“…apart from the prime and given responsibility of teaching selected content and skills, middle school teachers must be about the business of helping students believe in themselves, form their character, discover their interests, nurture their potential, gain a sound perspective on their physical development and related health issues, and develop those universally and critically important humanitarian and social skills—all while daring them to be their best selves, to breath deeply, and to live well at the moment.”
The title of this assignment is managing thinking and learning across the Curriculum. This is important as teachers are responsible for teaching a diverse range of subjects using creative approaches that raise standards (Ofsted, 2010). This assignment is divided into three main sections. Firstly, this assignment will evaluate a variety of creative approaches to the teaching of thinking and learning across the Curriculum. Secondly, the advantages and disadvantages of teaching strategies which can support and enhance the thinking and learning of children in a Year 3 classroom will be analysed. The third aspect of this assignment will discuss the creation and usage of resources to support the Medium – Term Plan (MTP) which have some
Many students worry about how their middle school years will go. Middle school is a very important part of a student’s education. Middle school is their initiation into high school and could really impact their future. Many elementary school students think that they are prepared and can do well in middle school, but many are not ready. Also, students who do not do well in middle school tend to not do well in high school. One lesson I would like to teach elementary school students is how to survive middle school, which is important because it will lead them to a better future by being prepared, managing time, and knowing how to problem solve.
Petit Poussin Learning Center is dedicated to meet all children’s needs in a welcoming and nurture environment. Our program is based upon the constructivism believe approach, that claims that humans gain knowledge and meaning through interaction between their experiences, learning, and exchanges their ideas with others. The constructivism approach has influenced by divers disciplines, which include psychology, sociology, education and the history of science.
The typical middle school has a vision or mission that speaks about the importance of including both the academic and the personal development of each young adolescent student. Although middle schools may have this mission, not all of these schools may abide by this vision and only focus on the academic part of the mission. Middle schools should prepare students with the knowledge of being able to think outside the box and to think critically. Students at this age do not know how to think beyond themselves and Internet right at their fingertips, they have all the answers they need. If
One of the most important things that we need to remember as middle level teachers, is that every young adolescent is different, and because of those differences, we need to make sure that our lessons and activities reflect this aspect of young adolescents. The middle school age student is extremely complex. On one hand, they don’t fit into the elementary age of little kids, yet aren’t quite as mature as high school aged students. At this age, it is imperative to create lessons that are unique and captivating. Often the biggest problem about teaching middle school aged children is that they need motivation to do their work. In high school, students are worried about not doing well enough to get into college, while in elementary school their
Before reading chapter nine and ten of What Every Middle School Teacher Should Know, I always though of the curriculum as a set of standards that is needed to be teach in order for the students to pass for the year. I guess in high school and college that may be true, but in middle school it is completely different. The curriculum should incorporate the student’s experiences, lives, curiosities, and connections to learning and the outside world. Since middle school is a time where children are trying to find themselves in the world it is important to not only focus on the educational aspect for these students. Different parts of their lives need to be added into the curriculum in order for them to relate to what they learning.
For me, middle school was probably the most excruciating years of my life. I thought it was only me and everyone else had it easy and completely understood everything that was happening to their bodies and minds. In fact, I still have dreams about my middle school years like forgetting my locker combination or hiding in the bathroom stall because the most popular girls were gossiping about a friend of yours. The settings in these dreams are always my middle school; I find it amazing that thirty years after I attended school that I can remember vivid details about the layout, hallways, lockers, and teachers. The reason for this I believe is that for ALL students the middle school years are the most influential to shaping and becoming who a person is and who they wish to become. Middle schools are essential for the success of students because of the unique developmental stages of these students. For teachers, comprehension of young adolescent development is key to understanding the physical, emotional, intellectual, social and moral needs and interests of these students (Powell, 2015, p. 55) and also teachers need to develop a curriculum that is focused on developing students competence in all subject matter and using their knowledge and available resources to design, implement, and evaluate challenging, responsive curriculums that result in meaningful learning outcomes (Powell, 2015, p. 145). All students should feel that they are accepted for who he or she is as an
This assignment will discuss the challenges and benefits for pupil’s learning when Mathematics is connected to Science. This cross-curricular link has been chosen as I wish to further deepen my understanding of Science and its cross-curricular links to Mathematics. The essay will explain what role Mathematics and Science play within the National curriculum, what cross-curricularity means followed by the discussion of the challenges and benefits including examples of how these are applied in work-based practice at primary school within upper key stage 2.
In middle school students are finding themselves and can often be judgmental of their other classmates. When students are in a differentiated classroom they learn that academic difference is normal and good. Teachers need to challenge their students to try new things and praise them when they succeed. As teachers challenge their students they need to push the students to try new things and show them that failure is okay as long as you learn from it.
Currently, I am responsible for managing the science instructional programs and personnel in a chartered middle school. As a supervisor for the department, I develop/source curriculum materials for teachers and collaborate with them to plan and implement instructional lessons daily. I manage the financial resources for the department and constantly monitor the teaching practices that will impact our organizational goal and vision.
I wanted to reach out to you before the 2018-2019 contracts being sent out. I am so thankful for the opportunity you have given me this year. The chance to be in a middle school classroom has been an unexpected blessing. At the start of this year, I was nervous and, to be honest, a little scared. By the end of the first month, I realized this is where I have needed to be. Throughout the year, I have really grown in my role which has given me a whole new level of confidence. I have never loved what I am doing more than this year and for that; I am eternally grateful. This year with Brooke’s guidance, I have been able to assert myself in the classroom. My daily/ weekly responsibilities are: taking attendance, creating all the homework
Furthermore, as recently as 2011, renowned leaders in the field of Australian mathematics research and education, Merrilyn Goos and Bill Atweh entered into the argument surrounding mathematics curriculum. Stating the curriculum goal of developing “an appreciation of mathematics for its beauty and elegance, and developing mathematics that is useful for careers and jobs and further study” should be “secondary to the development of mathematics that has the capacity to understand and transform aspects of the lives of students, both as current and future citizens.” (Atweh & Singh, 2011, p. 3) Therein lies the dilemma, for teachers of mathematics, is the discipline of mathematics about acquiring deep conceptual understanding for further study or building solid foundations and confidence for everyday problem solving or a balance of both? My personal ethos is that mathematics education should enable all students, from whatever background, to understand the role of mathematics and acquire awareness into
In order for a society to function, individuals must be productive members of that society. This is accomplished through education. The philosophy of education is determined by society. As society changes so does the concept of education.
Adolescents are often seen as a risk or perceived to be at risk (Carrington, 2006). Like many, I, too, have acquired such perception.Therefore, there is an urgency to replace the old with new fresh perspectives. In order to engage adolescents, a teacher must explore various learning needs based on the characteristics of adolescents. MYSA (2008, p. 1) defines middle schooling as “an intentional approach to teaching and learning that is responsive and appropriate to the full range of needs, interests and achievements of middle-year students in formal and informal schooling contexts.” The challenge of being able to understand and engage adolescents is significant.