What Every Middle School Teacher Should Know / Edition 3

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What Every Middle School Teacher Should Know / Edition 3

Middle level researchers Dave Brown and Trudy Knowles have updated their bestselling classic What Every Middle School Teacher Should Know with more student voice as well as timely new research, strategies, and models that illuminate the philosophies and practices that best serve the needs of young adolescents. Once again a comprehensive description of truly responsive middle level teaching, the Third Edition features:

  • the latest discoveries in neuroscience that inform practical strategies for improving student learning

  • the most recent research on physical, socio-emotional, cognitive, and identity developmental processes

  • the impact of technology and social media on students' lives and learning

  • new research in middle level education supporting the development of genuine middle schools

  • concrete ways to meet new content standards while implementing true curriculum integration

  • explicit ways teachers can make the transition from theory to practice in their own classrooms.

Stories of teachers who have embraced curriculum integration, alternative assessment, democratic classrooms, and dynamic learning experiences inspire others to champion Dave and Trudy's middle school philosophy, while the voices of students help us understand young adolescents' needs and perspectives.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780325057552
Publisher: Heinemann
Publication date: 09/04/2014
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 192,240
Product dimensions: 7.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 11 - 13 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

Acknowledgments xi

Foreword: A Better Map for Teaching Young Adolescents Nancy Doda Mark Springer xvi

Foreword (2nd ed): We Really Should Know This James A. Beane xix

Preface xxi

Part 1 Who are Middle Level Teachers?

Chapter 1 You Want to Be a What? 2

Who Are Young Adolescents? 3

Becoming a Middle Level Teacher 5

Part 2 Who are your Students?

Chapter 2 Understanding Young Adolescents' Physical Development 14

The Growth Spurt 16

Skeletal and Muscular Changes 17

Hormones 18

Female Physical Changes 19

Male Physical Changes 20

The Appetite: Insatiable and Peculiar 21

Adolescents' Sleep Needs 23

Concluding Reflections 24

Chapter 3 Understanding Young Adolescents' Unique Brain Growth and Cognitive Development 25

The Effects of Blossoming, Pruning and Myelination 26

The Effects on the Brain of Multitasking with Technology 27

The Prefrontal Cortex: Its Effects on Behavior 27

Piaget's Findings 28

Adolescent Risk-Taking 31

Concluding Reflections 32

Chapter 4 Understanding Young Adolescents' Social Development 33

Developing Interpersonal Relationships 34

The Role of Peers 36

The Role of the Family 38

The Role of the Community 39

The Role of Technology 39

Moral Development 41

Concluding Reflections 42

Chapter 5 Understanding Young Adolescents' Emotional Development and Search for Identity 43

Emotional Unrest 43

The Search for Identity 45

Identity Search Begins 46

Experimenting with Identity 47

Ethnic Identity 47

Identify Challenges for Diverse Language Learners 50

Developing Sexual and Gender Identities 53

Self-Esteem 57

Concluding Reflections 58

Part 3 What Research Tells Us about Effective Middle Level Schools

Chapter 6 The True Middle School: More Than a Sign on a Building 62

A Typical Day 63

Emulating the Factory 64

The First Junior High Schools 68

The Promise, of a New Design 70

Support for Genuine Middle Schools 72

Support for Genuine Middle Level Schools Today 74

Content Standards Influence Middle Level Schools 75

Concluding Reflections 81

Chapter 7 School Structures That Support Young Adolescents 83

Misunderstanding the Middle School Concept 83

The Core Elements of Effective Middle Level Schools 85

Teaming. The Heart and Soul of the Middle School Concept 85

Advisory Programs 90

Flexible Scheduling 94

Exploratory Curriculum 95

Looping and Multi-age Teams 96

Concluding Reflections 99

Part 4 How Your Classroom Can Best Meet the Needs of Students

Chapter 8 Creating a Safe Haven for Learning 102

Middle Level Schools and Student Stress 103

Establishing a Caring Environment 105

The Dangers of Bullying 113

Encouraging Risk-Taking 117

Responding to Crises 119

Eliminating Competitive Learning Environments 123

Concluding Reflections 124

Chapter 9 The Power of Student-Designed Curriculum: Exceeding Standards 126

What Is Curriculum? 127

Beliefs About Middle Level Curriculum 128

Basic Approaches to Curriculum Organization 134

What Students Want 140

Curriculum Integration Model: A Different Way of Thinking About the Curriculum 142

Curriculum Integration in the Middle Level Classroom 144

Concluding Reflections 161

Chapter 10 Curriculum Integration: What It Looks Like in Real Life 162

What Teachers Say About Using integrated Curriculum 163

A Middle Level Curriculum Integration Experience: 'The Alpha Team 163

An Eighth-Grade Curriculum Integration Experience: Soundings 171

A. Small-Scale Curriculum Integration Experience: Gert Nesin's Class 176

Concluding Reflections 180

Chapter 11 This Is Learning: Making Instruction Meaningful 181

How Learning Occurs 182

Collaborative Learning 188

The Teacher's Role 190

Culturally Responsive Teaching 200

Concluding Reflections 206

Chapter 12 Assessment That Promotes Active Learning 208

What Is Assessment? 208

Students' Roles in Assessment 213

Connecting Assessment to Curriculum and Instruction 222

Authentic Assessment Leads to Meaningful Learning 223

Student-Led Conferences 226

Concluding Reflections 228

Epilogue: What This Means for You 229

References 235

Index 255

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