Ok, Some of the support staff (nurse, psych, speech, social wkr, sel, lead) were trying to outline the things we think at least some of the SECA kids need to know. I’m not saying they don’t have this info in class, haven’t had time to check yet. As you may notice, they are in rough form…(don’t judge, it was a friday at 3) but we did have a few laughs as well as some serious conversation. We haven’t yet figured out if/how/when it would fit in, but we really think the kids need these basic survival skills. Here’s what we came up with after a brainstorm session came up with:
20 socially appropriate ways to say F U (as well as when/where/with whom:)
Is cell phone addiction real? I can’t put mine down!
How to argue effectively
How to compromise without looking stupid
Self advocate or Bi…, where’s the line
Fake News! Or is it???
Basic car care…how to know you’re not getting taken advantage of…what do you mean by maintenance…
15 quick and healthy meals for you to cook in under 15 minutes
Career exploration - aptitude stuff?
How to apply to a vocational school/college…and get financial aid
Finance 101. Basics like rent, heat bills, taxes, car insurance. Living on their own hidden costs.
Medical 101. How to make an appointment. How to talk to a medical provider on phone. How to make a list of questions before going to the doctor, and make a list of what you are wanting. How to fill a prescription
Forms 101. County forms, medical forms, school forms. An organization system to help them get them done and turned in on time.
Politics: AKA how to find your voting area. How to look up candidates/avoid fake news.
Healthy ways to express stress. Simple list of free stress reduction activities.
What the hell is a person supposed to do? A study in ethical dilemmas and ethical decision making?
Friend evaluation: How to know if they are worth keeping around.
Cooking on a budget. Eat healthy without it tasting like crap on a stick
Interviews: How to sell your strengths and use your weakness to show learning
Credit Scores. How do you get them. Why do I need to know them. How do they help me get stuff I want.
How to use a credit card. Do’s and Don’ts
How to evaluate a daycare/preschool/K school for your child.
Taxes. Forms Money Citizenship
You and the Law/Immigrants rights/interactions with the police, how to stay safe.
Budgets: There is an App for that.
Apps to help you organize…cause you’re always on your phone anyway
Soooooooooooo, if you have more ideas on what to add, how to proceed, let me know. Right now am asking the kids if they think they need to learn any of this stuff. They were actually pretty excited (particularly the basic car care).