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The Middle School Mind

The Middle School Mind

Author: Richard M. Marshall

Publisher: R&L Education

ISBN: 9781610485852

Category: Education

Page: 130

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This book is a must read for anyone in close proximity to middle schoolers. Using actual events from the lives of real teenagers, the authors (a middle school principal and a child neuropsychologist) combine perspectives to provide an engaging, light-hearted journey into the adventures and misadventures of newly-minted teens. First, the authors put to rest some long-standing misconceptions about teenage behavior. However bizarre they appear to adults, teenagers emotional reactions and their behaviors can no longer be explained solely by raging hormones. Using the stories as a backdrop, the authors provide emerging findings from developmental psychology and the neurosciences to explain why young teens do the things they do. The developing brain of a young teenager produces thoughts and feelings that are vastly different from an adult. Knowing this helps us to appreciate and accept the unique challenges they face."

Inspiring Middle School Minds

Inspiring Middle School Minds

Author: Judy Willis

Publisher: Great Potential PressInc

ISBN: PSU:000067205257

Category: Education

Page: 306

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Discusses the middle school period in gifted education, research on brain structure and chemistry in learning and adolescence, memory, classroom organization, learning styles, and methods of extending and enhancing teaching.

Connecting Theory and Practice in Middle School Literacy

Connecting Theory and Practice in Middle School Literacy

Author: Jason DeHart

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781000511901

Category: Education

Page: 226

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Bringing together the voices of researchers and teachers, this volume addresses how teachers connect theory to practice in the middle school English Language Arts education setting and explores how to teach and engage with young adults in a way that treats them as ethical and thoughtful citizens. The book bridges the gap between educational theory and real-world implementation and covers a range of timely topics in middle level education through a focus on text choice, identity, and practice. Contributors acknowledge and balance the challenges associated with the reality of teaching, including time constraints, sudden shifts, and fast-paced work, with real-world guidance on key topics, such as supporting multilingual students, queering middle grade pedagogies, teaching diverse texts, examining racial bias in the classroom, and critical digital literacy. Ideal for courses on middle level education and literacy education, this book encourages and equips pre-service teachers to engage in meaningful conversations with their students that foster reflection and transformative learning.

The Young Adolescent and the Middle School

The Young Adolescent and the Middle School

Author: Steven B. Mertens

Publisher: IAP

ISBN: 9781607527275

Category: Education

Page: 409

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(Sponsored by the Middle Level Education Research SIG and the National Middle School Association) The Young Adolescent and the Middle School focuses on issues related to the nature of young adolescence and the intersection of young adolescence with middle level schooling. This volume of the Handbook of Research in Middle Level Education marks the sixth installment in the series. The Handbook series, begun in 2001 by Vince Anfara, the series editor, has addressed varying thematic issues important to middle level education research. This volume, The Young Adolescent and the Middle School, focuses on the unique developmental needs of young adolescents and the role of the middle school in attending to these needs. The contributing authors in this volume address one of three developmental areas critical to young adolescents—physical development, intellectual/cognitive development, or social and personal development—and how these developmental characteristics affect the educational environment and the organization of middle schools.

Middle School Makeover

Middle School Makeover

Author: Michelle Icard

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781351861328

Category: Education

Page: 201

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Middle School Makeover is a guide for parents and educators to help the tweens in their lives navigate the socially fraught hallways, gyms, and cafeterias of middle school. The book helps parents, teachers, and other adults in middle school settings to understand the social dilemmas and other issues that kids today face. Author Michelle Icard covers a large range of topics, beginning with helping us understand what is happening in the brains of tweens and how these neurological development affects decision-making and questions around identity. She also addresses social media, dating, and peer exclusion. Using both recent research and her personal, extensive experience working with middle-school-aged kids and their parents, Icard offers readers concrete and practical advice for guiding children through this chaotic developmental stage while also building their confidence.

Theory of Mind in Middle Childhood and Adolescence

Theory of Mind in Middle Childhood and Adolescence

Author: Rory T. Devine

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781000390117

Category: Psychology

Page: 276

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This landmark text integrates diverse perspectives on how humans understand others’ minds (or ‘theory of mind’) beyond early childhood into middle childhood and adolescence. It explores how the neural, cognitive, and social changes of middle childhood and adolescence shape the ongoing development of theory of mind, and how theory of mind helps children navigate their lives. Drawing on cutting-edge research from leading international experts, this book provides a survey and analysis of the current state and future direction of the field. It is organized around three themes relating to the key issues in contemporary research. The first part focuses on the biological and cognitive bases of theory of mind in middle childhood and adolescence. The second part goes on to explore the social predictors and consequences, considering how theory of mind is shaped by social experiences and, in turn, impacts children’s social lives in middle childhood and adolescence. Finally, the third part focuses on theory of mind in the context of neurodiversity, disability, and youth mental health in middle childhood and adolescence. Offering in-depth understanding for all students and scholars of developmental and cognitive psychology, neuroscience, clinical psychology and psychiatry, and education, this valuable text also identifies an agenda for future scholarship on this exciting topic.

Promoting Positive Learning Experiences in Middle School Education

Promoting Positive Learning Experiences in Middle School Education

Author: Gaines, Cherie Barnett

Publisher: IGI Global

ISBN: 9781799870678

Category: Education

Page: 335

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Declining academic performance, along with a growing apathy of students toward the value of education, demonstrates that students in the United States public education system do not recognize the value of a positive experience in middle schools. A plethora of research and writing has been done on elementary schools and secondary schools, but middle school education, as a whole, has been left behind. For this reason, there is the need for current research on all aspects and topics that may contribute to middle school student success. Promoting Positive Learning Experiences in Middle School Education focuses on the ideal conditions for maximizing student success and engagement in middle school education. The chapters take a deeper look into the modern tools, technologies, methods, and theories driving current research on middle school students, their teachers, their classroom environment, and their learning. Highlighting topics such as curriculum reform, instructional strategies and practices, effective teaching, and technology in the modern classroom, this book is ideally intended for middle school teachers, middle school administrators, and school district administrators, along with practitioners, stakeholders, researchers, academicians, and students interested in middle school education and student success.

The Power of Middle School

The Power of Middle School

Author: Keen J. Babbage

Publisher: R&L Education

ISBN: 9781610487030

Category: Education

Page: 173

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The middle school years are a maze of academic duties, human growth and self-development, discovering self identity, and increasing social interaction with other people. This maze can be an adventure of achievement and opportunity, or it can be a struggle of difficulty and disappointment. By discussing the comprehensive roles and duties of school administrators, counselors, and teachers, The Power of Middle School addresses how to maximize middle school curriculum and extra-curricular activities for the academic, personal, and professional benefits of all students.

The Encyclopedia of Middle Grades Education (2nd ed.)

The Encyclopedia of Middle Grades Education (2nd ed.)

Author: Steven B. Mertens

Publisher: IAP

ISBN: 9781681235714

Category: Education

Page: 471

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The second edition of The Encyclopedia of Middle Grades Education has been revised, updated, and expanded since its original publication in 2005. The Encyclopedia is a comprehensive overview of the field; it contains alphabetically organized entries that address important concepts, ideas, terms, people, organizations, publications, and research studies specifically related to middle grades education. This edition contains over 210 entries from nearly 160 expert contributors, this is a 25% increase in the number of entries over the first edition. The Encyclopedia is aimed at a general audience including undergraduate students in middle?level teacher preparation programs, graduate students, higher education faculty, and practitioners and administrators. The comprehensive list of entries are comprised of both short entries (500 words) and longer entries (2000 words). A significant number of entries appearing in the first edition have been revised and updated. Citations and references are provided for each entry.

Middle School Matters

Middle School Matters

Author: Phyllis L. Fagell

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 9780738235097

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 288

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A counselor and popular Washington Post contributor offers a new take on grades 6-8 as a distinct developmental phase--and the perfect time to set up kids to thrive. Middle school is its own important, distinct territory, and yet it's either written off as an uncomfortable rite of passage or lumped in with other developmental phases. Based on her many years working in schools, professional counselor Phyllis Fagell sees these years instead as a critical stage that parents can't afford to ignore (and though "middle school" includes different grades in various regions, Fagell maintains that the ages make more of a difference than the setting). Though the transition from childhood to adolescence can be tough for kids, this time of rapid physical, intellectual, moral, social, and emotional change is a unique opportunity to proactively build character and confidence. Fagell helps parents use the middle school years as a low-stakes training ground to teach kids the key skills they'll need to thrive now and in the future, including making good friend choices, negotiating conflict, regulating their own emotions, be their own advocates, and more. To answer parents' most common questions and struggles with middle school-aged children, Fagell combines her professional and personal expertise with stories and advice from prominent psychologists, doctors, parents, educators, school professionals, and middle schoolers themselves.

Using Science Notebooks in Middle School

Using Science Notebooks in Middle School

Author: Michael P. Klentschy

Publisher: NSTA Press

ISBN: 9781936137046

Category: Education

Page: 232

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Many middle school teachers across the United States use student science notebooks as part of their daily classroom instruction. Many others would like to but are not sure exactly how to start. Following his bestselling Using Science Notebooks in Elementary Classrooms, Michael Klentschy now examines how the student science notebook can be an invaluable tool at the middle school level. Strategic sentence starters, discussion starters, graphic organizers, and writing scaffolds are included to create or build on existing knowledge. Numerous examples of student work are provided---even an entire notebook entry for one lesson, from making initial predictions to defending conclusions. A discussion of the needs of English learners is also provided, with specific strategies to increase both language fluency and writing proficiency. Scoring guides and other approaches to giving student feedback are included to both underline the importance of feedback and provide some classroom-tested ways to do it.