that was what I told myself. I should stick to what I know. I am not cut out to be a high school teacher, especially with teenage boys in the class. Girls – I would be OK. Maybe.
I was speaking to a group of 49 high school students on networking. Granted my time slot of 9.00 on the final day was not the greatest. I suspect they’d been up late the night before, and the last thing they wanted was to hear from some old bird rabbiting on about the importance of making connections. Let’s just say I wasn’t connecting.
I had come up with a couple of exercises for the teens to do, as well as sharing some of my story. Yawn. I frankly found it especially hard to manage a group of hyper teen lads and keeping everyone on track seemed like mission impossible.
I did connect with a few kids who seemed to be totally outside the group and left alone much of the time. Speaks to how tough it can be to fit in.
So what did I learn from this experience:
- Don’t agree to do it again. Know my skills sets. Teaching kids isn’t one of them.
- Check out the set up of the room ahead of time. I had banked on the students sitting at round tables. They were sitting in rows, theatre style, which is not as conducive to group discussion.
- Think through my activities to make sure there is enough meat in them to keep teens engaged.
- I have nothing but the highest regard for high school teachers. I commend you in all that you do. I now know, it’s not for me.
Just goes to show that we are always learning, and sometimes it is what not to do.
Company of Women
I have had an eclectic career from running non-profit organizations and being editor of a national magazine, to working for government on women’s issues. In 2003 I launched Company of Women, an organization that supports women in business. A prolific blogger, I also write for the Huffington Post, and several other online publications. I am the author of five books on women and entrepreneurship, and co-author of Good Enough. Embrace who you are. Unleash your brilliance. which is available on amazon.ca In June, 2016 I launched Full Circle Publishing offering one-stop services to get your words out into the world.