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  • Finding Nuance in the Middle School Classroom Stephen Davis @rushtheiceberg www.rushtheiceberg.com
  • Collaborative Google Doc Finding Nuance in the Middle School Classroom - Google Docs http://bit. ly/filRDg
  • This AND That
  • Middle Level Students… … are experimenting with life … can smell fear a mile away … vacillate along a scale of deep depression (for both real and imagined reasons) and pure jubilation (for both real and imagined reasons)
  • Today’s Takeaways Allow students to move Allow students to think Allow students to be emotional Allow students to be social
  • Once our students enter Middle School, it is like they are walking inside an amusement park.
  • You Do Not Have to Be Like This Teacher!
  • Allow your students to move
  • Physical Needs of Adolescents Adolescents experience more physical changes than at any other time in their lives, except the first two years of their of life .
  • Practical Applications Students can sit on the ground or stand Students can work outside Students can brainstorm while walking the track Students can pass back papers
  • The Nuance Students need to be free to move around, yet still have constraints and organization just like a rollercoaster.
  • How Can You Allow Your Students to Move in Your Class?
  • Allow your students to think
  • Intellectual Needs of Adolescents Adolescents begin to increase their ability to execute abstract thought processes, though often overlooked because it’s not as obvious as physical changes .
  • Practical Applications Thinking takes time Time shift “Exit Slips” with Wallwisher and Answer Garden Questions are evidence of thinking Well meaning sarcasm is powerful
  • The Nuance Students think differently than teachers. Students will get to an answer even though it may not be a straight line, just like this rollercoaster.
  • How Can You Allow Your Students to Think in Your Class?
  • Allow your students to be emotional
  • Emotional Needs of Adolescents Adolescents exhibit intensity and unpredictability because they’re attempting to navigate their developing identity as an adult, while maintaining credibility with peers .
  • Practical Applications Students are moody. You are, too! Show students your emotions When you are tired, tell them When you have other things on your mind, tell them
  • The Nuance Just like this rollercoaster, students’ emotions will be all over the place and upside down. Don’t fight it; enjoy the ride!
  • How Can You Allow Your Students to Be Emotional in Your Class?
  • Allow your students to be social
  • Social Needs of Adolescents Adolescents desire to be in a group, with increasing importance placed on being associated with other adolescents rather than adults.
  • Practical Applications Students learn when they talk with each other Group work does not have to be a long, drawn out process. Three minutes works well! Talk with your students in between classes, on the way to lunch, at after school activities Google’s 20% Philosophy
  • The Nuance Like standing in line at an amusement park, school is often boring, but more enjoyable and meaningful for students when allowed to talk with others.
  • How Can You Allow Your Students to Be Social in Your Class?
  • Suggested Websites Middleweb Fires in the Mind Social Voice The Line Middle School Matters A Teacher’s Desk #midleved
  • Today’s Takeaways Allow students to move Allow students to think Allow students to be emotional Allow students to be social
  • Closing Thoughts Like roller coasters, each class will be different… There will be bumps… There will be tunnels of darkness…
  • … but there will be joy burned into your memories for the rest of your life.