Is Your Child Set-up for Success in Middle School?
The move from elementary to middle school is a significant leap. Students say goodbye to having just one classroom for every academic subject and hello to multiple teachers, different instruction approaches, and more homework!
As 5th graders move up to middle school, the demands on their executive functioning skills increase exponentially as well. Organization and planning skills are essential for a successful transition and effective routines need to be established quickly.
Middle schoolers also have to navigate software platforms where their instructors post all their homework and often their grades. Some students will find themselves confounded and overwhelmed, having to engage with multiple systems such as Google Classroom, Power School, Canvas, or School Loop.
And not all teachers post in the same way or consistently. Some post documents for students to work on and turn in online. (My students complain frequently about forgetting to hit the “turn it in” button on Drive.) Then there are online programs for grammar or math practice that require 30 minutes of a student’s time per week.
Keeping track of all these computer-based to-dos can be hellish for some!
Paper Planners a Must
Sixth graders should use paper planners from the start of middle school, noting all deadlines in them.
They also need to look beyond just what’s on the platforms used to list their homework. Students often take a glance at what’s posted there and make the mistake of attempting to remember the work they need to do.
Deadlines and directions need to be recorded, and paper planners and printing out documents with rubrics and directions are musts!
Essential Skills for Middle School Success
Some of the other essential skills incoming 6th graders need include the ability to . . .
- Set up a notebook and folder system that is simple to use and easy to access
- Break up a project into manageable chunks
- Advocate for themselves with different instructors and personalities, whether by email or in-person
- Take notes from presentations, text, and for research (Math needs notes too!)
- Write about literature or historical events
- Create arguments and back them with evidence
- Manage outside activities, school work, and digital use.
We Can Help
In addition to students, parents need help, too, to answer questions such as, "Should your 6th grader have a cell phone?" and "What type of parental help is appropriate at this stage?" Our goal is to make sure you and your tweens are ready for the big shift to 6th grade.
Register before midnight June 5, 2019 for either of these workshops and get 20% early bird discount.
- Signing up for an SOS4Students Workshop or Summer Coaching is easy and can be done online. Our workshops tend to fill fast and start dates will be here sooner than you think, so act now.
- All workshops are held at Lafayette Library (Oak Room) Lafayette, CA.
- Summer coaching is available at our Walnut Creek and Montclair District offices, or online.
Middle School Workshops
High School Workshops
Can't make the workshop you need? Does your student benefit from more individualized attention? All ages and abilities benefit from the one-on-one summer coaching sessions with our seasoned coaches.