Eighth Graders Climb Higher
… with The First Rung Activities
Eighth graders need to find their footing before they advance into high school. They need to find the first rung on the ladder to success. They need to leave middle school with their feet firmly planted on that first rung if they want to succeed in high school.
Success in eighth grade builds the foundation for achievement in high school, post-secondary education, and life. In fact, the five years that span grades 8, 9, 10, 11, and 12 are absolutely critical in helping an individual reach his or her goals in work and life. That’s why our focus on academics/workforce readiness lessons start in eighth grade with a variety of challenging but fun exercises and a targeted proprietary curriculum tailored to this age group, which we call ‘The First Rung.’
No matter how high the climb, it always starts with the first rung.
There are many reasons why eighth grade performance is so critical, but one is absolutely fundamental.
A majority of schools use students’ performance/grades in eighth grade (together 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 new 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 eighth graders that helps them understand how important academic achievement and personal development is for their future success, no matter their future goals. Together,
- The First Rung Curriculum informs eighth graders about what they need to learn, and
- The First Rung Activities 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.
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 helps 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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