Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) today announced three winners of the HMH Curious Classroom contest, an online competition for teachers designed to spotlight original resources that foster curiosity in the classroom. Launched in October 2015, the contest invited teachers across the United States to create and share an inspirational three-minute video featuring an innovative resource, tool or lesson they created to engage and motivate students.
The HMH Curious Classroom contest marked the introduction of HMH Marketplace, an online destination for educators to discover, share and sell applications and resources that enhance the learning and teaching experience.
The HMH Curious Classroom first place honor goes to Heather Francis, an eighth grade mathematics teacher at Granite Park Junior High School in Salt Lake City, Utah. Francis submitted two dance activity resources – Dance Dance Evolution and The Distributive Choreography Project – that help students explore core mathematic principles like rounding and distributive properties.
Matthew DiGioia and Sherry Mitchell, teachers at Harry M. Bailey Middle School in West Haven, Connecticut, received second place for their collaborative interdisciplinary mini-unit based on Andy Weir’s novel, The Martian, which helps students learn about the science behind realistic fiction.
Third place winner of the HMH Curious Classroom contest was Kimberly DeLeo, a technology teacher at Dr. Kevin M. Hurley Middle School in Seekonk, Massachusetts. DeLeo worked with her students to create a study unit they’re able to use for safe and constructive use of social media channels.
The Honorable Mention was awarded to Sean Maloney, a teacher at Brooklyn Elementary School in Brooklyn, Connecticut. Maloney created an interactive flash game that teaches fourth and fifth graders about multiplication problems by using various solutions such as rounding, expanded form and area modeling.
To learn more, visit https://curiousclassroom.hmhco.com/.