School Adjustment

The time spent at school takes a major part of any child or adolescent' life. As an adolescent, one daily spends almost half the day in school, which in totally is almost 2/3rd time of one's teenage life. School teaches us almost all the good things that should be acquired. School is the training ground for all virtues that make a responsible young adult. It is the first step to a routine and disciplined life. Values of collective effort in life, lessons of self-control, truthfulness, kindness, duty, punctuality and adjustment are all learned as a child begins school. 
 
School adjustment is the process of adapting to the role of being a student and to various other aspects of the school environment, in the absence of which can lead to stress, school refusal or school dropout by adolescents. As students, adolescents face many adjustments in school. From year to year, there are changes in teachers, classrooms, school and class rules and procedures, performance expectations, difficulty of the work, and peers. Hence, an adolescent's adjustment at school is as important as adjustment at home. Student's experiences at school and adjustment to school can exert both positive and negative influences on their development. These influences extend beyond school-specific behavior (e.g., academic performance, attendance at school) to socialization, life virtues, skill development, career planning, personality development, etc.  
 
Adjustment to any environment takes its own time, but parents can adopt a few measures to help their adolescent adjust better at school, such as:
 
  • Being positively involved in the adolescent's school life, taking interest in their extra-curricular activities, upcoming events, and relationship with teachers, peer interactions, etc. This will make a parent more familiar with the school and the adolescent's adjustment at the school.
  • Being in touch with school counsellor and authorities and being aware of any issues pertaining to school adjustment. 
  • Encouraging the adolescent to participate in school activities, extra-curricular hobbies, etc., this will not only improve his/her confidence, but also provide opportunity for interaction with peers. 
  • Being vigilant to the adolescent's mood changes, and addressing the same with the child. 
  • Keeping an open communicative and friendly relationship with the adolescent and being supportive if they share their concern. 
  • Helping them socialize better by arranging play activities, celebrations, or a get together at home. It is easier for them to socialize when they are in a relaxed environment and in a familiar set up like home.
 
 "I can't change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination." - Jimmy Dean