ERIC Number: ED412204
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997
Sparking the Thinking of Students, Ages 10-14: Strategies for Teachers.
Beamon, Glenda Ward
Each of the seven chapters in this guide presents current research with practical applications for the middle-level teacher and integrates these instructional approaches with the developmental needs of the young adolescent. After a foreword by David H. Reilly, chapter 1 provides a general overview of current cognitive research and its implications. Chapter 2 describes the foundations of a classroom climate "safe" for young adolescent thinking. Chapter 3 focuses on the cognitive development of the young adolescent with application of recent findings from brain research. Chapter 4 deals with inquiry-based instruction and includes specific teacher questioning strategies that challenge both the level and depth of student thinking. Chapter 5 presents strategies for determining when students responses reflect improved reasoning skills and better logic, motivating students to become evaluators of their own intellectual maturation, and evaluating performance. Chapter 6 looks at instructional methods, writing and reading responses, technology, and community action projects, and offers suggestions for student products and performance. Chapter 7 projects the direction of middle-level education in light of cognitive science and the thrust for more meaningful instruction and learning. (Contains 92 references.) (ND)
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Cognitive Development, Early Adolescents, Educational Strategies, Intermediate Grades, Junior High Schools, Middle School Students, Middle School Teachers, Middle Schools, Performance Based Assessment, Questioning Techniques, Student Improvement, Student Motivation, Teaching Guides, Teaching Methods, Theory Practice Relationship, Thinking Skills
Corwin Press, Inc., 2455 Teller Road, Thousand Oaks, CA 91320-2218 (Hardback: ISBN-0-8039-6582-6, $45.95; Paperback: ISBN-0-8039-6583-4, $19.95).
Publication Type: Books; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
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