The Six Life Skills
The journey from childhood to adulthood is a long one.There are many paths a child
might take,each one leading to a unique future.As a teacher,you have the opportunity
to guide children along their path for a short distance.To be successful as a guide,how-
ever, you need a clear vision of your destination. Only when you know where you are
going can you make wise decisions about which roads to take.
Take an imaginary trip into the future for a few moments. Imagine that you are
meeting up with your students again when they are in their early twenties.What do you
hope to see?
Think for a moment or two about your hopes for the children you work with.Jot
down a list ofwhat you’d wish for them when they are young adults.
Your work with children helps to guide them into the future.This is especially true
when we consider the issue ofchildren’s behavior.How we behave with children today
models skills and gives them social and emotional choices they will use for the rest of
their lives.Once you have a clear vision ofwhere you are heading,it’s far easier to find
the road that will lead you to your destination. As we continue to explore the factors
that influence children’s behavior choices,keep your destination map in mind.Begin to
envision what the road that leads to your goals will look like.