Transitioning to Middle School

  • Health & Young Adolescents

    Health & Young Adolescents

    Keeping kids safe and healthy has gotten harder over the years. And the challenges always seem to multiply as they—and we—get older.

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  • Exploring the 'Cusp Culture' Helps Adolescents Navigate the Way to Adulthood

    Exploring the 'Cusp Culture' Helps Adolescents Navigate the Way to Adulthood

    Ten to fifteen year olds are often in their own world and are steeped in a culture alien to us. We may have thought that we knew these individuals quite well; then, one unforgettable day, a complete stranger shows up at breakfast or in the front row at school.

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  • Understanding and Appreciating the Wonder Years

    Understanding and Appreciating the Wonder Years

    All adults should be advocates for young adolescents, ready, willing, and able to capitalize on the positive possibilities of students. Adults should be sensitive to the enduring importance of the experiences youth undergo during these formative years and fully conscious of the influence they have as examples.

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  • Positive Paths for Young Adolescents

    Positive Paths for Young Adolescents

    Creating a clear picture of what we want for our children helps us to guide them toward many chances for success.

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  • What Does It Mean to be Thirteen?

    What Does It Mean to be Thirteen?

    Each young person is confronting perplexing issues and dealing with urgent questions, conflicting priorities, unsteady expectations, unadulterated joys, and a complex of apprehensions and aspirations—just as we did. What we have in common is that the primary challenge of growing up remains the same as what we faced in our time: becoming the very best one can be.

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  • Living With and Teaching Young Adolescents: A Teacher's Perspective

    Living With and Teaching Young Adolescents: A Teacher's Perspective

    The ways we deal with conflict, relationships, and personal development as adults have direct connections to specific experiences we had between the ages of ten and fourteen. We can create a very positive future, then, when we provide careful and compassionate experiences for today's young adolescents.

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  • The Push/Pull of Growing Up

    The Push/Pull of Growing Up

    Adolescence is a unique period in the life of every youngster in America. Teenagers are at one and the same time children and budding adults, insecure beings stepping out into the world and monitored every step by billion-dollar corporations that view them as prime customers.

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  • Advocating for Young Adolescent Learners in the 21st Century

    Advocating for Young Adolescent Learners in the 21st Century

    The Partnership for 21st Century Skills, which consists of business, education, government, and community leaders, fears that "There is a profound gap between the knowledge and skills most students learn in school and the knowledge and skills they need in typical 21st century communities and workplaces." They also feel "U.S. schools must align classroom environments with real world environments by infusing 21st century skills."

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