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 depres...
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 ...
Practical Applications Students can sit on the ground or stand Students can work outside Students can brainstorm while wal...
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,  thou...
Practical Applications Thinking takes time Time shift “Exit Slips” with  Wallwisher  and  Answer Garden Questions are evid...
The Nuance Students think differently than teachers.  Students will get to an answer even though it may not be a straight ...
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 t...
Practical Applications Students are moody.  You are, too! Show students your emotions When you are tired, tell them When y...
The Nuance Just like this rollercoaster, students’ emotions will be all over the place and upside down.  Don’t fight it; e...
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 wi...
Practical Applications Students learn when they talk with each other Group work does not have to be a long, drawn out proc...
The Nuance Like standing in line at an amusement park, school is often boring, but more enjoyable and meaningful for stude...
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 darknes...
… but there will be joy burned into your memories for the rest of your life.
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  1. 1. Finding Nuance in the Middle School Classroom Stephen Davis @rushtheiceberg www.rushtheiceberg.com
  2. 2. Collaborative Google Doc Finding Nuance in the Middle School Classroom - Google Docs http://bit. ly/filRDg
  3. 3. This AND That
  4. 4. 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)
  5. 5. Today’s Takeaways Allow students to move Allow students to think Allow students to be emotional Allow students to be social
  6. 6. Once our students enter Middle School, it is like they are walking inside an amusement park.
  7. 7. You Do Not Have to Be Like This Teacher!
  8. 8. Allow your students to move
  9. 9. 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 .
  10. 10. 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
  11. 11. The Nuance Students need to be free to move around, yet still have constraints and organization just like a rollercoaster.
  12. 12. How Can You Allow Your Students to Move in Your Class?
  13. 13. Allow your students to think
  14. 14. 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 .
  15. 15. Practical Applications Thinking takes time Time shift “Exit Slips” with Wallwisher and Answer Garden Questions are evidence of thinking Well meaning sarcasm is powerful
  16. 16. 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.
  17. 17. How Can You Allow Your Students to Think in Your Class?
  18. 18. Allow your students to be emotional
  19. 19. 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 .
  20. 20. 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
  21. 21. The Nuance Just like this rollercoaster, students’ emotions will be all over the place and upside down. Don’t fight it; enjoy the ride!
  22. 22. How Can You Allow Your Students to Be Emotional in Your Class?
  23. 23. Allow your students to be social
  24. 24. Social Needs of Adolescents Adolescents desire to be in a group, with increasing importance placed on being associated with other adolescents rather than adults.
  25. 25. 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
  26. 26. 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.
  27. 27. How Can You Allow Your Students to Be Social in Your Class?
  28. 28. Suggested Websites Middleweb Fires in the Mind Social Voice The Line Middle School Matters A Teacher’s Desk #midleved
  29. 29. Today’s Takeaways Allow students to move Allow students to think Allow students to be emotional Allow students to be social
  30. 30. Closing Thoughts Like roller coasters, each class will be different… There will be bumps… There will be tunnels of darkness…
  31. 31. … but there will be joy burned into your memories for the rest of your life.

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