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Great Questions During 8th Grade Science Activities

Convection engine science demonstration, from lesson 'Convection Engine'

Convection science demonstration, from lesson ‘Convection Engine’

They’’re rare hard to find, but they make all the difference in 8th grade science activities. I’m referring to great questions. One great question is powerful enough to carry an entire activity- it gives you something to build around and up to. Or you can leave it with your students to chew on for a homework assignment that wraps on into tomorrow.

My 8th grade science activities include some great questions, but you can come up with more of your own by going through the activity in your mind beforehand.

And don’’t forget the importance of good mental preparation before the activity. Plan a series of leading questions that culminate in that one special question that you almost can’t wait to get to. Since great questions seldom pop up out of nowhere, you should invest time in the activity before the activity, as described in my Yellow Sheet. By doing this you’’ll give yourself a chance to come up with some great questions of your own.


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8th grade science activities Your Students Will Buy Into

What’s the hardest part of any 8th grade science activities? For most of us it’s capturing our students’ attention. Since worksheets usually aren’’t that breathtaking, I’ve found that a different approach works better. My 8th grade science activities were designed to be interactive with your students- to provide a reason for them to listen as well as give you a centerpiece you can build on. An involved student will pay attention and take ownership in the activity, which fuels their interest even more. And that’’s what causes them to “buy into it”.


Realistic 8th Grade Science Activities

I hope one thing noticeably missing from my 8th grade science activities are the words ““easy”” and “”simple”” (I’m not a fan of exclamation points either!!!!!). Nowadays those two words tend to be overused, and in most cases they exaggerate a claim. If you’’ve ever had trouble assembling something that the directions said to just “”simply”” do, then you understand where I’m coming from.

The other reason I try to avoid the words ““easy”” and ““simple”” is that there’’s nothing particularly easy and simple about well-done 8th grade science activities. Easy and simple 8th grade science activities amount to giving students a worksheet or pushing “play” on the video player. Guiding a class of 30 students through a 45 minute journey through a topic in which everyone in the room learns something meaningful is actually pretty hard to do.


Keeping Control During A 8th grade science activities

Is there anything more cool than noticing in the middle of a 8th grade science activities that every single student is listening to you? Think of how amazing that is- what you have them engaged in is more important than anything else going on inside your students’ heads- lunch, boyfriends, clouds drifting by outside the window, the latest rumor. Getting everyone there is not easy. But how do you get there? And how is it that some teachers seem to always have everyone’s full attention, while others seldom have anyone’s?

There are many ways to effectively manage a classroom, even with a very 8th grade science activities. And because your style and personality are different from everyone else’’s, so should your method of managing. It has to comfortably be you in charge and not another teacher and their style being emulated. And it has to result in your students realizing that you are the one and only person in charge. Your goal here is not tyranny, but to reach a point where students trust that you will do what’’s in their best interest. Good preparation is another key, so that you are not caught off guard and allow your emotions to make impulsive decisions. You can learn more about being prepared by reading about the Yellow Sheet.

If things are frequently out of control in your room, hold off on the 8th grade science activities for a bit. Read some books and talk to another teacher with lots of experience and who manages their class well. In other words, do something about it! If you don’t know what to do, then you need to learn. As they say- if you keep doing what you’’ve been doing then you’re going to keep getting what you’’ve been getting. And listen to the advice of people who have their classrooms under control. You’’ll discover that a well-run classroom is one that pays close attention to the “little things”, and where the students’ best interest plays a major role in most decisions.


The Best Influences On Your 8th Grade Science Activities

It’’s stunning when students realize this, but teachers are real people. When they spot us shopping or driving around town, they may stare in bewilderment because teachers are never supposed to be anywhere but at school teaching and getting ready for 8th grade science activities.

As wrong as that perception is, they’’re still right about something- being a teacher of 8th grade science activities carries over into every other part of our lives, just as every other part of our lives affects us as teachers. What books are you reading? Or are you reading anything at all? If you’’re not reading at least one challenging non-fiction book a month then you’re not doing the very thing that we as educators stress is so important to our students. If reading a book seems too boring, then you’’re reading the wrong things because a good book is hard to put down. And one good book will lead to others. Each book will teach you something valuable, and soon you’ll see growth and improvement in your life.