School is an integral part of everyone's life. Besides spending twelve years intensively learning and mastering new skills, it is also the place where we meet lifelong friends, face first love thrills and disappointments, meet the challenges and changes of growing up, learn to deal with conflict situations and discover the world around us. This is where the magic of the school lies!
In first grade, we are still afraid of the unknown, of the big building and the long corridors.
Second-third grade we are already braver. We know most of the children and teachers, and we are no longer the youngest.
Fourth, fifth, sixth grade. We already know how things stand here. We know which aunt in the canteen gives extra dessert and in the presence of which teacher we must not copy. We have years of experience, but there are still so many new and unknown things to discover. It happens that we quarrel with a classmate or get into some other mess.
Seventh - eighth grade. It's like we're in first grade again, but this time more independent. In the new school, things and people are different, but somehow familiar. And here there are long corridors, flowers in the teacher's room, strict and cheerful teachers, many children - both older and smaller, and braver and more timid. Sometimes it's hard to find your new place.
Ninth - tenth grade. Learning itself is not so interesting anymore. There are other, more important things, like falling in love for the first time or fighting with your best friend. How to prepare for graduation when your mind is occupied by excitement and worries that you have not faced before?
Eleven - twelve.. We look around and the long corridor is not as long as it seemed to us in first grade. Desks have shrunk by half. We say goodbye, but we are happy. We are sad, but also eager to go on the path we have chosen.
It went by so fast, and so many things happened to us at this school! There are incidents that we will remember forever and tell at every convenient opportunity. And there are things that we would like to forget, that they had never happened, that we had not seen them...
If you have not yet completed your school journey and things happen that make you feel worried, confused, misunderstood, offended, hurt, rejected, it is important to know that you can always turn to the school psychologist.
You can also contact the NATIONAL TELEPHONE LINE FOR CHILDREN by dialing 116 111. We will listen to all your concerns and, together with you, we will find a solution. YOU ARE NOT ALONE!
Your backpack is full of heavy textbooks. You don't know who their author is, but just by reading the first lesson it becomes clear to you that you will have to work hard during the year to understand and remember all these complex words strung together in long, loopy sentences and incomprehensible formulas that you believe, that you will never need them in your life. Even when the teacher explains them, you have to pay a lot of attention to understand something.
Here, you and your classmate from the first grade are exchanging notes in class, and it seems to me that you didn't hear half of the lesson. Yesterday you preferred games to writing homework and you already have a remark. You are not prepared for today either - nothing. In order not to get a couple, you will run away from class, and then you will catch up...
And so, imperceptibly, your notebook is filled with low grades, and the new lessons become completely incomprehensible. Day by day, it is more and more impossible for you to catch up with your classmates. You're afraid of what your parents will say when they find out, or they already know, and you're punished by not going out for the rest of the week.
Learning is a systematic process that requires persistence and regular effort. Like electronic games, the learning material is presented sequentially, in increasing levels of complexity. Each lesson reinforces the knowledge from the previous one and gives you new information that you need to absorb in order to understand the next one. There is no way to go to the next level if you haven't lost the previous ones, and even if you had the chance, the probability of succeeding is almost non-existent.
To be successful in school, it is important to attend school regularly, be focused during class and spend the necessary time preparing at home. Yes, some subjects are more interesting to you and you can do them with less effort, and others you don't like at all. But each of them brings you knowledge that, even if you don't realize it now, turns you into an erudite person who expresses himself well and knows how to converse on various topics. In time, these will be qualities for which you will be valued and you yourself will look for competent people around you.
Don't avoid subjects that are difficult for you, but seek support for them. No matter how much material you missed or didn't understand, it's not irreparable - just don't procrastinate! Ask your classmate to help you, share with the teacher about the subject that is difficult for you, explore other options provided by the school you study in or an educational center in the area, ask for help from your parents and, if the family budget allows, take additional lessons.
If none of the above helps, contact the NATIONAL CHILD LINE by dialing 116 111 and together you will look for other solutions. YOU ARE NOT ALONE!
Relationships with teachers often influence what attitude and expectations we attend their classes with and how we perceive the material they teach us. Some teachers manage to grab us from the first meeting - they are cheerful, patient, tell the lesson in an interesting way, hardly give homework and let us go to recess 10 minutes before the end of the lesson. Others are more strict and demanding and there is no six-to-five with them - they test without warning, ask questions from the material we took in the first term, scold us for forgetting the textbook and write notes when we talk in class. Regardless of the teaching approach your teachers have, each of them aims to impart knowledge that is useful for your development as a person and for your future realization as a professional. Therefore, it is important to respect them and comply with the requirements they set. Coming to school on time, being disciplined during class, and handing in homework on time are the surest ways to show that you appreciate their work and help keep classes running smoothly and productively. In some situations, you may feel that a teacher is not being fair to you - he gave you an undeserved low grade or kicked you out of class for something you didn't do. It is possible that you think that he ordered you and acts like this only because he does not like you. You are angry because he badmouthed you in front of the whole class or because your friends will now fight you - because of him! Before you start making plans to get him back, calm down and think about the reasons that led to the situation. Be honest with yourself - did you provoke this attitude, were you really well prepared for the test and was it appropriate to laugh during class. In any case, do not act hastily and aggressively. Look for an opportunity to talk to your teacher calmly, tell him how you feel and listen to his position. You can also seek help from your parents or the school psychologist.
We at the NATIONAL CHILD LINE are also here to support you. Contact us by dialing 116 111 - anonymously and for free! YOU ARE NOT ALONE!
The school is full of many children. It often seems to us that they are the same because they are in the same class, of the same age, from the same residential area, but in fact each one is different and unique. Sometimes, when many different personalities spend a long time together in one place, conflicts happen.
Conflict in itself is not a problem because it gives us the opportunity to learn to stand up for our understandings of the world, our values, and generally the things we find important and meaningful. Through a conflict situation we can learn a lot about ourselves, about others, about how to communicate with understanding to our differences.
Sometimes what is different from us and unknown to us seems incomprehensible and this can cause conflicting emotions in us. At other times, we ourselves may find ourselves in the position of the different one who is misunderstood.
It is important to know that no matter what happens, there is always a way to improve the situation. Sometimes it seems to us that the conflict has no solution, but this is not because we cannot cope, but because we have not yet found the right formula. In such moments, we can always turn to a significant adult (parent, teacher, school psychologist, or other important adult) from whom we can seek advice on how to improve our relationships with others.
Of course, if you want to talk to someone about this - anonymously, don't hesitate to contact the NATIONAL CHILD LINE on 116 111. YOU ARE NOT ALONE!
Choosing a profession is one of the things that engages our thoughts since kindergarten. It is an important decision that is often associated with additional life choices that determine our long-term life development. Sometimes this choice is easy because we have chosen to continue the family tradition in a given professional field. Other times, we wander among our many interests and feel like we'll never be able to choose just one.
The school years are the time to experiment and look for our strong fields of self-expression and hidden talents. Use these years to attend various clubs, trainings, seminars, workshops, volunteer actions, extra lessons, or invest in the development of a specific skill. Thus, following your own needs, interests and opportunities, you will gradually build your long-term goal, the place you want to reach.
Don't forget that it's okay to be wrong. It is possible that something that you believed to be your calling at an early stage of training, years later will seem ridiculous and unnecessary. This is a natural moment in growing up, because over the years we gain experience, discover new things, rediscover well-forgotten ones, get to know ourselves, change, develop, and it is normal at different stages in our lives to have different priorities.
Know that you can always turn to
Know that you can always turn to your parents and teachers for advice, as you can seek career guidance from the school psychologist.
You can also consult the NATIONAL TELEPHONE LINE FOR CHILDREN by dialing 116 111. We are waiting for you! YOU ARE NOT ALONE!
When to contact the school psychologist
YOU NEED HELP. YOU ARE NOT ALONE! 116 111
The school psychologist has the task of supporting students during their time in the school environment. He has his own office and is available to listen privately to any child who needs support regardless of their age, gender, and problem they want to share. And he doesn't just listen - he looks for a way, together with the child, to overcome the difficulties he encounters. If the problem requires the involvement of other teachers, parents, specialists or children, then the psychologist ensures that this happens in the best way for the child, so that his safety, calmness and self-esteem are not affected. The school psychologist can also help in cases where the problem does not come from the school. It's enough just to trust him.
However, if any reason stops you from contacting him, you can always contact the NATIONAL TELEPHONE LINE FOR CHILDREN on 116 111 - anonymously. We will listen and support you - YOU ARE NOT ALONE!