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  • 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!
  • Presentation Goals
    • 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.
  • Talking Chips
  • Expert Interview
    Mrs. Tanya Spillane
  • Elementary School
    Mental Development
    • Producing designs, shapes, puzzles, and play worlds
    Physical Development
    • Boys and girls have similar body shapes, increase in fine motor skills and like risks
    Social Development
    • 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.
    Physical Development
    • Growth spurt around 9-11 years of age, leaner, more athletic appearance, eyes reach maturity, and puberty causes sexual characteristics to develop.
    Social Development
    • 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.
    Physical Development
    • Most girls physically mature at this time, concerns about his/her body shape, size and weight.
    Social Development
    • 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?
  • 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.”
    Elementary School facts
    Middle School Child Development
    Normal Adolescent Development
    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.”