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This course will explore curriculum approaches, teaching and assessment strategies, classroom management, and other critical issues in teaching at the middle childhood and adolescence levels. Students will become familiar with the ways in which middle and high schools function, both within their buildings and within their broader communities. Essentially we will be trying to answer a very complicated question: How can teachers behave in the classroom to make it more likely that their students will learn? In fact, that will be the essay question for your final exam.


This course is designed around these essential questions:

1. How can we design and orchestrate learning activities for adolescents that foster and promote deep learning?
2. What does it mean to orchestrate levels of abstraction?
3. How can we create and maintain autonomy supportive learning environments for adolescents?