The transition period into a new academic year can be an incredibly exciting time full of promise and potential. You get to meet your new students, build new working relationships and routines, and bring new ideas to your classroom and teaching practise. Most schools in England have been back a week at this point, meaning that we’ve not only had the chance to meet our new classes, but we’re steadily getting to know them, embed our expectations and have fun with them!
The start of the new academic year can set the tone for the rest of it so it’s really important that we emphasise the positives and celebrate the successes that our students have had- as well as our own successes too. Taking the time to think about how stressful that first week could have been for our students is really important, and it should prompt us to acknowledge how well they’ve settled in and how impressed we’ve been with them.
In the coming week, see if you can plan in some time where you can speak to your students about their transition experiences so far. Ask them to share what they think has gone really well, what they’re most proud of and what they’ve enjoyed the most in the past week. In the spirit of celebrating our transition successes, we’ve asked for some teachers to share their own experiences of their transition into the new academic year so far.
We’d love to hear from you about your transition experiences, so don’t forget to like, share and comment!
If you want to read more about embedding those new year routines and how to create a successful transition period, click through to our blog post where you can read all about ‘How teachers can help students transition back to the classroom’. You can also find out more about the specific complexities of the transition from Primary to Secondary school and how to make it a success here.
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