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This course addresses middle school historical and philosophical foundations in the context of teaching and classroom management. Students will examine the historical dimensions of the structure and curriculum of middle schools. Philosophical issues such as tracking, interdisciplinary curriculum, and experiential learning will be discussed. This course combines educational theory with actual classroom practice. Students will identify and plan appropriate instructional strategies for diverse learners in middle-school contexts and identify appropriate classroom management skills and techniques for adolescents. Students wil examine a variety of programs and strategies such as adviser-advisee, interdisciplinary team teaching, and integrated curriculum planning. A field experience will provide students with an opportunity to practice and reflect upon their own teaching.