Help! My child is starting Year 7: Things You Need to Know About High School Transition by a High School Teacher in the Know!

PART 1: School Work

The transition between primary school and high school is intense. I ain’t gonna lie! As a parent and educator, I’ve seen it from both sides, and my hat goes off to parents! Mums and dads should receive special leave from work to deal with this transition.

 

 

Of course, some kids sail through easily, like ducks to water they blossom at high school. Others do, unfortunately, struggle. For those worried about the transition of looking for tips to make it easier, grab a cuppa and settle in.

 

 

Homework
It may not be as structured as you have had in primary school. They are likely telling the truth when they say they don’t have homework. Some teachers set homework, others set unfinished work as homework. Each school will have their own individual homework policies, so be guided by those.

 

 

Assessment Tasks
These may replace homework. They’re the pieces of work for the unit that is assessed. The marks you’ll see are reflected in the numerical results and attainment of outcomes. They may be in the form of an exam, or what you may have called an ‘assignment’ or ‘project’ when you were at school.

 

The terminology has changed a bit, but by Year 11 and 12, Assessment Policies are strict. Set up good routines in the junior years to avoid risking noncompletion of the HSC. Break a task down; set guidelines; teach kids to edit their own work.

Time management is often an issue as they don’t plan their time effectively.

 

Grammarly and the Hemmingway App are great tools to feed written work through to self-edit.

 

When your child receives their tasks back, encourage them to read the feedback for areas of improvement. Don’t put too much pressure on the number. Remember to praise the process and not the result as part of building a Growth Mindset.

Studying with be different for different subjects

There are many websites that have some great study techniques for kids. A general guide would be, 

Get your child in the practice of revising their work. Psychological research suggests they need to correctly recall the information three times before it is cemented in their understanding.

Ask your child questions about the content – what does it say? What does it mean?
Make notes using tables and mind maps – organise the information

Complete practice questions
Scaffold large tasks or chunks of information by building upon existing knowledge. For example, take the basic content and add additional pieces of information on to it to extend understanding.

 

If you have any questions about this subject, give us an email at juliab@shiretalk.com.au or message via social media.
Stay tuned for Parts 2 and 3 of Help! My child is starting Year 7: Things You Need to Know About High School Transition by a High School Teacher in the Know!

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