Middle School Transition To High School

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Tweeting principal energizes staff and students, while engaging parents

MARTINEZ — Parents whose children attend John Swett Elementary no longer rummage through backpacks in search of fliers from the principal and …


Fresh Start Tips from Emerging LeadersASCD Inservice

To prepare you for back-to-school week here on <i>Inservice</i>, we reached out to our ASCD Emerging Leaders and asked them to share their tidbits of wisdom …

High School: What To Expect in 9th Grade

The hallways are noisy and chaotic. The class schedule is grueling. Ninth grade is the year every grade suddenly counts, the year of the permanent …


Dealing With Disappointing Grades

Your child’s report card did not meet your expectations. You know she is capable of more. It’s tempting to blow a gasket, withhold privileges, and …


7 Crippling Parenting Behaviors That Keep Children From Growing Into Leaders

<i>Part of a new series on Parenting for Success</i><p>While I spend my professional time now as a career success coach, writer, and leadership trainer, I was a marriage and family therapist in my past, and worked for several years with couples, families, and children. Through that experience, I witnessed a …


8 Easy Homework Tips for All Parents

What is your afternoon like as a parent? Whether you are at the office or home with the kids, I'm betting you struggle with the homework question. How do we, as parents, get our children to study and learn, setting them up for future success? It's all about balance and organizing each afternoon in …


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25 Ways You Can Make a Difference

<b>Ask your child about school.</b> Saying “Tell me something you learned today” shows your child that you’re interested in what happens in the</b> …


Introverted Kids Need to Learn to Speak Up at School

Every child should be graded on class participation -- and parents don't help their children when they argue otherwise.<p>Next week marks the beginning of parent-teacher conferences. I can count on a few issues to come up: how I calculate grades, the degree to which I am willing to chase students for …


3 Tips to Help Your Teen Transition to High School

Getting involved in extracurricular activities can help smooth the transition from middle to high school. (iStockphoto)<p>The first day of high school …

Starting High School

So what's high school really like? Is there more work? More stress? Will it be difficult going from being one of the oldest middle school students to …


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Working as a Team for Student Success: The Middle to High School Transition

« Parents Agree: Funding Shortfalls Shortchange Students, Families, and Communities | Main | To Innovate, Look to Those Who Educate »<p>| No comments<p><i>By</i> …


Starting high school soon?

If you have a child starting high school soon, here are some videos and articles to have you both ready to go!<p>Watch teachers talk about how to make …


Middle school students encouraged to think early about college

Colin Giloon sits at his desk each day with his mind set that after he graduates from high school that he’d like to attend the University of …


Why Middle-School Girls Sometimes Talk Like Babies

And how teachers can respond<p>Teachers are technically hired to teach content—math, science, English, history. But over the course of a normal school day, we teach so much more. I’ve enforced dress codes because I want my students to value their brains over their body parts. I’ve made spelling count …


Managing Stress in Middle School

Some kids navigate the social minefield of adolescence as if it were an obstacle course in PE. They may struggle to get over a hurdle or two, but …


The 12 Best Pre-College Summer Programs

<b>By Rebecca Rubin</b><p>As a high school student, it’s hard to know what colleges are looking for in their applicants. Officer positions in clubs and good grades in advanced-level classes are always a nice place to start, but it’s the students who go the extra mile (literally!) who tend to catch the eyes …


Should You Take a Summer Class Before Freshman Year?

Preparing for college doesn’t just include buying cute dorm decorations, figuring out your financial aid situation and saying goodbye to loved ones. …


Stay Academically Engaged With Your Teen

Better grades and a higher chance of college matriculation are just a few of the benefits for teens when parents are involved in their education. …

How Can We Help Our Children Become 'Grittier?'

<b>Click here to watch the TEDTalk that inspired this post.</b><p>I am honored to join this discussion of Angela Lee Duckworth's TEDTalk on grit. Grit and a growth mindset are exciting new ideas in the psychology of children's motivation and achievement.<p>Angela asks: "What can parents do to help their …


33 Things High School Seniors Wish They Knew As Freshmen

We asked our Twitter followers in their final year of high school to share the ONE piece of advice they wish they could have given their freshman selves. Their incredibly wise and thoughtful responses might surprise you. Read 33 of our favorites, below, and share your own advice by tweeting …


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