Target 1. Student-Centered Learning – FWSU students will engage in personalize learning involving collaborative inquiry, problem solving and creative learning opportunities.
The Step Into Your Future program at GEMS is marking its ninth year supporting middle schoolers with the transition to high school. Students are invited to join lunch groups with other 7th and 8th graders. The gesture of “taking them out to lunch” is meant to communicate respect and facilitates discussions that will prepare students for their departure from Georgia Middle School.
The 7th grade strand centers on the foundations of mature decision-making with topics such as role models and goal-setting, developing self-knowledge, understanding human behaviors, coping strategies for demands of high school, and planning for the future.
Students in the 8th grade strand benefit from detailed and practical information including the value of education, different types of education, earning potential related to levels of education, dropout statistics, high school graduation requirements, college admission information, and self-advocacy strategies.
Step Into Your Future also arranges for former Georgia graduates attending local high schools to come and speak to 8th grade students in weekly sessions throughout the month of January. A speakers panel offers a time of Q&A focused on important questions that middle school students have about the transition to high school.
The students are asked to write a journal response after each speaker session. The comments and feedback on the sessions are always very positive. Teachers and parent volunteers continue to make a difference. The long-term impact of a smooth transition as students Step Into Your Future is invaluable!