During the first quarter of the 2015-16 school year, three core teachers and three intervention specialists from West Union Junior High worked on a collaborative project with their students. This cross curricular project combined students in the following areas, Science with Mrs. Tracy Fulmer, Language Arts with Miss Laura Welfley, Math with Mrs. Olivia VanDerKooi, and Art/Social Studies with Ms. Karen Cunningham. The intervention specialists were Mrs. Helen White, Mrs. Emily Grooms, and Mrs. Adriann Emerson.
The students worked in pairs and chose a time in Ancient History on which to do their projects. These projects included a time line, a diorama of the time period, a topographical map, a written report, and an online Prezi report. At the end of the project, parents and school principals were invited to meet with the students in the round room for project presentations.
The presentations went quite smoothly and students were able to share the breadth of their knowledge with the audience. One parent commented that she had “no idea that her daughter knew so much.” A father commented that he thought his son “showed more maturity than he had ever seen before.”
When asked if they would do this kind of a project again, the teachers explained that in order for this kind of collaboration to be successful, all of the Ohio learning targets for their grade level must relate to each other. It is their sincere hope that as the year goes forward, they will be able to coordinate more activities of this kind because their students had a fun and rewarding learning experience.