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Middle School: School and Academics Articles

How to Start Thinking about College ... in  Middle School!

How to Start Thinking about College ... in Middle School!

Believe it or not, middle school lays important foundations for higher education. And whether it's calendars or coursework, there's a lot you can do now to pave the way for high school and college success.

Organizing for Boys: Getting Your Guy Through Middle School

Organizing for Boys: Getting Your Guy Through Middle School

In today's standards-driven, no-nonsense classrooms, boys seem to be struggling to follow-through with homework, let alone sit still for five minutes. So how can you help them get organized and on track?

Is Your Middle Schooler a Reluctant Reader?

Is Your Middle Schooler a Reluctant Reader?

Some kids never voluntarily pick up a book when they could be playing video games or text messaging. What causes some kids to love reading while others avoid it at all costs?

Reading: Getting the Main Point

Reading: Getting the Main Point

As a middle school writing aide, I know firsthand that grasping the main idea - or seeing the "big picture" - is difficult for budding readers. So to get practice my sixth graders at Corte Madera School summarize articles from newspapers.

The Write Stuff: Introducing Genre to Middle Schoolers

The Write Stuff: Introducing Genre to Middle Schoolers

Kids must become familiar with different forms of writing before they can break free from their sets of rules. Here's a sampling of types of writing, examples of prompts your child may face, and tips to tackle them.

Middle School Science in the Kitchen

Middle School Science in the Kitchen

Science is happening all around us, twenty-four hours a day. Every time we breathe in and out, ride our bikes or cook dinner, we are experiencing scientific events. So why should we limit our child's opportunity to learn about science to one short period of the school day?

Game On! Educational Picks for Middle Schoolers

Game On! Educational Picks for Middle Schoolers

Playing games can be a great way to learn, and the middle years are no exception. Here are 8 cool games sure to kick learning into high gear.

Ready for Middle School?

Ready for Middle School?

Hormones are raging. Voices changing. Pimples forming. Bodies growing faster than humanly possible. It's time for middle school, whether you and your child are ready or not!

A Secret Weapon for 6th Graders

A Secret Weapon for 6th Graders

Other than starting kindergarten, sixth grade is the biggest jump kids have ever taken in school. Not surprisingly, many children feel completely overwhelmed.

Back to School Book Picks for Middle and High School

Back to School Book Picks for Middle and High School

Find out what teachers recommend your teens and adolescents read to get them ready for school.