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Ch 4: MTTC Middle Level: Curriculum & Instructional Design

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Through this chapter, improve your understanding of effective middle school curriculum and curriculum design as you study for the MTTC: Middle Level exam.

MTTC Middle Level: Curriculum & Instructional Design - Chapter Summary

In this series of short, engaging lesson videos, follow along with our professional instructors as they explain the process of creating and implementing effective middle school curricula that fit the K-12 curriculum continuum. These lessons are mobile-device compatible, so that you may have a versatile way of reviewing:

  • Components of curriculum and curriculum design
  • Important elements of middle school curricula
  • Ways of developing curricula that emphasize the interdisciplinary nature of knowledge
  • Benefits of taking into account the ideas and interests of students when planning curricula
  • Understanding the functions of the Individualized Education Plan
  • Using differentiated instruction to meet the needs of individuals
  • Section 504 regulations and making accommodations for students with special needs in public schools
  • Strategies of Culturally Responsive Teaching (CRT) and Response to Intervention (RTI)
  • Ways of improving gender equality in education

Following your exploration of these videos, be sure to reinforce your understanding of the material by reading the transcripts. Additionally, test your comprehension by taking the lesson quizzes. Review your quiz results to find out what topics you don't understand and then revisit the lessons via video tags to improve your knowledge of them.

MTTC Middle Level: Curriculum & Instructional Design Objectives

The objective of the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification (MTTC): Middle Level exam is to ensure that future middle grades teachers in the state of Michigan possess sufficient knowledge of the nature of early adolescence, pedagogy and the philosophy of the middle school concept. To meet its objective, this paper-based and computer-based certification exam asks 100 multiple-choice questions in a four-hour and 30-minute or two-hour and 30-minute testing session, respectively. On test day 18% of the questions you will see will be about curriculum and instructional design.

13 Lessons in Chapter 4: MTTC Middle Level: Curriculum & Instructional Design
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What is Curriculum?

1. What is Curriculum?

Teachers are often asked to design or work with particular curricula, but rarely do we get a chance to talk about what curriculum actually is. This lesson gets you toward a definition and gives you a few key guiding points to work with.

What is Curriculum Design?

2. What is Curriculum Design?

Curriculum design is a big part of teaching, but it can be hard to know exactly what it means. In this lesson, you will follow a teacher as he learns some of what goes into effective curriculum design.

Becoming an Effective Teacher

3. Becoming an Effective Teacher

Understanding the principles and theories of educational psychology is essential for teachers but simply understanding is not enough. Future teachers must embrace sound educational principles and seek opportunities for growth throughout their careers. This lesson will focus on the qualities of an effective teacher, including pedagogical content knowledge awareness, reflective teaching and action research.

Creating & Implementing a Curriculum for Middle School

4. Creating & Implementing a Curriculum for Middle School

Developing a curriculum for middle school students requires looking through a variety of lenses. These include the typical focus of teachers, such as the content standards. However, it also requires considering the motivation of the middle school students from a physiological perspective.

Interdisciplinary Connections in Mid-Level Curriculum & Instruction

5. Interdisciplinary Connections in Mid-Level Curriculum & Instruction

This lesson teaches steps to develop interdisciplinary middle school curriculum and instruction. You'll learn rationale for making connections, how content and resources contribute to understanding and strategies to facilitate integration of knowledge.

Using Student Voice in Planning Curriculum & Learning Activities

6. Using Student Voice in Planning Curriculum & Learning Activities

Using student voice in your classrooms will help your students learn and learn about learning. But how do you incorporate their thoughts into your lessons? This lessons describes principles for listening to and applying student voice.

Differentiated Instruction: Adapting the Learning Environment for Students

7. Differentiated Instruction: Adapting the Learning Environment for Students

Differentiated instruction is a great strategy that teachers use to accommodate a wide variety of learning needs. In this lesson, we discuss differentiated instruction and identify which aspects of the classroom can be differentiated.

Individualized Education Plan (IEP): Function, Purpose & Guidelines

8. Individualized Education Plan (IEP): Function, Purpose & Guidelines

The Individualized Education Plan is a critical document for children who receive special education services. In this video, we will take a brief look at the development and function of this important document.

What Are Section 504 Regulations & Accommodations in Public Schools?

9. What Are Section 504 Regulations & Accommodations in Public Schools?

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 is a critical piece of legislation designed to protect individuals with disabilities. In this video, we will explore the components of Section 504 as well as how it impacts school-aged students.

How Students Qualify for Special Education Services

10. How Students Qualify for Special Education Services

Understanding how students qualify for special education services can seem like an overwhelming task, but it doesn't have to be. In this video, we will break down the basics of special education qualification in the K-12 public school system.

Culturally Responsive Teaching (CRT): Theory, Research & Strategies

11. Culturally Responsive Teaching (CRT): Theory, Research & Strategies

A person's culture can impact their approach to education and the way they learn. In this lesson, we'll examine culturally responsive teaching, a teaching method that takes into account students' cultures to help them succeed.

What Is Response to Intervention (RTI)? - Tiers & Strategies

12. What Is Response to Intervention (RTI)? - Tiers & Strategies

The Response to Intervention process, or RTI, was designed and implemented in public schools as an attempt at early intervention for students with exceptional educational needs. In this video, we will look at the basics of this process.

Improving Gender Equality in Education

13. Improving Gender Equality in Education

A person's gender can influence the way they experience the educational system. Watch this lesson to find out more about improving gender equality in education, including the impact that Title IX had on gender equality.

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