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.
“The Machine” is a nice group warm-up, and an especially versatile activity. It can be used as a game in drama class, a fun vocal warm-up in singing class (in addition to other warm-ups), an ice breaker in youth groups, and an exercise to prime children to work cooperatively before any class.
This article discusses how technology, primarily texting, has negatively influenced students’ writing skills, and offers advise on what particular weaknesses students may have developed that you will need to work on correcting in your classroom.
Some teachers will run literature circle groups to go along with reading workshop. With literature circle groups, four or five students are reading the same book, which they chose from a list of books on the same theme or by the same author. Teachers will also allow students to give book talks.
Life Skills can be a very resourceful group or unit to be studied in school. While teachers know they have to teach the basics such as math and language arts, what about topics dealing with everyday choice such as drugs and alcohol? While many schools have drug prevention program some do not.
Creating a classroom oral history is a fun way to record the thoughts, ideas and stories of your students. As years pass, it will provide a priceless memento that will not only serve as a teaching tool for future classes, but as a timeless memory of your students.
Starting the school year is always tough-both for the students and teacher. The ease of summer is gone and months of homework, lectures and questionable lunches lie on the horizon. A comparison to school systems of another time and culture can get students to think about what school is all about.
Improve your students comprehension of material taught in class by getting them to review their notes. These tips should help break the norm of any ineffective cycles, and create a quality review process that teaches and engages.
Improve student achievement by sharing these secrets about taking notes in class. These tips will benefit you and those you teach as part of an introduction to a multiple part series on taking notes in the classroom.
Early adolescence occurs roughly between the ages of twelve and eighteen years. During this time period many dramatic changes are taking place not only mentally but physically for the child. So what can educators do to help these transitions in the classroom?
Whether it is back to school time or any time of the school year, studying equals academic success. However, some students do not know how to study. After watching countless middle school students struggle over the years, I’ve created a top 10 list of what students can do to improve study habits.
How can we be sure that students are really learning and having a good experience in our classrooms? Read more for some tips on ways to improve student learning. Learn about creative lesson plans that will allow your students to grow academically by putting them in “real life" situations.
Educating middle school students about the positive aspects of different cultures is a great way to break down the barriers of prejudice. The Multicultural Project will allow students to work in small groups to research a unique culture, prepare a presentation and create a tri-fold visual aid.