A Middle School Math Teacher’s Most Important Job, Part II

Digital Citizenship

21st century students are digital citizens.  One of the problems I’ve always had is finding a systematic method to follow that will help me train my students during the first weeks of school (and throughout the year) to be respectful, helpful, and productive classroom citizens.  I have done a pretty good job of pushing the character traits and allowing my students to help me come up with meaningful classroom rules, but it never seems to be enough.

Next year, I will slate two weeks to making sure that my students are comfortable with my expectations of them as not only classroom citizens, but also global digital citizens.  Common Sense Media offers a free curriculum for middle-grades teachers that seems pretty good.  It’s definitely comprehensive and includes all the media a teacher might need.  It does, however, tend to lean toward the younger demographic at times (grades 5 and 6, perhaps), but it doesn’t seem difficult to tweak it just enough to bring it to 7th or 8th grade level.

In addition to staying safe and secure and treating people right online and in real life, it offers an introduction to efficient searching and source evaluation.  Add this to the library of resources, and follow me as a I put it through its trial run in mid-August!


About Kris Nielsen
Kris L. Nielsen has been a middle grades educator and instructional leader for ten years in New Mexico, Oregon, and North Carolina. He is a graduate of Western Governors University’s Master of Science Education program, with emphasis on child development and instructional technology. Kris is an activist against corporate education reforms and has had his writing featured in several online magazines and blogs, including those of the Washington Post and Diane Ravitch. Kris currently lives in New Mexico with his young son and beautiful wife.

2 Responses to A Middle School Math Teacher’s Most Important Job, Part II

  1. Pingback: Let’s (Re)Start at the Beginning « Middle Grades Math Focus

  2. Hi! Do you know if they make any plugins to protect against hackers?
    I’m kinda paranoid about losing everything I’ve worked hard on.
    Any suggestions?

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