Whether your students are in a hybrid learning situation or remote learning completely, you and your kids will be spending less time together than in the past.
With that in mind, here are the top 5 materials middle school teachers are requesting on DonorsChoose, the classroom funding site for teachers, to make the transition to online teaching and learning a snap (or at least as easy as it possibly can be)! And the best part? These materials can be used when you’re back in the classroom too!
Basics for the home & the classroom
From pre-sharpened pencils to loose-leaf paper, basics never go out of style and can be used by students at home or in the classroom. It can be hard to get a handle on what individual students need when you’re just getting to know them, let alone remotely, so many teachers are submitting surveys to parents or seeking guidance from their administrators. Knowing that all your middle school students have the basics to solve complex equations or write a journal entry helps clear the way for even more learning!
Subscribe and thrive
Requests for subscriptions to hard copy magazines that have digital teaching resources are flowing in. For middle school teachers, Scholastic Scope and Junior Scholastic lead the pack and it’s no wonder — keeping students abreast of current events and human stories has never been more important.
When it comes to subscribing to software, middle school teachers are submitting projects for Nearpod Platinum subscriptions, which features interactive lessons and enrichment experiences like virtual field trips, which are suddenly more precious than ever.
Books you can bring anywhere
This year, middle school teachers are most requesting most the young readers editions of timely adult titles including Just Mercy by Bryan Stevensen, Stamped by Ibram X. Kendi and Jason Reynolds, and Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly. Hot on the heels of these titles is the endearing, empathetic graphic novel New Kid by Jerry Craft. Whether in small groups or reading independently, the magic of books is there for your students no matter where they’re learning.
Teachers Pay Teachers gift cards
The team at DonorsChoose recently added Teachers Pay Teachers gift cards as an item that teachers can request, and middle school educators are jumping in to submit projects for this hot ticket item! After all, if you need study units, worksheets, graphic organizers, or activity bundles, who better to turn to than a fellow teacher for resources?
The ULTIMATE online teaching item
When it comes to outfitting your home for remote learning days, there is one item that takes the cake when it comes to teacher requests: the document camera. This magnificent resource allows students and teachers to view each other’s papers during video calls. Since distance and hybrid learning became so widespread, they’re also serving as substitute smartboards and crucial lifelines for visual learners.
Looking for inspiration from other grade levels? Check out popular materials at every grade: