If you’ve ever taught middle school or been around a middle school student, you’re probably aware that students’ cognitive abilities are still developing.
Middle school minds are creative, social and emotional, but most importantly they’re in a very critical time in their learning careers. Adaptive experts at DreamBox Learning, Getting Smart Advocacy Partner, have released a new infographic to help provide answers to key questions like who middle school students are, how they learn and what strategies to use to make sure students are engaged in learning.
The infographic shares four key teaching strategies for educators and school leaders to consider as they create student-centered learning environments. Middle school students want to be:
- Engaged: Try gamification models to award imagination and to grow persistence.
- Connected: Create blended learning environments and community conversations to help students problem solve together.
- Motivated: Challenge students with difficult problems that are personalized, purposeful, and thoughtful.
- Independent: Using adaptive technologies, help students build ownership of their learning by setting goals and tracking progress.
For more, check out DreamBox’s complementary white paper “Nurturing the Middle School Mathematical Mind: Strategies for Teaching Middle School Math.”
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