Academic Socialization is Key to Middle School
Middle school kids correctly strive for more independence from their parents. But parents need to stay involved in kids’ academic progress to ensure success now and later.
What You Need To Know
Active parenting in elementary school was easy—going on field trips, helping out in the classroom, and other obvious duties. Parents may fall through the cracks during the transition to middle school. They need to find ways to stay active with their kids schooling so that their children know how important education is.
How You Can Help
One researcher characterizes ideal parental involvement in middle school as “academic socialization”. Below are key factors in this next stage.
- Expectations. Parents need to communicate their vision for their kids’ futures clearly and enthusiastically. These expectations can be bandied about casually and often. For example, when a college football game is on television, talk about the school, its reputation, and where it is.
- Relevance. Parents play a crucial role in linking academic topics to current events. Raise contemporary subjects with your kids and ask about their perspectives. For example, grab a general news magazine and discuss the cover subject. Offer to read the article with your kids and talk about it.
- Aspirations. Encourage your kids’ high ideals and dreams for the future. Find ways to explore their incipient career interests. For example, if your child wants to be a forest ranger, arrange many hikes, speak to guides at governmental parks and preserves, and gather materials about flora and fauna.
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