Connecting Middle School, Oceanography, and the Real Worldby: Susan W. Brown and Terri M. Hansen

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The Sierra Oceanic Institute curriculum is an excellent way to channel students’ energy into completing tasks and learning about the ocean. Students are employees of this fictitious organization that places ownership of learning with each and every student, and creates a real-world connection. The organization is broken down into work stations that students rotate through to complete specific tasks cooperatively and individually.

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  • on Thu May 12, 2011 7:21 AM

This jounrla article describes a "stations approach" that was used by an eighth grade class to study various aspects of oceanography. It offers a wonderful way to allow middle school students to have some choice in their learning, which is an improtant facet of using a "Universal Design for Learning" when planning and implementing curriculum to ensure that all students are able to access and present their learning. This creative approach doesn't have to be restricted to the study of oceanography as it offers a great way to consider offering another learning technique to an educator's reportoire,

Dorian Janney  (Gaithersburg, MD)
Dorian Janney (Gaithersburg, MD)

  • on Sat Jan 15, 2011 12:19 PM

I love the idea about stations and the activites were very feasible. Great one!!!

Nikki T
Nikki T

  • on Mon Jan 02, 2012 2:06 AM

Excellent resource for helping educators to create meaningful tasks to connect the Earth Science (Oceanography) learned in the science classroom to the world beyond the walls of the school. I teach a module entitled Earth's Waters, and I most certainly am planning to incorporate information learned in the article in my own classroom.

Lorrie Armfield  (Laurel, MD)
Lorrie Armfield (Laurel, MD)

  • on Sat Jan 15, 2011 5:27 PM

The Article discussed creating activities that will connect middle school oceanography to the real world. II really liked the ideas presented and may attempt to do some of the activities in my own classroom.

LeRoy A
LeRoy A

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