I received an email from a former student this morning. Yes, it is July. Ye,s it is Saturday. Yes, I realize that as a teacher most of my friends and family think I am off duty for the summer. I was to happy to realize that my students know better! This child was with me for 4th grade and a frequent visitor to my class during her 5th grade year as well. It dawned on her this morning (sometime after midnight but be for I checked my email at 7:30) that she was growing up and that that is scary. In addition to growing up, she like many students her age is freaking out about transitioning to middle school. In particular she was scared that others would make fun of her because she forgot how to do long division already. Well, I am not going to allow one of “my kids” to enter a new school year feeling overwhelmed or unprepared! I know for a fact she is not alone in these fears. My own daughter and her friends are also making this leap this year. It is a constant conversation in our house as to how she can handle her stress about this change.
I have always felt the best way to conquer anxiety is to be as best prepared for the anxiety-causing situation as possible. As a response to my former students concerns, as well as my own concerns for my daughter and her friends, I have created a group on Sophia.org for 5th graders transitioning to 6th grade. Starting Monday, I will post some interactive online review sessions for students to complete to brush up on Math and Language Arts skills to help build their confidence heading into middle school. Any concepts presented would be beneficial to any 5th grader nation wide so feel free to share with your friends. This opportunity is FREE and SECURE for students to participate in. To sign up follow these steps:
1. If you don not have an account already, register for a free account on Sophia.org
2. Once you have an account, you will need the group code 88fc5f4 to join the Middle School Prep for 5th Graders group
3. Please introduce yourself on our group wall and let me know of any specific skills you would like to review (I will try to accommodate as many requests as possible)
4. Please remember that the group wall is to ask questions or provide support and although we are not in school, good cyber etiquette is still expected. Anyone caught being inappropriate or mean will be removed from the group without hesitation.
As I told my former student and repeatedly tell my daughter. Growing up is scary, but you don’t have to do it yet! Enjoy this next stage in life and, in the words of Bob Marley, “Don’t worry about a thing! ‘Cause every little thing’s gonna be alright!” Enjoy the rest of your summer break and I look forward to working online with my “class” of students!