7th and 8th Grade 

 
Middle school is an especially challenging time for students social-emotionally, academically, and spiritually. I love being able to help guide students in the right direction while teaching them what they need to know to succeed in their next steps in life.
— Mrs. Amy Chamberlain, 7th and 8th Grade Teacher
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Curriculum and Emphasis of Studies

The 7th and 8th grade class at Alameda Christian School utilizes 1:1 technology every day in the classroom as part of the core middle school curriculum. It is the goal of Alameda Christian that students do not use technology as an adherence to their academics or in excess, but as a tool for learning, as preparation for their future careers, for differentiation, learning about other perspectives, and finally, because it gets students excited about, and invested in their own education!

All 7th and 8th grade students are provided with a Chromebook that is theirs to use throughout the school day. Students learn how to use a variety of programs and softwares, from things as simple as Google Docs/Google Drive, to website design, to educational technology and games for both assessment and organization (Quizziz, Khan Academy, Kahoot, etc.), to virtual labs and experiments for science. Students learn how to make and utilize spreadsheets, organize their assignments and keep records by creating portfolios, find credible sources and cite them properly, utilize technology to enhance their public speaking and presentation abilities, and much more.

Two 7th and 8th graders in the process of building their toothpick and marshmallow structures for Physical Science.

Two 7th and 8th graders in the process of building their toothpick and marshmallow structures for Physical Science.


The goal of the 7th and 8th grade class is to prepare students academically, social-emotionally, and spiritually for their next steps in life.

These goals are achieved by maintaining and going above and beyond the readiness requirements provided by the state of California for the middle school subject areas. The small class sizes here allow for in depth discussions, hands on learning, differentiation, and the opportunity to build and sustain life long friendships. Students in the 7th and 8th grade class also get the unique opportunity to learn outside of the classroom through field trips multiple times throughout the year. This year students will be visiting the Exploratorium, taking the annual trip to Mother Lode River Center, visiting Leona Canyon Open Space Preserve, and more in the spring quarters.


Professional Experience

 
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Mrs. Amy Chamberlain joined the Alameda Christian School Staff in June of 2018.

She completed her Bachelor of Arts degree with a dual concentration in Biblical Theological Studies and K-8 Education in the spring of 2017 from Providence Christian College in Pasadena, California. She successfully passed the CBEST and received her lifelong multiple subject Association of Christian Schools International Teaching Certification for K-8th grade in the spring of 2017.

She is a fall 2016 graduate of the Mcandlish Phillips Journalism Institute, offered through The King’s College. In addition, she holds full NAEYC certification for Early Childhood Education.

From June of 2017 to June of 2018, she co-ran an East Bay after school program serving K-6th grade, and was a full time substitute teacher for Contra Costa Christian Schools for Pre-K-12th grade.