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Teacher Saves World E25: What are the 10 Challenges of High School? Part 1

Teacher Saves World E25: What are the 10 Challenges of High School? Part 1

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Laurie & Matt preview Matt’s book, TRAJECTORY: The 10 Challenges of High School that Shape a Teenager’s Future, which is due out in early August 2020. In his first book, Matt details how high school is an intentionally designed Hero’s Journey that all teenagers go through, with 10 challenges aimed at developing vital aspects of their character before heading out on their own into the wilderness of adulthood. Matt argues that high school represents the most important four years of a person’s life. All that lies between a dweeby 8th grader and a soldier entering boot camp is high school, which should be evidence enough to make his case.

In this first of a two part series, Laurie & Matt discuss the first five challenges, giving a brief glimpse at the book’s contents and structure. The first five challenges are:

  1. Get Healthy
  2. Grow Up
  3. See the Future
  4. Master the System
  5. Embrace Criticism
TRAJECTORY: The 10 Challenges of High School that Shape a Teenager's Future
TRAJECTORY: The 10 Challenges of High School that Shape a Teenager’s Future

Intended as a guidebook for parents and teachers of teenagers, TRAJECTORY provides insight into what teenagers face in high school, as well as providing specific actionable steps we can all take to help our teens on their quest to become capable, confident adults. All heroes require the assistance of a mentor on their journey, and that’s the role parents and teachers play in their lives. It’s exhausting, often thankless work, but it’s crucial if our teens have a chance of finishing the journey successfully.

Laurie & Matt debuted a revised format this week. In the interest of sustainability and the increased workload of school looming, they’ve decided to focus the regular episodes on the essential question conversation, moving the “If I Were Principal” and “That’s the Beauty of it All” segments into the bonus content episodes that post every other Thursday.  Today’s episode, however, features one last beauty, this one supplied by a former student, Blake Martin, titled “What Success Means to Me.”

We started Teacher Saves World! to unite teachers and parents in saving the world, one teenager at a time. We're high school teachers and parents of two teens ourselves, so while we love the little ones, that turbulent time between childhood and adulthood is our wheelhouse. We also think high school is four of the most important years in a person's life, and each teen needs an army of caring adults that are dedicated to making sure they're ready to thrive in adulthood. We're taking an Avengers approach: We need everybody to pitch in! We're all superheroes when we care about helping teenagers grow up into confident and capable adults.

: teachersavesworld.com

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