Prior to this activity:

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Teacher should read the “Education Rocks” chapter and facilitate a discussion on the Value of Continuing education. Include WHY it is important to develop life skills in all areas after graduation by recalling moments in your personal life or people close to you to set the stage on how the lack of education effects you and your choices.

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Share the 4 Secrets to investing in your Continual Education:

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1. Be a perpetual student… in business and in life

2. Tough times create great people… Learn the lesson

3. Build deep relationships… it makes you stronger and your life will be full

4.Keep improving your skills…self awareness helps you to grow and want to help others

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Tools you will need:

  • Paper

  • Markers

  • Chairs

  • Timer

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How to Play:

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Set up one chair for the “taxi-cab driver” and several chairs for the “passenger seats.”  NOTE: (The student playing the role of the passengers should have a distinct personality or emotion and a dramatized life situation prior to getting in the cab.) You can create some or use examples given. Put them in a bowl and have students pick one example.

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Here’s the scene:

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One student or YOU the teacher starts the scene by pretending to be driving. (Feel free to develop a funny, quirky “cab driver” character.) After a few moments of “driving,” the cab driver spots a customer. The passenger hops into the back of the cab. The game starts when the cab driver asks ‘Where ya headed?” the passenger explains to the driver where they are headed and begins to share what just happen to them.

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The cab driver’s job is to try and HELP the customers with their life situation. You, the cab driver can do this by asking questions that stimulate conversation to get the customer to see the importance of educating yourself in many areas of life.

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For Example:

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When a passenger starts talking and sharing their life’s disappointments and begins to blame the situation and singing the ‘poor me Blues” the cab driver interjects with a few suggestions to try and help the passenger understand that if they had the right education this may not have happened.

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The game continues by picking up and dropping off passengers with different life situations that they are all going through.

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Set a timer for 3-5 minutes allowing for dialog to grow enough where students can add their impute on the situation offering advice to try and help this passenger. After the passengers have interacted with one another, the cab driver will start to drop off his/her customers. When a passenger is dropped off and exits the scene, everyone continues talking until eventually the cab driver is alone again.

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Some examples:

  • A frantic young 19 year old girl is pregnant and afraid her parents will disown her so she is running away to her boyfriend’s house who doesn’t’ even have a job.

  • A hysterical middle age woman just got divorced and is applying for a waitress position because she has not worked in years and needs to find work to take care of herself.

  • A know-it-all college graduate is frustrated at his new job because his boss wants to offer him a promotion but said he would have to go back to college to learn Spanish and he feels he just got out and doesn’t need any more education.

  • An overly talkative woman jogger stops the cab to catch a ride because she is too tired to finish the marathon she sign up for, so she’ ‘quitting” because it was too tough.

  • A passionate high school graduate wants to go to beauty school but her parents think it’ it a mindless job and thinks she won’t make any money. They think she needs to go to a college.

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This activity helps to let students see how without education you will have many more negative experiences happen.  It shows the student how life lessons and people play a significant part in learning new thoughts or a new way of doing something.  This will help to demonstrate the point that continuing education is how you will prepare yourself for success in life as well as in your profession.

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Note to teacher:

Teachers should encourage their students to try as many new personalities and emotional situations as possible. You can have them create their own situation to add to the conversation.  This is an excellent way to help students understand the importance of being educated in all areas of life.

 

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