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1 50 Ways to Enhance your Curriculum: A Showcase of Innovative Inquiry Designs in PDS schools Jane Zenger and Therese Kuhs: College of Education University of South Carolina

2 Six Sample Projects that Impact the Way Teachers & Children Learn Elementary School Elementary School –“Your State” The Interactive Game, Shawn Norris, Hyatt Park Elementary –Developing Appreciation for the Veterans and the Elderly & Determining Our Role in a Democratic Society, Barbara Smiling & Steve Woodyard, Horrell Hill Elementary –Developing Scientific Knowledge in Elementary Students, Saudah Collins, Horrell Hill Elementary

3 Six Sample Projects that Impact the Way Teachers & Children Learn Middle School Middle School –Roller Coaster Physics, Ann Carbone, Crayton Middle School –Understanding Through a Big Idea, David Chadwell, Summit Parkway Middle School High School High School –Writing Across the Curriculum, Cheryl Outlaw, Airport High School

4 “Your State” The Interactive Game: Exploring South Carolina on the giant PACT map: Games to motivate and challenge high needs children. Lead Teacher: Shawn Norris, PE teacher, Hyatt Park Lead Teacher: Shawn Norris, PE teacher, Hyatt Park Inquiry Question: Can students improve P.A.C.T. testing scores on the social studies and geographical sections by utilizing physical education and an interactive state map? Inquiry Question: Can students improve P.A.C.T. testing scores on the social studies and geographical sections by utilizing physical education and an interactive state map? http://tqc.ed.sc.edu/year 4inquiry/hyatt/norris.html http://tqc.ed.sc.edu/year 4inquiry/hyatt/norris.html

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6 Developing Appreciation for the Veterans and the Elderly & Determining Our Role in a Democratic Society Lead Teachers: Barbara Smiling, Steve Woodyard, Horrell Hill Elementary Lead Teachers: Barbara Smiling, Steve Woodyard, Horrell Hill Elementary Inquiry Question: How can students develop a sense of appreciation from those who have served our country, and from those who have already contributed to our society? What is the student's responsibility for living in a democratic society? Inquiry Question: How can students develop a sense of appreciation from those who have served our country, and from those who have already contributed to our society? What is the student's responsibility for living in a democratic society? http://tqc.ed.sc.edu/year4inqu iry/horrellhill/smiling.html http://tqc.ed.sc.edu/year4inqu iry/horrellhill/smiling.html

7 THE WAR The war's weapons are guns, I think we should run. How deadly they are, look at the shining star. For that is the only light, all through the night. The war's weapons are guns, I think we should run. "War" War is death. War is horror. War. War is tragedy. War is for everyone. War. Never Give Up When you are on the battlefields Do not give up Fight for your team And you will succeed your dream Your dream is to fight And never give up

8 Developing Scientific Knowledge in Elementary Students 2003 Champions of the Environment project 2003 Champions of the Environment project Lead Teacher: Saudah Collins, Horrell Hill Elementary Lead Teacher: Saudah Collins, Horrell Hill Elementary Inquiry Question: Will students gain a greater understanding of how to define and utilize the scientific process skills as they complete inquiry- style investigations? Inquiry Question: Will students gain a greater understanding of how to define and utilize the scientific process skills as they complete inquiry- style investigations? http://tqc.ed.sc.edu/year4inqui ry/horrellhill/collins2.html http://tqc.ed.sc.edu/year4inqui ry/horrellhill/collins2.html

9 Congratulations Ms. Saudah Collins, Ms. Erica Gregg, Ms. Mary Jade Haney and the students at Horrell Hill Elementary School for being 2003 Champions of the Environment!

10 Roller Coaster Physics Lead Teachers: Ann Carbone, Andrea Karaffa, Crayton Middle School Lead Teachers: Ann Carbone, Andrea Karaffa, Crayton Middle School Inquiry Question: In what manner do Newton's Laws of Motion affect the safe design and operation of modern roller coasters? Inquiry Question: In what manner do Newton's Laws of Motion affect the safe design and operation of modern roller coasters? http://tqc.ed.sc.edu/ye ar4inquiry/crayton/carb one.html http://tqc.ed.sc.edu/ye ar4inquiry/crayton/carb one.html

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12 Understanding Through a Big Idea Lead Teacher: David Chadwell, Summit Parkway Middle School Lead Teacher: David Chadwell, Summit Parkway Middle School Inquiry Question: Will students gain an understanding of civilizations through a year- long project? What factors affect their understanding of civilization, and will student complete more assignments as a result of being in a year-long project? Inquiry Question: Will students gain an understanding of civilizations through a year- long project? What factors affect their understanding of civilization, and will student complete more assignments as a result of being in a year-long project? http://tqc.ed.sc.edu/year4i nquiry/summit/chadwell.ht ml http://tqc.ed.sc.edu/year4i nquiry/summit/chadwell.ht ml

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14 Writing Across the Curriculum Lead Teachers: Cheryl Outlaw, Christy Wingard, Annette Walker, Airport High School Lead Teachers: Cheryl Outlaw, Christy Wingard, Annette Walker, Airport High School Inquiry Question: Will students’ vocabulary and writing skills improve by practicing the skills with every class? Inquiry Question: Will students’ vocabulary and writing skills improve by practicing the skills with every class? http://tqc.ed.sc.edu/ye ar5inquiry/airport/airpo rt.html http://tqc.ed.sc.edu/ye ar5inquiry/airport/airpo rt.html

15 Teacher Quality Collaborative Partners Furman University Furman University –Dr. Lesley Quast –lesley.quast@furman. edu lesley.quast@furman. edulesley.quast@furman. edu –864.294.2000 Winthrop University Winthrop University –Dr. Jonatha Vare –varej@winthrop.edu varej@winthrop.edu –803.323.2115 Benedict College Benedict College –Dr. Ted Cokert –cokert@benedict.educokert@benedict.edu –803.253.5238 –Mr. Ed Hill –hille@benedict.eduhille@benedict.edu –803.806.3252

16 For More Information about USC… Teacher Quality Collaborative Teacher Quality Collaborative –http://tqc.ed.sc.edu University of South Carolina University of South Carolina –College of Education Jane Zenger, director Jane Zenger, director –Email: ZENGERJ@gwm.sc.edu ZENGERJ@gwm.sc.edu –Phone: 803.777.6239


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