Off the Bus!: How Teachers Can Help Students and Parents Transition to Middle School

by Mary Ann Smialek



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Off the Bus!: How Teachers Can Help Students and Parents Transition to Middle School by Mary Ann Smialek

Off the Bus! How Teachers Can Help Students and Parents Transition to Middle School will appeal to today's busy teachers as it walks them through the basic parent-teacher strategies every teacher must master to ensure that preteens and their anxious parents receive a quality learning experience. Teachers will also learn steps for working with parents to facilitate favorable parent-teacher-student partnerships. These tips and techniques support time and effort spent with both students and parents in various situations throughout the school year. This book provides the information needed to foster high standards for a quality education, both at home and at school.

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ISBN-13: 9781578864317
Publisher: R&L Education
Publication date: 06/08/2006
Pages: 112
Product dimensions: 6.48(w) x 9.44(h) x 0.56(d)

About the Author

Mary Ann Smialek, Ed.D., is the president of Quest Solutions Education Consulting. She is an experienced educator in both regular and special education, specializing in the remediation of specific learning disabilities. Mary Ann is a leading speaker and author on home-school partnerships, parent-teacher collaboration, motivation, and team strategies. She also conducts seminars and workshops on school success strategies for educators of elementary-and middle-school students, diagnostic/prescriptive teaching techniques, curriculum modifications, and adaptations for students with Individual Educational Programs (IEP). For a personal response to a question or comment, visit her website: and 'Ask Dr. Mary Ann.'

Table of Contents

Foreword   Eduardo R. Rims     vii
Introduction: Welcome to Middle School!     ix
Ist Period: Be Prepared!     1
2nd Period: Embark on a Positive School Year!     9
3rd Period: Be Responsible!     21
4th Period: Get Organized, Healthy, and Happy!     43
5th Period: Stay on Track With Right Decisions!     53
6th Period: Know the Facts: Alcohol and Drug Influences!     65
7th Period: Positive Middle School Parent-Teacher Involvement     81
Afterword     93
Recommended Websites     95
About the Author     99

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Carolyn Heinzl

Mary Ann Smialek addresses the tough issues for middle school students that even teachers and parents seem to shy away from. Off the Bus! not only discusses the problems, but also provides strategies to deal with the issues that middle school students face not only in school but at home and in their community as well. Off the Bus! gets down to the nitty-gritty and takes on these middle school issues head on, then takes them to the next level with resources to turn them around into positive opportunities. Parents, teachers, and administrators will value Off the Bus!.

Bob Sornson

Off the Bus! is thoughtful and well-written. Mary Ann Smialek has packed this parent/teacher resource book with ideas and strategies to support students' successful transition to middle school.

Stephen Bennhoff

The spirit, character, and style of Off the Bus! is user friendly and easy to follow. Its relevant book titles, references, and websites offer great resources for both parents and teachers interested in learning in more depth the issues that are facing middle school students today.

Stephen W. Parks

Mary Ann Smialek has helped students, parents and even teachers transition to middle school with success and ease over her career. Now she puts it all together in her newest book, Off the Bus!.. Mary Ann has provided sound, sage strategies that will help guide middle school students to endless possibilities for success now and in the future. This book is a valuable resource for educators, parents, and students.

Richard Gutkind

Mary Ann Smialek has provided a valuable resource to middle school administrators, teachers and parents... Off the Bus! offers specific strategies to provide direct assistance to teachers and parents to work as partners in the students' journey through middle school. Dr. Smialek shares concise and useful references in this well organized and easy to read book. It is a practical, hands-on resource that teachers, counselors, administrators and parents will enjoy.

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