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Capstone Projects

Capstone Projects

Student choice, curiosity, and passion drive inquiry-based projects

Middle schools devote attention to good beginnings such as orientation programs, building tours, and icebreakers meant to ease the transition. But what is the fitting end? Before middle schoolers pack up their...
Author: Seth Weitzman
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Topics: Teaching
LAM, It's the New STEM!

LAM, It's the New STEM!

Creating meaningful learning experiences through language arts and mathematical connections

Examining the Evidence For centuries, traditional American schooling has taken place in isolated silos of math, language arts, science, and social studies. However, once entering the workforce, students find that the...
Author: Sonam Shahani, Katie Castle
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Exploring Crime Scene Investigation and Social Justice

Exploring Crime Scene Investigation and Social Justice

Students discover how science and social forces can affect crime scene analysis

We value our young adolescents. Our mission is to provide an exceptional education to students in grades 6–8 and, in particular, "build on our nation's promise of opportunity by exemplifying the role social...
Author: Tracy Hogan, Jennifer Brown
Number of views (4734)/Comments (0)/
Topics: Teaching
Students Make a Difference: Community Collaboration in Action

Students Make a Difference: Community Collaboration in Action

Project Based Learning that takes advantage of student voice, choice, and creativity

What would middle schoolers call a "Shark Tank" style competition about the national parks? "Park Tank" of course! Last spring, seventh grade students from Hudson Middle School in northeastern Ohio presented their...
Author: Kimberly Cockley
Number of views (3701)/Comments (1)/
Topics: Teaching
Middle School Schedule as a Driver for Innovation

Middle School Schedule as a Driver for Innovation

A great schedule helps both students and teachers grow and learn

Having worked as a middle school administrator and math teacher in school operations in several states and multiple schools for many years, I have seen my share of middle school schedules. As a presenter and workshop...
Author: Derek McCoy
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Talking Tech for the PBL Classroom

Project Based Learning (PBL) is an instructional model that encourages active participation of students throughout the learning process. The Buck Institute describes PBL as, "a teaching method in which students gain...
Author: Kristie Smith
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Turning Apathy into Aspirations

Turning Apathy into Aspirations

Using project-based learning to develop relationships and establish relevance.

Project-Based Learning (PBL) has changed my life, but the changes I have seen in young people is the reason I am spreading the love. Skyler was the student that you knew was able to succeed academically and pass...
Author: Ryan Steuer
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"Hands-Joined" Projects

"Hands-Joined" Projects

A framework for co-developing projects with teachers and students.

Ask a middle school teacher to explain why student-centered projects are a logical choice for young adolescents and you are bound to hear about the numerous ways in which these projects provide students with...
Author: Jessica Demink-Carthew, Jeremy DeMink
Number of views (10962)/Comments (2)/
Show What You Know: From PBL to Digital Portfolios

Show What You Know: From PBL to Digital Portfolios

One student's enthusiasm can open new doors to teaching and learning.

My son's birthday party this year was at one of those bounce house places with children hopped up on orange soda and birthday cake. In the midst of the chaos, one of the workers approached me—not with the news...
Author: Amber Chandler
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Learning About Learning in Science

Learning About Learning in Science

PBL helps students see how knowledge is acquired and built upon.

As we prepare our students for success now and in the future, we can begin by teaching them to explore and acquire knowledge, evaluate it to ensure it is sound, and share it. In his TED Talk titled A Visual History...
Author: Corey Nagle, John Pecore
Number of views (10934)/Comments (0)/
Topics: Teaching
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