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Introduction to Middle School

By Sara D. Powell

Published by Pearson

Published Date: Apr 19, 2004

Description

This fresh, new book presents a comprehensive introduction to the children, the choices, and the challenges of teaching middle school. Writing in the first person, the author, an experienced middle school teacher, examines the full range of middle school topics, from the development and diversity of middle school learners, to the structures, curriculum, and environment of the school itself. Engaging vignettes and photos of teachers and students bring topics to life, while boxed NMSA performance standards relate to each chapter's content. The resulting book offers a comprehensive body of knowledge that emphasizes academic rigor while speaking to pre-service teachers in a voice that invites new teachers into this field.

Table of Contents

1.   What Is Middle School?

Chapter Web

Introduction

Middle School Defined

A Brief History of Middle School

Rationale for Middle Schools

Legitimizing Factors

Middle School Compared with Junior High

Reflections on Balance in Middle School Education

Group Activities

Individual Activities

Personal Journal

Internet Resources

References

2.   Development of Middle Level Learners.

Chapter Web

Introduction

Physical Development

Intellectual Development

Emotional Development

Social Development

Character Development

Reflections on the Development of Middle Level Learners

Meet the Students

Group Activities

Individual Activities

Personal Journal

Professional Practice

Internet Resources

References
3.   Diversity Among Middle Level Students.

Chapter Web

Introduction

Gender Differences

Multiple Intelligences Theory

Learning Styles

Cultural Differences

Socioeconomic Differences

Family Differences

Academic Differences

Students with Special Needs

Reflections on Celebrating Diversity

Meet the Students

Group Activities

Individual Activities

Personal Journal

Professional Practice

Internet Resources

References 
4.   Middle Level Teachers.

Chapter Web

Introduction

Preparing to Teach

Characteristics of Effective Middle Level Teachers

Teachers Inside the Classroom

Teachers Outside the Classroom

Teachers as Learners

Reflections on Being a Middle School Teacher

Meet the Teachers

Group Activities

Individual Activities

Personal Journal

Professional Practice

Internet Resources

References
5.   Structures of Middle School.

Chapter Web

Introduction

Structures of People

Structures of Time

Structures of Place

Reflections on Structures of People, Time, and Place

Group Activities

Individual Activities

Personal Journal

Professional Practice

Internet Resources

References 
6.   Middle Grades Curriculum.

Chapter Web

Introduction

Focus on Curriculum

Curriculum Standards

Subject-Centered Curriculum

Connecting the Curriculum

Service Learning

We Are All Reading Teachers

Reflections on Curriculum for Middle Grades

Group Activities

Individual Activities

Personal Journal

Professional Practice

Internet Resources

References
7.   The Big Ideas of Instruction.

Chapter Web

Introduction

Brain-Based Learning

Student-Focused Instruction

Backward Design

Differentiation of Instruction

Thinking Skills

Constructivism

Inquiry-Based Learning

Teacher- Directed Instruction

Reading and Writing Across the Curriculum

Cooperative Learning

Technology in the Classroom

Motivation and Expectations

Reflection in the Big Ideas of Instruction

Group Activities

Individual Activities

Personal Journal

Professional Practice

Internet Resources

References 
8.   Strategies of Instruction.

Chapter Web

Introduction

Choices

Nine Instructional Categories

Instructional Strategies

Reflections on Strategies of Instruction

Group Activities

Individual Activities

Personal Journal

Professional Practice

Internet Resources

References
9.   Assessment in Middle School.

Chapter Web

Introduction

Purposes of Assessment

Classroom Assessment

Evaluating and Grading

Standardized Assessment

Reflections on Assessment in Middle School

Group Activities

Individual Activities

Personal Journal

Professional Practice

Internet Resources

References
10. Planning for Teaching and Learning.

Chapter Web

Introduction

The Importance of Planning

Organizational Skills

Goals and Objectives

Resources for Teaching

Collaborative Planning

Levels of Planning

Reflections of Planning

Group Activities

Individual Activities

Personal Journal

Professional Practice

Internet Resources

References
11. Managing the Learning Environment.

Chapter Web

Introduction

Management Theories

Creating a Positive and Productive Learning Environment

Physical, Emotional, and Academic Safety

Prevention

Intervention

Children of Poverty

Within Our Control

Reflections on Managing the Learning Environment

Group Activities

Individual Activities

Personal Journal

Professional Practice

Internet Resources

References
12. They Are All Our Children.

Chapter Web

Introduction

No Child Left Behind

Linking This We Believe with Family and Community

Family Involvement

Community Involvement

Transitions

Our Ten Students

Recognizing an Exemplary Middle School

Reflections on the Past and Future of Middle School

Group Activities

Individual Activities

Personal Journal

Professional Practice

Internet Resources

References

 

Purchase Info

ISBN-10: 0-13-060090-3

ISBN-13: 978-0-13-060090-5

Format: Book

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