All of us have memories of it. Whether we loved it or hated it, it left a mark on all of us. What a dramatic and often chaotic time in one’s life it was! With hormones raging and emotions running high, there was rarely a dull moment in this soap-opera world we called Middle School. As a middle school teacher for the past sixteen years, I have had the pleasure of working and interacting with thousands of intermediate level students and their families. Over the years, I have attempted to determine which factors allow certain students to glide through middle school and thrive while other students painfully get by. Through numerous conversations and interactions with students, parents, and colleagues, as well as personal observations, I have identified some of the skills and character traits possessed by students who seem to thrive during this often chaotic period of life and shared them in “The Guide to Surviving Middle School”.
The goal of “The Guide to Surviving Middle School” is to provide information and guidance to middle school aged children and their families on a number of relevant topics such as bullying, peer pressure, surviving oral presentations, etc. Presented in an anecdotal, light and often humorous fashion, the non-fiction text is easy to read with one tip being presented per chapter. The tips
are straightforward and will allow students already in middle school and those about to enter it, to benefit from the experiences of former students who dealt with similar academic, personal and social issues. “The Guide to Surviving Middle School” will also appeal to parents who often feel poorly equipped to support their children through this often tumultuous period of life by providing
them with information on the current challenges faced by middle school students and advice on how to effectively help their children overcome these obstacles.
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