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Freshman Transition Program VS. Freshman Transition Course

Can anyone provide me with information on implementation of an Academy/Transition Program with teaming of teachers vs. Transition Course taught by a single teacher from a specific department?

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Comment by Jenny Thompson on March 11, 2010 at 10:29am
I am interested in this as well.
Comment by Scott Habeeb on February 11, 2010 at 9:22am
We've had the same kind of weather here. Let me know if I can help you out at all.
Comment by DJSerafin on February 11, 2010 at 9:13am
Have your book. Will check it out when I return to school. We have been snowed in for the last two days here in NJ. Trying to take care of some business while at home.
Thanks for your help.
Comment by DJSerafin on February 11, 2010 at 9:04am
Thank you. I totally agree. Just trying to get some statistics to share with my administrative team and to prove this point.
Comment by Gary Birdwell on February 11, 2010 at 8:47am
Personally, I do not believe the needs of the current ninth grader can be met with one teacher / one course per day. The students are at the most critical time of their educational lives. Statistics prove out that if a student is to drop out, the ninth grade year is the most likely year.
That being said, many schools have chosen to go with a Transition Course in an attempt to "stop the bleeding." This may fix things temporarily, but to address the cause, you have to change your way of thinking. Implementing a transition program, that attempts to prepare the students for their soph. year and the rest of their high school experience can address the many needs. How can a single 40-60 minute course address academic success, personal responsibility, social interaction, parental involvement, and promote some type of cross curricular development? Simple answer; it cannot.
A fully implemented program allows the staff to work with 1/4 of the high school population and address both individual and group norms that prepare students for the next part of their education. Just my prejudice, but I think a program is much more encompassing rather than a singular course.
Comment by Scott Habeeb on February 10, 2010 at 10:58pm
This will sound fairly self-serving, but you might want to check out my book, The Ninth Grade Opportunity. It definitely addresses this topic in great detail.

The basic differences that favor the teaching approach are:
1. With multiple teachers focusing on an issue the odds of it being effectively communicated are greatly enhanced.
2. The skills one would learn in a transition course need to be woven into the fabric of a student's academic life. This is easier to do when the skills are not taught in isolation.
3. A separate transition course limits the number of electives that a freshman can choose.

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