Do you remember that muffled sound played on the Peanuts cartoon, whenever a nagging teacher or parent hassled Charlie Brown’s gang?
That’s what I think I sound like to my teenagers… when I remind them to do something… or worse, when I try to teach them something.
I’m an educator by profession — I work with kids for a living. In spite of my training and experience, however, my teenagers are better off learning some skills and lessons from someone else.
Our world is changing rapidly in many ways.
As a result, the workforce is different. Jobs we can’t even imagine are created every day.
As an educator, I feel it’s difficult to know how to prepare students for their futures! Teachers must foster relevant skills in the classroom: skills for the new world.
A teacher’s new mission is not only to prepare students for tomorrow, to be independent and self-sufficient; but also to be creative problem-solvers who are adaptable, working citizens of the world.
Here is a list of Michael Fullan’s 21st century skills — the 6 C’s — key life skills today’s students need for their world:
There may be snow on the ground and cold temperatures outside, but before we know it, summer will be here!
Has your teen thought about how she will spend her summer? Volunteer work, employment? Pursuit of high school credits, or other certifications?
Now is the time to get things organized so students can bank some meaningful experiences, and, maybe some cash in their savings accounts.
There are many compelling reasons to take time after high school or after a college/university degree program is done, to take a breath and find adventure. You’ve heard it called the “Gap Year.”