Category: transition

How To Help Students Transition To High School

Middle school is a time for young adolescents to learn to navigate from child to young adult.  Many boundaries are tested, and independence is acquired.  8th graders are the big guys on campus, but they are still those sweet, young, innocent, scared kids who began their middle school career just

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Goal Setting For Success

Day 2 with the 8th graders and I wanted to expand on the values lesson from yesterday (click here for the values lesson).  We talked about the quote, “Values are like fingerprints.  Nobody’s are the same, but you leave them all over everything you do.”  But first, we talked about

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Getting Ready For 4th Grade Visitors!

Each year we have our fourth graders come for a visit.  It’s part of our transition to middle school.  It takes a lot of planning and putting together, but it is a special program for both the current 5th graders and our soon to be 5th graders.Starting in January, I

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Planning A Transition To Middle School Event

Transitioning to middle school is not a throw-it-together-in-one-day event.  In fact, it takes months of planning and prepping. My process for transition is as follows:January— send an email to 4th grade teachers at the elementary school to begin planning dates for transition visits. March— confirm dates for visits.   Talk

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Talking to 8th Graders About High School

It has officially started!  Today I met with our 8th grade social studies classes and talked to them about what to expect in high school.  I have done this for years, a process I started when I worked at the high school, and I have continued doing this since my

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Welcome to Middle School!

Today was our last visit from the fourth grade classes.  The fifth graders have done a really excellent job acting as either a Lunch Buddy or Tour Guide for the elementary students.  Each day we had visitors,they eagerly came to my room to make sure we had made them a

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Borrowed Lesson Series. . .Transition to Middle School

Our Latest Lesson Leader is Sierra Bishop, middle school counselor.   Sierra has put together a great program for the soon-to-be sixth graders in her district. I visit the 5th graders in May with some live examples of students that survived the transition (current 6th graders)  They help me review

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Field Trip to Middle School

Today was the last of our Field Trip to Middle School for the incoming 5th grade class.  Transitioning the 4th graders actually started a few weeks ago, when my Principal, one current 5th grader, and myself went to talk at a 4th grade assembly. While we were there, my Principal

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8th to 9th Grade Scheduling has begun

5 down and 95 more to go. . .meetings with 8th graders and their parents, that is.  Scheduling time for me is always bittersweet.  I hate the back to back meetings with no time in between to do anything else.  My time is almost consumed for the next month or

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