Category Archives: Elementary Education

Socially Minded Gaming That Makes a Difference

FROM THE INSIDE — Thoughts on Place-Based Education at a Community College By DIANE SHINGLEDECKER Fall is the time of year that brings to mind brightly colored leaves, crisp apples, sweater-weather, and lots of computer gaming! Computer gaming? It does … Continue reading

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A Teacher Connects The Brain and Service-Learning

By SUE BOS As the last weeks of summer slip away, I find myself thinking more and more about the upcoming school year. It happens every year at this time; physically I’m still on vacation but my mind is on … Continue reading

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The Stone Wall Project: A Reflection on Hands-On Learning and Immovable Objects

by MARTINA DANCING EDITORS NOTE: The Stone Wall Project at Guilford Central School in Vermont was part of a long term effort to create and demonstrate the effect and power of hands-on place basedservice-learning experiences — for both students and … Continue reading

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One-Room School Houses: A Living History Curriculum Unit

This article is from our Journal archives and is one of our top reads ever. Kathy and Dale designed and carried out this unit as members of the primary teaching team at The Guilford School in Vermont. Dale began planning … Continue reading

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A Student’s Conversation with a Ninth Generation Vermont Farmer

By ERIC HEIKKILA An interview by Eric Heikkila, 8th grade student. This was originally published in The Guilford Gazette, a long running student produced community newspaper in rural Vermont. We are republishing it now as an excellent example of an … Continue reading

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One-Room School Houses: A Living History Curriculum Unit

By DALE MORSE and KATHY LAPAN This article is from our Journal archives and is one of our top reads ever. Kathy and Dale designed and carried out this unit as members of the primary teaching team at The Guilford … Continue reading

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My Student Named “Sam,” and Differentiated Learning in Project Based Learning

By CHARLENE DOLAND In my Meliora social studies class last year, I had a student I’ll call “Sam.” A bright eighth-grader, some of his ability to learn is impeded by a variety of sensory issues, and by his tendency to … Continue reading

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Family History Writing: A Prototype for Local Service-Learning Projects

By SUZANNE KESLER RUMSEY, Ph.D. Suzanne is an assistant professor in the Department of English and Linguistics at Indiana University Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW), where she teaches technical writing, multimedia, and family history writing. In a spring 2009 course … Continue reading

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The Stranger Who Was Yourself: What Wisdom Greater Than Curiosity

By STUART GRAUER The time will come when, with elation you will greet yourself arriving at your own door, in your own mirror and each will smile at the other’s welcome, and say, sit here. Eat. You will love again … Continue reading

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Practical Lessons: Building Authentic Partnerships with the Community

By MEGHAN RAFFERTY Meghan is the School/Community Partnerships Coordinator for Virginia Beach City Public Schools I am a teacher. My teaching style has always been to tell stories. I don’t teach in a classroom anymore, but I still tell stories … Continue reading

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