1. What does it mean to be a middle school professional?

Every middle school teacher should be knowledgeable about the physical changes that come with adolescence. The main reason I say this is because you never know which teacher a child might feel comfortable with, talking about these changes. Most children find these adolescent changes embarrassing and difficult to address, as they do not understand what is happening to them and why it is happening (other than lumping it as puberty). Teachers need to pay attention to what to teach and how to teach it by keeping in mind the developmentalism aspect of adolescence.



  1. How do we know when our middle school students understand?


We can know when our middle school students understand by observing them. When students are self-directed learners, motivated, inquisitive, and willing to help others, and also willingly explain hard concepts to their peers, we can rest assured, they have learned. They will also show a higher sense of confidence and self-esteem and will be forth coming to future challenges.


  1. How can we design differentiated, interdisciplinary, and dynamic learning experiences for our middle school students?


We can do this by figure out what motivates students, collaborating with other teaches to reinforce concepts, giving them choice and independence over projects, and urging students to take on the responsibility of self-directed learning.


  1. What are the special challenges faced by New York State middle school teachers in regard to curriculum and assessments?

-Curriculum is too varied.

-Very little time is left to linger on a topic, as curriculum is also too vast. This allows extraordinarily little room for reinforcing concepts

-There is an ever-growing knowledge gap between grades. Not enough teachers in the DOE to address these gaps, in every subject properly.


5. How does reflection improve our curriculum design and instruction for middle school students?


Reflection means to look at past experiences thoughtfully, so after designing a curriculum, we can look back and see what hard part of the curriculum was, where did the students struggle most, what can we as teachers do to help the students at that point of struggle. Reflecting back at our instructional methods, we can also give ourselves the chance to better our teaching skills and home in on our delivery of instructions.



    • Gerald Ardito
      Gerald Ardito


      You have done a really good job with this reflection.

      In reading it, it is now clear that you have developed yourself into a middle school educator. You clearly understand who they children are, what their worlds (internal and external) are like, and what it takes to work with them.

      It is exciting to see how you have internalized the work of this course. 

      Well done!

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