TCH 251 Elements of Middle Level Instruction
Emphasis in this course will be on the understanding and practice of validated instructional models for the use in middle school classrooms. A variety of teaching/learning strategies that consider the developmental characteristics of young adolescents are considered. The implications of the difference in adolescent learning styles, along with the need for differentiation of instruction for ELL students and students with special needs will be explored. The interconnected nature of managing behavior, motivating students, designing activities that are exploratory in nature, the use of multiple instructional strategies, the integration of technology, and the need to meet different kinds of intelligence and higher level thinking will be part of the learning done in this course.