Eighth Graders Can Climb Higher …
……. with our First Rung program
SUCCESS IN COLLEGE, TECHNICAL SCHOOL, the MILITARY or WORK all depend on success in high school. Success in high school depends on achievements in middle school. Thus, middle school serves as the ‘first rung of the ladder’ students will need to ‘climb’ to achieve success, however they may choose to define what success means to them.
The ‘nature of teaching’ is tangibly different in middle school when compared to earlier years, so that is where our program starts. Eighth graders should — and often need help — to secure their academic and social foundations before they advance into high school. Each student needs to start ‘climbing the virtual ladder’ they will use to mark their own progress. That’s why we start our program in eighth grade with short lessons that connect what they are doing in school directly to success in the world beyond school.
In fact, the additional four years of lessons and activities we offer students after grade 8 that span grades 9, 10, 11, and 12 can be absolutely critical in helping an individual reach his or her goals in work and life. Our focus on academics/workforce readiness starts with targeted proprietary curriculum tailored to the older middle school student. We believe that if students really understand how learning something improves their job prospects, they will work harder. For example, few students know that 94% of workers need to use various levels of mathematics in their jobs.
We also offer a variety of optional exercises that are fun, challenging, and provide a peek into the world of work and how to prepare for that experience.
Participants learn that eighth graders need to leave middle school with their feet firmly planted on the first rung of their futures. No matter how high the climb, it always starts with the first rung. That means students will need to leave grade eight with the knowledge and skills needed to move directly into far more challenging high school courses.
Remember that there are many reasons why eighth grade performance is so critical and is absolutely fundamental:
- A majority of schools use a student’s performance in eighth grade (usually mixed with scores on standardized tests) to determine which high school courses soon-to-be ninth graders will have on their daily class schedules. What those high school courses are, and how well ninth graders perform in them, can make or break a young teen’s future.
That’s why The Internship Depot starts its ‘messaging’ in grade eight, emphasizing to students that research confirms the standard assumptions that hard work in hard courses is the best way to prepare for success in post-secondary education and work. We also discuss the need for students to learn appropriate soft skills.
We have developed a customized curriculum and a full set of activities for middle and high school students that help them understand how important academic achievement and personal development is for their future success, no matter their future goals. Our First Rung curriculum:
- informs and reinforces what eighth graders need to learn academically and socially, and
- provides an opportunity for eight graders to practice and apply what they have learned.
Most importantly, The First Rung presentations show students how they can not only build their academic portfolio with hard work, they can ‘convert’ their hard work into language that will impress college admissions officials and business people alike.
To add an element of immediacy and direct reward, The First Rung emphasizes what students need to do to every year in middle and high school so they launch and sustain a multi-year effort that will allow them to build their documented success over a number of years.
As students in eighth grade graduate and move up to high schools that are participating in The Internship Depot programs, they will be invited to join the Stormy Wannabees Advantage Initiative, which takes high school freshmen and sophomores take a turn for the ‘real’ with more intense curriculum and various demanding but fun and exciting simulation games and a wide variety of activities. These various ventures will help participating students understand the competitive nature of both the college admissions and the employment processes.
Then, as students move into their two last years in high school and become juniors and seniors, they can become Rainmakers Candidates, and learn what they need to know to solicit, secure, and successfully serve a Rainmakers Internship.
Even then, no matter how high the climb, it always starts with The First Rung.
The First Rung program also includes a set of fun, dynamic, and informative (also life-changing!) activities detailed in the bulleted list at the bottom of this page.
Check out the specifics of The First Rung curriculum and activities in the two bulleted lists at the bottom of this page. FIRUNG
Don’t Miss This Additional Information:
Learn More About How We Help Eighth Graders Choose the Right Course.
See How The First Rung Fits in Our Sequence of Programs Across Grade Levels.
Links to Other Components of The Internship Depot’s program:
Learn More About The Stormy Wannabees Advantage Initiative.
Learn More About Rainmakers Internships.
Find Out What High School Interns Can Do for an Employer.
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