy plan provides innovative strategies/resources that will allow students to become stronger readers and writers.
Jason Peinert, Baltimore City Public Schools, Baltimore, MD; Sarah Martin, Baltimore City Public Schools, Baltimore, MD; Amy Rosenkrans, Baltimore City Public Schools, Baltimore, MD