Middle School Teacher

A Guide For Middle School Teachers

If you are a middle school teacher, you just may find yourself doing the happy dance when the last bell of the day rings. Teaching middle school can be a challenging assignment but despite the challenges, there are steps you can take to avoid counting the years and wishing for retirement.

Let’s suppose you are in a classroom where the students refuse to stop talking — even as you plead for silence. Some of the students are out of their seat and getting physical with others — you are exhausted from dealing with these issues period after period.

No learning is going on as you, regrettably, watch them throw things as they ignore you. Stunned by their behavior, you call the main office for help. You are frustrated and maybe a little afraid.

How can teachers prevent a scenario like this?

If you are willing to implement a few simple tips on the very first day of classes, you can sidestep many such problems and pave the way to a rewarding semester, in the bargain.

On the first day of school, brace yourself to take complete charge of your students. immediately. Give them a warm welcome, inform them of the seating arrangement (alphabetical is best), and let them know your expectations.

Occupy your students with all the first-day required forms that need filling out, have plenty of activities ready for them, keep them busy. Never allow for an idle moment — you can relax once you’ve gotten to know the students better.

If you are an inexperienced teacher or somewhat intimidated by the students, you are obligated to fake strength until you feel it. You must appear confident and in charge, and know what you will do every minute you are with your students. Be courteous, respectful, and FIRM.

Let the students know who is in control by exuding utter confidence. Taking charge and directing your class is the most important part of the strategy. There is no need to be heavy-handed — just be firm and consistent about what you will and will not tolerate.

You can be nice & friendly as long as you do not attempt to become a friend to your students. They need a teacher, not another friend.

Nine times out of ten, students respond favorably to a strong head-honcho-in-charge. It makes them feel secure in the classroom. They don’t feel threatened by peer pressure or peer “unpleasantness” if you show that you have a handle on things.

The best thing you can do for your middle school students is to make yourself the rock they can lean on and depend on.

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