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  1. Association of Christian Schools InternationalACSIMetro NYC ConventionAbundant Life, Nutley, NJOctober 18-19, 2007Middle School Series #1 Presenter: Dr. Stuart Knapp Prepared by: Dr. S. Knapp

  2. Association of Christian Schools International • ACSIAnnual ConferenceSturbridge, MAOctober 18-19, 2007Middle School Series #1Presenter: Dr. Stuart Knapp • Nyack College Prepared by: Dr. S. Knapp

  3. Getting To Know You Prepared by: Dr. S. Knapp

  4. Getting to Know You… Through Inquiries I. Inquiries = interviews w/MS students. Asking MS students how they see things: surveys, show of hands, etc. Prepared by: Dr. S. Knapp

  5. Be filled with the Spirit Ephesians 5:18 … the spirit of INQUIRY “As we help young adults explore who they are in Christ, we can start by asking them to trust God for where He wants them to be.” Baugh & Hurst, 2003, p.161 Prepared by: Dr. S. Knapp

  6. 4 Areas of Inquiry • Nature of informal groups • Time on cell ph. • $ earned/wk & • $ spent/wk. Prepared by: Dr. S. Knapp

  7. 1. Informal groups • Jocks • Do-gooders • Preppies (all girls) • Punks (weirdos) Prepared by: Dr. S. Knapp

  8. “How do you know which group to belong to?” • By the way they treat you & others • Clothes & hairstyle • Manner of talk Prepared by: Dr. S. Knapp

  9. “Why are you in that particular group?” • They’re my friends • We get along • I can be me Prepared by: Dr. S. Knapp

  10. 2. Tele (cell) time • Average = 28 min/da • Range = 5 min. I hr. Prepared by: Dr. S. Knapp

  11. 3. $ earned • Range = $2 $15/wk. • If no allowance, $ for chores • Chores = 1. Doing dishes 2. Babysitting 3. Cleaning house/yard 4. Mowing grass 5. Delivering newspapers 6. Cleaning room 7. Take out papers, containers, ref΄use (as in garbage) Prepared by: Dr. S. Knapp

  12. 4. $ spent ALL of $ earned + XX amt. borrowed against next wk. Prepared by: Dr. S. Knapp

  13. II. Q. Purpose of Inquiries • A. Teacher credibility w/students is enhanced, i.e. young transescents LIKE to be asked what they THINK & BELIEVE Prepared by: Dr. S. Knapp

  14. III. Why Use Inquiry ? • Communication A. In schools, teachers tell-students listen B. Inquiry allows for role reversal • Adult Understanding A. transescents have needs that they’ve never experienced before B. they need a variety of experiences, NOT same old same old Prepared by: Dr. S. Knapp

  15. Stress (when teachers understand sources of MS stress, they can help kids cope & learn) • Sources • fear of school failure • peer pressure • fears about physical safety • being different from & liked by others • e.being picked on, made fun of • f.changing clothes in the locker room in front of others • g.family problems Prepared by: Dr. S. Knapp

  16. Students knowing about each other, their • school & community (local & global) • They have not previously • experienced a MS • b. they have not previously been • aware of the (local/global) • community’s social, political, • economic, interactive dynamic Prepared by: Dr. S. Knapp

  17. 5. Reflection & Speculation • Clearing up local & global prejudices • or hypocracies they have , not ever • having thought about it • previously Prepared by: Dr. S. Knapp

  18. 6. modeling • Inquiry provides a model for • students, namely that: • when adults don’t know • something, it’s natural & • OK to ask Prepared by: Dr. S. Knapp

  19. IV. What Do We Want To Know ? • About school • What I like most/least • How I feel about school rules, discipline, homework • Cafeteria • What adults think of me • My unmet needs • Things I’d like to learn about, but haven’t been taught Prepared by: Dr. S. Knapp

  20. About Teachers • What I like/dislike about her/him • things (s)he does that help/hinder • me as a person • c. things (s)he does that help/hinder • my learning • What makes a good teacher • What I’d do if I were a teacher Prepared by: Dr. S. Knapp

  21. 3. About learning • what I most/least enjoy learning • Important things I’ve learned in/out of school • Ways I like to show what I’ve learned • Changes at school that would help me learn better Prepared by: Dr. S. Knapp

  22. 4.About parents - family • Parent expectations of me at school, home, community • good advice from parents • Things about me I wish parents valued more • Favorite things to do w/my parents • My parent rules • Family routines, rituals, celebrations, traditions Prepared by: Dr. S. Knapp

  23. 5. About other kids • Things about best friends • Things they do that they shouldn’t • Pressures from kids about which I “just say NO” • Things about kids whom I don’t like to be around • Things kids do that make me feel sad, betrayed, disappointed • Other kids’ successes/failures Prepared by: Dr. S. Knapp

  24. 6.About Myself & Others • The responsible me • The confident me • Things I like to read • Religious beliefs • Free time preferences Prepared by: Dr. S. Knapp

  25. 7. Favorites • Food • Music • Clothes • Games • Sports • TV • Travel • Food Prepared by: Dr. S. Knapp

  26. 8. Community Activities • Scouting • Church • Organized sports • Dance Prepared by: Dr. S. Knapp

  27. 9. Judgments & Choices (Pressures) • tobacco, alcohol, & drugs • dating, going steady, sex • vandalism • stealing • cheating • honesty • child abuse • adults/others to turn to for advice/help Prepared by: Dr. S. Knapp

  28. DOCUMENTING WHAT KIDSTHINK ABOUT (locally/globally) • topic discussion • video/audio recording • journal writing (personal reflections) • logs (academic opinions, reflections, attitudes) • teacher’s log • letter writing • suggestion box • portfolios Prepared by: Dr. S. Knapp

  29. In each of the preceding 9 “Fruits of the Spirit” (slides 19-27) Galatians 5:22-26 we turn to face the following Message: “Incline thine ear unto wisdom, and apply thine heart to understanding” Proverbs 2:2 Prepared by: Dr. S. Knapp

  30. We have pondered together in this Middle School Series #1 The Christian Educator’s goal of: Getting to Know You… A study in Faith and Learning with transescents Thank you In Session 2 we explore ways to Construct & Connect Global Understandings Prepared by: Dr. S. Knapp

  31. References Baugh, K., & Hurst, R. (2003). The quest for Christ: Discipling today’s young adults. Loveland, CO: Group Publishing.International Bible Society (1984). The Holy Bible: with helps. USA: Zondervan Pub. House.Stevenson, C. (2002). Teaching ten to fourteen year olds. Boston: Allyn & Bacon.Walley, C., & Gerrick, G. (1999). Affirming middle grades education. Boston: Allyn & Bacon. Prepared by: Dr. S. Knapp