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Moving from the Middle

Moving from the Middle

Transition programs should address the procedural, social, and academic aspects of the move to high school.

The middle-to-high-school transition is fraught with stressful challenges. Principal among them is the change in school environments. Many students move from middle schools organized into interdisciplinary teams of...
Author: Cheryl R. Ellerbrock, Jennifer M. Denmon, Bridget Mahoney, Michael Dicicco, & Laura Sabella
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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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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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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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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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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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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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