One of the things I am working on with the middle school is comfort with having options. We have the agenda for the month of January on the board and each week, their tasks are listed. We negotiate what we will work on together and when, and this allows students to learn to use free time wisely and to have agency so they know they are an active part of the learning process. With Battle of the Books preparation in high gear now, deciding if it's time to study for that, work on vocabulary, learn a little about Rome, or conquer some grammar allows them the flexibility they need to learn how they learn best (and when) so they can be successful learners while still meeting the goals that we and the Archdiocese of Madison have for them. Since we start middle school in fifth grade, having choice can be a struggle, but they are doing well with these options and are getting the tools they will need to succeed not only in high school, but for their whole lives.