One thing that I haven’t mentioned before which has honestly been the biggest challenge during this school transition period has been learning how to study and take tests. Hannah and Jamilah have never experienced quizzes, tests, or exams before this.
The teachers have been great understanding their unique situation. Not only are they getting used to middle school but also school in general. They are learning that they have to especially keep up with the social studies and science material nightly even though they are on a block schedule and have those classes every other day.
Another challenge for them is to become more independent. I can help them nightly with homework and study skills, but they have to realize that they are on their own at test time.
This is a huge school with over 1000 students in grades 6-8. Their teachers can’t go behind them constantly to make sure their assignments are all turned in. I have been encouraging Jamilah make sticky notes for herself to help with her own organization. Their English teachers have also offered to stay after school to help the girls organize their writing portfolios which is a great offer.