As a student half way through my last year in elementary, the transition between divisions piqued my curiosity. Even though some teachers don’t consider the transition between elementary and middle school one of the most important, Mrs. Sara Khoury disagreed, “I think that the transition is the biggest transition students go through in their student lives,” she said, as I questioned her on the transition.
A step into middle school also comes with some requirements, “You definitely need more responsibility,” stated Mohammad H., a newly promoted 6th grader. Mrs.Khoury also thought that moving into 6th grade required increased responsibility, “Going from E.S. to M.S. is going from being with one room with teachers coming to you to suddenly having a locker outside the classroom and having to organize yourself, you need to organize your time, you have to remember your schedule and were the rooms are, so there’s a lot of new responsibility that falls on the students’ shoulders.” The chance to have the time and space to move freely also requires enhanced independence.
Excitement has stirred around the 5th grade hall as the thought of moving up has passed around the students. I asked Hadi A. how excited he was, “I am extremely excited,” he said, “but I will miss this building.” I asked Mohammad, “I much prefer M.S.,” he answered with enthusiasm.
Moving into middle school is very exciting and moving in will be extremely nerve wracking, and as 2011 comes to a close the transition is ever closer.