As a teacher of middle school students, I can tell you that the most valuable resource for students is not always the best study materials. Of course, a good textbook will do, but if they’re not used, they are often less effective than a good study guide.
While there are hundreds of different resources available for middle school, I’ve found that the most effective ones are those that are linked to your class calendar. For example, if your middle school has an AP class in the summer, a science workbook linked to that class is your best bet. Of course, there are some middle school students who really enjoy reading, so there’s no harm in getting a few books for them as well.
To make sure that your middle school students are getting the most out of their study time, there are a few tips you can use that will probably surprise you, but have helped me simplify my teaching to a degree that you’ll see quickly in my classes. The most important thing is to make sure that the students understand that they need to take care of themselves while learning. And one of the best ways to do that is to show them how to take care of their education at home.
The biggest reason why middle-school students get poor grades is due to lack of attention to self. Yes, there are students who seem to have so much going on, that they are often unaware of how much they are spending. They seem to have an endless supply of time and energy, which they spend fidgeting, texting, and wasting food, or playing with their phones. You can’t expect all these things to go away once they enter high school, so give them some tools to help keep them on task.
As an example, it’s important that your middle school students make a list of what they need to do to be ready for their high school years. Don’t give up, as it will take some effort, but try and make sure that you have an easy to read plan that makes sense. For example, “study hard” is an easier task to achieve than “practice five minutes per day.” In fact, when you’re writing your plans, you should try to find as many activities that are going to give your students the best chance to learn.
Another tip for middle school students is to make sure that they take care of themselves before they go to school. There are plenty of places where a student can get snacks, drinks, and some form of refreshment during the day. Use them to make sure that your students don’t get hungry, and don’t get so tired that they miss their first period. Make sure that they make time for themselves, and the more focused they are, the better they’ll do.
One of the best ways to use these items is to use them in a summer school class. In many cases, middle school students aren’t able to attend many summer school programs, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t give them a chance to spend some time working on their study skills. If you’re not at a point where the summer school is appropriate, consider sending a middle school student with their parent. Maybe they’ll get some extra practice in and save you money as well.
Once your students have taken some time to think about what they need to do to get prepared for their upcoming high school years, you can start working on their study skills. One of the keys to making sure that they do well is by getting them some resources to use for a variety of purposes.