Middle School has changed dramatically from when I first stepped foot into Westwood Middle back in the 1980’s. While technology is a driving factor in the changes, the majority of improvements come from a better understanding of how students learn and what their needs are. From teachers looking to improve their classroom experience to families shopping for the best school for their student, here are four tips for designing a more engaging classroom.
Here is a joke for you. What do you call someone who speaks three languages? Trilingual. What do you call someone who speaks two languages? Bilingual. What do you call someone who speaks one language? American.
For many students, the middle school years are full of many changes – even beyond the physiological ones they experience. For example, at Shorecrest students switch classes for each subject, have a locker combination to remember and to open quickly, have multiple teachers with differing personalities, and most participate in at least one extra curricular activity. Algebra can be a difficult concept to grasp for some, but there are ways to ensure your child has strong foundational math skills for success.
Topics: Middle School
The negatives of middle school are plastered across the media spectrum; in fact, the best-selling author James Patterson even has a widely popular book titled, Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life.
Middle school can be a challenging and trying time - that holds for parents just as much as students. Parenting adolescents is complicated by the many opportunities and challenges that 21st century technology allows. While students are often very savvy using technology, they often do not have the maturity to make the right decisions. As the holidays approach, when many students get new tech or tech upgrades, here are some general guidelines and reminders for parenting middle school children: