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Adjusting to Middle School
Level Issues (6-8) in Public Schools
The Tween to Teen Years


      If you've made it through elementary school relatively unscathed, then hold onto your hats as your child enters middle school.  Not only is this a period of adjustment in terms of educational expectations, but peer pressures begins to escalate, incidences of violence become more common, sexual promiscuity becomes a hot topic and the list literally goes on, and on, and on.  Add on top of that the your child's emerging sense of independence in addition to their pubescent hormonal changes and you've got your hands full.

     As parents we begin to question whether or not it's appropriate for us to intervene our our children's behalf, and our children become more vocal in their request for us not to get involved.  So we struggle with the dilemma of how much responsibility should our children be allowed to shoulder on their own, and when have things reached a point where it's time to step?  There are no easy answers, but despite a child's rate of development either academically, or emotionally ... during the middle school years they are still in need of our guidance, protection, and supervision. 

     As this section develops we will bring your more links to resources that are specific to middle school issues both academically and developmentally, and we welcome your request and suggestions for feature topics. 

NCLB and Middle Schools: 
Confronting the Challenges

(excerpt) NCLB immediately requires new teachers in middle schools that are not within K–8 facilities to have a major or the equivalent of a major in each subject they teach. Many of the education programs offered by universities and colleges today provide potential teachers with the equivalent of an academic major. Veteran teachers must meet the same requirements as new teachers or meet a uniform state standard by the 2005–06 school year.

Given that the majority of middle schools are not part of K–8 facilities, most of the nation’s middle school teachers will have to meet the more stringent requirements. These requirements could present a real challenge for school districts as they try to recruit and retain middle school teachers.

Middle school teachers often teach multiple subjects, and the guidance on NCLB teacher-quality standards require them to be certified in each of those subjects. It will be especially challenging for middle schools in high-poverty districts and in very rural districts to recruit and retain qualified teachers for all subject areas. (More) 
Assessment and Evaluation

American School Counselor Association
Preparing for Middle School
(excerpt) Transitioning from elementary to middle school brings many questions and concerns for both parents and students. Moving up to middle or junior high school can be both scary and exciting. Parents can help their preteens prepare for this monumental transition by gathering information and staying involved in their child?s education.  From the American Academy of Pediatrics:

Pubertal Development                                                                    Stages of Puberty 
Puberty Information for Boys
Puberty Information for Girls Parent Soup
Teen Popularity - Are You Helping or Hurting Your Child

Well-meaning parents bent on improving their child's social life can unwittingly sabotage it instead. Take this quiz to see if you recognize when you are -- and when you are not -- acting in your child's best interests. If you are less helpful than you should be, you'll learn how to become more of an asset.







Grade Level Issues

Elementary School
Middle School
High School


US Dept of Education 
The Elementary and Secondary Education Act (The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001)  
Parent involvement at the middle school level

Rethinking Report Cards

How Much Homework Is Too Much?  
The Transition to Middle School

News Bureau - University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign: 
In early middle school, popularity and bullying often connected -
Do Girls Learn Meanness in Middle School-

  Office of Elementary and Secondary Education

American School Counselor Association: 
Why Middle School Counselors?

National Association of Secondary School Principals

Block Scheduling: A Solution or a Problem?

Eric Digest:
Block Scheduling

Eric.EECC: Middle Level Resources
Middle Grade Resources


Middle School
Parents Page

Sexuality Education:
In Pursuit of Carnal Knowledge

Socialization of School Age Children:  Peer Acceptance and Rejection

National Youth Network   Teenage Depression

















































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