Concordia Counselors Assist Student Transitions to On Campus Learning

Concordia International School Hanoi’s counselors are supporting students and parents during the transition from Home Learning to on campus learning to ensure a smooth transition back to the classroom. 

In the Concordia Elementary School, teachers have ensured each lesson is “visually in place” and have engaged students through online activities as part of class time during Home Learning. 

Counselors perform regular “wellness checks” with teachers about each child. Using information they learn from these wellness checks, the counselors develop a “watch list” for academic and social-emotional needs and spend time with those students deemed in need. 

Connecting Concordia families socially is a priority every year but the need is felt more strongly this year due to Home Learning. Counselors have encouraged play dates and social activities outside of school to build opportunities for our students’ social development. The Concordia elementary school has a series of games and social activities planned, along with fixed “no screen” time to help students transition into the classroom and community. 

Teachers and counselors continually discuss the return to campus with students, helping them to visualize themselves at school, focusing on social expectations, reminding each child that they are a friend, a student and a member of the class and school community. 

Parents can help kids now, by working with them on things like visualization, reflecting on in person learning, their favorite memories of the campus, friends, learning, and what they’re looking forward to when they can learn with their friends on campus. 

Whether learning online or in person, Concordia always encourages parents to ask kids to tell and show what they’re doing in school.

In Concordia’s Middle School, we’ve built blocks of community building directly into the schedule - with activities like competition and a whole school circle - to bring students together, and focus on being kind.

To monitor students' social-emotional well being, students have teacher “help blocks” online, and 10 minute “check-ins'' with each student. Advisors meet with students in small groups every other day, both on campus and online, and conduct regular wellness surveys, providing extra support where needed. 

A 30-minute study hall was instituted during the Home Learning and it has continued to be an important part of the schedule while students are on campus learning in person.

Parents can identify resources for social and emotional ways to help their children in the Concordia Parent Portal. All topics covered during the advisory time, (a teacher meeting every other day to facilitate discussions with small groups of students), are available for parents.  Parents can always reach out to the middle school principal and counselor at any time with questions or concerns, or whenever they need support. 

Concordia High School counselors are focused on three core areas: community building, adaptability, and communication. 

Before returning to campus and to help students be prepared, students created a checklist for the things they’d need when they returned to school.

The Counseling department checks all student wellness data each week and counselors hold one on one check in meetings throughout the school year to support each student as necessary based on the data received.  The Counseling department continues working with students based on their “Happiness Engineering” Plan, which includes an examination of students’ academics, sleep, stress, happiness, relationships, and co-curricular activities.

As part of the transition back to campus, counselors have stressed the importance of gratitude, conducted a unit on mindfulness, and created an extra study hall to support opportunities for struggling students.

Exercise is also important. During Home Learning, Concordia’s PE trainers have conducted online morning workouts for students who wish to have extra physical activity. Now back on campus, Concordia has also extended the ASA time to later in the year and encouraged all students to take advantage of after school activities. 

Please reach out to any of your counselors, teachers or administrators if you have any questions or concerns about your child’s transition back to on campus learning.

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