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Get Your Students to Think About the Future

Get Your Students to Think About the Future

Student Talk: 3 Questions to Start the Conversation About the Future

As an educator, it is your duty to prepare your students for the future. A significant percentage of how they turn out as adults is a direct result of their experience inside the classroom shares Patrick Dwyer of Merrill Lynch; and as such, as their teacher and mentor, it is your responsibility to make sure you equip them with the tools that will help them navigate the future.

One of the things you can do to help your students prepare for their future is getting them to talk about it. To put it another way, getting your students to think about the future starts with asking the right questions.

1. Where would you be five years from now?

This may be one of the oldest clichés in the world, but in the right setting, it could reveal one’s deepest desires and highest aspirations. So in a classroom setting, with all eyes focused on you, ask your students where they see themselves five years down the road. Some might have a concrete idea: small business owner, buying their first house, and so on; while others may not be so certain yet, and not knowing where they would be in five years is actually a good way to start a conversation about the future. Take your cue from there and start the conversation.

2. What scares you about the future?

This is one of the best questions to ask your students to get them to think about the future. Starting off with what scares them or what they fear the most about the future is a great way to start a discussion on how to deal with a situation in which they have to face their fears. In other words, this question starts a conversation on finding a solution to their fears about the future.

3. If you were given a chance to choose any job in the world, what would it be?

This question helps students identify the career path/s they could take. To ask students about what job or career they would be happy at if money was out of the picture. Most of the time, when students think about the future, they think of a dog-eat-dog world where everyone is so focused on getting ahead that it doesn’t matter who they trample on their way to the top.

But if the students are given a picture of a future that’s fulfilling, happy, and peaceful, and where the money is not an issue, they could be more open to talking about their dreams and aspirations.

 

Engaging Students with Special Needs

Engaging Students with Special Needs

Three Fundamentals of Engaging Students with Special Needs by Patrick Dwyer Merrill Lynch Students with special needs require a little more care, patience, and understanding from not only their teachers/educators but their guardians and every other person in their lives. As they are each unique individuals with unique personalities, a one-size-fits-all approach in the classroom… Continue Reading

Patrick Dwyer | Addressing the Specific Needs of Students

Patrick Dwyer | Addressing the Specific Needs of Students

 Poverty and Disability: Addressing the Specific Needs of Students by Patrick Dwyer of Merrill Lynch It’s vital for every teacher to understand that each student in their classroom is unique, says Patrick Dwyer of Merrill Lynch. The more observable differences include sex, complexion, height, and the like. It’s often what isn’t obvious. However, that can… Continue Reading

Active Learning Techniques

Active Learning Techniques

4 Useful Active Learning Techniques Putting the student first guarantees a rewarding educational experience, says Patrick Dwyer Merrill Lynch. It’s for this reason active learning plays such a crucial role in the learning process. As a student-centric approach, active learning places the responsibility for learning upon the student. Teachers no longer act as the sole… Continue Reading

Patrick Dwyer Merrill Lynch Student Engagement in the Classroom

Patrick Dwyer Merrill Lynch Student Engagement in the Classroom

3 Steps for Encouraging Student Engagement in the Classroom by Patrick Dwyer Merrill Lynch Adults sometimes find it difficult to participate in conversations or focus on tasks when they find these boring or too monotonous, says Patrick Dwyer Merrill Lynch. If adults experience this kind of difficulty; what more kids and students? Teaching is a… Continue Reading

Patrick Dwyer Merrill Lynch Colleges for Students with Learning Disabilities

Patrick Dwyer Merrill Lynch Colleges for Students with Learning Disabilities

 Top 5 Colleges for Students with Learning Disabilities by Patrick Dwyer Merrill Lynch Students with learning disabilities have a difficult time receiving, processing and analyzing information. Patrick Dwyer Merrill Lynch shares that often, their disabilities cause them to withdraw from the world, finding comfort only in their own homes, surrounded by their loving and supportive… Continue Reading

Patrick Dwyer of Merrill Lynch on Learning Styles

Patrick Dwyer of Merrill Lynch on Learning Styles

Patrick Dwyer of Merrill Lynch: What Are the Types of Learning Styles? When it comes to learning, traditional learning systems have grossly emphasized rote learning and memorization, inevitably forcing students to abandon the learning style that best fits them. Patrick Dwyer of Merrill Lynch believes that education must be progressive; it must shift from teacher-centered… Continue Reading

Why is it important to invest in education?

Why is it important to invest in education?

Everybody is aware of the importance of education. Moreover, nowadays the number of non-profit organizations and philanthropists willing to support and invest in education has been increasing. Today, it is now common to see both corporate and non-corporate organizations promoting low-income students to go overseas and study at the world’s top universities; or donating money… Continue Reading