5 Ways Teachers Bring Out the Best in Middle School Students
- Shadow a student for a day- Observe a student you don't know very well, interview them about their highs and lows, log detailed notes about their day, and then apply what you learned to your teaching practices.
- Communicate that you're ready to be an emotional support- Consider using mental health check-ins, mood notes to communicate distress in secret ways, or take a mental health first aid course. Teach students coping strategies- taking deep breaths, tossing and catching a ball, doing wall push-ups, getting a drink of water.
- Make reflection a part of the learning process- To help students learn to collaborate, have students self-assess their work throughout a group project. You might ask, "Is the workload distributed fairly? If it's uneven, what can be done to even it out? What strengths did I bring? What would I do differently next time?
- Be intentional about embracing differences- Be intentional about fostering a healthy self-identity. The main goal being acceptance. You don't have to befriend everyone, but move them from a place of awkwardness to one of understanding.
- Give students a voice- Talk to students above their age and maturity and involve them in rule generation. Make it clear that you welcome their ideas and feedback. Give them a sense of control, which will increase their willingness to comply and contribute to their community.
Check out more tips in Middle School Matters by Phyllis Fagell.
Upcoming Professional development opportunities
- 02.06- Strategies for Executive Functioning in the General Education Setting- adapting curriculum, instruction, and assessments to all students
- 02.12- Introduction to Co-Teaching- how to implement co-teaching that benefits all students
- 02.18- Cool Tool Librarian Duel- learn about exciting technology tools at the annual librarians training
- 02.20- Strategies for Supporting Fraction Sense Webinar and other math webinars
- 02.22- Engaging Students in Social Science- Rescheduled!
- 02.25- Music Educators Conference- topics include student-led music learning, rehearsal techniques, Illinois music learning standards
- 02.25- 101 Therapy Strategies to Increase Effectiveness as a Speech Language Pathologist
- 02.26- Outbursts, Oppositional Defiance, and Frustration in the Classroom- learn self-regulation techniques to reduce the frequency, severity, and duration of problematic behavior
- 03.03- Practical, Successful Strategies in Mathematics- designed for general math, pre-algebra, and algebra teachers as well as special education teachers
- 03.11- Anxiety in the Classroom- learn practical strategies that can be applied to reduce anxiety
- 03.16- Treating Anxiety Disorders in the Age of Texting, Social Media, and 24/7 Internet Access
- 03.18- HS Math Networking- spring collaboration among area high school math teachers
- 04.28- High-Impact Strategies to Reduce Chronic Misbehavior
- List of upcoming professional development offered through ROE 3
- List of the Top 20 PD Books to Read in 2020
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