You Are Here - A Student's Guide to Navigating 1st Year - Teacher Manual
- You Are Here is an adaptable induction programme that is broken down into 12 units, with 24 hours of material in total. Each unit is designed to support students transitioning from primary school to post primary, by taking them on a staged journey that staggers the amount of new material they receive while settling into their new school.
- The teacher manual outlines everything that is required to deliver a unit of learning and is structured in such a way that any member of staff could deliver the programme. It is supported by customisable presentations and snapshots from the student workbook.
- The programme deals with all areas of school life that new students need to become familiar with, from understanding the timetable, getting organised, asking for help, and making friends to setting goals and studying.
- You Are Here explores the expectations we have for our students and explains these expectations in a clear and concise way. This gives the students the tools they need to thrive throughout their post-primary journey.
- Each unit begins with specific learning outcomes, and connects with the Junior Cycle Wellbeing Indicators, Key Skills and Statements of Learning. There are a variety of activities throughout each unit, including pair work, group work and whole-class activities. Each unit concludes with a recap for the student and a self-assessment of their achievements.
- The teacher manual is free for schools that adopt the programme, otherwise it is €20.
Overview of the programme
The programme is broken down into three levels:
Level One – En Route
En Route is set around the initial days for the new first year student in school, learning the fundamentals such as understanding their timetable, finding their way around the school, getting organised and knowing how to ask for help and where to get support throughout this potentially anxious time.
Level Two – On the Right Track
On the Right Track focuses on the expectations the school has for students around respect, rules, attendance and punctuality. At this point it is also important to spend time letting students get to know one another, and supporting students in making friends within their class group. They will learn about extra-curricular activities in their school and how to avoid conflict.
Level Three - Reaching Your Destination
By now, the majority of new students will have settled into secondary school. Reaching Your Destination guides students in becoming responsible members of their school community. One of the biggest hurdles for first years is learning how to manage their work.
In this section, students will discover the best way to do this, with an introduction to studying, goal setting and exam preparation. Students will also learn about how their school communicates with home and how to achieve the best reports. They will become familiar with the Junior Cycle and the expectations for them over the next three years.
Reviewing the Journey
Reviewing the Journey is suggested for a post-midterm and post-Christmas review. Returning from breaks, new secondary school students can lose focus in their approach to their work and their behaviour. It can be a great opportunity to revisit the key induction points and ensure they are embedded.
Recommended guide to using the programme in your school
- The intention of the programme is to deliver 24 hours of induction, which can be taken out of the 400 hours of wellbeing that are a part of the Junior Cycle curriculum.
- Each unit takes approximately 2 hours to deliver. This can be completed in one class or broken down into two 1-hour classes or three 40-minute classes.
- There are many ways that your school may plan to deliver this induction programme to help offer practical advice for students. It is set up to allow for flexibility and to cater for the new student and school needs of your school. Each unit begins with an ice breaker to help set the tone for first year students, and breaks can be added if necessary.