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    • Middle School Learner Development Original presentation by Chris Halter MSST October 2008
    • Revised By Felisa Isakson Carnegie MS PD - 09/15/09
      • Check out the original
      • presentation here: http://www.slideshare.net/chrishalter/middle-school-learner-development-presentation .
    • The Middle School Learner
        • So you want to know about the middle school learner?
      • http://www.archive.org/details/your_junior_high_days
    • Intellectual Development
        • The student -
          • is moving from being concrete
          • to abstract thinkers
          • prefers active over passive
          • learning activities
          • needs learning to be relevant
    • Intellectual Development
        • The Teacher could -
          • Use concrete examples to
          • develop abstract concepts
          • Recognize and address the
          • varied levels of ability and
          • learning styles
    • Self-Image
      • The student –
          • is concerned with how he or she appears to others
          • expresses their independence
          • may develop sense of success or develop a sense of inferiority
    • Self-Image
      • The Teacher could –
          • Scaffold activities and
          • provide structure
          • Give authentic praise
          • Teach to learn from, rather
          • than feeling defeated by mistakes
    • Gender Differences
        • The students –
          • have different attitudes towards science that may effect achievement
          • mature at different rates
          • transitioning from an affinity to own gender to interest in opposite gender
          • (or dealing with NOT having those feelings!)
    • Gender Differences
        • The Teacher could –
          • Strategically group students
          • Encourage both genders in
          • science tasks
    • Physiological Changes
        • The student is undergoing
          • rapid growth
          • hormonal changes
          • body image is important
    • Physiological Changes
        • The Teacher could –
          • Provide opportunity
          • for movement
          • Vary the activity several
          • times in each one-hour
          • period
    • Emotional Development
        • The students may
          • Exhibit mood swings
          • seek attention but not
          • like to be singled out
          • Developing identities
    • Emotional Development
        • The Teacher could –
          • Provide positive opportunities
          • for releasing emotions
          • Provide ways for students to
          • experience success
          • Encourage acceptable work, behavior, attitudes, and achievements by giving immediate, relevant feedback
    • What this mean for the classroom teacher
        • Help students to develop a sense of self-efficacy
        • Assign tasks of appropriate difficulty
        • Offer choices
        • Ensure that knowledge and skill experiences are interactive
    • References
          • What Every Middle School Teacher Should Know by Trudy Knowles and Dave F. Brown. (2000)
          • Linking Middle Years to Learning, Manitoba Education and Youth (2003)
          • PLS MSST Key Information
    • Media
          • Flickr: ( http://www.flickr.com/ )
          • Istockphoto; (http://search.creativecommons.org/)
          • Your Junior High Days (1963), McGraw-Hill Films (http://www.archive.org/)