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Preparing students for transition from elementary to middle school.

Preparing students for transition from elementary to middle school.

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It is very important to prepare students for differnt transition that they face in school such as transitioning from school levels to school levels. Elementary is very differnet from middle schoo, the way that students are look upon and the way that their hands are held is different. Students are still yound babies when leaving elementary they are still doing coloring worksheets, definding numbers, alphabets, and still having recess. The elementary years are still very crucial for students who are still playing, finding themselves as a little boy are girl instead of a big boy are girl. Once in middle school learning goes from adding, subtracting, mutiplication and division to fractions, problem solving and upper class work that is more challenging.Students are very determined to do what ever is making them motivated, by helping them define before leaving elementary helps in a huge way.

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Mrs. W's picture
Mrs. W
5-8 Language Arts and History Teacher

I agree that it is very important to prepare students to transition to middle school. It can be a very difficult transition if the students are not prepared. Some schools set up grades 4-6 as intermediate, where they might switch teachers for a class, teach organizational skills, ect. which is great.
I am teaching 7/8 combined class at a small school next year, and with those students who have been in a small self-contained environment their entire schooling, it will be a challenge to get them ready for high school.

Debbie Williams's picture

As a retired middle school teacher, I know that many of our colleagues in elementary schools do their very best to prepare students for middle school; however, no one can create maturity in students. They come into middle school representing all levels of maturity. The good thing is that the sixth grade teachers (or the entry grade teachers depending upon how the school is organized) have a wonderful opportunity to shape them into a true middle schooler. Those teachers have a captive audience of people who will try to conform to the standards set for them because everything is new, and they expect things to be more challenging. If middle school starts out in an organized, structured way that is continued consistently across all grade levels, everyone benefits!

Bruce Wyman's picture

For me, I feel my responsibility is to ready the 6th graders for middle school during 6th grade. We work on transitions, organization, and I also invite selected middle schoolers come back and speak to the kids. (after they've been at middle school at least a couple of months) We also departmentalize with Science, Social Studies, and Math, which benefits the teacher and students and in addition readies them for the middle school format.

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