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.
Middle school students are often highly susceptible to having a negative body image due to the many physical and psychological changes they are going through. Here are some ways you as their teacher can help.
Guidance counselors work with students at an academic and social level. The academic focus of a guidance counselor’s job is educational support, career advice and orientation for students. This lesson plan focuses on career planning for students.
“Can I have your attention please?” Such a simple question, but it’s a challenge in a world where there is so much competition for the attention of our students. This article has a simple equation to increasing attention span and engagement in the classroom.
Teaching the basics of health, hygiene, and male and female anatomy can be quite a daunting task, especially when facing a group of middle school students. Here are a few middle school health project ideas to get you started.
A snide remark or an evil sneer can be more than just an isolated incident or a minor conflict among the otherwise fairer sex. Curtail cattiness, alleviate boredom and reduce mean cliques in your learning environment with anti-bullying lesson plans for girls.
Are your students ready to learn the curriculum that you need to teach so that they can pass the state achievement test? Try some of these tips to figure out your students’ learning readiness and learn some new tips for giving pre-tests.
What is a productive way that students can work together? Collaborative learning activities allow students to collaborate and to learn. Three examples are the jigsaw strategy, group investigation, and double journal.
Does your state assess its students through annual achievement or proficiency tests? Most do. One middle school project that can help students review for this test is to make an Achievement Assessment Review Hallway.
Lessons plans for poetry can sometimes fall flat with reluctant students. They cannot relate to the old language in some poems and think all poetry is difficult. Try these activities to engage all types of students by having a party and sharing some great music.
When assigning a research paper, teachers need to list step-by-step directions, give students examples of an exemplary paper, create a grade sheet, and allow students to work in class. This project will be time consuming but worthwhile.
Middle school students can use the computer to tape, edit and make a show that focuses on current events in the news. Students will work in small groups to organize, write, tape, and edit a show. This project can be completed in social studies, language arts or a technology class.
Middle school projects can go one of two ways: wonderful or horrible. Knowing the pitfalls of projects in advance can help teachers to avoid them in the future. This teaching strategy requires careful planning, but the outcome is definitely worth it.
One activity to keep students engaged at the end of the year is survey other students, analyze the data and to present their findings. This activity can be organized with cooperative learning groups assigned by the teacher or random groups chosen by the students.