This We Believe

I have been reading “This We Believe: Keys to Educating Young Adolescents” which is a document from AMLE that discusses the essential attributes that teachers and schools should implement when planning for a successful middle school. The 4 attributes are developmentally responsive, challenging, empowering, and equitable. This document also discusses characteristics of young adolescents. It is very important for teachers to be aware of these characteristics. There are also 16 characteristics for a successful middle school which are split into 3 different categories which are curriculum, instruction, and assessment; leadership and organization; and culture and community. These 16 characteristics are helpful in implementing the 4 essential attributes. Although this document is geared toward middle school, I believe that it can be beneficial to teachers of all age groups. All teachers must plan instruction that is developmentally appropriate for their students. When planning instruction that is challenging, it is also important to keep students interests and abilities in mind. Teachers of all ages must plan for family and community involvement. Teachers must become knowledgeable of the age group they are teaching so that they can be prepared to teach them to the best of their ability. There are many aspects that are involved in becoming a successful teacher. I believe that this document is a beneficial guide that will help all teachers learn and become better educators.

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