Transitioning Endings and Beginnings

Photo by Michele Venne

The end of the semester is a good time to review progress and success. Did the student pass their classes? Did they earn the grades they hoped for, or worked for? Were they able to reach out for help when needed? With schools still in flux—part in-person, part at-home, starting one place and transitioning to the other—sometimes the goal can be just to keep up.

Planners are often used when students are on campus. It’s a place for teachers to comment about academics and behavior. But what about when students are logging in from home? A planner or agenda can still be helpful. Demonstrating to a student how to block off time for each class, for small groups, for homework, and for practice (band, athletics, etc.) shows them a needed life skill. Managing time isn’t something we’re born knowing how to do. Multiple systems exist in how to schedule, how to fill in a calendar, how to make goals from the time filled and the time remaining, etc. It’s easy to become overwhelmed!

Assist the student in setting up a calendar. Encourage them to color code for specific classes, or school and friend and family time. For each week or month, help the student create a goal. One for school, one for friends or a hobby, and a personal goal. Scheduling tasks to meet those goals enhances their success. By checking off tasks completed, they can see the steps they’re taking toward their goal. This eliminates any magic that achieving a goal may take on, since the student can track their progress.

One a goal is reached, celebrating the ending of that string of tasks is important. After a day or two to rest, encourage the student to look ahead and plan for beginning again.