Academic journal article Middle School Journal

Letter from the President

Academic journal article Middle School Journal

Letter from the President

Article excerpt

Middle level students need the diligent commitment of educators to forecast their individual and collective social and academic needs. Contributions to success are systematic and embedded in our daily interactions with students. A belief in student success is paramount to building a climate of trust, developing relationships, and providing an atmosphere of learning.

Securing a climate of trust can be accomplished in the classroom and in the overall school environment. Young adolescents prefer open and honest adults who allow them to express their feelings and ask questions. Mutual respect is modeled and expected in and out of the classroom. Thus, bullying and put downs are not tolerated and are realistically dealt with.

Students need to know, without a doubt, we care about their individual success. Therefore, being patient, investing extra time, and showing an interest in students' lives are important to the development of lasting student relationships. It is always important to get to know more about a student's culture and his or her prior educational experiences.

In some instances, educators assist students in finding mentors or coaches to provide the extra attention they might need. …

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