Day to Day in a Social Studies Class- Please Help!!!

Discussion in 'Middle School / Junior High' started by historyteacher09, Jan 31, 2017.

  1. historyteacher09

    historyteacher09 Rookie

    Jan 11, 2017
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    Jan 31, 2017

    I'm a first year teacher, who started mid year and I am drowning...

    I teach great 8th grade kids and have very few serious behavior problems. I can't complain about my school at all. But I am seriously in over my head. I want to come up with creative engaging lessons for my students so they don't say that what we are doing is boooorrrinnggg.

    If you are a Social Studies teacher, do you have a specfic outline for how your weeks look? For example, I have a teacher friend who has 3 days of lecture/notes, one day of group work, and one day of individual activities. I love that but I dont know about the 3 days of lecture...

    Right now- all my days look different.... I am using guided notes and powerpoint for lecture, (we have a textbook) so I will cover a bit of the section and then have the students do an activity... a bit of the notes then have the students do an activity.... ect.

    I guess I say all that to say, is the method Im using wrong? Should I lecture one day and then do an activity the next? I seriously feel like I'm in so far over my head. I'm stressed to the max every single night.
  3. catnfiddle

    catnfiddle Moderator

    May 8, 2008
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    Feb 1, 2017

    I'm sorry you're in this position. Can you ask your department chair to provide you with some mentoring?
  4. Committed2DaProfession

    Committed2DaProfession Rookie

    Mar 16, 2017
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    Mar 16, 2017

    I teach 8th grade Social Studies and I personally do direct instruction(slideshow/lecture/discussion) for 2 days, assess the 3rd day, review the assessment/activity 4th day, project/activity 5th day. Also, our 6 week common assessments are actually during the 5th week so that last week we try to review everything with a multi-day project. Hope that helps.

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