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STAFF ED: Learn to be self-sufficient, don’t always rely on teachers

•Joshua Irvine

•Joshua Irvine

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Middle school is over. And, warning, high school isn’t how middle school teachers described it. This doesn’t mean that high school has to be scarier, harder, or worse than middle school. But, high school is different.

Independence. Independence is the major difference between middle school and high school.

In middle school, teachers were there to help students every second of the day. If a student forgets a pen, the teacher immediately supplies him with two extras. The teacher kindly repeats the homework assignment for the fourth time so that the students talking in the back can here it. The teacher emails parents regarding major assignments as an additional reminder to the students.

High school teachers are still helpful, but they expect students to be more independent. Remember to bring supplies to class, or ask a friend for an extra pencil or sheet of paper before asking the teacher. Check Schoology for the homework assignment before emailing the teacher about it. Every student has a D214 email for a reason; students need to email teachers themselves with any questions. Don’t have parents email a teacher asking how long an essay is supposed to be. Be responsible: ask a classmate or email the teacher from a student email in a professional fashion. Try to find a maintenance worker to help fix a stuck locker; don’t immediately run into a teacher’s room and ask her to help.

These teachers aren’t trying to be intimidating. They are teaching independence. Students can still ask teachers questions. If someone is still confused after he heard a teacher explain the assignment, he can politely ask for clarification. But he shouldn’t expect the teacher to clarify without him asking if he was busy playing on his iPad when she was discussing the assignment.

High school is the time to gain independence. It may seem hard to transition away from a middle school that allowed students to be dependent, but in the long run, becoming more independent during freshman year will pay off.

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