This course provides students with a research-based, comprehensive, and practical introduction to pedagogical methods. Areas of focus include: aligning curriculum, instruction, and assessment; writing objectives tied to Illinois Learning Standards & the Common Core Standards; planning effective lessons that scaffold instruction; differentiating instruction for the individual needs of students; and creating authentic assessments. Emphasis will be placed on understanding the middle school philosophy. Concurrent registration in ED 311. Prerequisite: Admission to the Division of Education (Gate 1). Two hours.