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23 Cards in this Set

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3 advantages of middle school organization pattern
1. Interdisciplinary approaches in all disciplines encouraged

2. Wide variety of exploratory opportunities

3. Intramural than interescholastic sports
3 characteristics of an exemplary middle school
1. Comprehensive advisor/advisory program

2. Balanced curriculum between affective and cognitive needs

3. Shared decision making regarding the child
5 things found in good middle school
1. Assigned team meeting room for teachers

2. Age appropriate lockers and facilities

3. Effective traffic patterns for students

4. Identity unique to the middle school

5. Safe and secure environment
5 components of an effective middle school mission statement
1. Clearly communicates overall intent of school

2. Clearly communicates teaching and learning priorities

3. Development is collaboration of the administration, teacher, student, parents, and business community.

4. Reflect diversity in school population

5. Re-evaluated on a regular basis
7 Turning Points recommendations for middle school
1. Safe & healthy environment

2. Teachers who are experts with adolescents

3. Govern democratically

4. Organize relationships for learning

5. Use instructional methods to achieve high standards

6. Teach curriculum grounded in standards, student-centered, and variety of assessments

7. Involve parents & community
3 differences between Jr. High & Middle school
-Student Centered

Jr. High
-Subject centered
-Study Hall
Intramural vs. Interscholastic sports
Intramural: Lets everyone play

Interscholastic: Fosters competition
3 personal needs adolescents need from middle school program
1. Security
2. Support
3. Success
5 qualifications in preparing to be an advisor
1. Meeting with group daily

2. Collect info about each student

3. Serve as in-school contact for people concerned with students

4. Establish 1-on-1 relationship with the student

5. Facilitate the students' participation in their advisory program, team, and school
4 emotional needs of adolescents that should be met by advisory team
1. Security & warmth
2. Recognition & reward
3. Achievement & success
4. Fun & adventure
3 elements found in good advisory program
1. Groups manageable in size

2. Advisory held in first part of the day

3. Meet 2-3 times per week for 20-30 minutes
3 elements of middle school philosophy
1. Student centered

2. Teachers trained for specific students

3. Same teachers, same students, same time, same area
5 qualities of an effective middle school teacher
1. Flexible
2. Optimistic
3. Spontaneous
4. Enthusiasm
5. Listen
3 of Thornberg's Developmental Tasks
1. Developing friendships

2. Sense of independence

3. Sense of morality and values
3 purposes for an advisory program
1. Adult advocate

2. Sense of community

3. Guidance for students
Interdisciplinary instructional concept model
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4 characteristics of effective interdisciplinary teaming
1. Hold regular team meetings

2. Have common planning time

3. Housed in specific team areas with adjacent classrooms

4. Have common planning space
2 instances of outside influence on middle school curriculum
1. Media- headlines, TV, radio

2. Societal Expectations- Shop, home ec, driver's ed
Affected Education
Education centered around feelings, emotions, and relationships
An effective educational program focused on the social, emotional, physical, intellectual, psychological, and ethical development of students
Interdisciplinary training/instruction
Teaching content using the different subjects/disciplines
Early Adolescents
10-14 yrs. old- when kids start to reach puberty
Classes of interest- band, choir, jogging, journalism, research projects...