Saturday, April 18, 2015
Real life lessons
yesterday, I started a new unit with my seniors. After hearing them complain bitterly about panicking at the thought of being on their own in a few months, I realized their panic came from ignorance. They are suddenly aware of all the things they don't know how to do to function in our society. On Thursday, I asked them to turn in the 5 things that stressed them out most about being on their own after graduation. Among the top issues - roommate questions, banking questions, and time management worries. During the last month if school, I'm going to try to address their questions daily to help them feel more confident about entering the world of adulthood. Yesterday, we talked about debit cards vs. credit cards and opening up their first bank account. Even though these are generally upper middle class kids planning on going to college, they feel woefully ill-prepared about real world skills. Don't just call me an English teacher; apparently, I'm a life-teacher. Mire to come on this in the coming weeks, but first, what do you remember not knowing how to do at that age? I'd love to be able to compare the worries then and now.