There are many transition periods in a student’s life, leaving one familiar part of their education behind and moving on to a new, unfamiliar one. Transitions can be stressful, cause anxiety for students; preparation can help eliminate the anxiety.
Parents can talk to/meet with teachers to find out about what is expected of their child academically in the next grade and how they can work on developing necessary skills at home. Parents can then share with their children what the expectations of the next year/grade will be.
Summer is a great time for students to build the skills that they need so that they are prepared to deal with the upcoming challenges. Skills such as; time management and organization, strong reading skills, active reading/listening, are essential for helping students learn to deal with challenges, no matter the age or grade.
Grade 1: This is the first year for structured learning. Often students find it physically demanding because they are in school full days, all week for the first time. Fatigue, particularly at the beginning of the year can make learning difficult.
Grade 4: A transition year that can be stressful for students due to independent study being introduced during this year, which places greater demands on the individual students. Students often find the new and more challenging direction of many subjects difficult to adjust to. No longer are they doing the basics, particularly in math and reading. Support is often needed in order to keep up with the teacher.
Grade 8: The year that teachers are making sure students have the knowledge needed to be successful in high school. This is the year that students begin their academic preparation for high school. Working independently is stressed more as well as each student’s responsibility for his or her own academic progress. Students may be leaving the school they have attended since they entered kindergarten.
Grade 9: For many students this is considered the first official year of high school. This is a major transition year, the workload increases, sometimes dramatically. There can also be greater demands placed on extra curricular time, which can be difficult to adjust to.
Grades 10, 11 & 12: These are the final years of secondary education and they are high-stress. Math, Science, and English all increase in difficulty. Students begin to write longer essays and conduct independent research. There is increased personal responsibility that can be challenging for young teens to deal with. Strong organizational skills are needed for effective time management. Students also begin choosing their future life path and applying to college, tech school or university.
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