High school is an important, and hectic, time in an adolescent’s life.
With all the academics, social and extra-curricular activities they engage in, they hold many identities. Think about your student. What do they do? Are they academically-oriented? Athletic? Artistic? Creative? Politically engaged or social action oriented? Talented at gaming? It is important to recognize these other identities, because solely holding the identity of a “student” can be very stressful. Having a narrow view on the identity of a student can make a low test score, bad quiz, or missing assignment devastating.
Celebrate all of your student’s talents and abilities through the ups and downs of adolescent life and they’ll feel supported as a whole person. (CS 9/17)
From Matthew Gahagan, Wellness Counselor Trainee