Taking a break can do wonders for our mind. We live in a society of instant everything that we forget from time to time to unplug. Now that a new school year has started and summer is coming to an end ( T minus 14 days) it will be a process moving from relaxing mode to busy school mode.
I recently read an article in The Globe and Mail discussing the issues that some students encounter during back to school season. The article discussed the issues students with dyslexia or reading difficulties face during this time of the year. Back to school time can be a frustrating time of year for students with reading difficulties and other learning challenges.
Studies have shown that students with learning disabilities have higher chances of experiencing low self-esteem and low self-confidence because of their learning challenges. But hey, we can change these statistics. Can't we? Preparing students for back to school go beyond making sure they go back in style, we need to set them up for success. How do we help all students get back to a strong start and set them up for success this school year?
1. Get Focus, Clear and Make a Plan
Regardless of your age making goals are key. They do not have to be complicated but they have to be set in order to give someone a direction to aim for. New grades bring on new expectations, take the time to discuss what is expected from students at their new level and how they can achieve these expectations. Set a goal, make a plan stay focus.
2. Adjust to Change
Transition into a new school is a challenge for all students, but a change in atmosphere and environment can be a frustrating experience if unprepared. Change is a part of life and helping learners adjust to change in a new school or class is key. A simple measure such as taking a tour of the school or campus, doing a walk through of all the classes giving students the opportunity to see where they have to do on what day, instead of waiting until the first day.
Schools are filled with resources that can help students. A great place to start is the library. Most post-secondary campuses offer courses for students on researching, creating a bibliography, writing, even preparing for exams. Many public libraries offer similar courses and much more as well. Specific departments are designed to support students during their academics. I.e the accessibility center ( or disability service centre), or student centre etc. These are great places to start to get more information on a question. If they do not have the answer chances are they can point you in the right direction.
Teachers, friends, and family can also be a support as well. Getting that A+ does not mean you need to go at it alone. There are resources on school, in the community even family and friends can be a support during this school year. There is no need to battle through the work alone, just raise your hand and ask for help.
How we perform on D-day is a reflection of how hard we practice leading up to the event. Success is not an overnight concept. It requires hard work and discipline but it is achievable for everyone. There are #NoLearningLimits to what you can achieve. Going back to school may be tough but we are on this journey together. Go back with the intention to make the most of this school year.