Recognising signs of distress

Recognising signs of distress

About this resource

This resource focuses on learning about change and uncertainty, so you can talk to students about engaging in change. You will consider what change is and why it is hard to do, and be introduced to a simple conceptual framework that can help you and your students think about change in the context of school transition and movement. You will also learn about the feelings associated with change, and consider ways to manage these feelings.

This section focuses on recognising signs of distress in the context of school transitions, and exploring ways to support students, and yourself, to self-regulate and manage emotions.

Teachers will learn about change and uncertainty so as to support the challenging stages of student transition. Teachers will learn about the impacts change can have upon student participation during Year 6 and Year 7, and be introduced to strategies that can support self-regulation, resilience, and growth. Teachers will communicate these learnings through classroom activities and direction to resources that can support students and parents and carers. The session also introduces teachers to content knowledge as aligned to the AITSL standards, as well as relevant research and associated professional learning activities.

By the end of this professional learning module, you will be able to: 

  • understand why change and uncertainty can be challenging for young people and their families; 
  • explore the impacts of change on student engagement and achievement; and
  • support students and their families to develop self-regulation and coping strategies.

3.3 – Use teaching strategies

Include a range of teaching strategies.

3.7 – Engage parents and carers in the educative process

Describe a broad range of strategies for involving parents and carers in the educative process.

4.1 – Support student participation

Identify strategies to support inclusive student participation and engagement in classroom activities.

7.3 – Engage with the parents and carers

Understand strategies for working effectively, sensitively and confidentially with parents and carers.

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Teachers may also consider how they want students to “keep” the activities they do in class, so they have them for reference at a later stage (at their secondary school or for future wellbeing reference).