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Transition to High School: The Student Perspective

Transition to High School: The Student Perspective

Transitioning in and out of middle school is a process that millions of students have done since the inception of the middle school concept. Middle school is a transitional time for all students, and students make...
Author: James Davis
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Transitions with the Brain in Mind

Transitions with the Brain in Mind

Teachers can help students during developmental changes.

Research findings and ongoing studies provide middle level professionals with information to help them continue to develop their understanding about the significant developmental changes that take place during...
Experiencing Challenges and Failures

Experiencing Challenges and Failures

Helping gifted and advanced learners during transitional periods.

Recognize These Students? Bryce stopped doing his homework in ninth grade. His backpack was a disaster, and he could never find the planner his homeroom teacher distributed in August. It was now mid-October. Earlier...
Author: Susan Rakow
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Supporting Students During Times of Change

Supporting Students During Times of Change

Working with students to adjust to new environments and expectations.

Moving away from home to attend college was the first time a transition from one school to another was a remarkable, memorable event. While I can recall school transitions during childhood and young adolescent years,...
Author: Valerie Benjamin
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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 Letter To My Eighth Graders

A Letter To My Eighth Graders

A teacher sends her students to high school with some words of advice.

With only a few days left with my students, I’m thinking how far they have come in their reading and writing skills this year. Their final writing assessment has actually been a pleasure to grade. But now, I...
Author: Judi Holst
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Incoming! Tackling the Transition to High School

Incoming! Tackling the Transition to High School

A successful student transition to high school requires thoughtful, deliberate action.

As Brandon walked into the counselor suite he seemed a bit nervous. He had been a freshman at Bellaire High School for nine weeks, and he was still finding his way. His pants were stained and his t-shirt and light...
Author: Michael McDonough, Debbie Campbell, Trish Magilke
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Transition by Design: The Power of Vertical Teams

Transition by Design: The Power of Vertical Teams

Multilevel collaboration helps students succeed at all academic levels.

Students’ middle school experience plays a key role in their success in high school and beyond—we know that. But less well-known is how an innovative strategy called vertical teaming can help young...
Author: Linda Schlosser
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Joining Forces for Good: Middle School/High School Collaboration

Joining Forces for Good: Middle School/High School Collaboration

Middle school and high school students collaborate on a hands-on service-learning project.

The transition to or from middle school can be smooth for some, but those of us who serve in a middle school know just how stressful these moves can be for a large percentage of our students. Students worry about...
Author: Vonda Beavers
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