Looking for ideas? Middle School Computer Lessons

Archive for July, 2011

Middle School Computer Lessons; Teach to your strengths

So, if you are new to teaching a computer class and you don’t know where to start. A good idea is to teach the thing you do best when you use a computer. This will raise your confidence when you teach something you know. Then when you feel more comfortable with your new teaching assignment you can venture out into things that you are less comfortable with.

Most states do not have a state adapted “Technology Curriculum” you may feel like you are on your own to teach your subject with not a lot of guidance of what to cover. A good place to start is to check out the International Society of Technology in Education.

A few companies have technology curriculums and lessons all ready for your classroom, click here to check it out.

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Classroom Procedures for Computer Class- Middle School

Classroom Procedures for Computer Class- Middle School

Even though it is the middle of summer   I was thinking what the most important aspect of my teaching is. What keeps  to mind is my classroom procedures. Summer time is when many teachers are informed that they will be teaching computer classes next year…mostly it comes out of the blue with a call from your Principal. So, if you are new to teaching computer class and you are looking for some ideas on how to go about it, I’ll explain how I do it.

My class is 45 minutes long and the students have it for one nine weeks (about 45 days). I do the same thing every day CONSISTENCY IS KEY!

First -classes must wait at the door until I tell them they can come in. This lets them know that I am in charge.

– All books and materials are to be set on tables away from the computers. I dont want any “junk” in their work area.

– Then, all classes type for the first 7-10 minutes of class. Every day with no exceptions. During this time there is absolutely no talking. This routine settles the class and again puts me in charge.

-Next- I will review from the previous day and introduce some new material(teaching 101)

– Then I’ll give a new assignment. Answer any questions…

-When the new assignment is being worked on, the students are allowed to talk quietly and even help each other. The one important rule is “You may help someone, but do not do it for them”

– Towards the end of class, I will check any finished assignments. If students finish they may help other students, practice typing or play an approved game.

I hope this helps anyone looking for ideas. I would love to hear any comments you may have.

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New to teaching a Computer Class?

Did your principal just inform you that you will be teaching a computer class in the fall? Are you looking for materials for this NEW class??? Do you feel short of breath?

Wouldn’t it ease your mind to find all the materials you need to teach computer classes grades 5 through 8?

Visit www.middleschoolcomputerlessons.com to get all the materials you need to teach the best computer class. The lessons are written by real middle school computer teachers and are PERFECT for someone just starting out.

Go to www.middleschoolcomputerlessons.com and request some free sample lessons to see what it is all about.

These books are being used around the country and are a great source for JR. Hith/Middle School aged students.

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