Navigating Your Child's Education: Grades 6-8

Andrew Sweigard

Andrew has worked in the field of education since 2007 in various capacities including teaching social studies, English, and technology and serving in administrative roles such as Dean of Students, Assistant Principal, and Principal. He currently serves as the Assistant Principal at Worthington Christian School's Upper School campus. Andrew is passionate about speaking truth into students' lives and helping them navigate the middle school years well. He and his wife have five young children.

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Understanding Middle School Conflict

By Andrew Sweigard on Mar 12, 2020 9:00 PM

Middle school is commonly known as an incredibly challenging time in the lives of young people. This is largely because of the prevalence of interpersonal conflict and an inability to know how to navigate it. Throughout my years as a middle school teacher and administrator, I've encountered more of these types of issues than I can count. One type of interpersonal conflict, bullying, is certainly a major issue in middle school, but in my opinion, true bullying is the least complicated type of middle school interpersonal conflict that occurs. Most conflicts that I have dealt with are incredibly complex, as they involve numerous layers of action, interpretation and assumption, perspective, and communication. It is so important for parents of middle school students to be aware of the complexities of the middle school social structure that often gives way to interpersonal conflict.

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