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Transitioning Young Adolescents from Elementary to Middle School

Research Summary

Middle school can be an exciting and terrifying time for students transitioning from elementary to middle school. By definition, transition means the change from one place, state of being, or condition to another...
Author: Casey Dianna Gilewski, Monica L. Nunn
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Creating a Vibrant, Collaborative Vertical Planning Event

Creating a Vibrant, Collaborative Vertical Planning Event

Ideas for creating an environment for elementary and middle school teachers to collaborate

One of the highlights of my first year at West Rowan Middle School was helping organize a collaborative opportunity between our sixth grade teachers and the fifth grade teachers at our feeder schools. This was the...
Author: Derek L. McCoy
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The Hidden Curriculum of Middle School

The Hidden Curriculum of Middle School

Two years ago our school underwent a reorganization to create a designated middle school. Previously the school was split into two parts: Lower School which included Montessori sixth grade and Upper School which was...
A Middle School Orientation Gets an Upgrade

A Middle School Orientation Gets an Upgrade

Designing an orientation for, not about, incoming students.

Every fall, right before the start of school, students from preschool through college attend some sort of school orientation. Orientations provide an overview of what to expect in a new school, including all the...
Author: Joanne Kelleher
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Welcoming Students to Middle School

Welcoming Students to Middle School

Pup Camp is a fun way to get kids ready for the transition into middle school.

"What if my child doesn’t know anyone?" "What if he gets lost?" "Who will help her open her locker?" These comments are typical of anxious parents whose child is preparing to transition into middle school. At...
Author: Karla J. Wienhold, Blaire M. White
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Smooth Sailing to Middle School

Smooth Sailing to Middle School

Action, articulation, and activities provide a framework for the transition to middle school.

Fear of the unknown—or fear based on a false belief—is one barrier fifth graders and their parents face as they make the transition to middle school. When this barrier is removed, students can embrace the...
Author: Joy Jameson Lea
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Making Connections with Advisory

Making Connections with Advisory

Relationships are among the most important elements of student success.

Middle grades students are small, medium, and big bundles of morphing cells. Just walk through the halls of a middle school during class changes and you will realize how unsure they can be about their physical...
Author: Ellen D'Amore
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What Does Passing Look Like?

What Does Passing Look Like?

A variety of assessment models can leave some students scratching their heads about expectations

"So what IS a passing grade?" That question at a recent team assembly of sixth graders, teachers, and support staff brought the discussion to a complete halt. The inquiry by a young lady with braids, braces, and...
Author: Sandy Cameli & Colleen Masukawa
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Topics: Assessment
Building the Bridge to Middle School

Building the Bridge to Middle School

What do you remember from your middle school or junior high days? Your test scores? Your grades? Probably not. You are more likely to remember special occasions and events that made a particularly positive...
Author: Elyse Daniel, Tom Grudowski, and Philip Brown
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