Sam Kuykendall, Tracy Morris, Colleen Schieber & Sheryl Fender
Middle school is an exciting, yet challenging time for students, their families and teachers. During this journey from childhood to adolescence, middle schoolers need to explore a variety of interests, connecting their learning in the classroom to its practical application in life and work. High levels of activity coupled with frequent fatigue is just a part of the rapid growth they experience all while searching for their own unique identity. They begin turning more frequently to peers rather than parents for ideas and affirmation and are sensitive to comments from others. They rely on friends for comfort, understanding, approval and a sense of belonging.