Earlier this month, I was one of three middle school faculty members privileged to not only attend but also present at the 2018 Middle Grades Summit, sponsored by the Association for Middle Level Education (AMLE), in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Encouraged and supported by our colleague, sixth-grade English teacher Lauren Porosoff, middle school ethics and technology coordinator Ingrid Sabogal, middle school counselor Bree Aitoro, and I submitted two proposals to present. We were honored that, out of more than 160 submissions, both proposals were among the 70 proposals accepted by AMLE.
Ingrid Sabogal and I presented on the first day of the conference. Our workshop, "Using Tech to Spark Interest and Critical Thinking Skills," highlighted the work the two of us did together last year in my history class. It allowed us the opportunity to feature some of the incredible work done by my students last year, specifically Abigail Trapp and Veronica Dickstein, Sophie Josephson and Isabella Bilous, and Thomas Vernarde (all class of 2022).
Ingrid Sabogal and Bree Aitoro presented the following day. Their workshop, "Technology and Its Impact on Social and Emotional Learning," featured both data and activities and stressed the important collaborative work Fieldston is doing regarding these two important subjects. Both workshops were well-attended, with more than 50 fellow teachers and administrators present at each.
The three of us were honored to be able to attend this key conference with our middle school peers, both national and international, as well as represent Fieldston and the work that we do inside and out of the classroom every day.