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  1. 1. Optimising the Transition to High School Parent Evening Clare Greenup 2013
  2. 2. Hopes Fears
  3. 3. HOPES FEARS • Do well in exams * Failure • Make new friends * Being Bullied • Pick up new subjects * Getting Lost * Mean Teachers * Too Much Work * Too much/too hard homework * Being Embarrassed
  4. 4. ANXIETY
  5. 5. In the classroom … Stage of Stress Cycle Baseline **** is calm and in control This looks like - - - Trigger *** experiences a stressor This portrays as - - - Escalation ***’s behaviours intensify – increased signs of agitation This portrays as - - Teacher Prompts and Behaviours Specific, performance based praise – low key Prepare for any transition as needed Gentle redirection – visual more than verbal Connect and redirect “mate I can see you’re a bit upset..let’s look at....and we’ll sort it out later Prompt to use calm plan if needed Short purposeful statement – precision request Less verbal – gestural/visual cues as needed Strategies for ***
  6. 6. ty/treatment/diet
  7. 7. I have … I am …. I can …
  8. 8. I HAVE …. People around me I trust and who love me, no matter what People who set limits for me so I know when to stop before there is danger or trouble People who show me how to do things right by the way they do things People who want me to learn to do things on my own People who help me when I am sick, in danger or need to learn
  9. 9. I AM … A person people can like and love Glad to do nice things for others and show my concern Respectful of myself and others Willing to be responsible for what I do Sure things will be all right
  10. 10. I CAN … Talk to others about things that frighten me or bother me Find ways to solve problems that I face Control myself when I feel like doing something not right or dangerous Figure out when it is a good time to talk to someone or to take action Find someone to help me when I need it
  11. 11. I have I am I can
  12. 12. in the classroom..
  13. 13. What you can do at home.. • Duplicate supplies at home • Set up a specific work area • Calendar • Timetabling
  14. 14. WHAT SHOULD BE IN A WORK AREA • SPACE!!! • Computer/laptop • Paper • Pencil case • Calculator • Filing system • inbox • Easily seen calendar • Easily seen clock • Timetable (X2)
  15. 15. In a Classroom … • Dialogue and questioning • Breaking Tasks up in to Steps (scaffolding) • Goal Setting • Independence • Problem Solving • Modelling thinking opportunities • Using Mistakes as Learning Opportunities
  16. 16. • Map of school game • Agreements on ICT time allocations (see handout) • Watches and telling the time and conversations about how long things take • Designated family times
  17. 17. Stephen Covey
  18. 18. Some final mentions… • Sleep
  19. 19. • Conflict management, resilience (bullying) • Relaxation techniques • Transitioning students with special needs • Transport there and home – independence
  20. 20. • In the classroom … • Rite of passage – looking back looking forward Autobiographies, favourite memory book..
  21. 21. And finally …. Transition and puberty (be prepared!) Emotions