What Every Middle School Teacher Should Know

What Every Middle School Teacher Should Know

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Adolescence is a time of change - physical change, cognitive change, social and emotional change. It's a period of transformation and experimentation in which children are attempting to find a place for themselves in an adult world. If we want our students to be successful, we must pay attention to changes in their development, understand the challenges that lie ahead of them, and listen to what they say - every one of them.

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780325002668
Publisher: Heinemann
Publication date: 08/22/2000
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 7.40(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.43(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

A former teacher and coach at the middle and high school levels, Dave Brown is coathor of What Every Middle School Teacher Should Know, Second Edition (Heinemann, 2007) and the author of Becoming a Successful Urban Teacher (Heinemann, 2002). He is a former middle school teacher with years of experience teaching and coaching sixth through eighth graders. He regularly conducts research with middle-level teachers and young adolescents as a professor at West Chester University of Pennsylvania and provides in-service sessions nationally on young-adolescent development, appropriate middle-level design, and culturally responsive teaching.

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 Contents

You Want to Be a What?

Understanding the Young Adolescent

Influences from the Past and the Present

Creating a Safe Haven for Learning

Student-Designed Curriculum

Facilitating Meaningful Learning

Assessment That Promotes Active Learning

Altering School Structures

Being an Advocate for Young Adolescents

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Guest More than 1 year ago
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!