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Life skills for general ed--help me brainstorm
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I'm reshaping the curriculum for one of my classes, and I need some brainstorming help, please. This is 8th grade, general education (not sped), nine-week class. The course is described in the catalog as "things you should know." I'm struggling to come up with solid topics with interesting, useful classroom activities. First quarter included a quick study-skills review; career self-reflection and looking at two jobs the questionnaire highlighted; a unit on the "hidden history" in our city; a unit on the U.S. citizenship test; and a quick look at each student's "dream college."

Everything I find online is sped-oriented and really off-focus for our student population. FYI, we are a 1-to-1 technology school (Chromebooks and Google Classroom). We do not have a kitchen, so no cooking. What other ideas can you come up with? Thanks in advance for any ideas you can share.


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How to budget
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Both time and money could be included in this unit.
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if it's not a separate
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If it's not a separate course yet or part of some program but general keyboarding skills, topics on some health or hygiene, research skills both online and IRL, ethics and civility (dressing for success and being polite), issues on mental health and resiliency...
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I agree with previous posters about keyboarding and making a budget.
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Totally agree with dressing for success. So many have no clue what professional dress is or appropriateness for the work place.

Something with manners? Answering phones, cell phone etiquette, speaking with employers/adults in authority, social media etiquette

job interview skills, filling out applications


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Yes on budgeting and manners. Try to see if you have a local Cotillion chapter. Really, they still exist. They might be able to come in for a demonstration. I have found many, many kids/teens/young adults weren’t raised with the concept that different venues/events require different behavior.
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How about some basic nutrition and how to eat health? Plus why drinking water is important.

How to buy food on a budget is a good skill to learn. What are the the inexpensive healthy foods?

How to store foods so they last and are safe to eat.

How to compare prices before buying something expensive like a car, phone....

Dental health is important to general health. Explain and demo how to care for your teeth properly. How often do I replace my toothbrush? Why do I need to floss?

How important is exercise and what does it do for you besides keep you trim and slim? What can I do for exercise beside join an expensive gym?

First aid?

When do you go to the emergency room? When do you wait to see the doctor?

How to sew a button back on.

How to repair a ripped hem.

How to get stains out of your clothing.

How to do laundry so your clothes look good and last. Do I really need clothing that has to be dry cleaned? Look at the care label before you buy.

How to buy well made clothing for a good price. What to look for so you do not spend your hard earned money on poorly made garments.

How to maintain your car. How often do I need to change the oil?

How to tell junk mail from real mail.

What to do when you receive an invitation that says RSVP.

How to introduce yourself or someone else.

How to shake someone's hand properly.

What to consider before getting a pet.

How to give a party or share a meal on a budget.

How to register to vote.

How to vote in elections. (the process) Why should I do this?

How to wrap a package for mailing and as a gift.

Why personal hygiene is important.

Making polite conversation.

How to address an envelope and use the right amount of stamps.

How to count back change and check your change.

How to use the bus or train for transportation.
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Comparison shopping (You could give an assignment to find the lowest cost for specific items--document with photos)

Figuring out cost of an item marked e.g. 20% off
Importance of compound interest
Internet security; using social media without damaging your reputation
Understanding payroll deductions (social security, state & federal income tax, etc.)
Comparing various cell phone plans
Long-term consequences of arrests (such as difficulty getting a job)

If you are looking for a program that's already put together, you might be interested in what Junior Achievement offers. https://www.juniorachievement.org/we...7DDDC85976998E
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Everyone has already given you great ideas. Maybe also something on:
- retirement savings and the importance of starting early, even if it is only a few dollars a month to start;
- balancing your bank account (I was going to say checkbook, but I'm sure they have no idea what that even is)
- understanding your credit and how important it is to keep good credit
- in addition to interviewing and dressing for the job, how to keep the job - ie: being on time, reliable, take initiative
- importance of keeping and being on-time to appointments (and how to call to make them)
- how to return items
- how to figure out what you can afford when borrowing - ie: what the bank / finance manager says vs. what is realistic for you
- understanding that most big things, like cars and furnaces, need regular, basic maintenance to function properly
- knowing who to call to get estimates / repairs for things, rather automatically replacing, such as stove, fridge, etc.

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Time management and prioritizing

I just read previous responses.. GREAT ideas everyone!!! These things should be mandatory in middle and high schools!!


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Dining etiquette
dressing appropriately and how to tie a tie
tipping etiquette including how to add a tip on a credit card
budgeting
time management
depending on where you live, survival in other areas for example, I am from a rural area. My kids have no idea about public transportation, Uber etc.
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Thank you!!!
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I'm not ignoring you all; I'm just sleepy and not ready yet to work this weekend. I'll post a more cogent reply later. But quickly...thanks for all the help! There are some good ideas in here.
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Old 10-27-2018, 06:23 AM
 
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How to use social media and cell phones without breaking the law or ruining your future.
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Old 10-27-2018, 09:43 AM
 
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I'm 54. My 7th grade civics class had 8 weeks of this stuff.

Credit and interest rates. What the hell does all that mean.
We figured out car loans, house loans and credit cards. How much does it really take to own a car/house.

Contracts. That your signature is a legal weapon.

How to write a check/money order. People still use both.

Different types of advertising, and how they work on people.

Court system. What different terms mean. I remember my teacher saying, "You tell the officer 'You don't recall and you want an attorney.' More people wind up in jail/prison because they run their mouths." His father was a defense attorney.

That weed may be legal, but not with the Feds, and not with many many companies. You don't know how many of my BIL's 50 something friends can't figure out why Home Depot isn't calling them back with a dirty test. Conpanies also screen for nicotine too.

Family budget that includes a infant. You make the monthly allotment just slightly small than what is needed.

Anything getting job related, go to askamanager.com. Alison Green has written a book about all sorts of work related questions. This site is the most up to date clearing house for things like "dress for success". What a Boomer thinks vs Millennial vs Gen Z is totally different. You don't want to give outdated information. Lots of HR people give advice on that site. It's the real deal.
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Old 10-27-2018, 10:21 AM
 
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I would LOVE to build a curriculum for this!!

-Fill out a 1040
-Build a resume
-Write a cover letter
-Change a tire
-Sew a basic stitch in a straight line and reattach a button
-How interest works (both saving and borrowing)
-Marketing: If it seems too good to be true, it usually is
-How long it takes to pay off borrowed/financed money
-Build a budget (use ads for apartment, grocery fliers and meal plan to prep for that cost, water/electric/internet/phone bills, car gas/maintenance, healthcare bills, incidentals, SAVINGS)
-Wants vs. Needs, and how they overlap (you need shoes, want Jordans)
-What to spend in so it will last, what to scrimp on because it doesn't matter
-Clean a bathroom
-Do laundry
-Use a hammer, screwdriver, studfinder, and power drill for basic household tasks
-Field trips for community service to learn how the community relies on its members
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