Tag Archive: Middle School Teaching Tips

Oct 23

Teaching Tip: Student Feud

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I am always looking to come up with a new study game for the students to use.  After 12 years of teaching the same subject a little variety becomes the spice of life.  Jeopardy is an oldie but goodie though it has been done to death.   I have used 1 vs class to some success.  …

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Oct 09

Teaching Tip: Become a Good Storyteller

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Teaching Tip: Become a Good Storyteller A mark of a good teacher is that they can relate whatever information they have to teach to their students.  The meat of the lesson has to make them feel or believe that this is important in order for them to care.  Honestly in an inner city school if …

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Sep 26

Teaching Tip: Sometimes all you can do is Laugh

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Teaching Tip: Sometimes all you can do is Laugh Sometimes things are great and sometimes they are not, and during the latter, all you can do is laugh.  Students will always be students no matter if you are a posh nice school or working in the inner-city like I do there are always going to be …

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May 29

Teacher Tip: Crash Course

Crash Course

This tip is probably not a new one to a lot of teachers out there but as for me I just discovered the educational videos Crash Course a few days ago.  Since watching about a dozen of them Crash Course and their videos on YouTube is now going to be a part of my review sessions I have for my history class …

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May 12

Good Assignments for Those Last Days of School: Part II

I don't wanna go

via For me those last few weeks of school just seem to drag on forever.  It is not really because I am that anxious to get out of there and start summer break, but the real culprit to those mind numbing weeks is the fact there is just nothing left to go over.  This year …

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Apr 23

Teaching Tip: Two Keys to Standardized Testing Success

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Another year in the book, well in the terms of my particular state my end of instruction standardized test that my class took two weeks ago now I only have 7 weeks of school left to teach… something.  Based on the raw scores my students were very successful passing their test at roughly an 80% rate, scoring a …

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Apr 03

Teacher Tip: Dealing with Frustration

Frustration

The biggest highlight of teaching is seeing how much the students improve throughout the year.  Also the lowest moment of teaching is seeing some of the students not improve as much as you would like.  When they do not improve or attempt to improve the frustration level of the job rises to almost unbearable proportions. …

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Mar 01

Teaching Tip: Current Events is a great Teaching Tool

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Teaching Tip: Current Events is a great Teaching Tool As a history teacher doing battle every day trying to get students to care about the past when they are so busy tweeting, doing status updates, and sending 100s of text messages per hour on their cellphones getting them to care about the past can be …

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Jan 31

Teaching Tip: Importance of Building Vocabulary

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I have noticed in my teaching that it seems we keep going around an issue and never solving it.  I know the students who do well in my class have a better working vocabulary than those who do poorly.  I cognitively try to use as much testing language as I can throughout the day to help …

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Jan 24

Teaching Tip: Be Creative with your Bell Ringers

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One of my favorite things to do as a teacher is learn about my students find out what makes them tick.  Since the great push towards standardized testing each year there seems to be a little less time getting to know the students and more time hammering the material, prepping for the tests, and teaching …

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