Teaching Style: I like to learn alongside my students as much as possible. That's not to say that I don't lecture when I absolutely have to, but I think when you teach middle school it can be the kiss of death if done too much.
My method for each class period usually goes something like this:
- Bellringer (either grammar, writing prompt, spelling words, or word within the word)
- Introduction of lesson: I review what we are doing that day and try to introduce it in an interesting way. Sometimes I just talk about it, I use an app on the iPad, show a Keynote presentation, video clip, song, poem, or pictures. Sometimes I do a random activity that gets them involved.
- Model: I model whatever we are doing that day with the students. So if we are doing plot structure, I will read a very short story with them, and we will go through together and plug in the parts of the plot.
- Show Me: Students complete their task for the day. They may have to read a selection and fill out a plot chart.
- Share It: I then ask them to present as a small group. Sticking with the plot structure lesson, I would give each group a section of the plot (ex. rising action) and they would have to present that part of the story in a creative way. They could act it out, create a poster, do a news bulletin, sing a song, whatever works for them and gets the point across to the rest of the class.
- Finish Strong: I admit this is my weakness. I always seem to run out of time at the end of the period, but I always like to bring everyone back together and quickly recap what they learned that day. I would LOVE to have it be quickly firing off answers in a pop quiz type scenario.