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HELP!!! My Child Is In Middle School!!!!

HELP!!! My Child Is In Middle School!!!!

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HELP!!! My Child Is In Middle School!!!!

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  1. HELP!!!My Child Is In Middle School!!!! Presented by Sarah Dunlap School Counselor

  2. Agenda • Introduction • Middle School Cognitive Development • Middle School Social Development • Organization • Q & A

  3. Introduction • Sarah Dunlap • School Counselor • What is a School Counselor? • Here for ALL Students (& parents ) • Work in 3 main areas: • Academic • Personal/Social • Career

  4. Cognitive Development • Jean Piaget - Leading theorist in cognitive development • Piaget believed children moved through 4 stages: • Sensorimotor (ages birth-2 years) • Preoperational (2-7 years old) • Concrete operational (7-11 years old) • Formal operational (11 & older)

  5. Cognitive Development:GMS Students • Generally, students at GMS fall into two developmental categories: • Concrete Operational (7-11 years old) • Formal Operational (11 & older)

  6. Concrete Operational Stage • A diverse group of accomplishments • Conservation • Hierarchical Classification • Seriation • Reversibility • Milestones • Thinking is more organized & concrete • More effective spatial reasoning

  7. Formal Operational Stage • Accomplishments • Hypothetico-Deductive Reasoning • Propositional Thought • Milestones • Begin to use abstract reasoning for situations that offer many opportunities • Grasp the logic necessary for propositional thought • Display imaginary audiences, which gradually decline

  8. Formal Operational Stage • Consequences of Abstract Thought • Imaginary Audience • Personal Fable

  9. Social Development • Erik Erikson – Psychosocial theorist who believed we face “crises” at each stage of life • Erikson’s 8 Psychosocial Stages • Trust vs. Mistrust (0 – 1 year old) • Autonomy vs. Shame & Doubt (1 – 3 years old) • Initiative vs. Guilt (3 – 6 years old) • Industry vs. Inferiority (6 – 12 years old) • Identity vs. Role Confusion (12 – 18 years old) • Intimacy vs. Isolation (18 – 35 years old) • Generativity vs. Stagnation (35 – 60 years old) • Integrity vs. Despair (60+ years old)

  10. Social Development:Brown School Students • Generally, students at Brown encounter two developmental crises: • Industry vs. Inferiority (6 – 12 years old) • Identity vs. Role Confusion (12 – 18 years old)

  11. Industry vs. Inferiority • Task: To achieve a sense of industry by setting and attaining personal goals • Failure results in feelings of inferiority

  12. Identity vs. Role Confusion • Task: To clarify self-identity, life goals, and life’s meaning • Failure results in role confusion

  13. How does all of this impact my child’s organization? • During these cognitive and social stages, students are only just LEARNING basic school and organizational skills • As adults, we need to help foster these skills so the student sees success and can gain independence

  14. School Strategies • Planner • Encouraged Binder/Folder Use • Study Guides • Intervention • Team initiated organizational strategies

  15. What else can we try? • Separate Homework Folder • After School Time Management Sheet • At-Home Homework Center • Checklists (at school & at home) • Intervention time • Team Meetings • Meeting with the School Counselor

  16. A Final Thought… “Feelings of worth can flourish only in an atmosphere where individual differences are appreciated, mistakes are tolerated, communication is open, and rules are flexible - the kind of atmosphere that is found in a nurturing family” ~ Virginia Satir (American Psychologist & Educator)

  17. Handouts • Pink – Middle Years Newsletter (Sept.) • Orange – How to Set up a Home Study Center • Yellow – 9 Strategies to support “Time Blindness”/15 Strategies that May Improve Organization & Memory • Green – Parent’s Guide to Formal Operational Thought/Erikson’s Stages of Social Development • Blue – Organizing for the School Day • Purple – Sample Reminder Checklist/Example of an Organizational Plan

  18. Wrap Up Any Questions?? Thank you for joining me today! All materials from the presentation, including handouts, can be found on my website: