Capstone/Dissertation Title

Effectively transitioning students from elementary to junior high school

Term

2009

Capstone

Thesis

Degree Name

MAEd

Abstract

This capstone addresses my belief that students need to be better prepared for the changes they will encounter in a junior high setting in order to make a successful transition to the new building. Chapter two begins with a brief history of the development of middle level schools. The needs of students leaving elementary school are addressed with regard to academic, social and procedural challenges faced in the new setting, as well as the needs of parents new to the junior high. Various transition plans used in other settings are also presented. Understanding by design, known more commonly as backward design, was the chosen curriculum design model. Chapter four introduces the activities designed to begin during sixth grade and continue through the seventh grade year. Additional activities have been planned for the summer between sixth and seventh grade to help students make a smooth transition.

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