I never planned to teach middle school. But once I started, I never looked back. And I became kind of an expert on the idiosyncrasies of sixth, seventh, and eighth graders. I figured out how to make the most of their special qualities.
Holding Students Accountable: Using REDO slips to keep students accountable for problems that they need to rethink and REDO! -- This is from a math teacher, but I want something similar for common grammar and writing errors to use for revising papers.
Once students enter the room each day, the timer begins. The timer stops once lunch count/attendance is taken on the Smartboard, everybody's materials are out on their desk with their binder underneath the desk, and everyone is seated.