Middle School By: Brenda Anderson-Smith, Katie Sachleben, and Brooke Adams
What’s your vote? Should Middle School exist…or should it be done away with??? It’s up to you!
Present information on Middle School Topics
Allow groups to form opinions on the existence of Middle School
Definition of Middle School Dictionary Definition: noun. A school at a level between elementary and high school, typically grades five through eight.
A Day in the Life of a Middle Schooler
Emergence of Middle School
Rapid rise in 60s and 70s.
Overcrowding of elementary schools.
Different grade organization to meet student needs.
More developmentally responsive programs
Recognition of early onset of puberty
Ninth grade programs inappropriate for 7th and 8th grade.
Lecture learning and interaction with peers.
Elimination of activities that might embarrass.
Problems with Middle School
Lack of teacher education programs.
Teachers unprepared to work with age group.
Curriculum and instruction has not improved.
Lack of focus on having specialized teachers.
Lack of school principals preparation.
Expert Interview Mrs. Tanya Spillane
Elementary School Mental Development
Producing designs, shapes, puzzles, and play worlds
Boys and girls have similar body shapes, increase in fine motor skills and like risks
Interest in group pretend play, learning “fair play” and more sex differentiation in play roles
Middle School Mental Development
Sense of morals, increasingly difficult cognitive tasks, develop common fears of the unknown and non-acceptance.
Growth spurt around 9-11 years of age, leaner, more athletic appearance, eyes reach maturity, and puberty causes sexual characteristics to develop.
Importance of peer groups, independence from adults, begin trying on various identities, enjoy cooperation and limited competition.
High School Mental Development
More defined work habits, greater ability to sense right and wrong, developing his/her uniqueness and personality, onset or increase in sadness or depression.
Most girls physically mature at this time, concerns about his/her body shape, size and weight.
Increased interest in opposite sex, decreased conflicts with parents, increased independence, deeper capacity and interest in more intimate relationships.
Can you guess how old we are? ROLE PLAYS!!!
What’s your vote? Should Middle School exist…or should it be done away with??? What did you decide?
References Text Resource Alexander, William M. 1978. “How Fares the Middle School Movement?” Middle School Journal 9 (3): 319-321.
Internet resource Valentine, Jerry W. 2000 “United States Middle Level Grade Organizational Trends.” ww.mllc.org/docs?USMLTrends.pdf Elementary School facts http://pediatrics.about.com/cs/growthdevelopment/a/child_dev_5.htm Middle School Child Development http://articles.directorym.net/Middle_School_Child_Development-a1050389.html Normal Adolescent Development http://www.aacap.org/cs/root/facts_for_families/normal_adolescent_development_part_i Expert Interview Spillane, Tanya. Middle School Pros and Cons Brooke Adams. 9 November 2009. Kagan Structures Interactive Tool. Kagan Publishing and Professional Development. 2009. “Kagan Structures: Talking Chips.”