Ann Dolin, M.Ed. is the President and Director of Educational Connections. She holds a B.A. in Child Psychology/Elementary Education and a Master's degree in Special Education, with a concentration in Learning Disabilities, from Boston College.
After leaving FCPS in 1998, Ann founded Educational Connections, Inc. as its only employee with the goal of providing individualized one-to-one instruction based on each student's learning style. Today, her company employs over 100 tutors, serves the entire metropolitan D.C. area, and has worked with over 2,000 students.
Ann is a recognized expert in education and learning disability issues. She has provided testimony in trials related to education and learning disabilities. She is a member of WISER (Washington Independent Services for Educational Resources) and is the coordinator of CHADD of Northern Virginia (Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Disorder). She is also a member of the Education Industry Association, Council for Learning Disabilities, and a board member for the International Dyslexia Association. She travels throughout the D.C. Metro area presenting at parent and teacher groups on a variety of educational topics.
Tips To Prepare For The Middle School Transition
Education expert Ann Dolin discusses how to prepare for a student's transition into middle school.
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Ann Dolin: Going from elementary to middle school can be a big change for a child. More will be expected of them academically and socially they'll be heavily influenced by their circle of friends and their hobbies.
What should you expect and what can you do to prepare? Well, there are three main fears a student has when entering middle school. First is the fear of getting lost. Try to give your child as much exposure to her new environment as possible. Use this time to go over your student's schedule together. Practice the walk from her locker to her classes three times. She'll be much more comfortable when the Big Day comes.
The second biggest fear for a child is forgetting the locker combination. Buy an inexpensive lock over the summer so your child can practice. And when she gets her combination at orientation, be sure to rehearse it three times before you leave for the day.
The last fear for a middle schooler is not knowing someone at lunch. Encourage your child to ask her friends which lunch period they have by calling, texting, or even posting on Facebook. Having just one friend to talk to at lunch relieves a lot of anxiety. And one more thing, expect that your child's workload is going to increase. Make sure you have a consistent homework routine in place.
By setting these habits now, you'll have smooth sailing in high school and beyond.