Middle School Strategies, T&L 900Instructor: Naomi McGaughey
Instructional Strategies & Classroom Management
Audience: Middle School
Gain a greater understanding of the middle school curriculum and instructional strategies as well as the needs of early adolescent students. The focus will be on the roles teachers play in incorporating a guided, interdisciplinary, collaborative team approach that assists students during these fundamentally transformative years.
You will review the necessary components of organization (teaming, advisor/advisee, exploratory, learning communities) and instruction (cooperative learning, student grouping, teacher strategies, and student learning styles) that create a unique middle school environment.
Through this online course, you will:
- develop an interdisciplinary unit that integrates content across curricular areas.
- identify and plan a lesson regarding the characteristics of middle school children.
- identify curriculum areas and philosophical concepts that meet the physical, social, intellectual, and effective needs of the early adolescent.
- create a plan to utilize a variety of instructional strategies and assessments that meet the needs of the early adolescent.
NOTE: This course applies to the Middle School Endorsement Requirements as stated by the North Dakota Education Standards & Practices Board.
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Online Course - 3 credits S/U grading
Professional Development Credits: 3 - S/U grading
UND Fee: $375
Online Course - 3 credits Letter grading
Professional Development Credits: 3 - Letter grading
UND Fee: $375
About Your Instructor
Naomi McGaughey has been with the Grand Forks Public Schools in Grand Forks, ND for 10 years working at Valley Middle School. She received her Masters of Science in Education with a Middle School Education Cognate from the University of North Dakota in 2005. She earned this degree through the Middle School Resident Teacher Program which pairs full time graduate school along with a full time contracted teaching position. Naomi earned her Bachelor of Arts in History and Secondary Education degree with Minors in Middle School and Special Education in 2003 from the University of North Dakota. She also completed a Middle Level Foreign Language Endorsement. Naomi has taught 7th Grade World Geography and 8th grade Foreign Language. She also served as the Assistant Coordinator for Valley's school-wide Interventions Program for 3 years. Naomi has served as the Allied Arts Team Leader, RTI-B (PBIS) Co-Team Leader, Student leadership Advisor, and has served on the district's Character Education Committee. Most recently, Naomi was hired to be a school-wide Instructional Coach for Valley Middle School in August of 2011 working with the Grand Forks Public School's Curriculum, Instruction, Assessment and Professional Development District Department.