How to do better with teenagers…

July 14, 2012 at 11:32 PM Leave a comment

Do meaningful projects together, where they have some choice.

That’s it.

Like “Want to cook dinner together?” to my 18 year old son. “Uh, okay.” “What shall we make?” He looks through some cook books and texts me what to buy from the store.

Everybody happy, fine time making chicken pot pie together. It’s friendly, respectful and like parallel play, opinions are shared, family culture quietly passed on, handy kitchen tricks too.

In class, I’m going to figure out how to do more of this. Because as they push adults away, teens when interviewed almost all want more adult time and presence, being present. I’m sure being on summer vacation helps. But how to keep this suddenly simple insight going for the school year and for my students too…

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Entry filed under: Class Management, Education Psychology, Project Based Learning, Reflections, Starting the School Year. Tags: , , .

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