An overview of the characteristics and issues related to transescence and their implications for educational practice. Understanding of preadolescent physical, social, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual development will be applied to school processes and the teacher’s interaction with middle school students and families.
For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.
Because of the developmental diversity among early adolescent learners, it is imperative for middle school educators to construct a strong basis for their practice with the age group of 10– 15-year-olds. Middle school students are impacted in unique ways by societal influences and changes in family and community structures. An understanding of these factors will improve instructional experiences for this age group and will lead to increased academic achievement and personal development.
Measurable Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Trace the development of the modern middle school in the last century.
- Implement developmentally appropriate practices for middle school classroom management.
- Describe learner characteristics that are unique to young adolescents.
- Discuss key components of middle school instruction including curriculum, lesson planning, various instructional strategies, and technological enhancements.
- Explain the importance and methods to effectively assess and report student achievement.
- Establish a link between reflection and professional development for effective, continuing growth as a middle school teacher.
- Assist preadolescent students with a biblical understanding of inferiority, puberty, peer pressure, love, emotions, and independence.
- Articulate the AMLE’s essential attributes and characteristics of a successful middle school as found in their treatise “This We Believe.”
Textbook readings and lecture presentations
Course Requirements Checklist
After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview.
Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the candidate is required to create a thread in response to the provided prompt for each discussion. The candidate will then reply to classmates’ threads or attached submission for feedback, critique, and interaction.
Learning Logs (8)
A learning log template will be used to structure reflective responses to readings and media throughout the course. The candidate will make connections with past experiences, speculate how ideas might be implemented in the future, and critique ideas in light of a biblical worldview.
Middle School History PowerPoint
The candidate will create a PowerPoint presentation discussing the history and progression of middle level education from colonial times to present day. The presentation must have at least 10 slides containing informational content supported with at least 5 scholarly sources in current APA format. The candidate must also include detailed speaker notes for each slide.
Discussion: Literature Review – Topic Sentence
The candidate will select a topic relating to young adolescents and submit that topic to the instructor for approval.
After the topic has been approved, the candidate will write an 8–10-page Literature Review in current APA format that focuses on the approved topic. The paper must include at least 10 research articles from academic, peer-reviewed journals.
Biblically Integrated Lesson Plan
Following the template lesson plan, the candidate will create a Biblically Integrated Lesson Plan. The lesson plan content must be appropriate for a middle school classroom. The candidate will use pertinent Scripture verses and passages in the lesson plan to integrate biblical truth with the content material.
Quiz: Association for Middle Level Education
The Quiz: Association for Middle Level Education will cover the content found in AMLE’s “This We Believe” treatise. The exam will be open-book/open-notes, contain 10 multiple choice and true/false questions, 3 essay questions, and have a 2 hour and 30 minute time limit. The candidate will discuss the attributes and characteristics of a successful middle school.