ERIC Number: ED381897
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Feb
Helping Middle Level and High School Students Develop Trust, Respect, and Self-Confidence.
NASSP Practitioner, v21 n4 Apr 1995
Adolescents are entering middle level schools today with more sophisticated skills and a broader range of positive experiences than ever before. However, middle-school students undergo major physical, emotional, social, and cognitive changes. This publication describes the role of educators and the school in helping middle-school students develop the values of trust, respect, and self-esteem. Although principals and teachers should collaborate as team members, the first two of the following strategies are aimed at principals: (1) investigate resources; (2) assume the competency of students; (3) expect success; (4) provide a safe environment; (5) encourage moral reflection; (6) provide students with volunteer opportunities; and (7) provide conflict-mediation experiences. Four schools with effective middle-school programs are also described. Short Pump Middle School in Glen Allen, Virginia, has classrooms comprised of both regular and special-needs students. The middle-school philosophy of absolute teaming is successfully utilized at the Hall-Dale Middle School in Hallowell, Maine. Effective conflict-mediation programs have been initiated at Washington Middle School in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and at Highland Park High School in Detroit, Michigan. Each of the school principals reported the same key to success--involving the entire faculty, staff, and community. (LMI)
Descriptors: Adolescent Development, Conflict Resolution, Early Adolescents, Educational Cooperation, Educational Philosophy, Elementary School Students, High School Students, High Schools, Intermediate Grades, Junior High School Students, Junior High Schools, Middle School Students, Middle Schools, Preadolescents, School Guidance, School Role, Self Efficacy, Self Esteem, Student Development
National Association of Secondary School Principals, 1904 Association Drive, Reston, VA 22091-1537 ($3 prepaid, nonmembers; $2, members).
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Association of Secondary School Principals, Reston, VA.