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Teaching in the Middle School

Third Edition

M. Lee Manning and Katherine T. Bucher

Teaching in the Middle School, Third Edition, is a must have for all pre-service teachers considering a career in middle school education. This brief text provides the practical content you will need for daily classroom practices and the theory you need to know to support each practice.

Explore this text to learn:

  • About middle schools today
  • About young adolescents and their developmental period
  • How to identfiy essential middle school concepts that have potential for this age group
  • How to identify educational experiences that are developmentally responsive for young adolescents


  • Guiding Young Adolescents Coverage Moved to Chapter 3. Now immediately following Young Adolescents–Development and Issues (Chapter 2), information on guiding middle school students is presented closer to information about problems and challenges related to the development of young adolescents.
  • MyEducationLab. MyEducationLab.com is a research-based learning tool that brings teaching to life. Watch authentic video footage and see real teachers in action. Read about case studies to learn about the realities of teaching as well as the valuable perspectives on common issues and challenges in education today. Additionally, view and analyze over 200 student and teacher classroom artifacts tied to course topics and framed by learning goals. In your textbook look for the www.MyEducationLab.com logo in the margins of the text and follow the simple instructions to access . For more information turn to the MEL portion of the preface or go to www.myeducationlab.com . To order this book WITHOUT MyEducationLab use this ISBN: 9780131584006. To order this book WITH MyEducationLab use this ISBN: 9780138143725
  • Diversity Perspectives. These features look at a chapter related topic and consider how middle school educators can be culturally- and gender-responsive.
  • Theory into Practice (TIP). These “tips” provide practical classroom and school examples, indicate how to use research findings in a school setting, and offer a checklist for evaluating the existance of a concept in a middle school.
  • Scenarios. Each chapter begins with “real-life” conversations, events, and problems facing middle school educators that prepare you for the topics discussed in the chapter.
  • Case Studies. Each case examines a chapter topic and shows how middle school teachers responded, then gives you an opportunity to consider and respond.
  • Keeping Current With Technology. Use Internet resources to access additional information related specifically to the topics in each chapter.
  • Developing Your Portfolio. Use these suggestions to include evidence in your portfolio that reflect how you meet the National Middle School Association performance standards.
  • References, Internet Sites, and Suggested Readings. These updated items provide you with the most current information available.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780131584006
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall
  • Publication date: 3/12/2008
  • Series: Pearson Custom Education Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 328
  • Product dimensions: 7.47 (w) x 9.13 (h) x 0.64 (d)

Table of Contents


1. Middle Schools Today - Concepts and Teaching

Scenario - The First Day of Student Teaching



A Brief History of the Junior High School and the Middle School

Middle Schools

Middle Schools: Today and Tomorrow - Selected Concepts

Directions for Effective Middle Schools

Teaching in the Middle School: Questions to Consider

2. Young Adolescents - Development and Issues

Scenario - Ms. Ortega Reflects



Generalizations About Development - The Need for Caution

Young Adolescent Development

Physical Development

Psychosocial Development

Cognitive Development

3. Guiding Young Adolescents - Teachers and Counselors

Scenario - Kim Matusi and the Guidance Team



Guidance in Middle Schools

Differences Between Elementary and Secondary Schools

Functions of Middle School Guidance Programs

Guidance for a Diverse Population

Team and Collaborative Approaches to Guidance

Adivsor-Advisee Programs

Roles of Teachers, Counselors, and Administrators

Guidelines for Effective Advisory Programs

Advisory Plans

Need for Specialized Services


4. Middle School Curriculum - Core and Related Domains

Scenario - The Williams Middle School Curriculum Committee



Curriculum Definitions

Curriculum Frameworks

Curriculum Standards

Developmentally Responsive Middle School Curriculum

Core Curriculum

Related Domains

5. Middle School Curriculum - Integrated, Interdisciplinary, and Exploratory

Scenario - Mr. Costa Considers the Curriculum



Contemporary Curriculum Perspectives and Definitions

Integrated Curriculum

Additional Information

Exploratory Curriculum/Programs

Selected Considerations for Developing Middle School Curriculum


6. Planning Instruction - Appropriate and Interdisciplinary

Scenario - Karyn Rothmer's Journal



Rationale for Detailed and Methodical Planning

Factors Affecting Middle School Instructional Planning

Interdisciplinary Team Organization and Interdisciplinary Instruction

Interdisciplinary Instructional Planning

7. Implementing Instruction - Methods and Materials

Scenario - A First-Year Teacher Needs Help



Young Adolescents - Implementing Considerations

Organizing for Instruction

Implementing Interdisciplinary Team Teaching

Implementing Effective Instruction in Middle Schools

Related Domains

Activities Based on Personal Experiences

Using Effective Teaching Behaviors

Selecting Instructional Methods and Strategies

Special Characteristics of Middle School Teachers

Instruction for Special Learners

8. Assessment of Learning - Methods and Issues

Scenario - Changes at Longview Middle School



Assessment Terminology - Definitions

Assessment of Learning - Perceptions

Assessment - Rationale and Purposes

Assessment - Traditional Methods

Authentic-Alternative Assessments

Assessment - Evaluation of Traditional and Authentic Assessments

Assessment - Reporting

Assessment - Developmentally Responsive in Middle Schools

Assessment - Issues

9. Managing Young Adolescents and Environments - Strategies and Techniques

Scenario - Westview Middle School Educators Tackle the School Environment



Understanding Positive Middle School Learning Environments

Designing Positive Middle School Learning Environments

Classroom Management in the Middle School

Understanding Selected Classroom Management Theorists

Developing a Personal Theory of Classroom Management


10. Parents, Families, and Community Members - Partners and Resources

Scenario - Encouraging Community Involvement



Reengaging Parents and Families in Middle Schools


Parents and Middle Schools

Nontraditional Families; and Fathers

Parent Education Programs for Parents of Young Adolescents

Communities and Young Adolescents

Epilogue Middle Schools of the Future

Middle Schools: The Beginning and Rationale

Documents, Position Papers, and Reports


Present Status

Young Adolescents

Recognition of the Developmental Period

Increasing Research Base

Contemporary Perspectives

Teaching in the Middle Schools - Challenges

Seeking Professional Preparation: Young Adolescents and Middle School Education

Committing to Teacher Middle Schoolers

Serving as Advocates for Young Adolescents

Providing Developmentally Responsive Educational Experiences

Engaging in Research to Determine What Works

The Future

Push for Excellence

Collaborative Efforts - Administrators, Teachers, Teacher Educators, Parents, State Departments of Education, and the Community

A Time for Responsive Action



Name Index

Subject Index

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