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Middle School Transition

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Stefanie Moore

on 16 May 2013

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What Students Look Forward To Where do 6th graders get info about the Middle School? Surveys:
6th Grade Student Survey Perceptions of Challenges Thoughts and Feelings About the Transition Preparedness How Can We Help Students Prepare? Perceptions of the Middle School Transition 6th Graders 7th Graders What part of the Middle School is the most challenging to get used to? Goals of the current study: 1. Identify where 6th grade students get information about the
Middle School.
2. Identify perceptions of the most positive and the most challenging
parts of adjusting to the Middle School.
3. Assess 6th grade students’ thoughts and feelings about their
upcoming transition to the Middle School.
4. Get suggestions for helpful transition activities. 86% of 6th graders agreed or strongly agreed that they feel prepared for the Middle School
75% of 7th graders agreed or strongly agreed they felt prepared for the Middle School
71% of 7th grade teachers agreed or strongly agreed the current 7th graders were prepared for the Middle School Worry 36% of 6th graders agreed or strongly agreed they feel worried about going to the Middle School
48% of 7th graders agreed or strongly agreed they felt worried about coming to the Middle School at the start of the school year Confidence 94% of 6th graders agreed or strongly agreed they felt confident about their ability to be successful in 7th grade
81% of 7th graders felt confident about their ability to be successful in Middle School at the beginning of the school year
89% of 7th graders agreed or strongly agreed they felt confident about their ability to be successful in 7th grade at this point in the school year Using Data to Drive Practice: Thoughts for the Future 6th graders suggested:
Help prepare for academics (learn note-taking and test-taking skills)
Practice locks
Tour the Middle School
7th graders suggested:
Tour the Middle School
Practice locks
Practice changing classes/having multiple teachers
Have 7th graders share info about the Middle School
Learn organizational skills
7th grade teachers suggested:
Learn computer skills
Understand importance of homework
Learn organizational skills
Practice locks Include student interviews How does perception data relate to results data (grades, discipline referrals, attendance)? Are students getting accurate information about the Middle School from siblings? How can we explicitly teach academic skills (note-taking, test-taking, organization)? Limitations: Forgot to include laptops! Ambiguity of some questions Anonymity of responses classroom guidance lessons and small groups
opportunity to collaborate with teachers
resources on the counseling website capture narratives of the transition experience
better way to assess thoughts and feeling For the following graphs: Red= Academic Items Blue= Procedural Items Green= Social Items How do students define "being prepared"?
What are students "confident" about? Attaching student names to the surveys could result in more targeted interventions for students who may need them explore opportunities to include siblings in transition activities Administered 3/15/2013 to 6th grade students at New Holland Elementary 7th Grade Student Survey Administered 1/30/2013 to 7th grade students at GSMS 7th Grade Teacher Survey Administered 2/20/2013 to 7th grade teachers at GSMS by Stefanie Moore, M.Ed. Academic Transitions: “a process during which institutional and social factors influence which students’ educational careers are positively or negatively affected by this movement between organizations” (Smith, 2006) School Transitions Impact Student Success •Difficulty adjusting to school transitions can result in academic, social, and emotional decline (Akos, 2002; Akos & Galassi, 2004). •Successful school transitions have been identified as an important predictor for later academic and social success (Hernandez Jozefowicz-Simbeni, 2008; Wildenger, McIntyre, Fiese, & Eckert, 2008; Dimmitt & Carey, 2007). •Poor adjustment during the transition to middle school has been linked to leaving school early (Hernandez Jozefowicz-Simbeni, 2008) . •School transitions often coincide with significant developmental changes, which could exacerbate any difficulties associated with adjusting to new school environments Students have 3 general areas of concern about transitioning to the Middle School: 1. Academic (having more homework and more
difficult classes) 2. Procedural (finding their way around the school,
using lockers, and understanding
rules/procedures/expectations) 3. Social (making new friends, getting along with
peers, fitting in, and coping with bullies or older
students) (Akos, 2002; Akos & Galassi, 2004; Kingerly, Erdley, & Marshall, 2011). References Akos, P. (2002). Student perceptions of the transition from elementary to middle school. Professional School Counseling, 5(5), 339. Akos, P., & Galassi, J. (2004). Middle and high school transitions as viewed by students, parents, and teachers. Professional School Counseling, 7(4), 212-221. Dimmitt, C. & Carey, J. (2007). Using the ASCA National Model to facilitate school transitions. Professional School Counseling, 10(3), 227-232. Hernandez Jozefowicz-Simbeni, D. M. (2008). An ecological and developmental perspective on dropout risk factors in early adolescence: Role of school social workers in dropout prevention
efforts. Children & Schools, 30(1), 49-62. Wildenger, L. K., McIntyre, L. L., Fiese, B. H., & Eckert, T. L. (2008). Children’s daily routines during Kindergarten transition. Early Childhood Education Journal, 36, 69-74.
doi: 10.1007/s10643-008-0255-2. Smith, J. S. (2006). Research summary: Transition from middle school to high school. Retrieved 10/23/2011 from http://www.nmsa.org/Research/ResearchSummaries/TransitionfromMStoHS/
tabid/1087/Default.aspx Kingery, J. N., Erdley, C. A., & Marshall, K. C. (2011). Peer acceptance and friendship as predictors of early adolescents’ adjustment across the middle school transition. Merrill-Palmer Quarterly,
57(3), 215-243.
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