Hello everyone! This is my first year teaching...and I'm incredibly excited as well as a bit nervous to boot. I'll be teaching 6th grade life science at a middle school. Here in Florida (I think in many other states too) elementary is K through 5th and middle school is 6th through 8th. Those of you who already teach in middle schools with these grade level distributions, how do you find the students transition from elementary into middle school? Is it tough for them to adjust to a new environment with a bell schedule, etc.? I'm trying to prepare so I can make their first year in middle school as relaxing and stress free as possible. (Hopefully making mine the very same! LOL) Thanks to everyone for any and all suggestions, insights and the like! Here's to us all have a spectacular school year!!!