Category Archives: Class Sessions

Protest Music – Online Interviews

This is a post to show the teachers working on the Protest Music project how we might get parents, students and other interested parties to give responses to the songs selected by the students. The students would select the song, … Continue reading

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Decorate, Illustrate, Illuminate

In 8th Grade History, we are just about to begin filming the Post World War II Documentaries. We paused for a class period to talk about music. I remember attending a professional development conference where the presenter talked about the … Continue reading

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Great Composers – Presentations – Day 1

The first five composers conducted (tee hee!) their living history reenactment presentations in the library today.  Pictured above, from left to right: Guillaume de Machaut, Luigi Boccherini, Queen Christina of Sweden (talking about Archangelo Corelli), Carlos Chavez, and Aaron Copland. … Continue reading

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History’s Mystery – Little Rock 9

We’re in the middle of a mystery here in 8th grade – the Little Rock 9 documentary film group has just uncovered a source that states there were initially ten students who were supposed to attend Central High School on … Continue reading

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Students in the Window Wells

This class really knows how to enjoy researching in the Library!  Mr. Rutstein’s 6th Grade Social Studies class: Mr. Rutstein in a completely “ahem” unrehearsed teachable moment.  

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Flipped Classroom

  Here’s our first experiment with the “flipped classroom” model.  It’s a video starting the 8th graders out with their research for the Documentary Project.  The idea of a flipped classroom is to have them view the “instruction” at home … Continue reading

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Celebrate National Novel Writing Month in Your Classroom or Library

We will be celebrating National Novel Writing Month here in the Middle School Library. If you’ve never heard of it, National Novel Writing Month (“Nanowrimo”) is when a bunch of crazy writers try to write a 50,000-word novel in just … Continue reading

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