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Teachers Win "Curious Classroom" Competition With Innovative Resources and Lessons

Teachers Win ‘Curious Classroom’ Competition with Innovative Resources and Lessons

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) has announced the winners of its national "Curious Classroom" competition, where it rewards educators for having innovative classroom practices.

Winners were submitted after submitting a three-minute inspirational video "featuring an innovative resource, tool or lesson they created to engage and motivate students.”

"The HMH Curious Classroom first place honor goes to Heather Francis, an eighth grade mathematics teacher at Granite Park Junior High School in Salt Lake City, Utah. Francis submitted two dance activity resources – Dance Dance Evolution and The Distributive Choreography Project – that help students explore core mathematic principles like rounding and distributive properties. Both resources teach students about key math concepts through dance and challenge them to think outside of the box,” said HMH in a statement.

Other winnings included Matthew DiGioia and Sherry Mitchell from Harry M. Bailey Middle School in West Haven, CT who were recognized for their collaboration in helping students merge science and language arts curriculum.

They were rewarded "for their collaborative and engaging interdisciplinary mini-unit based on Andy Weir’s novel, “The Martian,” which helps students learn about the science behind realistic fiction. DiGioia and Mitchell’s collaborative resource highlights Language Arts and Science lessons, but can be easily modified and applied across the curriculum.

The winning resources will also be a part of HMH’s new marketpace, which is a recently launched "online destination for educators to discover, share and sell applications and resources that enhance the learning and teaching experience. Launching in early 2016, the beta version of HMH Marketplace will feature applications created by edtech developers and start-ups, from digital learning tools to games and classroom resources, as well as original content made by teachers for teachers. “

Read more about the Curious Classroom contest here.

Article by Nicole Gorman, Education World Contributor

1/27/2016

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