ERIC Number: ED358554
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
Caught in the Middle: How To Unleash the Potential of Average Students.
Gonder, Peggy Odell
While most school systems have programs for gifted and special-education students, little attention is paid to the many students in between. Because the majority of students do not receive the special attention offered at the extremes of education, there is a danger that their needs are not being met. Most in the educational community agree that these students in the middle can perform better. Several factors contribute to the low achievement of many average students: low expectations, inappropriate testing, passive learning, lack of motivation, overextended schools and overextended teachers, among others. Strategies to engage students include active learning, heightened expectations, and motivation building. In addition, teachers' needs must be addressed to improve education for average students. Teachers need to be included in reform efforts and, most importantly, to receive training to help them inspire and engage students as well as maintain and improve their own teaching skills. Parents must also become involved in education, not only by providing a supportive and learning environment at home, but by becoming involved in schools. Lastly, testing must be made a more useful learning tool. A list of 10 references and 4 resources are included. (JPT)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Educational Objectives, Elementary School Students, Elementary Secondary Education, Faculty Development, Parent School Relationship, Public Schools, Secondary School Students, Student Development, Student Motivation, Student Needs, Students
American Association of School Administrators, 1801 N. Moore Street, Arlington, VA 22209 (Stock No. 021-00340).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Association of School Administrators, Arlington, VA.