Tips For Starting Middle School

My daughter, Sammi and I want to share some tips about starting middle school. It’s a big transition from elementary school where you usually have one teacher, no mid-term or final exams, and teachers to remind you to do your work and keep you on track. In middle school, you can expect more than one teacher and different classes, exams, more homework and more responsibility.

It looks scary but it’s what you do to grow up and continue on in your school career. Sammi says that all of her friends were scared before middle school started and it got worse the days right before. She was happy that she had visited the school twice and met her teachers, even for a few minutes. She also thought about how her elementary school helped her get ready for middle school.

Sammi came from an elementary school that was a family atmosphere. Most of the teachers and staff knew her and cared for her. She was there since Kindergarten and her sister went to the same school years before. I was a volunteer for many years and was also known there so it made it easy for Sammi to adjust and find her place there. When it came time to prepare for middle school, her elementary school taught her what to expect and how to adjust.

Here’s our tips for starting middle school:

  • Get prepared over the summer, by keeping in touch with your friends and making new friends, reading, and talking about your fears with your parents
  • Meet your teachers during Open House. It makes you feel more comfortable at least seeing your teacher’s faces.
  • Get as much supplies as you can before the first day. You have less to worry about later on.
  • Prepare your outfit a few days before the first day. Talk it over with your friends. It’s OK to change it a few times!
  • Keep a copy of your schedule handy. Sammi keeps one in her backpack and one in her lunchbox.
  • Learn to laugh at yourself. You’ll probably do something silly the first week or even a few times, so just laugh about it.
  • Go to sleep early. You think because you’re older that you can stay up later, but there’s a lot of work in middle school and a lot of homework too.
  • Do your homework after a short break for a snack. If you put it off, you’ll get nervous and have trouble finishing it.
  • Study for your tests! Just because the work seems easy at first, every grade counts. You might as well get the best grades you can while the work is easy.
  • Make a routine that works for you and stick to it. It makes Sammi feel better when she knows what to expect and what to do next.
  • Take time to make new friends. There’s lots of new people to meet!
  • Don’t forget your old friends. They’re an important part of your life.
  • Join a club, a sport or do something new. Find some fun things not just regular school things to do.

Sammi and I worked on this list together. This is her third week in middle school. She’s been happy about a lot of the changes, like meeting new people and learning more interesting things. She doesn’t like having so many books and so much homework though, but she’s getting used to it all.

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Connie Roberts

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Living in the Tampa Bay area, I'm lucky enough to see beautiful sunsets almost every day. Although life can be difficult at times, focusing on the positive and being with my family is what gets me through.

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