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Transitions to/from Middle School

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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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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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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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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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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