Middle school educators at Brooklyn’s Ditmar IS 62 chose to overcome “learning loss” by engaging their sixth, seventh and eighth graders in a long-range project documenting the tragic story of 9/11 through research, oral family and community history and literacy activities.
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Education isn’t about what the teacher does, it’s about what the child learns, write Genius Hour innovators Denise Krebs and Gallit Zvi. Learning happens in every subject when students have a purpose and are given autonomy and time. And their learning can benefit the world.
How much pre-teaching and context-building should teachers do when they teach novels from other cultural eras? How much is too much in a discovery-based classroom? Amber Chandler’s students helped her find the right balance as they experienced The Outsiders.
STEM expert Anne Jolly shares the 9-step process she uses to write a quality lesson that includes some or all of the elements found in the Engineering Design Process (EDP). Included: free downloads of six STEM lesson-writing tools she developed for her new book.
Student disengagement is a major challenge for middle school teachers, says NSF-funded researcher Jennifer A. Fredricks, who offers strategies to build community and craft learning opportunities that encourage students to actively participate and succeed.
Students at Kevin Hodgson’s K-6 school recite the PeaceBuilder pledge each morning. But do they take it to heart? He describes an engrossing literacy project, dubbed the Imaginary Lands Brochure, that helps kids uncover the meaning behind their pledge.
Middle school teacher Aaron Brock describes how he leads urban students to create their own history games and why this is a powerful learning experience.
The secret to behavior is to have students fully engaged in the learning process, says teacher coach Anthony Cody. It’s much more than rules and referrals.