A Guide to Middle School Curriculum Planning in Exploring Life’s Work. Bulletin No. 92080.
Smeltzer, Preston; And Others
This text describes an approach to middle level education that focuses on the work children will be expected to do as adults. This approach requires teachers to use instructional strategies that support the development of thinking skills. Chapter 1 explains the rationale for adopting a new approach to middle level curriculum. Chapter 2 examines teachers’ planning of lessons and four features of an effective middle school curriculum. Chapter 3 discusses the advantages and implementation of, and teacher’s role in, cooperative group learning. An instructional approach that emphasizes student exploration of new areas of interest is the subject of Chapter 4. Chapter 5 considers the process of concept learning. The social, emotional, intellectual, and physical characteristics of middle level students are outlined in Chapter 6. Chapter 7 describes the process of implementing a curriculum on work. Chapter 8 contains sample learning activities related to six areas critical to students’ success: management, communication, interdependence, motivation, cooperation, and socialization. A short reference list is provided at the end of each chapter. Appendixes include an analysis of the concept of life’s work, the Wisconsin School District Standards and Rules, and a list of middle school career and vocational competencies. (BC)