I taught middle school for some twenty years, and yet I cannot claim to understand young teens. These are difficult years as many changes are occurring to these young folks all at seemingly the same time.
With the kids just trying to figure out what is happening to their bodies and their lives, along come parents and schools compounding their problems for them. It is a difficult time for kids, parents, and schools.
Over the years the theories and methods for teaching young adolescents, and schools have changed significantly from the junior high school I attended in the middle fifties to today's middle school. And they are still evolving. Here is a series of four interesting articles, The Critical Years, from the New York Times about how the theories about middle school are still changing. I think you will find them interesting.
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I have had a rewarding and complete classroom career teaching and coaching mathematics.
Variable Thinking is my way of sharing some of my ideas, tips, and savvy about education and student success with you.
I hope find the comments and articles interesting and useful to both you and your student.