It is hard to believe that we are already 8 days into the new school year. Yet at the same time it feels like we have been here for-ev-er.
I don't know about you, but I am exhausted at the end of the day as we transition from summer schedules to the more structured (and possibly more chaotic) schedule of the school year.
For my 7th graders this year is particularly exhausting as they work their way into finding a balance with juggling school, extra curricular activities, and home. This may also be a big transition year for parents as well. The important thing to remember is to take a step back and know that mistakes will happen, but they are great learning opportunities. Communication to ensure that staff, students, and parents are all on the same page is a great way to reduce stress for everyone involved.
The year is already old hat for a lot of my 8th graders. Their mentality is more-or-less "been there, done that". However, it is still really important to maintain communications levels and not let students become complacent. It is very easy for students to let the organization slip and then anxiety may increase as they may not have a solid handle on deadlines and/or assignments.
As we continue with the year, I want to stress communication on all levels. Phone calls home are already being made and students are already receiving feedback on assignments. Without communication there are misunderstandings and frustration. The goal is to work together to create the best possible community for students and to help them take ownership of their learning experience.
Have a great Wednesday!