Middle School Students' Developmental Needs
Today’s young people are living in an exciting (as well as challenging) time, with an increasingly diverse society, new technologies, and expanding opportunities. To help ensure that they are prepared to become the next generation of parents, workers, leaders, and citizens, every student needs support, guidance, and opportunities during adolescence, a time of rapid growth and change. Early adolescents face unique and diverse challenges, both personally and developmentally, that have an impact on academic achievement.
During this exciting, yet challenging passage from childhood to adolescence, middle school students are characterized by a need to explore a variety of interests, connecting their learning in the classroom to its practical application in life and work; high levels of activity coupled with frequent fatigue due to rapid growth; a search for their own unique identity as they begin turning more frequently to peers rather than parents for ideas and affirmation; extreme sensitivity to the comments from others; and heavy reliance on friends to provide comfort, understanding and approval. It is my roll to help students navigate through the decisions they must make during this ever changing time in their lives.
Meeting the Challenge
As a middle school counselor, I am a professional educator with a mental health perspective who understands and responds to the challenges presented by today’s diverse student population. As a school counselor, I do not work in isolation and desire to be an integral part to the total educational program here at CJHS. My goals include providing the type of leadership that engages students, teachers and parents in the delivery of programs and services to help students achieve success in school. I uphold our school’s mission to support the academic achievement of all students as they prepare for the ever-changing world of the 21st century. This mission is accomplished through the design, development and implementation of a comprehensive, school counseling program. The ASCA National Standards in the National Model: A Framework For School Counseling Programs, includes the areas of school guidance curriculum, individual student planning, responsive services, and system support. This framework is what we base the counseling program on here at CJHS.