Recap of 7/8 Transitions Cafe: Thank you to those who attended the Cafe. We hope we were able to answer most, if not all, of your questions about moving from 5/6 to 7/8. Attached is a recording of the session, which started 10 minutes into the session. While we may not have answers for how the Fall will look yet, we talked more broadly about 7/8 experience as a two-year experience:
- 7/8 students are expected to be more independent, to do more for themselves, and to advocate for themselves.
- Students will manage longer, more in-depth, and open-ended projects.
- Students will grow a lot physically, and sleep becomes especially critical for their physical and mental health.
- Social dynamics may shift: friend groups may be less gender-specific, groups may grow in size, and some may experiment with "dating".
- 7/8 is also an opportunity for parents/guardians to take a step back if you haven't already. Think of yourself more as a guide on the side or a coach rather than a parent leading the way.
- Check out the recording for more Q&A's.
For additional information, we recommend the following books:
- Smart but Scattered Teens - Great book on Executive Functioning Skills, aligns with how teachers approach EF skills.
- Letting Go of Perfect: Overcoming Perfectionism in Children and Teens - Helps parents and teachers to guide and support students with anxieties and behaviors associated with perfectionism.