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Transitions to/from Middle School

The Transition from Middle School to High School for Students in Special Education

The Transition from Middle School to High School for Students in Special Education

Committing to a transition program and focusing on relationship-building

The transition from middle school to high school brings many changes and challenges for all students. The educational and personal changes that occur during this period of time for students in special education need...
Author: Nickolas D. Wanamaker
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Building Successful Habits for Middle School

Building Successful Habits for Middle School

Smooth the transition to middle school with a focus on executive function skills

Increased homework demands. Multiple classes with varied grading systems and discrete homework policies. Intensified extracurricular commitments. These are just a few of the ways middle school tests students' ability...
Author: Rachel Marcus
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Building Bridges

Building Bridges

A course that honors the middle school transition

On our pre-Kindergarten through grade 12 campus, the move from our lower school to middle school is a mere eight meters. An 11-year-old can make the trip in about 22 steps. Despite a limited physical distance, the...
Author: Susan Butler, Rachel Pregont
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Creating a Smoother Transition Together

Creating a Smoother Transition Together

Increasing student success and support in the transition from middle to high school

Change can be challenging for adolescents, especially given the fact that young people between the ages of 10 and 15 undergo extreme personal developments. Their patterns of thinking, physical maturation, and desire...
Author: Lesley Corner, Fran Rogers
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Project SUCCESS: The Way Forward in Middle School

Project SUCCESS: The Way Forward in Middle School

Streamlining the first year of middle school to smooth the transition

What if I told your school administrative team that there is a classroom intervention that does not require substantial increases in staffing, does not require extra funds from the school or district, but still...
Author: Peter Crable, Casey Siddons, Robby Dodd
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The Life and Times of a Sixth Grade Student

The Life and Times of a Sixth Grade Student

A student's words of encouragement to fifth graders anticipating the start of middle school

One year ago, I was sitting in these bleachers just like you, and just like you, I was excited, worried, sad, happy, terrified and everything in between. Now, I stand here before you, and guess what? I'm okay. These...
Author: Annabelle Kier
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Four Ways to Ease Students' Transition to Middle School

Four Ways to Ease Students' Transition to Middle School

How to help students struggling with the move from elementary to middle school

Gena was failing most of her sixth grade classes when she decided to stop going to school. Her mother, Sheryl, called me in a panic. I hadn't talked to Sheryl in years, but we'd grown up together, and she knew I was a...
Author: Phyllis L. Fagell
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Preparing Students for the Transition to High School

Preparing Students for the Transition to High School

High School Week provides a safe environment for students to struggle and learn

The transition to high school is a vulnerable time. As students navigate a heavier workload and greater independence, they struggle to make the small decisions needed to stay on track, and to know when and how to ask...
Author: Vanessa Scanfeld, Sean Robertson, Leah Weintraub, Vincent Dotoli
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No More Fears and Tears: Transitioning to Middle School

No More Fears and Tears: Transitioning to Middle School

Building a multifaceted plan makes the difference

"I'm nervous about forgetting my locker combination." "I'm worried about getting lost." "I'm nervous about keeping track of my schedule and having more homework." "What if my child no longer hugs me as she steps off...
Author: Jennifer Smith
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Going "Old School" to End School

Going "Old School" to End School

One middle school gives students a personal send-off

On the last day of school for the past six years, after hiking a small mountain near our school in Vermont, we gather in the shade of venerable maples for a final ceremony with the eighth grade class. After each...
Author: Ryan Becker, Beth Hayslett
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