Middle School Philosophy and Curriculum, T&L 900Instructor: Diane Stoley
Life Skills/Social Issues, Instructional Strategies & Administrative/Leadership
Audience: Middle School
The primary objective of this middle school course is to examine the evolution of middle schools with particular emphasis on the rationale. Why are we, as middle school educators, doing the things we do, and how well is it working? How has our knowledge better assisted the needs of our early adolescent students?
This course will look at the historical and philosophical background of middle level education. Our focus will be on the roles teachers and administrators play in incorporating this guided, interdisciplinary, and collaborative team approach that assists students during these fundamentally transformative years. We will look at the necessary components of organization (teaming, advisor/advisee, exploratory, and learning communities) and instruction (cooperative learning, student grouping, and teacher strategies and student learning styles) that create a unique middle school environment. We will explore contemporary issues associated with the middle school as well as the adaptations necessary for special circumstances affiliated with middle schools.
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Online Course - 3 credits Letter grading
Professional Development Credits: 3 - Letter grading
UND Fee: $375
About Your Instructor
Diane Stoley has been an educator in the Grand Forks Public Schools since 1987. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education from Northern State University in 1985 and her Master of Curriculum and Instruction from the University of St. Thomas in 1994. Diane has taught English for grades 7 - 11, primarily grades 7 and 8. Being active in the middle school transition for the Grand Forks District, Diane studied the middle school concept and has a strong commitment to the education of middle school students. She taught at South Middle School in Grand Forks until 2008. In the fall of 2008, Diane became the Resident Teacher Mentor at Valley Middle School in Grand Forks working with first year teachers in the Resident Teacher Program at the University of North Dakota, and also teaching various courses in the Teaching and Learning Department at UND. Diane and her husband Jim have three daughters and reside in Grand Forks.