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Becoming Successful In Middle School 2

Becoming an Organized Student (#202)

The pressures and expectations of school become daunting for students when their planners remain blank, homework is misplaced, previously-announced tests come as surprises, and important papers are crammed into backpacks. This program presents strategies for putting it all together--showing students how to organize for success by using notebooks, color coding, day planners and wall calendars. [20 minutes] Closed Captioning

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Series Description: Six new programs address a host of issues and concerns important to young teens such as bullying, building confidence and becoming more organized. The programs also address how school skills eventually translate to work skills and how personality types connect to potential careers.

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  • Caution: Teenager Under Construction (#201)

    This program introduces students to the many changes that accompany adolescence by going beyond the physical manifestations of puberty and discussing emotional, social and developmental changes. Teen hosts reassure viewers of many normal aspects of early adolescence: changing relationships with friends, a new sense of independence, unpredictable moments of emotional upheaval and distraction, and more. [16 minutes]

  • Developing Self-Confidence (#203)

    In this program, students learn four key strategies for improving self-confidence: Stop Making Excuses, Take Reasonable Risks, Examine Your Fears, and Identify and Change Negative Self-Talk. Each strategy is carefully explained and dramatized in ways sure to inspire even the shyest middle-schooler. [18 minutes]

  • Power Trip: Bullying in School (#204)

    Students hear from teens who experienced bullying firsthand as well as from students who have been the aggressors. Attention is given to the differences between how girls and boys bully. Other topics include the difference between bullying and teasing, when you should tell an adult about being bullied, what bystanders can do and how bullied kids can "stand up, step up and speak out" to stop bullying. [20 minutes]

  • Connect the Dots: How School Skills Become Work Skills (#205)

    This program examines basic school-to-work skills: personal self-management, creative thinking, computer literacy, communications, and basic literacy skills. It explores how school skills contribute to a person’s ability to think critically and solve problems, and how mastering these skills help make for a successful career. [15 minutes]

  • What Type of Person Am I? Personality and Careers (#206)

    Based on research showing personality type as the key factor in successful career development, this program helps students understand the six basic personality types as presented in the Holland Hexagon: Doer, Thinker, Creator, Helper, Persuader and Organizer. Teens identify their interests and abilities, and see how their own personalities fit with the general types and connect to potential careers. [18 minutes]

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