It's happened to the best of teachers, you slog your way through winter and find yourself in the spring of the school term with a class full of apathetic seniors who just don't care. While you feel compelled to finish out the class curriculum they just show no desire to participate. It may be time to modify the curriculum to include a couple of months time on some life skills. Because...life is about to get very real for them. They may still be uninterested but hopefully you'll get a few who will participate.
Start with the socratic method of teaching life skills. Essentially, the first lesson should be interesting and challenging but something they think they know a lot about but most don't: buying a car. So the interest approach is..."Guys, you graduate tonight and tomorrow you want to buy a car. How does that process work?" There will always be a several who won't care, but "humor your teacher and make me feel better about each of you graduating." Seniors know everything right? They should be able to outline all the details within just a few moments. To increase participation, or at least interest, you can make friends with a local banker and have him/her come in to help answer questions.
Other topics you can cover include:
These topics shouldn't come from the rosy, idealism of utopia. They need to be real and addressed with a mix of stories, life examples, and role playing. These guys don't know what they don't know and you may not get through to all of them but hopefully they will have a moment of pause where they say to themselves, "Wow, there's more to that than I realized."
We'd love to hear any other topics you came up with. Feel free to reach out to us on social media or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
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