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Sixth Grade Conundrum: A Parent's Guide - Some of them weigh
200 pounds, stand six-feet high and wear size 11 shoes. Others
are barely tall enough to reach over the lunch counter at school.
Most are still losing their last baby teeth. A few shave regularly.
More are becoming sexually
active, yet some still trot home after school to play with dolls
or toy trucks. Some begin to experiment with alcohol and tobacco
while others are perfectly happy with juice boxes and snack packs.
According to a study conducted
by Southwestern University, educators agree: About the only generalization
that can be made about sixth graders is that they are remarkably
diverse. Teetering on the age of adolescence, sixth graders stand
smack dab at a major crossroads in their development.
This age, between 10 and 12,
when girls begin to use makeup and wear bras and boys begin to
notice girls, is what education theorist Jean Piaget called the
"formal operational" stage of development, when their
capacity for abstract and critical thought reaches new heights.
"They are at that age
when they're beginning to experience a lot of adult-type feelings,
but they're still trying to comprehend through the mind of a
child," explains former middle school teacher Jim Hunt,
now provost and dean of the faculty and professor of education
at Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas. -
Monday - January 05, 2004 - 1:00 am