Our My Two Cents question for this month is: Which model for middle schoolers do you think works best? K-8? 6-8? 6-12? Read what some of your colleagues had to say:
7-9. I believe that most 6th graders are not ready for middle school. They are still quite immature both physically and emotionally, an. they need another year in a self-contained classroom found in most elementary schools. Additionally, the same argument could be made for 9th graders, many of whom are not mature enough for the typical American high school setting.
David Sherman, Principal, South Park Elementary School, Deerfield, Illinois
I feel that the sixth through eighth grade structure works best for students facing the challenges of middle school. The students are close in age, maturity, and hormonal levels. This makes planning for them easier because you can focus on their differentiated academic needs as well as their social and emotional growth in a fairly concentrated manner.
Andrea E. Coleman-Hill, Director of Data Analysis, Assessments and Research, Governor Mifflin School District, Shillington, Pennsylvania
Given your experience working with students in the middle grades, what grade configuration do you think is best for these children?