For most students, the elementary to middle school transition isn’t an easy prospect. In this handy guide, we’ve shared how to prepare your elementary grads who are going into middle school. These strategies will give your students the right mindset so that they’re not caught off guard with the changes. Furthermore, the middle school teachers will appreciate that you’ve equipped them with useful study skills.
As adults, we forget that using a calendar or a daily planner is a learned skill. Many elementary grads haven’t learned how to jot down upcoming assignments or break down homework into manageable chunks. We highly recommend spending an hour or more teaching students how to use a planner effectively. This will give middle school teachers a leg up when they assign more homework than students are used to.
It’s important for students to be engaged with in-class reading assignments, but how much do they read at home? As an elementary school teacher, you’re responsible for fostering reading habits that students take into middle school and beyond. You should encourage students to read a certain number of pages per night so that they develop a routine. Have open discussions about how students like to read, including when and where they enjoy it the most.
There are so many innovative strategies for studying that go beyond simple memorization or rereading notes. Going into middle school, students need to be equipped with as many study skills as possible. This will allow them to handle the increased frequency of tests and quizzes. We recommend planning a fun and interactive lesson around study techniques so that students actually put them into practice. Making flashcards, inventing potential questions on the test, and teaching a classmate are a few strategies.
Finally, middle school has a more complex grading system than elementary school. Students need to be prepared to handle it. Most middle school teachers rely on a percentage-based grading system for assignments, so they deduct points for small mistakes. This can be a shock for elementary grads who are used to a streamlined rubric system. Do your students a favor and get them used to points and percentages!
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