Navigating Middle School

As children transition from elementary school to middle school, they may find themselves struggling with some of the differences that middle school brings. Below are some challenges that students, educators, and parents may come across, and some things each of them can do to enhance learning. From an interview with Marla Thompson.



Middle school students have many things change all at once. In addition to physical and emotional changes, the structure of school changes for most students as they enter middle school. Instead of one teacher, they now have several class periods daily. This can create confusion as students sometimes struggle to understand what each teacher expects.

Coupled with this new school environment is the middle school child himself: often children get embarrassed very easily and don’t always want to ask for help. What their peers think of