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Lecture Seven

Lecture Seven

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Middle School CurriculumED 441/641 Section 400Lecture Seven
Wow! Your responses on differentiating instruction were really interesting. The responses ranged from“I’ve never heard of this before” to “My teachers used this technique.” DI is not exclusive to middle school, but it is the MSC that we start to see its potential. Many of you quickly recognized how important it is, andalso how difficult it is for new teacher to implement. In your Foundations of American Education class, youmay have discussed the concept of hegemony of the curriculum. DI meets its greatest resistance from thosewho are not willing to change, even if in the best interest of their students. As reflective practioners, I hopethis class will help you think about your practices. From the reviews of the Jackson article I’ve glanced over,I see that that kind of reflection can be painful. It is for me, too. More on that next time.
Promoting Teacher Competence 
This lecture, we are going to look at two items. The first, from FWY, has to do with the idea that every MSteacher should be competent in teaching the early adolescent. As usual, Juvonen has some ideas that mayclash with traditional ideas of MSC, but she usually brings out good critical thinking in all of us about what promotes competency in MS teaching
The second topic we will cover has to do with one model for instruction far removed from theconstructivism of differentiating instruction. I am asking that you look at the idea of direct instruction. If youare of a certain age (like me), this is the way I was taught up from K-12 to my MBA (I’m a career changer). Itwasn’t until I got into MS education I had ever experienced constructivist teaching. An additional article is onone of the current “best practices” for education in general – backwards design, better known as“Understanding by Design.” Many of you may be familiar with this method already
– Chapter Seven
WritingAssignment One: Discussion-
Due 7/18/2010 by 10:00 PM
• How are middle school teachers trained?• How important is it that teachers have training specific to the subject they teach?• How can professional development compensate when teacher preparation is lacking?
Assignment Two: Reflection – 
“The Components of Direct Instruction.
Due 7/18/2010 by 10:00 PM
In your personal and professional experiences, what elements of direct instruction have you seen used?Is there a place for direct instruction in the MSC? Describe your experiences and your option in the framework of the article.

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