Originally Posted by ecoteat
I think that is wonderful. I taught 6th frade in a 6-8 middle school for 6 years and after about 2 of those years I realized the middle school model is failing our adolescents. They are NOT mini-high-schoolers, as middle schools often treat them. They are children who need more individual attention and consistency in their day. I hated only seeing my students for 40 minutes at a time. I never got to know most of them. The middle school years are so challenging for kids and they need more guidance than a typical middle school can provide. Now I teach in a K-8 school and the 6-8th graders are so much more well-adjusted and cared for in this environment.
I agree, I went to a K-8 school and I really loved it. I teach in a middle school and I feel like the kids here feel like they have to be mini-highschoolers because they are in a middle school. There is more sex, drugs, etc. I won't say this is the only factor, of course, but the next town over where there are k-8 schools, it seems like they know they are supposed to be children still. I also liked (as an 8th grader) having projects to do with the little kids like "chaperoning" field trips and reading buddies. I think that if kids go to a 6-8 middle school, they decide they are supposed to be dating and wearing lipstick and rebeling in 6th grade. If they go to a 7th/8th junior high, it happens in 7th grade. Maybe it doesn't matter. The 6th graders seem so innocent and I think they need less teachers in one day.
Originally Posted by CarrieMF
I don't think it is really any different than having a K class around a 6th grade class.
I'm not sure I agree. The 8th grade girls that call my 6th grade dss seem like women. Make up, push up bras, etc. It kinda freaks me out. I wasn't freaked out about 6th graders when he was in kinder!
We had a parent meeting and a teacher was supposed to give the pros and cons of both models, then he said he couldn't think of any advantages to having 6th graders at elementary. The parents certainly could!
I think as an educator, I do like the 6th graders here at middle school. It sweetens our campus and dilutes a little bit of the attitude of the 8th graders. We also try to give them a transitional year so that they have the same teacher for reading/literature/ social Studies and another for math/science. We guide them and baby them so they can be successful as 7th graders. Also, at a 7.8 school, fully 1/2 of the students are new each year so the culture of the school is constantly changing and adjusting. Parents don't feel so attached to a school they are only with for 2 years.
But, there are plenty of strong emotional reasons to keep our kids in elementary school. Some just don't feel ready. Some need one teacher all day.