Middle Level-Jr. High School
Fifty-five Missouri educators have developed a Model Curriculum in social studies, which includes the four major content areas of economics, geography, government, and history--both world and U.S. The major goal behind the units is to give districts models they can use when revising their social studies curriculum. This presentation will explain the process and components to the curriculum. The units are aligned with the Grade-Level and Course-Level Expectations and with the English Language Arts Literacy Standards for social studies. --> read more »
Bill Gerling, Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, Jefferson City, MO
2013 Outstanding Middle Level Social Studies Teacher of the Year Award Recipient
Join this session to experience varied instructional strategies in a Westward Expansion lesson that will "git" your students moving and active. Challenge their critical thinking, interpret primary source documents and then let their creativity flow. A hands-on session!
Rhonda Watton, Templeton Middle School, Sussex, WI
Bring your iPad and explore a Consume-Curate-Create-Connect integration spectrum that exploits the device's usefulness and potential in building essential global competencies. Learn and share innovative apps, practices, and examples.
Tom Daccord, EdTechTeacher, Chestnut Hill, MA, US; Greg Kulowiec, EdTechTeacher, Chestnut Hill, MA, US
Wanted: Teachers desiring to effectively reach more students through Common Core! Experienced teachers present lessons, resources, strategies successfully used for students with widely differing skills, interests, readiness. Extensive resources/immediate use.
Susan Martin, University of South Alabama, Mobile, AL, US; Susan Santoli, University of South Alabama, Mobile, AL, US
Veteran teachers from the length of the Mississippi River will provide hands-on strategies and lesson plans for teaching about the peoples, places, economies, and environments along this historic river.
Paul Nagel, Social Studies Curriculum Writer, Natchitoches, LA, US; David Rutherford, University of Mississippi, University, MS, US; Jenny Shorten, Evangelical Christian School, Cordova, TN, US; Jeffery Woodward, Melrose - Mindoro High School, Melrose, WI, US
Participate in an African drum circle to learn how playing drums from Africa’s history improves student self-esteem, fosters relationships across grade levels and social circles, and generates excitement about school.
Ray Kinzie, Hitch Elementary School, Chicago, IL, US
Explore multiple energizers that lift, soothe, build rapport, or just have fun! Leave this session with classroom activities that can be implemented tomorrow! Move from brain drain to brain gain!
Craig Carson, Ozark R-VI Schools, Ozark, MO, US
Learn to engage students in a civil mock trial on cyberbullying–either as jurors or participants, using a multimedia DVD curriculum.
Steven Bruehl, Chase Elementary School, Chicago, IL, US; Jessica Chethik, Constitutional Rights Foundation Chicago, Chicago, IL, US
A handful of Vietnam veterans and educators have developed one of the country’s most comprehensive courses on the Vietnam War. Learn how to integrate “The Lessons of Vietnam” into your school and community.
Bob Matthews, Joe Harsch, Bridge Back Foundation, Cary, NC; Bill Dixon, North Carolina Vietnam Veterans, Raleigh, NC
Simulation game that every class member can play together under teacher's instruction, all the while participants realize the value of solidarity, fairness, sharing, sense of community and so on.
Sang Hee Kim, In-heon Middle School, Seoul, Korea