20 Tips, Tricks and Ideas for Teaching 6th Grade

Are you facing a problem with a 6th grader? Not able to manage the tantrums of the 6th-grade students? We understand your problem. We know how difficult it is to manage the 6th-grade students. As a teacher even you have experienced that teaching and managing the other grade students are not at all difficult. But in a case of 6th-grade students, you must see the view of the school from the perspective of the students. The students reading in 6th grade are new to the Middle school, thus a change in the environment makes them irritating in nature, and it takes them some time to adjust to the situations and external environment.

But when you can mix with the 6th graders comfortably, you will discover the exuberant and bubbly confidence in the students. As a teacher, you will find pleasure in teaching these newly developed brains. Middle school is a new experience for the children who are being promoted to 6th grade. The middle school environment teaches the children to become independent and responsible. So as a teacher you should act as a guide in nurturing these new brains and help them develop the overall position.

Here are some of the tips that will help you as a teacher to help the 6th-grade students in developing their educational career.
  • Create comfortable situation
    Your students are new to the Middle school so make them comfortable first rather than focusing on teaching them from the very first day. Create games and interactive sessions within the classroom premises and make your students comfortable with each other.
  • Develop mind of the students
    Only intelligence will not help in developing the minds of the students. Use some interactive quiz sessions and puzzles for the students. The brainstorming activities will help in developing the mindset of the students.
  • Tackle perception and identity of students
    Students attending the middle school for the first time may face the problem of identity crisis and may develop negative perceptions about the types of teachers and treatment they will receive in the middle schools. Your duty in this regard is to make them feel comfortable by empathising with them and developing emotional attachment with them.
  • Ask easy questions
    Always remember that you are dealing with kids and not adults, so start with asking easy questions that will make them feel happy in the classroom.
  • Prevent bullying
    Around 40% of the 6th graders are well acquainted with internet services and thus engages themselves in cyberbullying activities. You as a teacher will be required to prevent the instances of cyberbullying by making them understand the negative effects of this habit.
  • Manage the changing behaviours
    You may often face situations where you will encounter two kids fighting with each other over some petty issue. In that situation never punish or scold any of the students because in doing so you are creating a negative impression about yourself in the minds of the students. Rather assess their behaviour and make them understand.
  • No name students
    You will always face a situation where you will find projects and essays submitted with no names on it. Do not worry about this fact because this is a very common aspect among the children within this age range. So make this practice a fun activity by introducing a “No name” rack.
  • Develop sense of humour
    Joke with you students! This is a good way of interacting with the students and makes them feel at home.
  • Take care of their opinions
    Make your student feel important and take their opinions and decisions in different matters.
  • Use novels and storytelling techniques
    Introduce a novel reading and storytelling session in between the hectic schedule of study.
  • Make the students read
    Make your students read out aloud from some parts of the text so that their pronunciation and reading habit is developed.
  • Get feedback from students
    This is important for you as a teacher because the feedback from the students about the types of teacher you are will help you to understand the type and quality of teaching process you are following
  • Arrange for plays
    Arrange for one act plays in the classroom premises and help them become more creative.
  • Make a habit of reading newspaper
    Tell your students to bring their respective newspapers along with them to school so that you can develop their current affairs knowledge.
  • Teach them maths
    Maths is important, and from the 6th grade the maths becomes difficult so start teaching them
  • Initiate group projects
    Encourage the students to enter into different group projects which will help in building friendship among the students.
  • Stock novels in classroom
    Build a stock of novels in the classroom which will help the students to develop their external reading habits.
  • Teach them to research
    Help the students to conduct in-depth research on every topic so that they develop the researching habits.
  • Assist them to develop positive thoughts
    Introduce the system of “Thought of the day” this will help your child to read at least one good thought every day.
  • Introduce entertainment in classroom
    Don’t be a boring teacher! Make the class interesting and arrange for a knowledgeable movie show in the classroom every alternate Saturdays.
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