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Introduction to Middle School: Curriculum and Instruction

This course examines the junior high and middle school. The course will evaluate the unique characteristics of the adolescent, diversity among middle school students, structures of middle school, and curriculum and instruction.

Topics and Objectives

Junior High and Middle School

  • Examine the history of the junior high and middle school.
  • Compare and contrast the middle school and the junior high.

Managing the Learning Environment

  • Describe a positive and productive learning environment.
  • Discuss physical, emotional, and academic safety.
  • Discuss the implications of No Child Left Behind.
  • Examine the importance of family and community involvement.

Diversity Among Middle School Students

  • Analyze how physical, intellectual, emotional, and social development impacts learning.
  • Identify how differences among adolescent students affect progression.
  • Discuss strategies to recognize diversity differences in the classroom.

Middle Level Teachers

  • Describe important ideas, principles, and understandings needed by a middle level teacher.

Structures of Middle Schools

  • Analyze how architectural designs affect the middle school environment.
  • Describe an appropriate classroom configuration for adolescent learning.
  • Discuss the different schedules used in middle school and/or junior high.

Curriculum and Instruction

  • Assess how tracking or grouping students impacts a middle school.
  • Discuss the alignment of curriculum to national and state standards.
  • Analyze the interdisciplinary/multidisciplinary curriculum approach.

Instructional Strategies

  • Assess the implications of standards-based reform on curriculum.
  • Demonstrate middle school instructional strategies.


  • Discuss the purpose and types of assessments.
  • Describe assessment tools used to measure instructional success.

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