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"If I had known..." 30 min

  • Level 1
  • Level 2

This activity will provide students with a deeper understanding of the value of learning from others. Sometimes the only way to truly learn is through experience. Students are surrounded by people who have a lifetime of insight that they can learn from. This insight can vary and include information on relationships, taking a gap year etc.

We’ve all heard someone say, “If I had known then what I know now..” and we typically let it in one ear and out the other. However, there are lessons to be learned each time we hear that statement. Students will be asked to go to someone in their lives, such as a parent, aunt/uncle, coach (someone with an established lifestyle) and ask them to discuss a moment or situation that made them feel as such.

Students should be assigned the “If I Had Known…” activity to provide them with prompts in order to gather as much detail as possible. They are to write a 1-2 page article – in an interview format – explaining what they learned.

Note: This part of the assignment will be completed outside of class. Have students write the content in a Word document and paste it into the handout. 

To get the most out of this activity, we suggest getting students to read their article in front of the class, allowing everyone to hear real stories and lessons about lifestyle choices, changes and experiences.

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