This thorough book addresses the wide array of middle school issues from an informed vantage point in the classroom. It projects a new era in intermediate education—where the power of new technologies makes it possible, for the first time, to individualize learning. A wealth of practical suggestions and ideas for teachers are offered throughout the book. The range of topics includes characteristics of pre-adolescent learners to curriculum, instructional strategies, organization and structure of the middle school, and learner assessment. There is a strong emphasis on the role of technology and standards in teaching and learning today. A valuable resource for anyone preparing to teach in the new American Middle School of the 21st Century.