The pace of technology and scientific change continues to accelerate. Innovations and advancements we see even today did not exist a mere decade ago, when our 8th graders began their education.
Clearly, we must find ways to strengthen our students’ understanding of science, technology, engineering and mathematics [STEM]. By next year, it is said that there could be as many as 2.4 million unfilled STEM jobs in the U.S. alone. Providing equitable STEM opportunities is therefore fundamental if we want our students to compete in the future career market.
Each student at Cleveland Middle School [CMS] is issued their own laptop, through our Blended Learning and Digital Enhancement [BLADE] program and each teacher has been issued a MacBook. So, there's school-wide access to the G-Suite through ClassLink, allowing the flexibility to collaborate and to create personalized lessons in a one-to-one learning environment. Teachers can gauge the student's progress and mastery, and offer translations for our ESL students as they customize individual lessons fostering an inclusive differentiated classroom environment.
CMS uses the Canvas Learning Platform as its Learning Management System.
S.T.E.M. is all about learning through experimentation and creativity, fostering a growth mindset that embraces imperfection and thrives on challenges, hard work and persistence.
Encourages the use of multiple representations and provides engaging, relevant content, connecting to previous knowledge, inquiry-oriented with an exploratory approach.
This levels the playing field between gifted students and the ones who struggle to keep up. Mistakes help your "brain grow!" Learning is a process of trail and error.
S.T.E.M. is much more than an acronym for the five subject areas of study: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, it is transformative approach that goes beyond traditional teaching and learning by fostering creativity and innovative thinking in all students. We are committed to helping our students to become avid problem-solvers and critical thinkers.
curriculum & Instruction...
“To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk.”
~ Thomas A. Edison
SIXTH - Eighth GRADE S.T.E.M. RESOURCES
C.T.E. S.T.E.M. RESOURCES
RELATED ARTS, S.P.E.D. & E.S.L. S.T.E.M. RESOURCES
Attribute 2.2 ENGINEERING DESIGN PROCESS & THE DESIGN THINKING PROCESS
Students demonstrate knowledge and skills fundamental to the engineering design process and design thinking (e.g., brainstorming, researching, creating, testing, modifying).
Attribute 2.3 QUALITY OF TECHNOLOGY INTEGRATION
Technology is seamlessly embedded within the lesson and activities of all content areas and is not demonstrated as a separate entity, providing a student-centered environment that encourages personalized and blended learning.
PROJECT-BASED LESSONS INTEGRATING ENGINEERING DESIGN
ENGINEERING DESIGN PROCESS ARTIFACTS
TECHNOLOGY INTEGRATION ARTIFACTS
Attribute 2.4 EXPLORING S.T.E.M. CAREERS
Quality STEM learning experiences help students better understand and personally consider STEM careers.
S.T.E.M. CAREERS ARTIFACTS
Attribute 2.5 COLLEGE & CAREER READINESS SKILLS
Students use employability skills of communication, creativity, collaboration, leadership, critical thinking, and technological proficiency to create and consume in authentic ways.
Attribute 2.6 INTEGRITY OF THE ACADEMIC CONTENT [INCLUDING COGNITIVELY DEMANDING WORK]
Quality S.T.E.A.M. learning experiences are content- accurate, anchored to the relevant content standards, and focused on the big ideas and foundational skills critical to future learning in the targeted discipline(s).
Attribute 2.7 ENRICHMENT LEARNING ACTIVITIES
List and describe extended learning opportunities embedded within or outside of the school day in which students participate.
"Youscience" career testing
What do you want to be when you grow up? Students finding possible future careers! Doctors? Scientists? Carpenters? YouScience is helping students find the perfect fit for their personal strengths! Every student at CMS that has a CTE class is given a YouScience account where they can take a career interest survey, and a career aptitude assessment to help determine their ideal field of study. The website offers a wide range of information about careers, with videos that specify current job and educational requirements, potential income and can be updated by the student as they move through the different grades. Every C.T.E. student has access from middle school through high school.
ENRICHMENT LEARNING ACTIVITIES & Programs EVIDENCES & ARTIFACTS
Classrooms of eighth grade ELA students at Cleveland Middle School have done a project based on the Holocaust. The lesson, taught by Angela Wright and Cana Kirksey, is titled, “Reading, Research and Remembrance: A Presentation and Living Timeline of the Holocaust.” It is intended to “open the eyes of students who do not quite understand the impact that the Holocaust brought to cultures around the world,” states Jake Pelley, a student taking part in the project.
Field trip to theJewish Cultural Center to Research more on the Holocaust
8th Grade Student Ambassadors traveled to Whitwell Middle School and the Jewish Federation of Greater Chattanooga to continue Holocaust Education. These students will be returning to their classrooms to teach what they have learned themselves.
STUDENT EXEMPLARS: "HOLOCAUST PROJECT"
S.T.E.M. ATTRIBUTES IMPLEMENTATION...
Attribute 2.1 PROJECT-BASED & PROBLEM-BASED LEARNING
Student-led, real-world content and multiple solutions define these carefully designed lessons to promote student collaboration and to integrate knowledge and skills from Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. Problem solving learning at CMS requires a thorough process of inquiry, knowledge building, and resolutions. Curriculum includes projects, often interdisciplinary and ranging from short- to long-term, which are focused on solving an authentic problem.
"REALITY CHECK" BY JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT OF THE OCOEE REGION
All of our 8th grade students experienced what it is like to be 25 years old and budget monthly expenses during the Real Life Simulation “Reality Check” sponsored by Junior Achievement and the Cleveland/Bradley County Chamber of Commerce. This event brings together students and community volunteers. In the 2019/2020 school year, JA hosted 409 CMS students during Reality Check and JA Economics for Success. The volunteers spent 2,863 contact hours with our 8th graders in the theater.
The "be Kind" Initiative
The first part of the "S.T.E.M. Design Thinking Map" acknowledges the need to "empathize". This is a learned skill that requires students to recognize emotions in others, and to understand other people's perspectives on a situation. At its most developed state, empathy enables one to use such insight to improve someone else's mood or support them through a challenging situation. Such understanding is essential in designing solutions that actually work for people. Design thinking must create solutions that works; so, to help foster such empathy we've launched our "Be Kind" Initiative, where we are encouraging our students to see the world through other people's eyes, to see what they see, feel what they feel, and experience things as they do. Change often starts with a spark…a small burst of energy that ignites something bigger. It can be a flame or an electrical charge...or a kind word or gesture. A tiny spark of kindness and love, lit by one person, can transform a student's day, classroom, and campus culture.