Preparing to Transition Up
All year long, I work to prepare my students to make the move from my 6th grade class to Jr. High. For example, we have lockers in our classroom and instead of letting them sit empty I have students use these to store their belongings. Each time we move our focus from one subject to the next, I have students visit their lockers to retrieve the necessary books and supplies, just as they will next year. I also prepare students for the challenges ahead by giving them protracted assignments they must complete over time. In addition, we tour the Jr. High school building and shadow the students as they move through their day. That way, my students get a solid sense of what a day in the life of a junior high school student will be like. Finally, I provide my students with apps for their iPod Touch, iPad, and smart phones. These apps are especially designed to keep skills sharp over the summer.
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