Creating a Smooth Transition to High School
‘’Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success’’ –Henry Ford
The process of integration into the new community can be really tough. Being in high school is a big change for teens. For sure teachers can’t take away all of the stresses that come with starting high school—whether a child will be a freshman or is switching to a new school. But there are steps we can take ahead of time to make the transition go more smoothly.
In this lesson we focus on relationships between the individual and society; we examine both the biological and cognitive foundations of individual behavior and social forces that influence personal experience. Emphasis is on how individuals simultaneously shade or are shaped by diverse group, organizational and social context.
• We encourage the new students to integrate into the new environment and build relationships with their peers.
• We identify the role of school in establishing individual and group relationships.
• We help the students develop the sense of belonging to the school
• We help them determine their identity and identify factors that shape it
• We lead students to understanding how their identity can be used to include or exclude them from membership in various groups
After brushing on their social skills, they come to an agreement that positive personality traits make the task of integration easier. They explore their identity and the effect it has on building relationships in class. The students gain a clear understanding of the fact, that their success depends on their personality.
They get exit tickets speculating on the following statement “Why do birds fly in flocks?” (It is a fact that in the right formation the lifting power of many wings can achieve twice the distance of any bird flying alone.) “One tree doesn’t make a forest.”