Updated: Jun 3
We're back with another episode of the Edumagic podcast. Today Phyllis Fagell, a counselor, shares tips for supporting our students in middle school. Whether you're looking for coping skills, SEL strategies, or strategies to get to know your students, we have it all.
In this episode, you'll learn:
We are going through such a particular time in life as middle-schoolers. How can we support our students during this time? They are still very impressionable and malleable. Their mistakes give you so many opportunities to help them grow. Students are starting to care more about their friendships. It's an excellent opportunity to coach kids now.
Get to know and relate to your students. There's a difference between relating to students and teaching them. You impart behavioral expectations when you ask them to do something in teaching you. Relating is when they're the expert and teaching you something about them. Please get to know each kid one-on-one every week, and find out about something going on in their lives. Don't be afraid to ask for advice. Give students a voice and a choice in the classroom.
Be a strengths-based classroom. It would be best to leverage students' strengths to address growth instead of focusing on areas where they are lagging.
Establish a plan for getting to know each student and stick to it.
Review IEP documents and identify any accommodations or modifications.
Identify ways to provide students with a voice and choice in content and assignments.
Support students to try tolerable, appropriate, small risks.
Use SEL strategies in your lessons to check in with students.