Building an Effective Middle School

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WCB Brown & Benchmark Publishers, 1994 - Education - 318 pages
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This exciting text provides useful information on the most important characteristics of an effective middle school program as identified by on-going research & study. Each chapter discusses the general nature of each characteristic, procedures for developing that particular characteristic, as well as ways of dealing with some of the problems that might arise in developing the characteristic. Special features include 1) a realistic look at middle schools offering strategies readers can use in their own classrooms, 2) developing a "middle school philosophy" about educating pre-adolescent students & reminding the reader of the developmental needs of middle school age youth, & 3) numerous examples from successful middle schools are provided giving readers practical information needed to implement the middle school concept. TABLE OF CONTENTS: Part I The Middle School & Its Boys & Girls; 1. What is a True Middle School?, 2. Growing Up in Difficult Times, 3. Changing from Junior High to a True Middle School. Part II Curricular Experiences; 4. Basic Skill Repair & Extension, 5. Multimedia Approach, 6. Creative Exploration & Enrichment Activities, 7. Independent Study, 8. Evaluating Student Progress, 9. Physical Activities/Intramural. Part III Organizing Classes; 10. Middle School Organization Patterns, 11. Flexible Scheduling, 12. Continuous Progress. Part IV Guidance for a Troubled Age; 13. Guidance, 14. Social Development of Transescents. Part V Student Services & the Community; 15. Auxiliary Staffing, 16. Student Services, 17. Community Relations.

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What Is a True Middle School?
Making the Decision to Change
Setting a Time Table and Beginning to Work

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