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PEDC 9052  Tips for Teaching Preteens and Teens
3 Graduate level or In-service Credits/ 45 hours Instructor Valerie Hanley April 1-29, July 1-30, October 1-30
University of the Pacific
 

There is a saying that no one grows up with the dream that one day they will teach middle school. Teaching middle school and high school present unique challenges that require a special set of problem-solving skills. This course will present you with ideas on how to effectively teach middle school and high school age students. You will explore how the physical, emotional, and psychological development of students of this age affect how they act, learn, and relate to one another. In addition, you will gather and create resources that you, your students, and their parents can use to help them minimize stress and increase academic and interpersonal success. Upon completing this course, you will have a treasure trove of ideas, activities, tips, and lessons to help you survive teaching one of the most challenging age groups.



How will this course help educators to meet the Common Core Standards?

The Common Core standards put a new emphasis on analyzing texts, debating issues, and reading nonfiction. These types of activities fit in perfectly in any middle or high school classroom. This course will help you find the strengths of your preteen and teen students, and you will discover ways to teach to those talents.

How will this course benefit my classroom instruction and learning objectives?

Teaching preteens and teens requires a unique set of skills. This course will help you to better understand the needs and abilities of your students as you discover creative and new ways to present material to them. You will complete this class with some great new activities and plans to use in your classrooms right away. 

Foreign Language and LOTE teachers

Not sure how to best teach your middle and high school students? This course will give you some creative and unique ideas on how to teach to the strengths and abilities of this age group. You will emerge from the class inspired and motivated to try new activities with your students.

Mathematics teachers

Math can be challenging for students of all ages. This course will give you some excellent new strategies and activities to try with your students. You will learn how to teach this age group more effectively as you discover what makes them tick.

Science teachers

Not sure how to best teach your middle and high school students? This course will give you some creative and unique ideas on how to teach to the strengths and abilities of this age group. You will emerge from the class inspired and motivated to try new activities with your students.

Social Studies teachers

Not sure how to best teach your middle and high school students? This course will give you some creative and unique ideas on how to teach to the strengths and abilities of this age group. You will emerge from the class inspired and motivated to try new activities with your students.

The Arts teachers

Creative expression can be such a great outlet for preteens and teens. This course will give you some excellent new strategies and activities to try with your students. You will learn how to teach this age group more effectively as you discover what makes them tick.

Special Education teachers

The preteen and teen years are difficult for all especially for students with special needs and diverse abilities. This course will give you some excellent new strategies and activities to try with your students.

Social workers, guidance counselors, and school psychologists

The preteen and teen years are difficult for all especially for students with difficult lives and diverse abilities. This course will give you some excellent new strategies and activities to try with your students.

Elementary education teachers

Even though you don’t teach preteens or teens currently, this course can help you. First of all, you never know what the future may bring career-wise. You could be teaching elementary age children today and teens next year. Also, understanding how different teens are from younger students can help you guide your students to meet the challenges that await them. This course will give you some excellent new strategies and activities to try with preteens and teens. Most ideas can even be modified to suit any age group.

Secondary education teachers

The preteen and teen years are difficult for all. This course will give you some excellent new strategies and activities to try with your preteen and teen students. Upon completion of this course, you will have an abundance of new exciting ideas to maximize the learning opportunities in your classroom.

Media and technology specialists

Preteens and teens love technology. This course will give you some great ideas on how to tap into that natural affinity for all things tech that students of this age have. You will find yourself inspired to try all the new activities and ideas you learn in this course.

Career and Vocational specialists

Not sure how to best reach your middle and high school students? This course will give you some creative and unique ideas on how to teach to the strengths and abilities of this age group. You will emerge from the class inspired and motivated to try new activities with your students.