Joe Bruzzese has some tips for middle schoolers from middle schoolers across the United States for starting and succeeding in middle school.
Read the full transcript »
Top 10 Tips for Middle School Success Lonely are the show I'm talking with parents about the middle school years, but today’s show is a little bit different. It’s for you the soon to be middle school or the person who will actually be going to middle school for the next couple of years. I have for you today my top ten tips for succeeding your middle school that I've gathered from across the country. I travel speaking at middle schools and I always ask the question of the people what is your number one tip for succeeding at middle school and here they are my top ten. Number one, overwhelmingly be yourself. The tendency is I want to try and fit in which is great, but try fitting with the group that you really feel you best match up with. You're trying to hangout with a group of kids that you don’t have much in common with isn’t going to work out well in the long run. So look for friends that you seem to have something in common with and then get into that group so that you can really be yourself. Don’t try into somebody you're not right now. Number two, get involve. The great thing about middle school or one of them is that they have a lot of clubs, after school activities and organizations virtually everything that you could ever want and get involve in, every interest that kids have is there in middle school. So get involve, sign up for a club maybe two. And if they don’t have what you're interested in, talk to somebody about starting a new one. Number three, stay organize and that statement right assumes that you are able to get organized because getting organized is sometimes a bigger challenge. You want to make sure that you have the binders, you want to make sure that you have some type of files system at home whether that be a file crape or just simply another collection of folders that you can handle all that paper in because that’s a big change from elementary to middle school is the amount of papers. So you want to be able to make sure that you’ve got that stuff organized. Get and stay organized. Number four, remember your family, the ones that you are trying definitely to get away from, but those are the folks that are there when all the friends step aside and you really don’t have anyone to turn to it’s the family don’t forget about the family. As important as it is to hangout with friends, you want to make sure that you carve out a little bit of time in your busy schedule each week to hangout with the family. If it were nothing more than enjoying movie on the couch, maybe you can out and have a dinner but remember the family. Number five, expect great effort. When you expect that you're going to give great effort you end up giving great effort and then you see the results of that whether it’s your grades or something you're doing out in the athletic field, or maybe you're involve in the arts. If you expect great effort, you're going to tend to practice more which means you're going to tend to achieve more and you're going to be happier with your performance. So expect great things and expect great things from other people too, your friends and the way that they treat you. Expect them to treat you in a kind, courteous manner being respectful and they will. If you're expecting being less from that, you’ll probably get less. So expect great effort. Number six, set and achieve goals. If there's something you want to achieve this year beyond just the grades on your report card. Maybe there's somebody you want to meet, maybe there's a club that you want to get started in, maybe there's just something that you really being wanting to do that haven’t been able to do yet, set and create goals. Start with something that’s small, maybe something that you can achieve in the next seven days. So you build up a little momentum and motivation and confidence that you can achieve long-term goals. So start with something small, something maybe that you want to be able to achieve in the next seven days. Number seven, find out more abou