Simply Beautiful: Middle School EditionGrade(s): 6th, 7th, 8th
Topic(s): Teaching Writing, Teaching Reading, Classroom Design, New Teacher Mentors
In Simply Beautiful: Middle School Edition, Gail Boushey and Joan Moser (better known as "The Sisters") bring their innovative and fun design ideas to a middle school library and a seventh grade classroom. In the library makeover, tweens and teens work with the librarian and principal to help organize books, move furniture, and put a personal stamp on the environment with their art and reading interests. In the classroom makeover, Gail and Joan help young teacher Erin deal with the challenges of a cramped classroom which has no storage cabinets.
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Joan and Gail show with humor and flair how "quick change" makeover strategies can be used to create warm library and classroom learning environments in middle schools, using far more elbow grease than money in the transformation process.
You can watch a brief preview of the introduction to the DVD below. Please be aware that the quality of web video is significantly lower than that of the published DVD:
Joan Moser and Gail Boushey are known simply as "The Sisters" to the teachers they have worked with in Washington state and throughout the country. They are biological sisters, and elementary teachers with over forty years of teaching experience between them. Gail is currently a literacy specialist and Joan is an elementary teacher. In addition to teaching, they are nationally known consultants specializing in literacy, assessment, and creating lovely spaces for learning in classrooms.
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