Originally Answered: I am a first year, never had student teaching 7th or 8th grade math teacher. I would appreciate all advice.?
Congratulations and welcome to the teaching profession!!!
Your excitement is a major factor in the success of your teaching career and the academic progress of your students.
I taught at the Middle School level for twelve years and loved it! One of the main factors that promotes a thriving classroom (at any grade level) is STRUCTURE! I cannot emphasize this enough!!!!!!!!! For example, what will be your guidelines for your students' RESPONSIBILITY concerning behavior (towards YOU, other students, the faculty, etc.). When you get these guidelines in place, "consistency" in application is CRUCIAL!
I have so much to share that I cannot put it all in this answer. However, may I give you some Homework? 1. Take a few moments and think about your experiences as a student at the Middle School level (likes and dislikes). 2. Write a description of your PERFECT classroom.
3. Get copies of the Staff and Student Handbooks from your school to study NOW. 4. Ask the principal to assign a mentor for you (a current teacher at your level). REMEMBER: Never be afraid to ask for help, okay?
I have many websites that I have personally checked out that will definitely help you. Some are listed under my email address.
Again, please hold on to your excitement and enjoy those precious students! I am so proud of you!!!