Category: Curriculum Studies

52 - Project Wonder

Saturday, Nov 17
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Imagine having enough time to dream, to wonder, and to be able to do it in school. Learn about the return to the independent research project where middle school students develop a research question, engage in the spirit of inquiry, and create a project that values their interests, creativity, and ability to be self-directed.


Genée M. Ciurus Major

Gifted/Enrichment Reading and Writing Teacher
Springman Middle School
Glenview, Illinois

I currently learn and teach at Springman Middle School, a large suburban public school in the Chicago area. Most of my professional experience comes from teaching literature, language arts, and social studies to gifted and academically talented 5-8th graders in independent, charter, and public schools. Additionally, I have acted in leadership positions, written curriculum, and facilitated drama clubs, the GSA, and book groups.

I earned my BA in English and psychology from Loyola University of Chicago and my MA in literature before moving to Wisconsin where I completed my coursework for my teaching certification and then received my PhD at Cardinal Stritch University. Most recently, I have presented at the National Council of Teachers of English Annual Convention, for my district’s professional development day, and published an article in the November 2017 English Journal.

Besides teaching, I love the arts, travel and reading. I try to incorporate these into the classroom and allow my students' interests to inform our curriculum as well. I believe many of the students find language arts class to be a sanctuary for reflection, expression, and compassion. It is also a whirlwind of ideas and energy. I am privileged to help create the spirit of inquiry that defines our time together as fellow learners.