Posted on September 18, 2015
Another TEAMS Award is in the books! This year’s voting committee had amazing applications to review and discuss – from a school community garden putting a new spin on “farm to table”, to a 3D gallery walk featuring student artwork and videos, to a social action research fair with fundraising muscle – and all displayed exciting, creative ways in which teachers and media specialists are working together to promote learning and student achievement.
This year’s big winners include:
Murray Centennial Public School, Trenton, Ontario, Canada – “Our Community Aurasma Gallery Walk”
Teacher Librarian Mary Walk Hope teamed up with grade one teachers to create an interactive gallery walk which incorporated 3D technology, the art from original student drawings, and elements of a new social study curriculum that included understanding the difference between natural and man-made artifacts, social responsibility, mapping skills and more.
Scott Middle School, Lincoln, NE – “Make a Difference with Social Action Research”
To teach students about the research process and how to write a research paper, school librarian Jean Hellwege worked with middle school teachers to ignite passion in students through social action research that would help them identify a social issue that resonated with them and answered the question “What can I do to help?”. Using library resources to explore different social issues, the project culminated with the Make A Difference Fair where students presented their research to the community and raised money for their causes.
Portland High School, Portland, TN – “Get Healthy – A Panther Community Garden”
To promote healthy eating habits, media specialist Michelle Gilliam worked with teachers and students to create a community garden that involved the math, art, science, agricultural science, special education, and food science classes to plan, develop, and turn the produce from the school’s garden into healthy snacks for underprivileged students in the school. This was all accomplished while utilizing library resources to research each step.
In addition, three schools received honorable mentions for their innovative projects.
- Stocker Elementary School in Kenosha, WI
- Highland Elementary School in Warrenton, VA
- Swan Valley High School in Saginaw, MI