Building Responsible Learners
Middle school-aged children need consistency, In order to build a successful student, teachers build routines and procedures in the classroom that are followed everyday.
For example, in each class, each day, students are expected to write in their agenda. This is where they record upcoming due dates, homework, and important events for the year. Students are also expected to have a binder to keep their agenda, homework, and a pen or pencil.
In order to ensure students meet their potential this year we ask for parents help with a few things:
- Check your child’s agenda nightly.
- Help them organize their binder weekly
- Create a place where students can work at home away from distractions
- Make sure your student has enough pens, pencils, and binders to succeed in each of their 7 classes.
If we work together on these things, we will guarantee a great year on the Yale 6 Team!
Stages of Child Development
- Muscles develop quickly
- Need lots of play and movement
- Snacks and frequent rest/breaks
- Improving neatness (tracing and copying skills)
- Good at memorizing facts
- Enjoy grouping, organizing, and classifying information
- Can concentrate for long periods
- Hardworking; take pride in schoolwork
- Good age for clubs, sports, activities
- Quick to anger, quick to forgive
- Competitive and cooperative
- Enjoy adult recognition
- Restless, need movement
- Growing pains
- Growth spurt for girls
- Frequent colds, infections
- Can think “abstractly” understand concepts
- Begin challenging adult explanations
- Want new skills, not review of old ones
- Enjoy “adult” tasks; researching and annotating. Enjoy “adult” subjects; history and biography.
- Moody; self absorbed
- Easily embarrased
- Need time to talk to peers
- Girls form cliques
- Like to challenge rules, argue, and test limits
- Concerned with social status
- Very energetic, need sleep, exercise, and snacks
- Enjoy sports and phys. ed.
- Boys and girls have growth spurts
- May begin to excel at one subject
- Understand and enjoy sarcasm
- Enjoy “purposeful” schoolwork, resent perceived “busy work”
- Can set goals and concentrate well
- Interested in current events and justice
- Peer opinions matter more than adult opinions
- Question and argue over rules
- Need ceremonies and rituals to mark their path to adulthood
- Can take on major responsibilities
- Careless with “unimportant” work like chores and homework
- Capable of self-awareness, insight, and empathy