Three neighboring years that are different
During these three years, the maturation process is truly important yet delicate. Learning is not simply tied to the memorization of concepts and terms, but also to the handling of emotions that play a central role in this period of a student’s life.
My experience over the years with middle school youngsters has allowed me to understand and possess greater vision on their reality. Catapulted into a new, more adult world, they find themselves in the midst of a search for their own autonomy, while they must also confront the daily requirements of teachers.
Analysis of the pupil as a person and as a student
The true objective for middle school youngsters is to reach an individual awareness of the time frames and deadlines to respect, within the new context in which they are beginning to form their own independence.
Identification of the actual difficulty
Autonomy and performance are the daily challenges that these youngsters must confront, being put to the test by new requests in a context where they are less nurtured than in elementary school. Thus often, the motivations behind insufficient academic performance are hidden within the insecurity that pervades these youngsters and looms large in this delicate passage of adolescence, as well as in the lack of study methods that are adequate for the new challenges that the school journey imposes.
Elaboration of an ad-hoc, applied methodology
My experience has permitted me to see how the lack of trust or a strong sense of self may be highly important elements in the failure or success of any assessment. My approach is always dedicated and aimed towards reaching objectives, whether in the short or long term. A solid method is the basis of any path of learning.
My advice is to find tools that can help the pupil to focus and acquire information by making it personal: for example, the use of colors or hand-drawn designs in the page margins, the association of one’s own ideas or personal experiences to concepts that are hard to remember, schemas that are reduced to the most streamlined format. These are a few of the techniques that can assist students to reach positive results.