Constructivist Methods for Teaching in Diverse Middle-level Classrooms

Constructivist Methods for Teaching in Diverse Middle-level Classrooms

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qConstructivist Methods for Teaching in Diverse Middle-Level Classroomsq is designed to prepare prospective middle-level teachers for their first classroom experience and to help in-service teachers improve their teaching skills. Each of the themes in this text addresses a major goal set by the National Middle School Association or the Carnegie Council on Adolescent development. The book has three themes: constructivism, multiculturalism, and a proactive approach to teaching - all topics of importance to middle-level teachers. Features: Each chapter opens with a graphic organizer, showing a clear picture of how the major parts relate to each other, followed by objectives and connecting statements. Each chapter has a case study of a real event that is happening today in a middle school, written by an educator working directly with or in that school. 24 proactive silk-screened boxes engage the readers in activities that promote proactive behavior. 24 reflective silk-screened boxes cause the readers to stop and relate the content to their experiences. 28 silk-screened boxes, most written by state Teachers of the Year provide practical tips from some of the nation's brightest teachers. Each chapter is summarized with a qRecap of Major Ideas, q qSummary, q and qSuggested readings and resources.q Author bio: Ken Henson is dean of the School of Education at The Citadel. A former middle grades science and math teacher, he received both a National Science Foundation Fellowship and a Fulbright Scholarship. In 2000, the Association of Teacher Educators and Wadsworth Publishers named Mr. Henson the Distinguished Teacher Educator of the Year.Another method the team used to easily review terminology was through aquot;zip- around cards.aquot; Zip-around is an oral activity in which one student describes a term or problem and the answer is found on another studenta#39;s card. ... and are recorded in studentsa#39; math journals; these activities generally consist of a few problems to help aquot;spiralaquot; the curriculum a€” that is, ... half of the students had gained up to two grade levels, with the remaining student group remaining at the same grade level.

Title:Constructivist Methods for Teaching in Diverse Middle-level Classrooms
Author:Kenneth T. Henson
Publisher:Allyn & Bacon - 2004


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