This important new book describes everything a middle school teacher should know when teaching adolescents. Blending research with realistic applications, Trudy Knowles and Dave Brown present background information on adolescent development, a concise review of the history of the middle-level movement, and a model of middle-level reform that changes the way we view curriculum, instruction, and assessment. Also included is a review of organizational changes in the middle school such as teaming, advisory groups, and flexible scheduling.
Knowles and Brown believe that the most effective learning environments are created when teachers and adolescents work democratically. In these environments, students' concerns and questions ultimately shape the curriculum. A separate chapter on instruction addresses the changing role of the middle-level teacher in such classrooms. Here, the teacher operates as a facilitator who actively assists students in their quest for answers.
Readers will emerge from this book with a deeper understanding of the lives of young adolescents. They will also gain a new perspective on meaningful middle-level education and begin thinking about teaching and learning in different ways.
|Edition description:||New Edition|
|Product dimensions:||7.40(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.43(d)|
|Age Range:||12 - 17 Years|
About the Author
Trudy Knowles is the coauthor of What Every Middle School Teacher Should Know, Second Edition (Heinemann, 2007) and the author of The Kids Behind the Label: An Inside Look at ADHD for Classroom Teachers (Heinemann, 2006). She is a professor in the education department at Westfield State College in Westfield, Massachusetts and provides workshops throughout the country on ways to help all students become successful in school. Her research and writing focus on democratic teaching and ways to give students a voice in their own learning.
Table of ContentsYou Want to Be a What?
Understanding the Young Adolescent
Influences from the Past and the Present
Creating a Safe Haven for Learning
Facilitating Meaningful Learning
Assessment That Promotes Active Learning
Altering School Structures
Being an Advocate for Young Adolescents
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Concise information about the changes students 10-14 undergo as well as current research regarding learning styles. Covers everything a foundations course in middle childhood should without a large number of pages! College professors may want to supplement but as a basic guide that can be used AFTER the class, this book is the best!