The 3 career-defining years in Schooling
The bridge between Post-primary & Pre-secondary years of schooling and its importance
Researchers support the decision that when adults review back at their own time rendered in the education system, they often recognise significant educational changes for them in middle school.
According to psychologists, students expect to meet two needs as they enter the middle school years. First, for increased freedom. And second, for meaningful communication with adults who are not their parents. In other words, while children want freedom, they also need the support of adults.
Parents of middle school children still need help regarding how to assist in promoting autonomy. Unfortunately, the middle schooler is often the ignored middle child in the education system, mixed with young children or older children. The middle schoolers generally feel pangs of jealousy and inadequacy, have low self-esteem, and become introverts.
Instead of looking at middle schools like mini high schools, you need to think carefully about your approach and make sure to recognise children’s inimitable developmental needs. Keep in mind, children get frustrated at this age.
Middle School is Important
Going to middle school is exciting for kids. Since the adolescent brain is not specific, a lot is caught as a foundation. Adolescent intellectual development means that they understand extremely abstract concepts and can learn them quickly. So teachers should not underestimate them or pay too much attention to the age-related peculiarities that indicate unproductive, irrational, or offensive behaviour.
During the period students enter middle school, they are experiencing emotional and socially significant changes for they are entering a more complex system. For some reason, learning to tolerate students is not a good transition. Also, many of them are facing a difficult time academically.
Middle School – A Positive Transition
Moving to middle school is crucial to success, and in the first year — the most dramatic one — that performance is usually omitted.
- This transition is disruptive in itself - they leave behind adults and friends who they knew well.
- Students move away from a secured, easy-to-manage environment where they had very few teachers and a classroom peer group.
- They go from a single teacher to multiple teachers and they may feel uncomfortable sharing ideas and thoughts around new classmates with whom they are not well-acquainted.
The transition from childhood to adolescence can be difficult for children, but this time of physical, intellectual, moral, social, and emotional change is a unique opportunity to actively build character and confidence, says academic advisor and author Phyllis L. Fagelis, in her book "Middle School Matters". Middle school is a stew of boiling hormonal relationships, changing relationships, and increasing educational demands. Kids feel bad as they want to fit in most.
On the whole, the children transitioning to Middle School face the challenge of increased academic expectations coupled with struggling to find their adequate place socially at the same time.
Middle School – A Crucial Phase
Although much attention has been paid to early childhood education due to brain development, the stages and importance of middle school identity development can be crucial in determining academic success.
Most of the time, enthusiastic students enter the sixth grade with full confidence, but they lose interest due to peer pressure throughout the year. Although some students lose their voice, some others find theirs. Some students are academically insecure during this period, they expect comforting. They feel inappropriately bad, which means creativity, curiosity, and independent thinking can be denied. There appears to be a large decline in creativity among students between the ages of 5 and 10, indicating that school, culture, and personal endeavours, mimic individual thinking.
Three Years that Shape Career
You’d be surprised to know that only a three-year middle school describes your entire career!
Well, every time students change from elementary to middle school, a lot of things happen around them. Middle school is a time of transition, and going back can bring a lot of anxiety and worry — emotions that aren't always associated with educators.
It has been found that children who play elementary sports react differently in middle school. They understand that they are big and responsible. Although hormonal changes begin at the age of eight, they mature slightly around age 12 or 13. This time they understand the importance of the subjects and confirm what they like. Their interests, preferences, and ability to explore domains have strong impressions over these three years. They create interest in the domain in which they dream. They also send a clear message to their brain that they will be strong.
In India, middle school is also referred to as upper primary education. This schooling contributes 3 years to this phase, usually Standard 6-8.
The levels of education in India are:
- Pre-Primary – Nursery to KG
- Primary (Lower Primary) – Classes I to V
- Middle School (Upper Primary) – Classes VI to VIII
- High school – Classes IX and X
- Higher Secondary (PUC or Plus Two) – Classes XI andXII
Middle School at FIITJEE Global School
At FIITJEE Global School, the Middle School (Grade VI to VIII) curriculum provides students with specialised input to master any field of language, math, science and technology, or performing arts. The third language option helps students to adapt to the whole geography. Due to its remarkable developments, the school takes care of the growing opportunities and different types of careers. The controlled teacher-student ratio helps instructors participate in each student's educational and emotional care needs.
Tips to Managing Middle School
Considering the sensitivity of middle school students, every school should pay attention to the needs of the tender kids. The following methods can be handy to alleviate the needs of these middle-aged young students.
- If the work is provocative and meaningful, middle school students will be involved, although it will require patience. It has to do with real life and their understanding of the future.
- Middle school students need teachers to give constructive feedback and take positive reinforcements. The feedback must be honest and factual.
- Creative way, sometimes there should be a strict restriction on the content and sometimes smaller slots of time help encourage them to be creative and write.
- Courses, tasks, and assessments should be designed in different contexts of curriculum, towards paradigm shift to experimental learning.
- Teachers should try different types of self-controlled learning. They may like to experiment with flipped learning.
- Help students see how their studies at this age will impact their higher education and life.
FGS Cares for Middle School
Every moment is an opportunity for us to meet the expectations of the students who choose FGS. Class sessions involve fun-filled activities with a connected lab and playground that help demonstrate concepts experimentally.
Middle school students are seen as more analytical and believe in proven theories. FGS recognises this change in their scientific nature and encourages them to query and be extroverted, thereby enhancing their critical and lateral thinking skills.
Through organised training sessions, students are encouraged to participate in group discussions and engage in one-on-one interactions with experts and peers. Middle school students are assessed based on factors such as attendance, honesty, behaviour, values, neatness, respect for rules and regulations, and attitudes towards society, nation, and others. Evaluation methods for middle school students have been simplified in two terms with appropriate timing. Students are graded in total marks and assessment results are made transparent to students and parents.
FGS maintains the following pedagogical norms for middle school:
- Subject Enrichment Activities: These are subject-specific activities aimed at enhancing students' comprehension and skills. These activities run throughout the period; however, their assessment is at the end of the term.
- Languages: To equip students to develop effective listening and speaking skills , FGS Promotes and encourages students to learn more and more Languages. While students learn Minimum 3 Languages as per the norms of State and Central Boards, they are encouraged to learn more with the help of its various Clubs. Language teachers can come up with their methods and criteria for a language evaluation.
- Mathematics: High-order numbers development, abstract and dimensional visualization.
- Science: Practical work and activities in science are undertaken as per the syllabus and textbooks.
- Social Science: Map or project work is undertaken as per the syllabus and textbook.
- Co-Scholastic Activities (for classes VI-VIII): For the holistic development of students, FGS conducts further co-curricular activities through teachers and educators.
- Work Education – Refers to skills-based activities that result in goods or services that are of great use to the community.
- Art (Visual & Performing Art).
- Health and Physical Education (Sports / Martial Arts / Yoga / NCC etc.)
- Working Towards Career Building : This is the time when students start making their Choice towards their Career Choice. With 3 Decades experience in helping students build careers and prepare for admission in Top Universities in India and in USA and other leading Countries, FGS Offers students best guidance in being ready for Tomorrow. That is what makes FGS a truly Global school.
Participation, honesty, creativity, and teamwork are common criteria for evaluating student grading. Academic panels and teachers encourage the average student to improve their activities and move on to higher grades.
In addition to these educational feeds, FGS adheres to the above tips for managing a middle school that meets the future of students.
FIITJEE Global School (FGS)
FIITJEE group has an international footprint and is located in the Middle East, in addition to India. Our FIITJEE Global School (FGS) is expanding its chain of schools across the country, starting from TN. With a successful track record of almost three decades in guiding students to crack tough competitive exams, the group has been revolutionising education, identifying the talent of every child, and nurturing their success for a formidable career. That’s why FGS is the best choice to have a sense of the school environment in school lockdowns, and even post-pandemic. So, don’t delay. Get in touch with our counsellors and secure your child’s future.
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