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Four Ways to Ease Students’ Transition to Middle School

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Gena had always been an even-keeled and academically strong student, but the transition to middle school rocked her self-concept. She started failing her classes and shut down. Her complete school refusal may be unusual, but her sense of feeling untethered is not atypical. At a vulnerable age when kids most need to belong, connect, experiment and play, they often have to trade trusting relationships & recess for a rotating cast of characters & more testing. For her latest “The Meaningful Middle” column for AMLE, Phyllis spoke to psychologists, administrators and researchers about how adults can ease tweens’ transition from elementary to middle school.

Here are four ideas.


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