Middle School Foundations And Philosophy – mat538 (3 credits)
This course examines middle level education. It evaluates the structure of middle schools and their characteristics, including curriculum, instruction, and learning in middle level education. It also addresses issues such as managing the middle level environment. Students in this course will demonstrate knowledge through application, analysis, and observation of middle level environments.
Characteristics of Middle Level Education
- Describe important ideas, principles, and understandings needed to be effective middle level teacher.
- Analyze how physical, intellectual, emotional, character, and social development impact learning.
- Examine the implications of diversity for instruction and for learning in middle level education.
Curriculum and Instruction in Middle Level Education
- Assess the benefits and the disadvantages of tracking or grouping students in middle school.
- Analyze the interdisciplinary/multidisciplinary curriculum approach.
- Correlate a middle level content curriculum area to national and state standards.
- Examine the implications of No Child Left Behind (NCLB) for middle school education.
Middle School Structure
- Appraise resources and opportunities unique to the middle level.
- Examine the history of junior high and middle schools.
- Describe an appropriate classroom configuration for adolescent learners.
- Analyze how the components of the school affect the learning environment.
Curriculum and Instruction in Middle Level Education (cont.)
- Evaluate middle school instructional strategies.
- Apply assessment tools used to measure instructional success.
- Determine effective uses of technology in a middle school setting.
Managing the Middle Level Learning Environment
- Analyze classroom management theories used in the middle school.
- Describe a positive and productive middle school learning environment.
- Examine the link between effective teaching and classroom management.
Managing the Middle Level Learning Environment (cont.)
- Evaluate physical, emotional, and academic safety of a middle school campus.
- Examine the importance of family and community involvement.
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