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Transition from 5th to 6th

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Explains the transition process from 5th - 6th grade

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Transition from 5th to 6th

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

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