"What is middle school like?" Has your child asked that question to you? The middle school years are excited ones, as your child grows and develops into a teenager. But middle school is also a time of great change, and kids don't always know what to expect. Middle Schools are Bigger: Middle schools are often larger than elementary schools. This can be a little daunting to a child. Hallways are often wider, to make room for lockers, and gymnasiums often have locker rooms, another change from elementary school. Even the cafeteria may be larger, or appear larger than the one your child was used to in elementary school. Yur tween probably didn't have a locker in elementary school, but he will in middle school. Lockers are necessary as the children will most likely change classes throughout the day and they need a central location to store their belongings and books. Children often change classes throughout the day in middle school. That means your child could end up with several teachers, as well as a gym instructor. This can be quite a change to a child who only had one teacher a year in elementary school. In middle school the PE experience may be slightly different than in elementary school.

What is middle school like

At many schools the students are required to wear a school gym uniform and some of them separate the genders for gym. Especially in one who is shy about his or her body, dressing out for gym can cause anxiety in a tween. Your child may be assigned a separate gym locker to store gym clothes, soap and deodorant. Encourage your tween to join something that interests him. The clubs, sports teams and other organizations that are offered are one of the best upsides of middle school. Encourage your tween to join something that interests him. Bulling tends to peak during the years in middle schools, unfortunately and your child may encounter a bully from time to time. Girls can have an especially difficult time in middle school as cliques exclude them, or with frenemies and mean girls. Relational aggression is common among middle school girls, and teachers and school administrators may not even know it's happening. Children entering middle school should know that they will have more responsibilities than they did in elementary school. Teachers will expect your child to complete homework assignments study independently at home, and stay on top of the materials. Middle school students are responsible for getting to class on time, bringing their lunch or lunch money to school, and getting to the school bus on time in addition to this. Even children in middle school begin feeling pressure from teachers and parents to excel for college or for placement in honors courses in high school. Sometimes the pressure can be overwhelming. In addition, students in middle school may be placed in classes according to their academic performance. At this age, there's no getting around it. Children will begin to pair off, and peer pressure to date will be the norm.