Transitions are part of our lives, and they range in size. We transition from home to school. We transition from the school to spring vacation. We transition elementary to middle school. And upon graduation, we transition to college and career.
What are some big transitions you’ve experienced? Big transitions I’ve experienced include moving from Japan to the US in 1973, going off to college in 1981, and moving from the US to Japan in 1987. And as I look back on my transitions, I found that “[l]eaving right is a key to entering right.”
You might be wondering, “What can help me or my student leave right?” One thing I’ve found that helps is the RAFT model. Here’s a quick summary:
- Reconciliation: With whom do you need to reconcile?
- Affirmation: To whom do you want to say thank you?
- Farewell: To what people, places, and possessions do you want to say good-bye?
- Think destination: How does your destination compare to your current situation?
- Reconciliation: Seniors reflect on relationships they need to make right.
- Affirmation: At graduation, seniors say thank you to key people by giving them flowers.
- Farewell: Before graduation, seniors put on their caps and gowns and walk all throughout the school, with staff and students cheering for them and saying good-bye.
- Think destination: Seniors participate in college/career presentations and use college/career resources.
- What words come to mind when you think of “transition”?
- What excites/concerns you about transition?
- What do you think of the following statement? “Leaving right is a key to entering right.“
- What helps/hinders healthy transition?
- How helpful is the RAFT model?
P.S. Want to use the RAFT model to do some further reflection? Try the list of questions below!