Teaching Life Skills to High School Students

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  • 0:00 Living Beyond Parental Care
  • 0:37 Defining Life Skills
  • 1:17 Types Of Life Skills
  • 2:19 Benefits Of Life…
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Instructor: Phoenix Uriela

Phoenix has taught college Developmental Psychology and has a master's degree in education.

There are many life skills that are beneficial for students to know. Discover which life skills are essential for high school students and the most effective ways to teach them.

Living Beyond Parental Care

What do you want to be in life? Where do you wish to live? What do you want to accomplish? What do you believe in? And, most importantly, how do you figure out all this?

These are just a few of the questions that come to mind, especially for an adolescent student eager to live independently for the first time. Providing answers to some of these questions can help build the foundation of a fulfilling life, even before graduation.

Defining Life Skills

Life skills are skills that prepare an individual to live independently and productively within a society. These skills can include knowing how to keep a job, understanding why you behave in a specific way, and knowing how to be a better friend. The types of life skills needed to function effectively within a society depend on the cultural norms or standards of that particular society. For example, being a successful hunter may be defined as an important life skill in one society, but is defined as a useless skill in another.

Types of Life Skills

Life skills can be divided into a number of categories that include job-related skills, everyday living skills, self-development skills, and social skills. Skills represented in one category may relate to or overlap with another.

  • Job-related skills include tasks such as writing a resume, how to prepare for an interview, and developing work integrity.
  • Everyday living skills include things like managing finances and time, practicing good health habits, cooking, and cleaning.
  • Self-development skills involve self-reflection and understanding, taking responsibility for decisions, stress management, adaptability, critical thinking and goal setting.
  • Skills involving teamwork, communication and listening, empathizing, compromising, and conflict resolution are classified as social skills.

Benefit of Life Skills Development

There are many benefits of learning and practicing life skills as a high school student. For example, being able to successfully balance a monthly budget may not seem very important when a guardian is handling the bills, but debt and credit problems can mount quickly if a student doesn't have at least a basic understanding of responsible finances prior to moving out.

Being able to evaluate situations and then choose the best course of action is necessary for making practical decisions in all areas of life. Similarly, someone who can voice their own personal needs and desires clearly while also being an effective listener will likely have fewer issues with interpersonal communication.

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