For middle school and the early stages of high school, teaching teenagers can be a daunting task, especially for newbies. Their energy, activity and opinions about certain things in life can come in the way of their learning, giving the teacher just too much work to handle. Despite the fact that there isn’t an entirely easy way out, the 21st-century teacher can access an avalanche of knowledge to crack the teen jinx. Here are some tips to effectively teaching these young bloods.
Establish Ground Rules
From the very first class, it’s important to lay down the rules that both teacher and students would play by during your lectures. Put your mind on etiquettes that will help your teaching become more effective and make the students have better learning habits. Institutional rules such as the ban of gum chewing, gadget and side talks can also be maintained. Explain it all out to them and make the boundaries that will help them understand what they can and cannot do during your class. If the school has a disciplinary policy, you can explain it to the students so they will be aware of penalties upon default.
Vary Class Activities
In as much as you want to maintain a calm and focused class, it is also important to try to vary class activities from time to time - without having to turn your lecture into a mini-riot. Having them engage in different types of things will keep the students interested and motivated to learn. Employing a broad amalgamation of activities like quiet, work-alone tasks and worksheets, pair work, group assignments and class quizzes will get them excited yet concentrated. Try to introduce something different - not off the top - say every twenty minutes to half an hour. Even if you are trying to include a little bit of fun, beware, so you do not turn the class into a makeshift circus.
Keep It Simple
Some teachers walk into middle school classes and begin like successful humanoid projects. Despite the fact that we are in the technology age, teachers need to understand that teenagers need to be taught in the simplest way possible. Rather than literally frying their brains with adult conversations and ideas, put yourself in their shoes and communicate with them using their very own language. You can introduce them to slightly complex concepts as time goes on, but never bombard them with high-level teaching - that’s boring to teens, actually. Try as much as possible to avoid lengthy explanations.
Teens have a healthy competition habit, and that is something you can take advantage of in every class. These young ones always try to neatly blow their peers out of the water by answering questions in class and trying various quizzes. For more motivation, you can attach prizes and tokens for any student that is able to impress you. Anyhow and anytime, tap into the innocent willpower within these children, who sometimes will go to any lengths to be the best in class.