Information for Preteens:
About Teachers & Students
Starting (and surviving) middle school may seem both exciting and scary. You are expected to act more mature than when you were in elementary school. You suddenly go from being one of the older kids in school to one of the youngest. Going to a new school can also be scary.
Just like elementary school, middle school is full of teachers. Teachers are great resources for advice, questions, and learning – especially when you are new in school. They play a big role in your life, and it is important to show them respect in the ways listed below.
- Raise your hand instead of talking out loud.
- Do not pass notes or doodle.
- Pay attention to the teacher during class.
- Ask questions that show you are interested in what you are learning.
- Say thank you after class. It takes a lot of work for a teacher to prepare a lesson.
If you have a problem with a deadline or need help with a project or assignment, talk to your teacher. It is not hard to ask, and they can often help you with stress and time management problems.
More About Teachers
Teachers have different teaching styles and expectations; try to understand each teacher and what they expect. For example, if a teacher likes papers to look tidy, try to write neatly or type your paper. If a teacher does not like students talking during class, be quiet.
The following list contains some qualities of a great teacher:
- Pays attention to each of the kids in the class as an individual
- Respects students
- Is energetic about the topic and gets kids interested too
- Explains problems if students are confused (until they understand)
- Gives creative assignments
- Makes sure that you have fun while you learn
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More About Being a Student
The following list contains tips to being a great student:
- Follow the guidelines that teachers set
- Pay attention to the teacher
- Ask questions
- Enjoy learning
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Below are links PAMF accessed when researching this topic. PAMF, however, does not sponsor or endorse any of these sites, nor does PAMF guarantee the accuracy of the information contained on them.
Mosatche, Harriet and Karen Unger. Too Old For This, Too Young for That. Free Spirit Publishing: Minneapolis. 2000.
Reviewed by: Adolescent Interest Group
Last reviewed: August 2013