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Course Descriptions

Middle Level Teaching Methods

EDUC 2000

This course provides instruction and guidance in the design, implementation, and assessment of teaching strategies adapted to young adolescents.


The students will:

1.  Describe who middle level learners are developmentally.

2.  Analyze various strategies and ideas concerning middle level teaching and learning (especially teaming and advisory) and articulate a personal philosophy.

3.  Determine best instructional methods for middle level learners.


Wormeli, Rick. Meet Me in the Middle. Stenhouse Publishers: 2001, ISBN: 1571103287

Marzano, Robert, et al. Classroom Instruction That Works: Research-Based Strategies for Increasing Student Achievement. Association for Supervision And Curriculum Development: 2001* ISBN: 0871205041

*Please note that there is an updated version of the Marzano book that just came out in 2013. It was written by Dean, Hubbell, Pitler, and Stone. You are welcome to read either copy of the book, though the latest copy will have more up-to-date details.

"The books chosen were really helpful and perfect for teachers teaching middle school. I learned so much from this course."

"I gained many great insights about teaching middle school. I used many strategies and skills from this course in my classroom."

"Readings, assignments, and discussion questions were very clear and easy to know what she expected to get out of the readings and the class work."

"The field experience assignments were the most challenging at first, but the most worthwhile for me to grow as a reflective teacher."

"Reflecting on my own teaching, researching new methods, and excellent feedback from instructor."

"Great reflection, worthwhile texts & personable instructor."