Aderanti Adedeji, of Zaria Academy, Shika, Nigeria, has won our Summer Fellowship for an outstanding chemistry innovation. Students learn through contact with basic materials. Compounds and substances from everyday life are examined for their chemical content. Abstract formulas become more concrete, and, in addition, students see concrete daily reminders of their lesson.
Cauley Greene, of Community Prep School, Providence, RI, also won this Fellowship for innovative teachers. His teaching strategy is to demonstrate plot structures in fiction as basic shapes–often repeating in many different works. This helps students grasp and retain the narratives. It also sharpens their analytical skills, and gives them a tool for all future reading.
Three winners for 2015, in our new program (in this our 20th year) to adopt particular schools.
Kazeem Balogun, of Zaria Academy, Shika, Nigeria, won for a math project that involves extensive spreadsheets of math problems and solutions. This is very effective drill work. It utilizes the instant-feedback virtue of computers, and it offers computer work to many students who are sometimes deprived of software.
Yajaida DeJesus, of Community Prep School in Providence, RI won for a math (seventh grade) project to improve mnemonics and engagement with new material. She creates songs and stories to illustrate math principles.
Chris Kane also won, at Jacqueline M Walsh High School for the Visual and Performing Arts, Pawtucket, RI. His project is a group-learning and student-as-teacher initiative to increase students’ awareness of historical and biographical context when learning about physical works of art.
Augustine Igele of Zaria Academy, in Nigeria, won a Summer Fellowship in 2016for his ingenious test-review strategy. This can be adopted by other teachers, and will be ideal for math and the sciences. Students have a hand in selecting review questions (partly culled from previous exams) and randomly ask them of other students in a competitive group strategy. Students are motivated and gain insight into the value of the questions.
Nicole Carrara of Jenks Jr High, in Pawtucket, RI, won the same Fellowship (2016) for a new dance initiative. She plans to study Spiraldynamik approaches, and import these into her dance program. Students will have a new approach to fundamentals, with increased safety and a less ballet-centric emphasis. This will be a major addition to dance at Jenks and the arts high school associated with it.