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Teaching sixth graders is a skill that not everyone possesses. In fact, teaching sixth graders that very few are brave enough to even think about, and even fewer are able to do successfully. That being said, teaching sixth graders can be an extremely rewarding experience.
Why teaching sixth graders can be so trying at times:
• Sixth graders are undergoing great changes in their bodies as they progress through or hit puberty. Sixth graders can easily be distracted away from academics because of all of the changes their bodies and psyches are undergoing.
• The maturity levels of sixth graders can be years apart. Teaching sixth graders can be like teaching a class full of both 4th graders and high school students (in a social sense, at least).
• You can not treat sixth graders like children, because that can be insulting, but they are not quite mature enough to be treated as adults.
• Sixth graders are at the age where they question authority. Sixth graders no longer see their teacher as their “pal.”
• There is a lot that sixth graders must learn to prepare them for middle school and high school. There are high expectations for sixth graders that they cannot always meet.
Tips for teaching sixth graders:
• You can joke around with sixth graders a lot. In fact, they tend to like a teacher that is fun and jokes.
• Have fun with them. Sixth grade is one of the last times that these students will be willing to publicly have fun in school – once they get older, such enjoyment of school may be looked down upon by their peers.
• Yes, have fun with sixth graders, but also exert authority. Have a set of reasonable rules, and be consistent with them.
• Have a lot of patience!
What you should be teaching sixth graders:
• Sixth grade students must be skilled in all operations with fractions and decimals
• Teach them large quantities of information in social studies – cram their brains with as much information as you can.
• Do not simply fill sixth graders with knowledge, teach them how to think… encourage creative activities and projects. Ask for their opinions. Compare books and lesson, etc.
• Teach sixth graders good study skills – it is important to start good study habits at a young age.
• Focus on excellent writing skills. Good writing skills will help students in all classes as they continue on.
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