The Definitive Middle School Guide by Incentive Publications IP1977

SCHOOL STRUCTURES AND CLIMATE THAT MEET THE NEEDS OF MIDDLE GRADES STUDENTS

Overview of School Structures and Classroom Climate that Meet the Needs of Middle Grade Students

A school that meets the needs of Middle School Students:

• is based on the unique needs and characteristics of the young adolescent,including physical, psychological, intellectual, social, and moral and ethical needs.

• has a well developed mission statement that is understood and accepted by administrators, teachers, students, and parents.

• is structured around the widely varying needs and characteristics of young adolescents.

•is student-centered rather than subject-centered.

• includes provision for pre-service and in-service teacher training to meet the exceptionalities in interests, abilities, and experiences of students in transition.

• accepts and respects each student and teacher as an individual of worth and dignity in his or her own right; celebrates differences and encourages creativity and freedom of expression in keeping with ethnic genealogy and background experiences.

• requires the same teachers to share the same students over the same block of time in the same part of the building.

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The effective middle school organizational structure affords:

• articulation between the elementary school and the middle school that is enhanced by increased communication and a student-centered focus. Articulation between the middle school and the high school is also an important aspect of the program.

• flexible block scheduling to allow for varied learning activities, grouping and regrouping students for instruction, and common planning time for teachers.

• interdisciplinary approaches in disciplines and integration of all curricular areas.

• a varied range of exploratory opportunities for students.

• opportunities for focusing on affective education as a regular part of the daily schedule.

• emphasis placed on intramural rather than interscholastic athletics with cooperation and participation encouraged.

• educators who have been especially trained and are committed to the education of the young adolescent.

• classroom teachers who have mastered strategies that promote positive classroom management and active student participation.

• forward thinking, outcome-based, and devotion to excellence in classroom instruction, student motivation, the quest for life skills, broad-based learning, and creative thinking.

Table of Contents Incentive Publications IP1977

Overview
PREFACE – 13
SCHOOL STRUCTURES AND CLIMATE THAT MEET THE NEEDS OF MIDDLE GRADE STUDENTS – 15
INTERDISCIPLINARY TEAMING AND BLOCK SCHEDULING – 91
CURRICULUM AND INSTRUCTION – 165
ADVISORY AND AFFECTIVE EDUCATION – 243
STUDENT ASSESSMENT AND EVALUATION – 291
APPENDIX – 341

Table Of Contents
Preface – 13

SCHOOL STRUCTURES AND CLIMATE THAT MEET THE NEEDS OF MIDDLE GRADE STUDENTS

Overview of School Structures and Classroom Climate That Meet the Needs of Middle Grade Students – 17
10 plus 3 Guiding Questions for School Structures and Climate – 18
School Structure and Climate Terms That Meet the Needs of Middle Grade Students – 19
10 plus 3 School Structures that Meet the Needs of Middle Grade Students – 21
SO, You Think You Have A Good Middle School! – 22
10 plus 3 Major Distinctions Between The Middle School And The Junior High School – 28
10 Contributions To The Middle School From The Junior High School – 29
10 plus 30 Needs/Characteristics Of Young Adolescents – 30
10 plus 13 Indicators Of A Gifted / Talented Student – 32
10 Steps for Team/Site Based Implementation of Inclusion – 33

10 Characteristics Of An At-Risk Student And Ten Characteristics Of Schools That Meet Needs Of At-Risk Students – 34
10 Traits Of Young Adolescents To Keep In Mind When Planning Lessons And Activities – 35
10 plus 8 Characteristics of Underachievers – 36
10 plus 4 Questions for Teachers of Ethnic and Language Minority Students to Ask Themselves – 37
10 minus 1 Questions Concerning Instruction of Boys vs. Girls in the Classroom – 38
10 Important Needs Middle School Students Have While in School – 40
10 Points To Consider When Developing A School Mission Statement – 41
10 Suggestions For Facility Requirements For Middle Schools – 42
10 plus 3 Suggestions For Developing A Positive Middle School Climate – 43
10 minus 4 Tasks to Develop Understanding of Full Service Schools – 44
10 High-Priority Areas To Consider When Setting Up A Master Schedule – 45
10 minus 1 Things To Think About When Putting Together A Middle School’s Master Schedule – 46
10 plus 20 Rules to Consider for Establishing a Successful Middle Grades Setting – 47
10 Starter Statements To Assess Classroom Climate – 49
10 Ways to Maximize Space in a School Setting – 50
10 Creative Approaches To A Positive Classroom Climate – 51
10 Questions To Use To Assess Creativity In Your School – 52
10 Ways To Use Questions To Develop Higher-Level Thinking Skills – 53
10 minus 7 Important Decisions to Make for Effective Classroom Management – 54
Student Self-Assessment of Classroom Management Attitudes – 55
10 plus 13 Rewards to Consider for Good Behavior – 56

10 minus 3 Guidelines to Consider When Establishing a Set of Classroom Rules – 57
10 plus 28 Behavior Problems that Occur Most Often in the Classroom – 59
10 plus 2 Guidelines for Handling Inappropriate Behaviors – 62
10 minus 7 Approaches to Conflict Mediation – 63
Sample Information Gathering Form For Mediation Meeting – 65
Sample Behavior Contract – 66
10 Activities to Help Students Think Through and Classify Appropriate Behaviors – 67
10 minus 2 Ways to Head Off Potential Discipline Problems Before they Become Major Disruptions – 70
10 plus 8 Teaching Tips and Tidbits – 71

10 minus 2 Ways to Build A Good Parent Communication Program – 73
10 plus 3 Ways To Inform Parents And Caregivers And Involve Them In Their Middle Grader’s School Progress – 74
10 Steps For An Effective Parent Conference – 75
10 Things to Consider When Planning Student-Led Conferences – 76
10 plus 3 Things to Consider When Establishing Classroom Homework Policies – 78
10 plus 10 Things to Include in A Classroom Handbook – 80
10 minus 3 Measures for Gauging Benefits and Barriers for Family Involvement (Multiple Intelligences) – 81
10 plus 12 Teacher Planning Strategies for Classroom Success – 83
10 Findings from the Published Literature About Needs and Characteristics of Early Adolescence and Adolescent Programs – 84
Structures that Successfully Meet the Needs of Early Adolescents – 90

INTERDISCIPLINARY TEAMING AND BLOCK SCHEDULING

Interdisciplinary Teaming and Block Scheduling Overview – 93
10 plus 6 Important Questions To Find Answers For Related to Interdisciplinary Teaming and Block Scheduling – 94
10 plus 7 Terms Important to Interdisciplinary Teaming and Block Scheduling – 95
10 plus 4 Things To Remember When Developing Teams – 97
10 Questions To Ask When Forming Teams – 98
10 Possible Team Member Traits To Consider – 99
10 plus 15 Criteria To Determine How Well You Would Fit Into The Teaming Concept – 101
10 Ways To Rate Yourself As An Effective Team Builder – 103
10 plus 4 Roles And Responsibilities Of A Team Leader – 104
10 Things to Consider When Selecting A Team Leader – 105
10 minus 1 Responsibilities for Team Members – 107
10 plus 1 Things On Which Team Members Should Agree – 108
10 plus 2 Causes of Team Failure – 109
10 plus 20 Tools For Building A Team Identity – 110
10 Things That Great Teams Do – 111
10 More Things That Great Teams Do – 112
10 Barriers For Effective Teams To Overcome – 113
10 Ideas For Developing A Team Handbook – 115

About Incentive Publications

An Educational Resources Pioneer Since 1968. Incentive Publications specializes in middle school educational resources and effective teaching strategies for grades K-12. The company offers more than 400 titles that are available through over 2000 retailers. IP publications are correlated to or written based on learning standards and testing benchmarks. Incentive Publications is a member of the National Middle School Association, the Association of Educational Publishers, and the National School Supply and Equipment Association.

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