When children begin middle school, they are immediately faced with many new challenges. They now have multiple teachers, a locker, new surroundings, higher academic expectations, extracurricular activities, a reduction in recess time, dramatic changes in physical development, new social dynamics and an increase in personal responsibility. Many middle school students struggle to figure out where they fit in with all these new changes.
Before students can concentrate on the academic part of school, they have to deal with all the physical changes that are taking place with their bodies. Many students find it difficult to cope with the many changes taking place and some compare themselves unfavorably to peers. These rapid changes sometimes cause students to be awkward or uncoordinated with their movements.