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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EDST0305 - Elem. Literacy & Soc. Studies      

Reading & Writing the World: Teaching Literacy and Social Studies in the Elementary School
In this course, we examine what it means to be literate in the 21st century and ways in which all students can be empowered by the texts and teaching they encounter in schools. Students will develop their ability to enact literacy instruction based on current research about how children learn to read and write. We will take a critical look at texts—fiction, nonfiction, and historical—to consider the ways that texts read and write the world, develop abilities to select texts that empower all learners, and analyze retellings of historical events/persons to take into account multiple perspectives. Many class sessions occur onsite at a local elementary school to provide consistent practice and supportive feedback on authentic components of teaching (transportation provided). In addition to class sessions, students will complete field experiences in a K-6 classroom in the Middlebury area to see the workings of an entire class. 3 hrs. lect./1 hr. disc.

Fall 2012

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EDST0315 - Elem Mathematics and Science      

Answers Are Not the Solution: Teaching Mathematics and Science in the Elementary School
What does it mean to know something? In this course we will approach mathematics and science learning as the construction of ideas rather than the memorization of facts, rules and procedures. We will investigate the mathematical and scientific reasoning of young people and how to construct learning experiences to support students’ conceptual development and ability to communicate in mathematical and scientific ways. We will also explore how a social justice stance enables math and science to be a source of empowerment for students. Many class sessions occur on site at a local elementary school (transportation provided). This partnership allows students to ground their thinking about the role of schools in a democratic society within the workings of a local school and provides consistent practice and supportive feedback on authentic components of teaching. In addition to class sessions, students will complete field experiences in a K-6 classroom in the Middlebury area. 3 hrs. lect./1 hr. disc.

Spring 2012, Spring 2014

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EDST0317 - 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 2013, Winter 2014

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EDST0405 - 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

Fall 2012

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EDST0406 - Elem Student Teach Practicum      

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

Fall 2012

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EDST0407 - Elem Student Teach Practicum      

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

Fall 2012

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EDST0420 - 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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EDST0500 - Independent Project      

Independent Project
(Approval Required)

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

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