Additionally, one of the following books is required reading for book review.
Except as noted, all books are available from Amazon or other online stores. Previous editions are fine.You may also find them in a library. We will decide together in the first class online session individualbook assignments.
Fair Isn't Always Equal
by Rick Wormeli
Meet Me in the Middle: Becoming an Accomplished Middle-Level Teacher
by Rick Wormeli
TeamWork: Setting the Standard for Collaborative Teaching, Grades 5-9
Inventing Powerful Pedagogy: Share. 'Steal'. Revise. Own
Setting Limits in the Classroom, Revised: How to Move Beyond the Dance of Discipline in Today'sClassrooms
by Robert J. Mackenzie
Required articles and resources:
Articles and resources will be posted on the class blog or e-mailed to you and assigned in class to providehelp and clarity for course materials and assignments. See class schedule for description and relatedassignments.
Concepts and methods for teaching middle school students. Discusses nature of middle school students,teacher characteristics, curricular and co-curricular programs, organization, and teaching.
:The objectives of this course are to provide:
an understanding of appropriate professional standards,
the history of the middle school and its application to middle school curriculum,
the structure of the team teaching concept in the middle school,
the mechanics of an interdisciplinary teaching unit,
the importance of instructional differentiation in the middle grades curriculum,
the value of an appropriate classroom management plan for early adolescents, and
theoretical and practical applications of research on middle grades curriculum and pedagogy.
Instructional strategies employed
:Class discussion, reflection, critical reading, presentation, and lecture.
Assessment strategies employed
:Blog discussion, article reviews, book reviews, presentations, reflections, and synthesis project.
Technology, equipment, or skills required
:This course uses a class blog, which is accessible to you via the internet throughhttp://msc441ssii2010.blogspot.com/. All course materials (including the text) and supplemental readings
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