Middle school has always been the most difficult segment of a student’s education (“These Academics Spent $1.35 To Make Middle School Less Awful. Here’s How,” Time, Aug. 3). Not only do they have to adjust to the physical move from a familiar neighborhood elementary school to a larger place, but they are also dealing with the effects of puberty.
Once hormones begin to make their presence felt, young people find trying to handle school work much more difficult than ever before. That’s why it’s so important for them to have teachers who can help them adjust. Positive relationships can make a huge difference in how students navigate. The trouble is that middle school teachers don’t spend nearly as much time with their students as elementary teachers do. As a result, it’s harder for them to get to know their students and vice versa.
Middle school is also when young people sharpen their study habits. Material is not spoon fed to them as it was in lower grades. Unless parents step in to reinforce the importance of doing homework, too many students fall behind, which sets them up for dropping out.
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