The Truth About Middle School Classes
Middle school students usually take six courses; English 7, Math 7, History, Science, Physical Education (PE) and an elective. A foreign language might be offered as a 7th required course, or as an elective.
One of the things that sets middle school classes apart from elementary school is that students usually have different teachers for different subjects. That means your child might have as many as seven teachers. Learning how to work with more than one teacher can be a challenge for some middle school students, and it's common for students to have complaints about certain teachers, or to dislike them altogether. These situations are helpful in teaching your child how to work with a variety of personalities, and to also prepare him for what's ahead in high school and college.
Because middle schools are generally larger than elementary school, your tween may worry about finding her classes, or about getting lost, especially on the first day of school. That's why it's important for you and your child to take a tour of the middle school, and to chart your child's daily schedule.
Middle school teachers may cover class material quickly, and they don't have the time to make sure students keep up and stay on top of their studies. Be sure you check in with your child periodically, to make sure there aren't any issues that you need to know about. If your child begins falling behind in class, a tutor might be able to help. It's important to make sure your child stays on top of his studies, because it's very easy to fall behind quickly. In addition, it's important for your child to learn good study habits now, so that he'll have them when he starts high school.