People as a whole, including Middle Schoolers of course, enjoy predictability. We have a set pattern for things. We have a place to keep our shoes, our pants as well as our shirts. We do this for one main reason-so we can find them. We know where they are. We can usually predict where our things are. Students like to know what is going on in class as well. Our Language Arts class on the Swarm team is a known variable (see how I worked math into Language Arts!). Our class (content wise) is organized as follows:
Please notice how we focus on five primary things to acquire our reading and writing skills. Five primary things, five days in the school week, get it? We simply rotate these main instructional points around around.