1st Edition

Enhancing Student Learning in Middle School

By Martha Casas Copyright 2011
    384 Pages
    by Routledge

    384 Pages
    by Routledge

    A comprehensive introduction to middle school teaching, this textbook focuses explicitly on instructional strategies that encourage adolescents to become active participants in their own learning within a world of accountability and standardized testing. The author, an experienced middle school teacher and teacher educator, takes a constructivist approach to teaching that considers the whole child, including the emotional, psychological, social, and cultural variables uniquely associated with adolescence. The text examines the full range of middle school topics, from the development and diversity of middle school learners, to the structures, curriculum, and management of the classroom itself.

    Special features include:

    • "Empowering Middle School Students to Take Ownership of their Learning," "Teaching Scenario," "Key Points," and "Creating an Anti-Oppressive Atmosphere in Your Classroom" textboxes help teachers gain a clearer understanding of content presented and encourage them to become reflective practitioners.
    • Callouts throughout explicitly link chapter content to NMSA standards.
    • Discussion of the unique challenges of actively engaging bilingual students, special needs students, and students exhibiting antisocial behavior.
    • Accounts about middle school students illustrate the ways adolescents think about school and learning.
    • A chapter that focuses on ways teachers can apply the general teaching strategies to specific subject areas.
    • Sample Lesson Plans, Focus Questions, Chapter Summaries, Journal Entries, and Student Activities/Assignments are included throughout to encourage readers to actively participate with the text.

    1. Rationalizing the Middle School Concept

    2. Theoretical Frameworks

    3. Motivational Theories and Early Adolescence

    4. Effective Classroom Management

    5. What is Antisocial Behavior?

    6. Designing and Enacting the Curriculum

    7. Using Multicultural Education to Enhance Student Engagement in Learning

    8. Assessing Student Learning

    9. Instructional Strategies for Developing Higher-Level Thinking

    10. Enhancing Student Engagement in the Content Areas

    11. Parental and Community Involvement


    Martha Casas is an Associate Professor of Teacher Education at the University of Texas at El Paso.

    "Enhancing Student Learning in Middle School is a remarkably insightful and unique text for both aspiring and practicing middle grades teachers. Casas offers realistic, relevant, and well-grounded approaches for promoting engagement and addressing the academic and affective needs of young adolescents. It is a must read for teachers who wish to improve their teaching and student learning."

    --Micki M. Caskey, Professor, Middle Grades Education, Portland State University