Meeting Students in the Middle: Guidance for Engaging Middle School Learners

Whether you’re an educator or a student, middle school can be tough.

As students enter their adolescence, more is expected academically than ever before. During these pre-teen years, students must become more focused, organized, and disciplined to succeed in school – a shift that is complicated by the rapid changes they find themselves going through physically, emotionally, socially, and intellectually.

Student engagement in school tends to dip in the middle years, and many students who once loved school now dread it. Middle school educators charged with teaching the curriculum must help students navigate through barriers so that they can be present for learning. To succeed, teachers must find clear ways to capture imaginations, stimulate curiosity, and ignite a passion for learning.

In this new white paper, three experts in middle school reform discuss proven strategies for supporting student engagement and achievement in middle-level education. This insightful piece details the development of the adolescent brain and how today’s digitally native middle-level learners function in classrooms. The authors provide a framework for transforming middle-level education with practical strategies that are easy to implement.

Read the full white paper — Meeting Students in the Middle — for free using the link below.



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  1. Jimmy said:

    You’re right, but after that, the education becomes more difficult and complicated. Students have to learn and acquire such important (for some of them) skills like information research, express themselves and their thoughts on the paper during the process of writing assignments, and even become decent essay writers (for those who have troubles with this part, there exist such online services like which helps with college essay writing). So it’s another, bigger and deeper part of the path to the student’s future career.

  2. GUJARAT said:

    Thanks for share! Students have to learn and acquire such important (for some of them) skills. Really useful & good content and clearly show the information! Great Keep it up!