I have always wanted to help people. I believe that the major aim of any person is to help others. Thus, if I was offered to become someone for a day, this would be Molly, a teacher in a school for troubled teenagers. I think this is one of the most challenging and enjoyable ways to teach and learn really valuable lessons. I understand that troubled kids make mistakes and make some indecent things. However, they often do bad things to get more attention from adults.
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They are quite vulnerable and really want to fit in. Nonetheless, these desires are often hidden by these kids’ ‘toughness’ and only few adults manage to see the great potential in those young personalities. I would try to teach those teenagers reveal their abilities and show what they can. At the same time, I am sure they would also teach me a lot. I would definitely learn lots of important lessons while working with troubled teenagers.
My working day would begin early. I would do some exercise with my students. I know that keeping fit helps people be healthy and positive. I would choose a beautiful place to enjoy the view and make us stronger. I believe nature is the best source of positive emotions. This can help teenagers understand that the world is beautiful and it is worth being a part of it. After the exercise, we would start learning and teaching. We would work with our hands.
We would have certain workshops where we would create helpful and beautiful things. Working together on some models or projects would help them work in a team. These young people would understand that it is important to work in a team. They would also learn to trust each other and to trust other people, which is very important for their future. I would also choose some teambuilding activities to make each member of my group more supportive.
I would help young learners study more effectively. I would pay special attention to literature as I think reading the right books helps the teenagers find their ways in the society. I am sure that books are perfect sources of knowledge and experience as from books teenagers learn what is right and wrong. It is necessary to note that all our classes would be held in the form of discussions. These young people need to understand that someone is interested in their own ideas, in their own approaches. They must understand they can speak and they should speak and express their viewpoint.
Hopefully, I would be able to create a group of people who can express their viewpoints and who are ready to become a part of their community. Doing sports, working together and discussing books would help me make those teenagers a good team where each member is supportive though has his/her own viewpoint. I would help them understand the importance of following rules and the bright side of being a part of the society (even though it is not friendly to such kids). I think I can succeed in working with troubled teenagers as I had quite many friends among such young people. I know what they really think and really want. I believe I can guide troubled teenagers as I can speak their language and address their aspirations.
Apart from teaching young people, I would also learn a lot. In the first place, I would learn more about life of troubled kids in the contemporary society. I would understand why such kids are neglected and why they want to be alienated. I think this is one of the most burning issues in our society as people need to unite and start addressing burning issues. However, we all try to close into our shells and focus on our problems.
Working with troubled kids would help me find out what makes people ignore community. I would also learn about different life stories. This is a great experience as any life story is a pack of tools to cope with lots of issues. I would get experience in guiding young people and making them a part of something bigger. At the same time, I would teach them to be themselves no matter what. I think this experience can teach me a good lesson, too. I will see (not just think) that everyone makes mistakes, but it does not mean these people are bad. I will be more eager to give the second chance to people. This experience can also help me in my own future.
When I have my own kids, I will try to be a very attentive and supportive parent. I will also understand that making mistakes can be a way to attract my attention. I will not punish my child but I will try to understand the reason why he/she misbehaves. Therefore, teaching troubled teenagers would be helpful for the kids as well as for me. I would try to show the kids the other way out, and they would make me a better person.