The New Three R’s • Rigor – Vigor (Middle-level) • Relationships • RelevanceMIDDLE LEVEL ISSUES; Vol. 7 #1, January, 2007Academic Vigor and Meeting the Learning Needs of Middle LevelStudentsBy Chris Sousa and Robert C. Spear, Ed.D
21st Century Skills• Digital Age Literacy• Inventive Thinking• Effective Communication• High Productivity
Keep In Mind…• Appropriate for Middle Level• Process over Product• Completion Formula – Grades 6-12 N X 3 or N X 4 – Grades 3-6 N X 4 or N X 5• TIME!
Instructional Philosophy• Connect to their Interests!• Integrate!• Facilitate!• Authentic Assessment!
How We Learn10% of what we READ20% of what we HEAR30% of what we SEE50% of what we SEE and HEAR70% of what is DISCUSSED with OTHERS80% of what is EXPERIENCED PERSONALLY95% of what we TEACH TO SOMEONE ELSE William Glasser
Classroom Environment• Accelerative Learning –Appeal to senses • Music • Lighting • Posters/Bulletin Boards • Themes • Props
Set the Stage• Memorize Names 1st Day• Meet & Greet• Listen to Students• Make Conversation• Show Genuine Concern• Bell-ringer
Instructional Strategies• Get Up & Moving• Repeat Directions• Time Cues• Brief and Debrief• Ask Two Before Me
Instructional Strategies• Self Assess & Peer Assess• Post Key/Model• Different activities – 10-12 minutes (3-4 a period)• Over Plan• Use Humor