Middle School Teaching Strategies
Teachers of middle school students are working with a wide variety of students and typically, a wide variety of disruptions, as students try and adjust, with various degrees of success, to all the comings and goings of a typical sixth, seventh or eighth grade classroom.
Lesson plans need to be flexible and engage and capture students’ attention, and then recapture it, and then recapture it again, and often have to reteach and reinforce in progressive building blocks to ensure mastery of a subject. And it doesn’t hurt if the curriculum incorporates common and popular themes of the moment such as Twilight, Hunger Games and other books, movies and entertainment. With some creativity, determination, and, a good dose of humor, teaching middle school can be a rewarding and fulfilling experience.
The lesson plans and teaching ideas at Bright Hub Education are written and vetted by experienced teachers who have faced sixth, seventh and eighth grade classrooms, taught the lesson plans they describe, and lived to tell the tale. They pass on their tips and their strategies to you.
An increasing number of schools are going online. This method may have its advantages, but is it the best choice for kids in middle school grades?
Whether or not your child has been diagnosed with ADD or ADHD, these tips should help your child focus, be healthier, and do better in school.
The middle school years are not easy for students–and they’re not easy for instructors, either. Dealing with all of the hormones, gossip and high expectations people have on the students, it’s not an easy feat. Discover strategies, tips and lessons to get you though teaching the seventh grade.
Teaching middle school can be a daunting task. Students can be demanding, antsy and loving at the same time. As a teacher, you have the opportunity to impact your students at a very important time in their lives. Discover a multitude of resources that can help you do this.
Teaching 6th grade is a special challenge but very rewarding. This is the age where you can start teaching your students more challenging material. Get ideas forming your curriculum with the following lesson plans.
Team building is especially important in health education because the subject matter can be difficult for some to discuss. It promotes healthy self disclosure and social skills while encouraging cooperative learning. This article highlights some great team building games for the health ed classroom.
You have finished your lesson and there are five minutes left on the clock. What do you do? Don’t waste an opportunity for engaged learning (and allow your students to become restless). Instead, try one of these activities.
For some teachers, record keeping can be quite tedious. However, there are tricks of the trade that teachers use to make their lives easier. This article will give you many tips to aid you in this process.
The last days of school are quickly approaching. You have taught and tested and now it’s time to wrap up your school year. Spend quality time with your students during the last days of school with these fun year-end activities for middle school students.
Lose the face-buried-in-the-paper oral reports and dull posters or slide shows with these teacher ideas for president presentations. Try having tea with the president or holding a press conference.
It is never too early to begin training middle school students for tasks that they will inevitably have to face as they become young adults in the working world. The following lesson plan gives ideas to middle school students to successfully fill in a job application.
For history and social studies teachers, you can make your classroom look and feel like you’re sitting right in India! Not only will your middle school students enjoy the look, they will want to learn more about this country in the Far East!
Try these getting to know you activities on the first day of school or halfway through the year. It’s never too late to learn more about the people in your classroom. Middle school and high school students will enjoy breaking the ice with these fun activities.
This interactive activity “Make Your Own Recipe” article is meant for junior high or middle school children. I’ve used a simple and fun game show-like format that will keep the children engaged and help them learn about cooking methods and food groups.
Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, “The only way to have a friend is to be one.” Social skills are some of the most important building blocks of life. Here are some great ideas for incorporating social skills in your junior high groups.
This lesson plan for teachers on wants and needs provides a series of activities to help students learn the difference between basic needs for humans vs. wants. The activities can be modified for a variety of ages and skill levels.
Bullying in middle school is a large problem. “For every 25 middle school kids, an average of 2 kids are harassed daily and another 2 to 3 are bullied weekly” and “almost 9 out of 10 kids say they’ve seen someone being bullied,” reports the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
Are you looking for a great way to help students internalize math concepts? Teaching mental math is just the thing! Find out why mental math is so important and discover how to motivate students to improve math skills using mental math ideas and activities.
A creative way students can showcase information about a selected profession is to make a career brochure. This lesson will give teachers various tools for aiding their students.
Motivate your students to write with a variety of games, creative writing activities, and fun assignments. Check out these ideas for your middle school class.