Get ideas Get ideas on realistic goals and effective techniques from veteran teachers in whatever classes you ’ ve been assigned: English, Language Arts, Math , Music , Science , or History. Observe the teachers in their own classes to emulate provenstyles.
Introduce yourself Set the tone by looking professional and well- groomed . Junior high students are looking for role models and will watch everything you do . Introduce yourself briefly and let the kids share details aboutthemselves.
Keep your private life separate and don ’ t take calls at home . You need tohave time to recharge , too.
Arrange seating Arrange the room ’ s seating so that you can limit distractions from outside , direct attention to the board , and separate troublemakers.
Announce expectations Announce high expectations for behavior and grades and explain what this means in your class . Adjustments will have to be made on an individual basis , you will spend extra time with some kids to help them keepup.
Teach with games Use physical activities to engage the students , as kids often learn by doing.
Teach grammar through team contests to construct sentences on the board , or build symbolic essay parts with toy structures.
Keep the pacing brisk to holdtheir attention . Relieve the tension as the term runs its course.
It ’ s important to for them to have fun, to be allowed periodic breaks , and to know they matter . But becautious; don ’t let them confuse you for a peer.
Keep journals Insist that students keep journals and allow time at the beginning of class each day for them to write an entry , which has the added bonus of creating quiet in the room.
Write prompts on the board to invite responses that kick start theprocess.
Recognize achievement Create recognitions for student achievements at the end of each semester to reinforce what they have learned and to ensure their pride in the accomplishment . School should be a positiveexperience.
Nearly 15 million American middle school students were enrolled in 2009, and enjoyed a teacher to student ratio of 15 to two , better than twice as good as1999 ’ s 16 to one ratio.
CULLED FROM AN AMERICAN TEACHERS FORUM BY PREKESE MEDIA