Educational Transitions in Childhood

We should not let low self-esteem, fear of the unknown or fear of change prevent us from experiencing the excitement and awe which is the feeling of learning something new

Smarty Pants Education

Periods of transition can be testing times for parents and children alike and the education system presents us all with many of them;

  • Very young children and parents at home together to long day care
  • Pre-school to primary school
  • Year 6 in Primary school to the first year in High/Secondary School
  • From Year 11 to Year 12 and the culmination of thirteen years of schooling.
  • The very big move from high- school to the big wide world or University

These periods of transition not only present opportunity and excitement but also some anxiety for all involved. Research shows that the feelings of apprehension are shared by many and that it is quite normal to feel concern about the changes school transitions present. Equally, by following a few simple steps, the self-confidence and self –esteem of children can be buoyed and even grow during these exciting times of change.

A little wisdom for all year 12 students; is that it is perfectly normal to feel concern and anxiety about your future HSC success, however, when you eat well, study conscientiously and have enough sleep you will be great!

Every lesson that you go to, every handout that you are given and every subject specific based discussion that you participate in will be enhancing the subject knowledge you need this year. Your education is tailored to bring you closer to the subject understanding that you need to complete excellent assessment tasks throughout the year and write excellent exam papers to pass your HSC exams with flying colours!

Listen in class, participate in class discussion, ask questions, complete homework and read teacher comments; your opportunities are boundless when you use your education to your own advantage; knowledge is power.

Extra study help might be what a student needs to help them organise and focus. For some, one-to-one tutoring can help build organisation skills, boost self-esteem and self-confidence as well as increase grades.

We are all very lucky to be able to freely go to school as children, teenagers and adults. We should not let low self-esteem, fear of the unknown or fear of change prevent us from experiencing the excitement and awe which is the feeling of learning something new.

By Victoria E. Lockhart, 2015
Smarty Pants Education

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Victoria Lockhart is an English and Drama Teacher based in Pittwater on Sydney’s Northern Beaches.

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