Gearing Up For Middle School


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What is the plan?

The intended design of the Gearing Up for Middle School curriculum is three sessions of three lessons each. The first three lessons can be delivered in the spring before the students move to middle school. This first set of lessons helps parents and students understand the changes in the brain and thinking, changes in social and emotional development and, of course, physical development.

The second set of three lessons is designed to be held in the summer months between elementary and middle school. Schools find success by tying this session to late summer school-wide orientations or back-to-school events. This series of lessons includes the role of parents in their student’s success and the child’s role as a middle school student.

The third set of three lessons, which may be delivered in the fall once the students are attending middle school, will aid in providing good learning environments at home for the adolescent. Students will learn about managing himself or herself and his or her time at school, with friends, with new routines and with growing responsibilities.

Although Gearing Up for Middle School is designed in this progression with this particular timing, the information is yours to use as it best fits the community. Research on a similar project predicts that offering more lessons and spacing them as designed may result in more positive outcomes for students and parents attending the Gearing Up for Middle School classes.

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School administrators, counselors and teachers have reported that they appreciate utilizing the information in the Gearing Up for Middle School curriculum in their correspondence to all parents, including through social media and school newsletters.

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