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The middle school child

  1. 1. The Middle School Child One teacher’s perspective The teenage brain… Video Article
  2. 2. Me… <ul><li>Bachelors of Elementary Education from Calvin College, minors in math and science </li></ul><ul><li>Masters of Science Education from Aquinas College </li></ul><ul><li>Completed 3 year training as a Partner for Sustainable Education with the VanAndel Education Institute (1 st generation) </li></ul><ul><li>Mother of two amazing daughters, Matilyn, 6 and Ellery, 3 </li></ul><ul><li>15 th year for Crestwood Middle School at Kentwood Public Schools </li></ul><ul><li>Last year, Regional Finalist for MTOY and PAEMST nominee. </li></ul>
  3. 3. The Nature of the Beast*… <ul><li>They are social by nature </li></ul><ul><li>They are unorganized (the binder, the locker…) </li></ul><ul><li>Drama becomes a big part of their lives (home and school) </li></ul><ul><li>Friends are more important than you and what you are teaching </li></ul><ul><li>They need to have procedures taught to them and that requires consistency </li></ul><ul><li>They are sensitive </li></ul><ul><li>They read adults very well (all kids do)! </li></ul><ul><li>They are NOT elementary or high school kids. They are their own group of students that you need to adapt to. </li></ul><ul><li>*There are exceptions to every generalization </li></ul>
  4. 4. What you can do… <ul><li>Have a sense of humor! </li></ul><ul><li>Build a relationship with each student. It makes a difference. </li></ul><ul><li>Call home, the parents DO care! </li></ul><ul><li>Use your colleagues, they are an invaluable resource. </li></ul><ul><li>Go to extra-curricular events for support. </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t think you know everything; you don’t. It is okay! </li></ul><ul><li>Classroom management is the single most important skill and takes the longest to master, but HAVE A PLAN. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Classroom Management <ul><li>Teach the procedures in your class </li></ul><ul><li>Make them the SAME as other teachers in same grade </li></ul><ul><li>Examples: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Good Things! Monday and Friday only </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>3 bathroom passes per marking period </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>10/10 minute pass rule </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sharpen pencils before class </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Raise your hands </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Bell ringer/Bell work all week on one color paper to be handed in on Friday </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Exit card on the way out (or something required) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Keep make-up work available for absent students </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Have a “Go to” pile in room (brain teasers, story to read, learning logs, quiet ball, Simon says) if your lesson is too short </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. 6 th grade <ul><li>Babies with a lot of energy </li></ul><ul><li>Always have things to share </li></ul><ul><li>Need to be nurtured </li></ul><ul><li>Can only handle one or two things in one hour per day </li></ul><ul><li>Simplify, simplify, simplify! (Example of the lighting of the match) </li></ul><ul><li>They are good teachers themselves </li></ul><ul><li>They will be willing to be goofy and sing or dance or say chants, CLASS CLAP (bring in your guitar, etc.) </li></ul><ul><li>Vary what is done in an hour or take a break as needed ( quiet bathroom break, Simon Says, Quiet ball, Circle counting by 3s or 4s - multiples) </li></ul>
  7. 7. 7 th grade <ul><li>The middle child </li></ul><ul><li>Loss of fear from 6 th grade </li></ul><ul><li>Begin pushing for more independence </li></ul><ul><li>The teenage brain begins </li></ul><ul><li>Impulsive </li></ul><ul><li>Social </li></ul><ul><li>Girl/Boy thing really takes off </li></ul><ul><li>Extra-curricular activities more available </li></ul>
  8. 8. 8 th grade <ul><li>Seniors of the middle school </li></ul><ul><li>Mello, seem apathetic </li></ul><ul><li>Social </li></ul><ul><li>Many students really get it together in 8 th grade </li></ul><ul><li>Definite difference in maturity between male and female </li></ul><ul><li>Better sense of self than the other grades </li></ul><ul><li>Good sense of humor </li></ul><ul><li>Demand respect, want to be treated equally </li></ul>
  9. 9. Science in Middle School <ul><li>Inquiry, very powerful </li></ul><ul><li>Hands-on </li></ul><ul><li>Content Area Reading </li></ul><ul><li>Directly teach vocabulary as it shows up </li></ul><ul><li>Model scientific process </li></ul><ul><li>Discourse </li></ul><ul><li>Have fun! </li></ul><ul><li>No child is labeled special education or English Language Learner in science. They all come to you. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Inquiry-based science <ul><li>Takes a lot of planning </li></ul><ul><li>Takes a lot longer </li></ul><ul><li>Must include prior knowledge of students </li></ul><ul><li>Must allow for some choice, student questions </li></ul><ul><li>Answer questions with questions </li></ul><ul><li>Must structure the inquiry for best success (journals, lab groups, etc.) </li></ul><ul><li>Find unique ways to collect data and share it (cameras, video, websites) </li></ul><ul><li>Examples: Question on traits, question on snow and sun, question on plants with parts, carbon cycle </li></ul>
  11. 11. Grading <ul><li>Use the school district policy </li></ul><ul><li>Varies district to district, and school to school </li></ul><ul><li>Homework needs to be able to be done INDEPENDENTLY! </li></ul><ul><li>Create a set of grades that the students depend on (patterns) </li></ul><ul><li>Keep these grades consistent and constant (within reason) </li></ul>
  12. 12. Materials <ul><li>Try to use your textbook (if you have one) as a secondary resource in your classroom </li></ul><ul><li>Beg, borrow and steal from other places and teacher (in building, on-line community, etc.) </li></ul><ul><li>Be on good terms with the office staff, custodial staff, and KITCHEN! </li></ul><ul><li>Keep anything that works. You may be using it a different way in a different grade 5 years down the road (on-line files work well.) </li></ul><ul><li>Be creative! Often times, labs will call for chemicals that can be purchased locally but by a different name or a different substance. (20% hydrogen peroxide at hair product place, yeast instead of Manganese dioxide – today only, glue to make slime, Drano for sodium hydroxide, stearic acid) </li></ul><ul><li>TO THE D quadrant (HIGHER LEVEL THINKING SKILLS) </li></ul>
  13. 13. 7 th Grade
  14. 14. Websites <ul><li> (earth and space) </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> (videos/pictures/lessons) </li></ul><ul><li> (energy) </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>