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In Newfoundland and Labrador, students in Grades 7, 8, and 9 are enrolled in the province’s intermediate schools. The best and fullest development of young adolescents is the overall goal of intermediate school.
The concepts, values, and skills of the curricula in English language arts, mathematics, science, social studies, music, industrial arts, technology education, art, physical education, French, health, home economics, and religious education are relevant to the interests and needs of twelve- to fifteen-year-olds.
The program achieves balance by placing equal emphasis on the cognitive, affective, and psychomotor domains and by taking into consideration the wide range of individual differences in the intermediate school.
In the intermediate grades, students consolidate skills for continued learning (e.g., communication and numeracy skills) and develop competence in decision making, leadership, self reliance and taking responsibility. Problem solving, discussion, group procedures, and strategies that promote independent thinking are the primary approaches to education in the intermediate school. Ongoing assessment and evaluation determine students’ remedial and enrichment needs. Early adolescence is a time of rapid physical growth, of intense desire for autonomy, of questioning, and of searching for values. Young adolescents need someone with whom they can talk over problems and work out solutions. The homeroom, where students spend a substantial amount of time with the same teacher every day, provides stability. Teachers and parents should have high expectations for young adolescents. They must believe that these students can learn, that they want to learn, and that the intermediate school is instrumental in meeting their learning needs.
For further information got to Department of Education Website or
cut and past in address box http://www.ed.gov.nl.ca/edu/sp/pos/2007-08/7-intermediate.pdf
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