In the United States, there is a wide variation in the way in which the middle school curriculum is taught. The differences can be significant, ranging from the amount of information covered in a lesson to the types of topics covered. Also, there are variations in the standards used for teaching these lessons.
The middle school curriculum review, a tool used by educational professionals to evaluate the effectiveness of curriculum, assesses these various differences.
The FAQ Document Of USA's Department of Education
The United States Department of Education (ED) publishes the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about the middle school curriculum.
In this document, a typical question is asked about the differences between the PECS curriculum and the National Standards for Mathematics and Science (NSMS). A more in-depth FAQ on middle school curriculum can be found at Middle School Learning, which is jointly developed by the National Learning Program (NLP), Institute for the Study of Technology in Education (ISTE) and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). NCATE is an organization that has published the Common Definition of Learning (CDL) and develops reference texts on the subject.
The Roles And Objectives Of the FAQ Document
The FAQ of middle school curriculum covers a wide array of topics, which include...
- reasons for teaching social and emotional skills
- the importance of mathematics and science in classrooms
- the relationship between reading and writing
- the use of personal knowledge and students' self-image
- the instructional philosophy
The Main Sections Of A Middle School Curriculum
There are 3 major sections of the curriculum:
- science (focus on physical science, life sciences, and physical disabilities)
- reading (reading instruction includes both phonemic awareness which teach children how words are spelled, and comprehension, which involve developing understanding of the meaning of words and sentences)
- social studies (for social studies students learn critical thinking, learn cultural values, and understand human interaction)
Groups That Help And Support the Development Of A Curriculum
There are many organizations that provide support during the development of the middle school curriculum. These groups include...
- the National Association of School Psychologists
- the National Council for Higher Education
- the National Home Educators Association
In addition to these groups, the National Standards sets the standards for what should be taught in the classroom.
Many states have also developed middle school curriculum standards. In New York, teachers must teach reading, writing, math, science, and English at the same level. All states require public schools to provide equal access to programs and activities for students with disabilities.
Choosing A Curriculum
Before choosing a middle school curriculum, it is important to check the requirements of the state in which the students attend. The requirements will determine if the curriculum is aligned with the NCLB (National Curriculum Creativity Model) or if the requirements need to be adjusted.
An aligned curriculum ensures that all students have access to the same learning content. In the case of the NCLB, this content has been modified from the earlier Elementary Reading Program. Since the old model does not work for all students, the middle school curriculum reviews have helped to make the new curriculum a more effective learning tool for all students.
Middle school curriculum reviews are an important way to help ensure that the right curriculum is being taught to students.
A good curriculum fosters a culture that is interested in learning and having fun. It can increase the number of students who are interested in learning and increases the time it takes for them to learn the material. Reviews are available for parents, teachers, educators, and other professionals who want to learn more about how the curriculum should be evaluated.