ERIC Number: ED417806
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997
Thinking about Middle School.
This book on middle school uses a very free-form structure to encourage educators to think about middle school's philosophy and purpose, and about how to create a successful middle school. The preface claims that it is not a book "about" teaming, advisory, interdisciplinary units, intramurals, parent-teacher conferences, and other middle school issues, but is rather a book about "thinking about" all these things. The chapters are: (1) "Thinking About"; (2) "Successful Schooling"; (3) "The Challenge: Perspectives on Successful Middle Schools"; (4) "Common Sense: The Middle School"; (5) "It's All Culture"; (6) "Culture: The Litmus Test of Successful (Middle) Schooling"; (7) "Applying the Logic: Principles, Patterns, and Practices"; and (8) "Thinking About Middle School." Throughout the book are comments, lists, assignments, and examples designed to stimulate readers' analysis of middle school and their own school's culture, principles, and practices. The book's main thrust is that middle school should be built around the students, literally and figuratively. (EV)
Descriptors: Administrator Attitudes, Educational Environment, Educational Improvement, Educational Innovation, Educational Philosophy, Educational Practices, Educational Principles, Intermediate Grades, Junior High Schools, Middle School Students, Middle School Teachers, Middle Schools, Reflective Teaching, School Culture, Student Needs, Teacher Attitudes, Theory Practice Relationship
National Middle School Association, 4151 Executive Parkway, Suite 300, Westerville, OH 43081; phone: 800-528-6672 (NMSA Stock No. 1249).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Middle School Association, Columbus, OH.