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Essential Middle School

ISBN-10: 0131195964
ISBN-13: 9780131195967
Edition: 4th 2006 (Revised)
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Description: Written by experienced school educators, this book is focused on the curriculum and instruction aspects of middle grades education. Sound research-based strategies have made The Essential Middle School a must-have resource for in-service middle  More...

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Book details

List price: $147.80
Edition: 4th
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Publication date: 1/18/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 400
Size: 7.25" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.562
Language: English

Written by experienced school educators, this book is focused on the curriculum and instruction aspects of middle grades education. Sound research-based strategies have made The Essential Middle School a must-have resource for in-service middle school teachers for years.nbsp;Now with even more applications in the planning and management sections, written by a practicing teacher, readers can easily see how research-based strategies can be applied in todays classrooms. Emphasis on new technologies and Internet resources are included in this new edition.nbsp;Inservice Middle School teachers and administrators.

Jon Wiles is a highly experienced educator who has provided curriculum leadership to schools and educational agencies for over thirty years. His specialty is the creation and implementation of curriculum plans. Wiles's work as an educational consultant has taken him to hundreds of agencies in more than forty states and a dozen foreign nations in Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Caribbean. Wiles is the author or coauthor of twelve widely used books addressing curriculum and educational leadership. His text, Curriculum Development: A Guide to Practice (Seventh Edition), has been used for nearly thirty years in colleges and universities throughout the world to train curriculum leaders. Other areas of publication by Wiles include teacher training, administration, school supervision, theory of change, politics of education, middle grades education, and technology.

Rationale for a School in the Middle
Focus Questions
Origins of Intermediate Education
The Junior High School, 1910-1965
The Early Middle School
The Growth of Middle Schools
Early Warning Signs of Failure
A Period of Renewal and Definition
The State of Middle Schools
The Middle School Promise
Concerns for Middle School Educators
Middle Schools in the Twenty-First Century
Summary
Chapter Checkpoints
Portfolio Activities
Websites of Interest
Readings for Professional Growth
Endnotes
Today's Preadolescent Learner
Focus Questions
Defining Preadolescence
Characteristics of Emerging Adolescents
Needs and Issues Suggested by Growth and Development Characteristics
To Be a Part of a Group with Identification and Acceptance
Emerging Adolescents in a Changing Society
Misunderstood and Neglected
The American Family-Fractured and Fragile
The American Family-A Profile
Segregation on the Rise
Improving Achievement of African American Students in the Modern Middle School
Responding to Religious and Sexual Diversity in the Middle Grades
The Influence of Television
School Violence
Health Care
Social Changes: Implications for Middle School Youth
Primary Needs of Middle School Students
Summary
Chapter Checkpoints
Portfolio Activities
Websites of Interest
Readings for Professional Growth
Endnotes
Effective Organizational Structures
Focus Questions
General Organizational Standards
Student Schedules
Staffing Standards
Facilities Standards
Team Teaching
What Teaming Is
Some Advantages of Team Teaching
Some Disadvantages of Team Teaching
What Teaming Is Not
Interdisciplinary Teaming
Designing Interdisciplinary Units
The Wiles-Bondi Curriculum Mapping Model
Three Functions of Interdisciplinary Teams
Student Schedules
Flexible Modular Scheduling
Variables That Affect Scheduling
Scheduling Priorities
Graded versus Nongraded Organization
Benefits of a Smaller Class Size
The Middle School and Multiage Grouping
4 X 4 Block Scheduling in the Middle School
Facilities
Protection and Outreach
Year-Round Schooling
Questions to Consider About Year-Round Schooling
Computer-Based Management Tools
Management and Administration
Why Use Computer-Based Management Tools?
Issues in Middle School Organization
Where Does Sixth Grade Belong?
How Can the Quality of Time Students Spend in School Be Improved?
Summary
Chapter Checkpoints
Portfolio Activities
Websites of Interest
Readings for Professional Growth
Endnotes
Organizing the Middle School Curriculum
Focus Questions
The Balanced Curriculum
Junior High versus the Middle School: Some Differences
A Design Prototype: Duval County Middle School
Philosophy: The Nature and Needs of Early Adolescents
The Nature of the Responsive School
The Curriculum: An Overview
Curricular Design: A Model for Setting Standards
Program Design: A Model for Setting Standards
Achievement in the Middle School-A New Priority
Creating a Standards-Based Curriculum in the Modern Middle School
Improving the Teaching of Science in the Modern Middle School
Mathematics-Raising the Bar
Incorporating Language Arts Standards in Kindergarten Through Eighth Grade
A New Look at Social Studies in the Middle School
Bilingual Education-A Continuing Debate
Technology Standards
No Child Left Behind
A Tough Road
Links to Useful Resources
The Arts in the Middle School
Issues in Middle School Curricula
How Do Middle School Students Learn Best?
How Can Young People Prepare for Today's Changing Economy?
How Can Students Be More Authentically Assessed?
Summary
Chapter Checkpoints
Portfolio Activities
Websites of Interest
Readings for Professional Growth
Endnotes
Classroom Teaching
Focus Questions
Lessons from the Past
Teachers and Classrooms
Behaviorists
Constructivists
Developmentalists
Perceptualists
Arranging the Classroom
Thinking About Management and Discipline
Getting Ready to Teach
Planning for Teaching and Learning
Making Instructional Decisions
Which Instructional Strategies?
Planning Lessons-Working with Others
The Act of Learning
Special Students
Assessing Middle School Students
Summary
Chapter Checkpoints
Portfolio Activities
Websites of Interest
Readings for Professional Growth
Endnotes
Instructional Materials and New Technologies
Focus Questions
Standardized versus Individualized Learning
Developmental Appropriateness
Curriculum Mapping
How Teachers Have Responded in Middle Schools
Available Learning Resources
Content Standards
The New Technological Resources Base
The Internet
Using the Computer in the Classroom
Summary
Chapter Checkpoints
Portfolio Activities
Websites of Interest
Readings for Professional Growth
Endnotes
The Full-Service Middle School
Focus Questions
The Role of Families in the Full-Service School
IDEA and Inclusion
Disabilities That Qualify Children and Youth for Special Education Services Under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)
Inclusion
Clarification of Terms
Mainstreaming, Inclusion, and the Law
Research
What Do the Laws Say About the Education of Children and Youth with Special Needs?
Court Decisions Clarify Least Restrictive Environment (LRE)
Reading Comprehension and Learning Disabilities
Implementing Inclusion in the Middle School Classroom
Teaching Models and Methods in Inclusion
Interventions That Work with Students with Special Needs
Promising Practices for All Middle School Children in the Full-Service School
Character Education
Social and Emotional Learning Programs
Special Programs to Benefit Gifted Students
Conflict Resolution
Creating Safe and Drug-Free Schools
Promising Practices
State Legislation
Federal Legislation
Action Steps for Schools
Dealing with Fear of Terrorist Attacks
Suggested Steps for Reaching Out to Schools
Instruction and Discipline for the Exceptional Education Student
Curbing School Violence
A Guide to Safe Schools
School Uniforms
Dealing with Racial and Ethnic Tension
Conclusion
Multiculturalism
Building Multicultural Perspective into the Curriculum
The Emerging Role of Parents
Reaching Out to the Community
Raising a Child Is Difficult, as Is Educating a Child
The Family-School Connection
Schools Connecting with Parents
Communities Connecting Parents and Schools
Summary
Chapter Checkpoints
Portfolio Activities
Websites of Interest
Readings for Professional Growth
Endnotes
Professional Development of Teachers
Focus Questions
Parameters of Practice
Teacher Competencies for Inclusive Classrooms
Research and the Middle School Teacher
Student Home Life
Compensatory Programs
The Learning Environment
Ability Grouping
Cooperative Learning
Teacher Expectation
Discipline
Using Praise
Questioning by Teachers
Self-Concept Development
Retention
The Use of Research in Teaching
Learning Theory in the Middle School Classroom
Purpose and Instructional Strategy
Suggested Goal Statements and Middle School Standards
Middle School Licensure
National Board Standards for Working with Students Ages 7 to 12
Accountability for Middle Grades Teachers: A Case Study
Summary
Chapter Checkpoints
Portfolio Activities
Websites of Interest
Readings for Professional Growth
Endnotes
Defining and Evaluating the Modern Middle School
Focus Questions
Goals 2000: Educate America Act, 1994
Realizing the Promises of Standards-Based Education
More Is Not Better in Standards Documents
Aligning Assessment with Standards
Samples of Assessment Activities Around the United States
Assessment Comes in Many Forms
Developing Culturally Sensitive Assessment Programs
Standards Guide Improvement of Teaching
Professional Development for Principals
Implications of a Standards-Driven Curriculum
Creating a Caring Community in Schools
Self-Esteem-A New Look
The Role of Technology in the New American Middle School
Student Information
Internet Use
Distance Learning
Increasing Communication Between Parents and Schools Through Technology
Spoken Language Translation
Home Schooling
Privatized Public Schools
Education and Power in the Global Economy
Continuing Changes in the U.S. Public School Education System
Globalizing the Curriculum
Evaluating the Middle School
Evaluating Programs and Personnel
Evaluation as a System
Program Design
Facilities Usage
Resource Utilization
Policies and Regulations
Student Performance
Teacher Effectiveness
Team Effectiveness
Staff Development
Parent-Community Feedback
Student Evaluation
Evaluation in the Modern Era
New Standards for the Middle School
Administrative Leadership: Some Leadership Principles to Remember
Summary
Chapter Checkpoints
Portfolio Activities
Websites of Interest
Readings for Professional Growth
Endnotes
Selected Resources
Middle School Design Parameters (Excerpts), Dade County
Sample Proposal for Organizing a Middle School
Planning Considerations
Middle School Instructional Checklist
Obtaining Background Information About Students
Instructional Activities and Materials
Web Resources for Middle Schools
Middle School Parent Survey (Excerpt)
Implementation Communications
In-Service Design and Workshop Models
Evaluation Instruments
Glossary
Name Index
Subject Index

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