Students- Middle School
By middle school, you should be sharpening your self-determination skills, which are skills in choice making, decision making, problem solving, goal setting and goal attainment, self-advocacy and leadership, self-management and self-recognition, and self-awareness and self-knowledge. If you are leading your IEP meeting, you are gaining valuable experience that will help you succeed in high-school and beyond.
If you are not leading your IEP meetings, you are missing a great opportunity to develop leadership skills, choice making and decision making skills, and goal setting and goal attainment skills. Your developing self-advocacy skills can help you to convince the adults in your life that you can and should run your IEP meeting.
One important activity that takes place in middle school is transition assessment. You will be assessed to determine the high school courses that match your interests and aptitude, which is your ability to do a particular job. Your preferences and/or aptitude may change in high school, but understanding what you want in your future and what experiences best fit your profile of strengths and weaknesses will help you to determine an appropriate course of study.
In This Section:
In this section, you will find resources to help you to continue to understand and develop your transition knowledge and skills. The resources include videos, documents, and websites to help you understand and develop self-determination skills and learn about career possibilities.
Tools for Middle School Students and their Parents/Guardians
- Postsecondary Education: Advice for Middle and High School Parents
- Preparing for a Middle School Transition ARD/IEP Meeting
- Student-Led ARD/IEP Meeting - Middle School
- Texas Transition and Employment Guide
- Texas Transition and Employment Guide - Spanish
- Transition Assessment Checklist to Organize Assessment Tools for the Campus or District