Curricular applications of nature/ needs of Young Adolescents (grades 4-9) studied via the Ohio Social Studies Academic Content Standards. Students study effective practice strands of the Social Studies Model in the Partnership School Setting. Technology applications are required. Multiple intelligences, learning styles, diversity enriched curricula free of stereotyping, active learning, special projects, service/community activities, and constructivist learning are applied to teaching middle-childhood students. Critical thinking, problem solving, and performance skills are pursued. Social interaction is explored through the venues of verbal, nonverbal, and media/technology applications. Best practices explored for inclusion requirements for all instructional/service activities. Supportive interaction and self-motivation of middle childhood learners explored for enhanced student involvement/ achievement. Integrated studies across middle grades curricula are emphasized. Ohio Academic Content Standards is a framework for instructional planning. Social science strands utilized as frameworks for thematic, cross-curricular studies. Appropriate middle school formal and informal assessment strategies utilized. A required field experience takes place in a middle school setting that supports the principles of the Association for Middle Level Education. Activities include observation, participation, and teaching (individual students, small groups, and large groups). Self-reflection on best practices in teaching young adolescents is required. Portfolio development accompanies the experience and course study. A fifteen-hour (15) field experience is required for this course. Course fee required.
Offered Fall for 3 Semester hours.