As we wrap up our summer session, we are gearing up for the fall and getting ready to welcome new students and returning students in a few short weeks. Wow, time flies! We are getting the campus ready, making lists, planning orientation and classes, assigning our teams, and all the other important tasks that come with the beginning of the school year.
All of this boils down to transition: the process or a period of changing from one state or condition to another.
With any transition comes uncertainty which raises 1001 questions about unknowns. With uncertainty comes anxiety. Students all over the country are getting ready to transition from summer to fall with the expected back-to-school apprehension. Add on a new school, changes that may have happened over the summer socially, physically, or emotionally, COVID variant cases going up, facing senior year… or freshmen year, family dynamic changes, and on and on.
So… how do we manage transitions and help our students to do so, too?
Most kids will give us an eyeroll if we try to formalize this process with them. Instead, be covert and just talk out loud in the car about your own thoughts in these areas, and ask questions. The kid may not get into a big discussion, but they will hear you and start to see that you realize that this transition is not routine, and it deserves to be acknowledged… and then… just maybe, they will talk with you about it.