Introduction to Middle School

Introduction to Middle School

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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.show more

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  • Paperback | 416 pages
  • 188 x 231.1 x 20.3mm | 657.72g
  • Pearson Education (US)
  • Pearson
  • United States
  • English
  • 0130600903
  • 9780130600905

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 Referencesshow more

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"The author writes clearly, even about complex subjects. The chapters seem to flow together well. ...The Professional Practice and activities are effective and thoughtful." - Sara Delano-Moore, Ph.D., University of Kentucky "A strength ...is the authors ability to take material that could be very dry and scientific and approach it in a way that enables the reader to understand ...in a personal and very real-world way." - Cathy J. Siebert, Ph.D., Ball State University "I can hardly wait until this is published. ...If this book were currently available, I would adopt it." - Bob M. Drake, University of Cincinnatishow more

About Sara Davis Powell

Sara Davis Powell has devoted her career to enhancing the middle school experience for both students and teachers. Most of her 30 years as an educator have been spent in the middle school math classroom. She is now at the College of Charleston in South Carolina teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in middle level education. Sara remains actively involved in local classrooms and the middle school community through facilitating staff development, supervising student teachers, conducting research on middle grades issues, and advocating for young adolescents whenever and wherever possible. She is also a frequent speaker at regional and national conferences where her enthusiasm for middle level education has proven contagious.show more

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