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ERIC Number: ED079252
Record Type: RIE
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A New Kind of Teacher for the New Middle School.
Bondi, Joseph C.
The rapid growth of the middle school has necessitated the formation of a new teacher education program. Until the present time, the middle school teacher has received in-service training at the elementary and secondary levels. This method has proved to be inadequate and a preservice education program that is neither elementary nor secondary has been proposed. With the initiation of this program, an investigation was begun of the characteristics of the middle school teacher. This new kind of teacher should not only like working with 10-14-year-olds, but should also be sensitive to their emerging independence, heightened insecurity, and divergent interests. An internship period for the preservice participant would strengthen the student/teacher relationship. The ability of the middle school teacher to cooperate with other teachers was deemed necessary because of the extended use of team teaching. Because problems in reading and communication skills are prevalent in the middle school, the teacher should know how to prescribe for these problems individually. The preservice education program should then include courses and experiences which would aid in dealing with these problems. The program should also include flexible scheduling because of the various courses offered to the middle school student. A list of activities and a model schedule from the Desoto Middle School, Arcadia, Florida were included. (BRB)
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