Many of us remember MIDDLE SCHOOL years in which, well, awkward. Kids age 10-13 experience rapidly changing body and mind. their social life begins to blossom, and they begin to form a much clearer sense of self. This all seems to happen so fast.
Most of us moved away to intermediate our schools without thinking much about it, never think about how the next few years would prepare us for our teenage and adult life. We had homework, friends, and, for the first time, the romance of our minds. When you are in the thick of all this, it is difficult to see how the experience will shape up. But as parents, you have to ask yourself what purpose will my child’s middle school experience serving the greater scope of his or her life?
The role of a middle school should be to instill children with self-esteem, but also shaping them into preventive and promotes community members.
This goes far beyond classroom instruction. Help students place in the social world is as important in those years as pre-algebra and world history. School systems are often narrowly focused on testing and passing students to the next grade. These components are essential and unavoidable, but truly special organization will cover teaching outside the classroom and get the children to think about their role in the world as a whole.
A celebrity is a central department of college success. Teachers do not just know their stuff; they need to be aware of the critical age of their students and crafts lesson plans that help kids to see the big picture.
How often children ask, “Am I ever going to use this stuff?” Imagine geometry teacher who cultivates a sense of actual applications is subject to: Engineering, applied science, sports and business. Geometry should not just be a bunch of lines on the blackboard. It should be taught as a discipline that can carry children towards exciting possibilities in their lives. The same goes for chemistry, American history, Shakespeare, and all other materials. These are not just textbook fillers. They are career paths, lifelong passion, and aspects of the character of the student.
Passionate teachers arouse passionate students. Children deserve teachers who encourage them and challenge them to take risks and sometimes even their wildest dreams. Think of a teacher who saw something special in you. You will never forget this person and identity they helped you find.
This is also the first time that children can participate in social activities. After-school activities like band, sports, volunteering, and clubs give students the opportunity to cultivate new interests. Student run clubs also create a sense of leadership and ownership of the project. These are the years in which the child can start master creative and organizational skills that will serve him or her lifetime.
Middle school is about self-discovery. Find a place where children can learn, but also to experiment, lead, and grow.