"Moving On" - The Fears and Excitement
This activity was first conducted on the FrEdMail Network in 1984 between 8th graders in a middle school and 6th graders from from a nearby elementary school. The 6th graders first wrote letters to the junior high students, and the 8th graders responded. The following statements were made by students describing their participation in this activity.
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When you entered kindergarten, you probably felt a combination of fear and excitement. Those feelings are common whenever you are about to undergo a new experience. Your feelings of fear and excitement were probably based on the stories that your friends and family told you about what school would be like. And, of course, their stories came from their own real or imagined experiences of school.
As the days passed on, you came to realize that school wasn't quite as frightening or quite as exciting as you had anticipated. When you do something everyday, the feelings associated with the experience are usually not extreme. Humans have the ability to adapt to their environment, and get "used to" things.
Your audience will be 6th grade students going to junior high next year. Here is your task:
First, make a list of all the things that you can remember that caused you concern just before you entered junior high. You might want to comment on some of the following:
Secondly, and most importantly, tell your audience of incoming 7th graders, what junior high school is REALLY like. Is it really the way you thought it would be? Give them as many details as you possibly can. Try and tell them all the things you wished someone had told you before you came to junior high. What is the best advice you can give these students?
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