Timberlane program helps 9th graders transition
To help ease that transition at Timberlane Regional High School, teachers and students are in the second year of a new program that helps increase personalization, collaboration and communication.
“The transition from middle school to high school is significant,” said Timberlane High teacher Ben Morse. “The middle school has a different model with different goals, while one goal at the high school is to turn out students who will be independent. A number of things change in the first year (of high school), from the expectations to the culture.”
While the personalization focuses most intensely on making sure the students feel comfortable with the teachers in the school, the collaboration focuses more on a team approach among teachers themselves.
In addition to communicating with the students, Timberlane High teacher Rebecca Carlson said the Freshman Academy approach also includes greater outreach to the students’ parents.
She said there has been a significant drop in behavioral incidents involving freshmen as well as surveys showing that more students feel connected to an adult other than their guidance counselor in the school.
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