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Constructivist Teaching Strategies for Diverse Middle-Level Classrooms, Mylabschool Edition
Synopses & Reviews
Constructivist Strategies for Proactive Middle Level Teachers 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 book addresses a major goal set by the Carnegie Council on Academic Development or by the National Middle School Association particularly selected for middle-level programs. The book employs as its focus constructivism, multiculturalism, and a proactive approach to teaching-all topics of concern/importance to teacher educators. Prospective middle level teachers.
Table of Contents
1. Teaching and You.
The Teaching Profession.
The Teacher's Attitude.
Role of Constructivist Teachers.
Cooperative Learning Programs.
Using Research to Improve Teaching.
Benefits of Conducting Research.
2. Using Performance Objectives.
Education Expectations: Aims, Goals, Objectives.
Performance Objectives in Three Domains
3. Long Range Planning.
The Question of Content.
Researching Higher Levels of Thinking.
The Unit Plan.
4. Planning Daily Lessons.
The Daily Lesson Plan.
Applying Constructivism to Daily Planning.
Implementing the Lesson Plan.
Learning Cycle Theory.
Sample Daily Lesson Plan.
Past Use of Evaluation in Schools.
6. Test Administration, Administration, and Scoring
The Teacher's Responsibility.
Curriculum Alignment and Authentic Tests.
Types of Tests.
The Purpose of Testing.
Writing Test Questions.
Higher Level Questions: Cognitive Domain.
A Balance Is Needed.
Accountability: Standardized and Alternative Tests.
IV. PROVIDING FOR INDIVIDUAL DIFFERENCE.
7. Individualizing Instruction.
The Need to Individualize.
In-Class Ability Grouping.
Using Instructional Models.
Matching Students' Learning Styles and Teachers' Teaching Styles.
Using Microcomputers to Individualize.
Programs for At-Risk Students.
Other Ways to Involve Students.
8. Teaching in Multicultural Classrooms.
Taking a Positive Approach.
A Reason for Optimism.
The Teacher's Decision.
The Teacher's Role.
Selecting Ethnic Materials.
Academic Achievement from Everyone.
The Teacher's Wider Role.
Using Process to Praise Diversity.
V. TEACHING STRATEGIES AND COMMUNICATIONS.
9. Teaching Strategies.
The Case Study Method.
Cooperative Learning (Revisited).
The Need for Communications.
Messages to Communicate.
Verbal Communication Skills
The Questioning Grid.
Nonverbal Communication Kills.
Effective Schools Research.
VI. CLASSROOM MOTIVATION AND DISCIPLINE.
Student Attitudes Toward the Subject.
Student Attitudes Toward Themselves.
Arts Education Affects Students' Attitudes Toward Themselves.
Student Attitudes Toward the Teacher.
The Role of Humor.
Keeping Students Challenged.
Clarifying Goals and Procedures.
Using Students' Opinions.
Student Contracts as Motivators.
Grades, Tests, Projects.
12. From Discipline to Self-Discipline.
A Preview of Discipline.
Discipline: A Definition.
Desirable Teacher Attitudes Toward Discipline.
Discipline: A Continuum of Views.
Management Theories and Education.
Classroom Management Models.
Models Developed Specifically for Education.
Trends in Discipline Today.
The Cascade Model for Classroom Discipline.
Avoiding Discipline Problems.
Dealing with Problems.
What Our Readers Are Saying