6-8 Middle School
Explore and share tips, strategies, and resources for helping students develop in grades 6-8.
- Build students’ sense of engagement by incorporating activities that get them out of their seats to work with course content.
- Hearing books read aloud benefits older students, enhancing language arts instruction and building a community of readers.
- A quick primer on how to think about the decorations in your classroom, with five research-backed tips for getting it right.
- A 2017 study found that cell phones that were turned off and stashed away silently reasserted themselves—distracting working students anyway.
- Hundreds of teachers discussed the best ways to guide students toward mastery—without being taken advantage of.
- A quick assessment strategy replaces raised hands, encouraging more students to contribute by accommodating their different processing needs.
- Explicitly modeling the process of prioritizing tasks builds students’ ability to organize and manage their time.
- Suggestions from teachers who are working to offer students at every grade level book choices that represent their lives.
- When students lead meetings with their parents and teachers, they gain a voice in their education and develop skills like goal-setting and metacognition.
- A simple greeting at the door forges a strong teacher-student bond.
- Giving students time to explore ideas with no immediate grade pressure helps motivate them to be creative and take intellectual risks.
- Teachers are leveraging the power of gaming to turn even reluctant student writers into enthusiastic storytellers.
- When students make “I notice” and “I wonder” comments on course content, teachers can see what they know—and what they need to learn.
- Giving students randomly assigned roles in their group work helps ensure that they all participate.
- Letting students choose books to read helps them develop a sense of autonomy and ownership over their learning.