It's All About History
At Bell the history teachers use Teachers Curriculum Institute (TCI) materials to supplement their regular curriculum. This TCI material is experiential in nature and has proven to be a positive and welcome addition to our regular curriculum. Based on testing scores, students are placed in Seminar, Cluster, (GATE) classes or in Regular history classes.
Mr. Hopkins runs a hands-on program in World History. TCI materials and simulations have expanded efforts to give students as much of a hands-on experience with history as is possible.
"My 8th grade students experience a re-created Middle Passage and Louis and Clark Expedition while the 7th graders learn about what comprises cultures and societies as they create their own culture and experience daily life in a re-created Medieval monastery," says our history teacher Mr. Hopkins.
The History Department at Bell Middle School believes it is important to expose its students to the highest standards possible. To that end, we have begun implementing a standards based approach to our teaching. Part of this approach includes portfolio assessment as a way to raise the level of student achievement.