“Letting Go” In Middle School Science Lesson Plans
To your relief, none of my middle school science lesson plans will ask you to do every thing for every student. In fact, you’ll notice a complete shift of who does what in my middle school science lesson plans. Students, not you, are the ones doing things. Your job is to stand back and make sure people do what they’re supposed to do, and the outcomes are what they’re supposed to be. Then you can move in with dialogue when their minds are primed and ready. This method may be uncomfortable for you at first. But the rewards are worth it.
By handing over the best part of your middle school science lesson plans to students- the demonstration- you’re showing trust. Most students will respond to this by rewarding you (and themselves) with a higher level of maturity, and now everyone’s winning. In my middle school science lesson plans your role is to give students enough clear instruction so they know what to do. But always leave some play room that they can use to discover things for themselves. Having come upon something amazing with their own hands, they will naturally go further and manipulate variables, enriching the discussion even more. Now that is real science.
Middle School Science Lesson Plans That Include Everyone
Is it really true that these middle school science lesson plans are for every student in your room? Let’s see- we know the “good” kids who normally pay attention will continue to do so. But what about the daydreamers, the troublemakers, and those who panic when things get “wordy” and technical? I designed each of my middle school science lesson plans to keep everyone interested:
- The daydreamer will become intrigued with the demonstration
- Troublemakers are usually kids who hate worksheets because they have trouble reading, so they’ll love getting their hands on science
- And those with weak stomachs will be ok too, because they’ll get a boost of confidence from what they did themselves. And that which you have done with your own hands you are no longer afraid of.
Advantages Of These Middle School Science Lesson Plans
Since each of my middle school science lesson plans has been used in a real classroom you know you’re getting more than a great sounding idea that might work. You’re getting middle school science lesson plans without kinks and with a consistent flow from beginning to end. You’re also getting a thorough background that reflects what actually happened when I did the lesson with my students, and not what might happen or we hope will.
We all know what it’s like to try to use a teacher’s guide that’s vague or idealistic; those don’t work because they were dreamed up far from a real classroom! That won’t happen with my middle school science lesson plans.
Illustrating Middle School Science Lesson Plans
It’s my firm belief that almost everything in science has a simple explanation, and the best ones include a demonstration with a reference to something students are already familiar with. It’s very important that those illustrations become a central part of each middle school science lesson plans.
Have you ever listened to a speaker who confused you? In your mind you may have thought, “Why don’t you showme what you’re talking about. Give me an illustration, please!” If they finally did give an illustration, then you remember your anxiety letting down. Remember to use word pictures often during your middle school science lesson plans, because that’s how our minds learn best, and also because there’s usually a student in your classroom looking at you starving for an illustration but saying nothing.
Being Intentional In Your Middle School Science Lesson Plans
As you mentally prepare for each of your middle school science lesson plans, be intentional about everything. Nothing should happen by accident or by chance (at least not many things; science class should occasionally reflect real science and encounter surprises).
That’s the beauty of the Yellow Sheet– almost nothing can sneak up on you. Using this method of planning for your middle school science lesson plans, you’ll overlook no detail. It may sound like a lot of work and different from anything else you’ve ever done, but if you often feel frustrated with what goes on in your room, try it for a week and see how it goes. You’ll find that when you’re intentional and not accidental, more will get done and the tone will be more positive.