Middle School Learner Development   Original presentation by Chris Halter MSST October 2008
Revised By Felisa Isakson Carnegie MS PD - 09/15/09 <ul><li>Check out the original </li></ul><ul><li>presentation here:  h...
The Middle School Learner  <ul><ul><li>So you want to know about the middle school learner?  </li></ul></ul><ul><li>http:/...
Intellectual Development <ul><ul><li>The student -  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>is moving from being concrete  </li></u...
Intellectual Development <ul><ul><li>The Teacher could  -  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Use concrete examples to </li></...
Self-Image  <ul><li>The student –  </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>is concerned with how he or she appears to others  </li></ul>...
Self-Image  <ul><li>The Teacher could  –  </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Scaffold activities and  </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><...
Gender Differences  <ul><ul><li>The students – </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>have different attitudes towards science tha...
Gender Differences  <ul><ul><li>The Teacher could  – </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Strategically group students  </li></u...
Physiological Changes  <ul><ul><li>The student is undergoing   </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>rapid growth  </li></ul></ul...
Physiological Changes  <ul><ul><li>The Teacher could –   </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Provide opportunity  </li></ul></u...
Emotional Development <ul><ul><li>The students may  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Exhibit mood swings  </li></ul></ul></u...
Emotional Development <ul><ul><li>The Teacher could –   </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Provide positive opportunities  </l...
What this mean for the classroom teacher  <ul><ul><li>Help students to develop a sense of  self-efficacy  </li></ul></ul><...
References <ul><ul><ul><li>What Every Middle School Teacher Should Know by Trudy Knowles and Dave F. Brown. (2000)  </li><...
Media <ul><ul><ul><li>Flickr: ( http://www.flickr.com/ ) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Istockphoto; (http://search.c...
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Middleschool Learner

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

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