With any journey of discovery, there are going to be challenges and set-backs along the way. In school, students face challenges from a number off directions. These include intellectual, social, emotional, and physical.
Specifically, student's are challenged when certain conditions naturally emerge. Priorities clash, time is limited, concepts get deeper, and expectations (self-imposed and by others) become greater.
What do you do when it seems hard?
One thing you can do to prepare for the challenges that inevitably appear is to make a WISH (When It Seems Hard) list. Keeping your WISH list manageable is important, so here is a 4 WISH template with which to start.
- What were your 3 biggest challenges in school last year?
- What do you think will be your 3 biggest challenges this year?
- What did you do last year to address your challenges that worked?
- What will you need to do differently this year and who is available to help you?
The WISH list works for teachers as well as students. It could even be a wonderful project you do together in a homeroom, advisory, or as an extra class exercise.