Getting Smart on Blending Middle Grade Humanities

Getting Smart on Blending Middle Grade Humanities
Authored by Bonnie Lathram & Tom Vander Ark
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In partnership with: The Nellie Mae Education Foundation
As technological solutions continue to solve many of today’s dilemmas, problems we encounter in many fields including regarding the environment, justice system, and in commerce, we need a strong background not just in STEM fields but also in the humanities. We know integrated content occurs naturally in the real world. There are excellent blended approaches featured in this collection that allow students to make these connections across content areas. In other words, there are no silos or containers for knowledge. Given the breadth of the field, humanities integrates into many other content areas. Think about the impact strong reading skills can have in a math course or strong writing skills can have in a science class. We see this content integration throughout schools that incorporate Deeper Learning and project-based learning as foundational approaches to learning.
“Getting Smart on Blending Middle Grade Humanities” highlights best practices as well as leaders in the field such as Literacy Design Collaborative and Scholastic READ 180, next gen tools that are utilizing blended approaches including Big History Project and Apps for Good, articles by Getting Smart’s Tom Vander Ark, and a Google Hangout featuring Tom and David Ruff of The New England Secondary School Consortium.

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This bundle was published in partnership with The Nellie Mae Education Foundation (NMEF). NMEF works with schools to implement the principles of student-centered learning—learning that is personalized, engaging, competency-based and happens anytime, anywhere. NMEF helps schools strengthen what is working and substantially update and improve policies and practices that are outdated.

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