I did somewhat of a test group. Instead of teaching 200-400 students in my weekly life skills class, I taught 20 girls one week and 40 girls the following week. I could write another blog post dedicated to the difference the quantity alone made let alone the mono-gender. I was able to learn the names, personalities, strengths and weaknesses of my students more successfully in those 2 weeks than my last 6 months of teaching. What a refreshing change.
The lesson dealt with the importance of setting goals that are clear, achievable and have a set deadline.
My students shared career and education goals, goals to empower themselves and other girls in the community, goals on marriage and children and timing it after the achievement of other goals.
We made vision boards to tie in the lesson and spark creativity. The boards are a reminder. The boards are a challenge to each love one they share it with to support each student on their journey. The boards supported some cultural beliefs and refuted others. They have a visual reminder of the promises they’ve made to themselves.
It was an amazing day that energized me after my funk. I’m thrilled for the future of my students.