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Pauline Said:

I am a middle school teacher wanting to start a debating club. Does anyone have any suggestions on....?

We Answered:

Excellent choice of teaching technique I applaud you.>Debate what kind of teaching should be going on in middle school..>research on how many teachers actually still teach with lecturing, videos and worksheets and how many take different teaching approaches like this one you are mentioning in this question....Please after finding the answers ask students what are the most memorable experiences they have about learning...and SHARE those with all your staff...Maybe then, they will change their teaching approaches

Jeremy Said:

I've known her since kindergarten (were good friends) constantly flirt with each other when we see each other?

We Answered:

Yeah man. Defintley get her number. Don't rush into things when y'all
start texting tho. Might text her "hey;)" I don't know if shell take that in a good way or bad. But try things out. Good luck

Bessie Said:

I'm a new middle school teacher with a bully in the class. He tells me he has anger issues....?

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This seems to be more serious than the typical bully. You may have heard that students will do anything to be recognized as important even if it is doing something wrong. My advice would be to document everything that you can. What time and where it happens, what day, what happens, especially what you have tried, what does/doesn't work etc. just in case you need to refer him for a behavior learning disablity group or whatever your school system has (alternative school).

But first, keep your other students safe by sending him immediately to the principal. Then he must return to your class and obey your class rules with the understanding that his behavior is not acceptable. What I'm getting at is don't let him feel that one more person is throwing him away but that you care enough to not let him "slip through the cracks" as they say. If he realizes that you care (the tough love thing -- that there is zero tolerance for his violence--he's met someone who will enforce boundaries he really wants) that may make the difference.

Brittany Said:

Middle School Teachers - Here 's one for you.?

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I have taught middle school math for 5 years, but have 7 years teaching experience. The biggest thing I can tell you is to learn the policies of the building. This ranges from getting office supplies to discipline. Ask your principal for a copy of the code of conduct and read it cover to cover. This will give you a lot of insight into your district and school. Find out if there is a mentoring program in your district. A lot of times there will be a mentor assigned to you that you can go to for anything. If there isn't a mentor for you, try to find another staff member that you can go to whenever you have questions. A good choice for this would be someone on your team (if you have them) or else someone in your department. Odds are someone will approach you and welcome you to the building, and that may be a good person to reach out to. Another way to approach this is to ask your principal for a good contact person, and then try to get their number and give them a call and set up a time to meet, either at the school or for lunch, to discuss the year and to get a feel for their perceptions of the building. Just try to ignore a lot of the negative things they may say! Make your own opinions once you have been in the building for a while.

Know your curriculum. Don't spend the rest of your summer doing lesson plans for the first quarter or the year, but do sit down and come up with a general game plan for the year. Talk to your department head or someone in the language arts department about the materials typically used throughout the year (novels, newspapers, magazines, etc.). Get copies of all of the novels and try to get at least the first 2 read before school starts.

Just so you feel comfortable on the first day, start going into the building sometime after the first week of August and start setting your room up. Figure out exactly where you want things, figure out the procedures you want to do. Don't be surprised if you do many drafts of the procedures you want to do. I still change mine each year to make them better.

Get a list of your students, but don't write them in your grade book just yet. If your school is anything like mine, many many many many schedule changes will occur the first week or two. If that happens and you have written in your grade book you will end up with a lot of scratching out of names and adding in names that won't be in abc order.

Another thing I do is have a list of guidelines available to students. Don't call them rules, but give them a print out of what your expectations are of them and what they can expect from you. You could even have a letter to the parents ready to go with your contact information. Ask parents to give you their contact information. Make sure to ask for all contact numbers and email addresses. They will give you what they want you to have.

Once you have that contact information, make use of it. It is very hard to keep up with it, but do the best you can and make it a goal to improve the next year. If you get the parents working with you from the very beginning the rest of your year will go smoother.

I don't know if I have covered your question completely or not, but this is a start. It is hard to predict what you will run into at the beginning of the year. Trust what you learned in college, and know that teachers may have their own individual classroom but we all work together to help each other and the students. Don't hesitate to ask someone a question even if it seems like a 'silly question'. It will be expected for you to ask a lot of questions. Good luck this fall!

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