7th Grade Pulse Check, Feb. 8. 2018
Yesterday in class, students reflected on four questions, and the following are themes from their anonymous responses:
What is stressing them out lately:
- Finding friends who understand them
- Peer pressure to be a certain way
- Staying on top of homework
- Doing well on quizzes and tests
- Family dynamics
- What comes next: doing well in high school and beyond!
- Having a really busy schedule and wanting to do well at it all
What has brought them joy lately:
- Spending time with family and friends
- Pursuing interests (dancing, knitting, horseback riding, reading, playing games, watching Youtube and Netflix, snow, dogs)
- Good meals and snacks
- Having unstructured time
- Being able to be goofy
- Their parents’ humor
- Getting sleep
- Being engaged in school
What are recent challenges:
- Dealing with interpersonal issues involving peers
- Understanding math concepts
- Completing particular assignments
- Focusing in class
- Keeping track of binder/planner/backpack/laptop
- Meeting parents’ high expectations
- Friend drama
- Finding what they are passionate about
What they’d love adults in their lives to know:
- Homework can be stressful
- Parents’ stress can make them feel more stressed
- They appreciate that you do know all there is to know – sometimes even more than they know!
- When to back off, when to step in
- They need to learn from their own mistakes
- They are grateful for all the support you give them
As one student aptly summed up: “I’m responsible, but I am also just a kid. Kids can change the world, though.”
And another: “I wish they could know that I’m not always having the best day, and I stress out way to much over even little things.”
Advice? Keep doing what you’re doing. Embrace their many sides at this age, ask questions, be present, let them know you love them with all of their gifts – and their areas for growth – and find your own joy. It is infectious.
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Hannah “We got great ideas for Pay it Forward.”
McKenzie: We got to say inspiring things to girls and hang them from the ceiling.
Lola: It gave us a way to really connect with some of the girls who really need help.”
Helen “Something that really inspired me was the simulation of the babies that enabled us to learn how to care for them and weigh them.”
Eden “I really appreciated the Half the Sky exhibit and I’m borrowing Wendy’s book it is based on.”
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Students have been investigating the connection between various African oral traditions and different types of African American folktales. They will be writing their own version of a Pourquoi Story that features the trickster Anansi and one of their favorite animals or aspects of nature.