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Explains the transition process from 5th - 6th grade

Explains the transition process from 5th - 6th grade

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  • IMPROVING TRANSITIONS FROM ELMENTARY TO MIDDLE SCHOOL THE BEST IS IN THE MIDDLE
  • Problem Statement
    • TRANSITION ISSUES:
    • Drop in grades
    • Lower attendance rates
    • Mental Health Issues (Anxiety)
    • Loss of self-esteem
  • CONCERNS TO BE ADDRESSED:
    • logistical
    • social
    • academic
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  • BIGGEST CONCERNS (STUDENTS)
  • ACTION PLAN
    • MAKE CONNECTIONS WITH STUDENTS
      • VISIT 5 TH GRADE CLASSROOMS WITH STUDENT AMBASSADORS TO TALK ABOUT MIDDLE SCHOOL
      • SHOW STUDENT MADE VIDEO and ANSWERING 5 TH GRADE QUESTIONS
      • PENPALS
      • SHADOWING
  • BIGGEST CONCERNS (PARENTS)
  • ACTION PLAN
    • MAKE SURE PARENTS FEEL WELCOMED
      • INFORMATION AND TIME LINES SENT HOME
      • INVITATION FOR PARENT ORIENTATION
  • THE ROLLER-COASTER YEARS PARENT ORIENTATION
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  • Independence Peer Acceptance Appearance School Adulthood/Childhood Hectic Schedules Opinions Identity
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  • GRADES
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  • Faculty Support
    • Focus on:
    • Developmental Stages of Adolescents
    • Differentiated Teaching
    • Student Success skills workshops
    • Positive Discipline Techniques
    • Student Advisory Leadership Training
  • RESULTS
  • Student Interviews
    • Students reported that the activities were “fun and cool”
    • Students reported that they were a little nervous but excitedly looking forward to attending middle school
    • Students felt a connection to the school before they started and felt comfortable knowing who and where their advocate was
  • Parent Interviews
    • Parents reported that their perceptions of the middle school had improved greatly from their previous beliefs that had been based on speculations and gossip
    • Parents reported less anxiety about their child attending middle school and stated that they felt it was welcoming to their children
  • Teacher Interviews 5 th grade
    • Teachers reported that 5 th grade students were excited about transitioning to the middle school
    • Students felt more comfortable with the school after meeting students and teachers in the building and having a chance to explore
    • Teachers reported students had much less anxiety then in previous years without transition program in place
  • FUTURE PLANS
    • 2007-2008
    • Summer Orientation Program
    • Continue focus groups and interviews to discuss concerns and possible interventions
    • Create and implement student advisory groups and student success skill groups
    • Bagels and….meetings with parents to discuss whatever!
  • Now it’s your turn…..
    • THE TRANSITION PROGRAM YOUR SCHOOL CREATES WILL HAVE TO WORK FOR YOU!
    • CREATE GOALS
    • SET UP A TIME LINE
    • CREATE AN ACTION PLAN
    • USE DATA AND SHOW TANGIBLE RESULTS
    • We would love to help…..Use our wiki site or email us with questions