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Having taught in many middle schools and K-8 schools, I think that the best way to make middle schools better is to fold them into elementary schools. Two or three years is simply not long enough. We begin behind, not knowing the students' skills and having to transition them into a new school. Then we only have a coupe of years to overcome whatever academic or behavioral difficulties they have before we send them on to high school. We can't expect parents and kids to put much effort into becoming a part of the school when they are just passing through.

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Middle school is a tough age for kids. I like the responder that stated they would start the day with a homeroom. This is a great idea because it kids a chance to get ready for the day.

Another problem I see with middle schoolers is that by the second half of the day they can be very squirmy. I think a time where the kids can go outside or get to the gym to blow off some energy would be a good idea.

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I would begin each day with a thirty-minute homeroom period. I know it's an old idea, but I think it's a good one. A homeroom gives kids a place where they can belong and interact with a teacher/adviser who isn't grading them on academic work. A teacher with a positive, supportive attitude can make homeroom a safe place and can build a lot of rapport and sense of "us" with students all year long. A homeroom period is also a good time for kids to get organized for the day, and it provides time for school business (such as announcements, food drives, etc.) without interrupting instruction time during the rest of the day. A good homeroom teacher can be a student's best and most immediate mentor/advocate.

Also, I would make sure the middle school offered a variety of school clubs and extracurricular activities to give kids an opportunity to pursue their interests and develop new ones. Clubs that emphasize service to others in some way are especially valuable. When kids feel they really can make a difference, they develop a sense of belonging to something larger than themselves. They feel important and valuable--which they are, and they need opportunities to realize this about themselves.

Finally, I would hold a monthly school social at the end of the day on a Friday to build school spirit with games and fun/funny team activities. Some music,...

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