Gregg Humphrey

Senior Lecturer of Education Emeritus


Gregg Humphrey’s belief is that you teach the way you are taught. With this in mind, Gregg’s courses are inquiry-based, with students taking an active role as preservice teachers. He enlists the help of a variety of local educators as well as fellow Middlebury faculty for guest appearances in his elementary methods courses. Each Middlebury College student is assigned to a classroom in an elementary school within the Addison Central Supervisory Union as well as area independent schools where they learn to apply the ideas emerging from their course work.

Gregg is very familiar with the schools and teachers of Addison County due to his work of over thirty years in this area. He is a graduate of Middlebury College (’70) and spent eighteen years at Mary Hogan Elementary School in Middlebury. He was a classroom teacher, an assistant principal, science curriculum coordinator, and Title I director during his time at Mary Hogan and Addison Central Supervisory Union. Along with Bob Prigo, Middlebury College Physicist, and colleagues from around Vermont and the Northeast, Gregg co-directed three large National Science Foundation grants aimed at reforming elementary science. In this capacity he worked with teams of teachers and administrators locally, regionally, and nationally to support an inquiry approach to science and the professional development needed to sustain teaching improvement. He has produced a series of videotapes, and co-authored a book, Weaving Science Inquiry and Continuous Assessment.Some of his interest areas include formative assessment, inquiry-based teaching and learning, and progressive schools and practices.

Gregg and his wife, Susan (Middlebury College ’74), reside in a house they built in 1979 on the side of Snake Mountain in Weybridge.Gregg has a passion for golf, bluegrass music, and cooking! His music group is known as Snake Mountain Bluegrass and has been playing locally for many years.



Course List: 

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EDST 0305 - Elem. Literacy & Soc. Studies      

Teaching of Literacy and Social Studies in the Elementary School
This course is designed to provide prospective elementary teachers with an understanding of literacy and social studies instruction for all learners in K-6 classrooms. In addition to the classes, students will participate in a field experience of observing and helping out in elementary school classes in the Middlebury area (approximately 24 hours) and design an individual education studies website. The course will view literacy development (reading, writing, speaking, listening, and viewing) in such a way that assessing and planning instruction fits naturally into everyday classroom activities. We will explore a variety of topics and issues related to social studies: Vermont and National Standards, interdisciplinary approaches, and assessment. 3 hrs. lect./1 hr. disc.

Fall 2011, Fall 2012

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EDST 0315 - Elem Mathematics and Science      

Teaching of Mathematics and Science in the Elementary School
This course is an examination of current theory, research, methods, and materials of elementary school mathematics and science. In addition to the classes and lab, students will participate in a field experience of observing and helping out in elementary school classes in the Middlebury area (approximately 24 hours). Development of an individual education studies website will also be required. Students will construct a working knowledge of assessment and the scope and sequence of mathematics and science skills, concepts, and dispositions; how children learn mathematics and science; effective teaching skills and strategies; and the role of the national and Vermont standards in teaching and learning mathematics and science. 3 hrs. lect./3 hrs. lab

Spring 2011, Spring 2012, Spring 2014

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EDST 0317 - Children And The Arts      

Children and the Arts
This course will examine the integration of the arts into the elementary curriculum. Students will teach standards-based lessons that include the literary, performing, and visual arts. Activities will include art projects, sketch journals, reading assignments, and the exploration of community and teaching resources. Students will gain an understanding of the important role the arts can play in the curriculum through field placements in local schools (approximately 15 hours/week) and class discussions. (Pass/Fail) ART non-standard grade WTR

Winter 2012, Winter 2013, Winter 2014

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EDST 0405 - Elem Student Teach Practicum      

Student Teaching in the Elementary School
A semester-long practicum in a local elementary school under the direct supervision of an experienced cooperating teacher. (Corequisite: EDST 0410) (Approval required) non-standard grade

Spring 2011, Fall 2011, Fall 2012

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EDST 0406 - Elem Student Teach Practicum      

Student Teaching in Elementary School
See EDST 0405. (Approval required) non-standard grade

Spring 2011, Fall 2011, Fall 2012

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EDST 0407 - Elem Student Teach Practicum      

Student Teaching in the Elementary School
See EDST 0405. (Approval required) non-standard grade

Spring 2011, Fall 2011, Fall 2012

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EDST 0410 - Student Teaching Seminar      

Student Teaching Seminar
Concurrent with student teaching, this course is designed to provide guidance in curriculum development and its implementation in the classroom, and to explore issues related to the teaching process and the profession. Students will construct a Teaching Licensure Portfolio as well as exchange ideas about their student teaching experiences. Topics including technology, classroom management, special education, and assessment will be featured. The Vermont Framework of Standards and Learning Opportunities, the five Standards for Vermont Educators, the Principles for Vermont Educators, and ROPA-R will guide the development of the Teacher Licensure Portfolio. (Corequisite: EDST 0405, EDST 0406, EDST 0407 or EDST 0415, EDST 0416 EDST 0417) (Approval required) 3 hrs. lect.

Spring 2011, Fall 2011

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EDST 0420 - Education for Sustainability      

Education for Sustainability
In this seminar we will design environmental education (EE) curricula and community service learning projects for use in public schools or in nonformal educational settings such as nature centers and recreation programs. Students will carry out internships in schools or other community settings in Addison County in order to foster both an enhanced sense of place and a broader perspective on environmental issues. Students will study the evolution, goals, and public attitudes towards EE. Guidelines from the North American Association for Environmental Education will be used to analyze, evaluate, and design EE curricula/projects. 3 hr. sem.

Spring 2012

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EDST 0500 - Independent Project      

Independent Project
(Approval Required)

Spring 2011, Fall 2011, Winter 2012, Spring 2012, Fall 2012, Winter 2013, Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Winter 2014, Spring 2014

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INDE 0800 - Ind Scholar Thesis      

Fall 2011, Winter 2012

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