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Middle School Transition

Parent Workshop: Helping Students Get Ready For Middle School

Laura Filtness

on 18 March 2013

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Parent Workshop Starting Middle School Meet our roundtable!

Contact us:
cindyf.browning@cityschools.net http://www.scholastic.com/kids/middleschoolsurvival/

(Click on Resources For Parents to visit my LiveBinder!)


Book "How To Talk To Kids So Kids Will Listen, and Listen So Kids Will Talk."

Visit the middle school's website directly. Thank You For Coming! Please check your e-mails for a short survey
and for more workshop dates. Students will have and want more
Groups of friends will change.
Feelings of being new/young again.
Fear of being embarrassed.
Ex: Getting lost,
who to sit by at lunch. What They Want You To Know I asked a group of middle school counselors
"What is one thing you wish every parent knew
before their child started middle school?"
Here are the answers. What you need to know! Don't listen to the gossip! Middle School Academics Resources Emotional Changes What changes will there be
*Academically? What Can I Do To Help? Listen to your child's concerns.
Ask open ended questions about their day.
Empower your student to communicate with the their teacher.
Visit the school for open houses and if they are still worried arrange for a private tour so they can practice opening their locker, etc. Encourage your student to get involved in extracurricular activities -whether that is sports or clubs. It helps the student be with peers that enjoy the same types of activities and foster friendships outside of the classroom. Peer groups are so important at this developmental stage and MS can be difficult for those students that feel they do not have a group to be apart of.

Encourage your student to find a group where
they feel comfortable. Monitor your children's internet usage, social media and other "devices." It is now very common for the majority of middle school children to have access to these things. Even the best of children can get into trouble with this if it is not monitored by an adult on a regular basis. What they want students to know: Be organized! It is a little tricky in middle school because you now have multiple teachers and lots of different classes to keep track of. Make sure you use your agenda each day and show it to your parents each evening, clip papers into the proper section within your binder, clean out your binder at the end of each nine weeks except for those things that the teacher asks you to keep all year, and make sure your locker stays clean. Opening it up and having things spill into the hallway does not equal clean. :) Choose your friends wisely. Stay away from social "drama."
Middle school is a very social time, but make sure you associate
with people that add to your life in a positive way. understand your middle school's definition
and protocol regarding bullying- remember the difference between bullying and conflict resolution help your children understand what bullying looks like and how to handle conflicts or disagreements. help students understand the resources they have when
it comes to bullying such as teachers, admin,
SRO and counselors
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