Managing longer-term projects. In elementary school, your child might have gotten some experience working on large-scale assignments over several weeks, but it’s likely they’ll be asked to do a lot more of this in middle school. They’ll need to craft a plan for how they’ll get each component of the project done—so they aren’t stuck with the whole thing to do the night before. And they’ll need a system for staying on top of their progress as they go along, ideally without you hounding them about it). If it’s a group project, they’ll have to factor in their teammates’ schedules, too.