As a teacher in high school, it is always a challenge to help students find the opportunity in any situation. For many students, the daily grind wears them down. I get that. My goal with my students is to get them into a room with 40 doors.
"Students get so focused on one thing in a subject, like grades, they miss the actual opportunities that exist in the moment."
We have all heard of the adage “when one door shuts, another one opens.” It is a nice way of saying if an opportunity no longer exists, another one will be available. Sometimes we as high school teachers don’t do a good job teaching students how to find those other opportunities. Students get so focused on one thing in a subject, like grades, they miss the actual opportunities that exist in the moment. MAny times the subject is not presented in an authentic way. Students will look at work as busy stuff that won’t matter anyway. I try to show students the opportunity in everything. So what is a room with 40 doors? It is a room full of opportunities.
"I want them to understand that if that opportunity doesn’t work out, they can close that door and pick another one."
Visualize if you will that you are in a room that has 40 doors in it. Each door represents something you can learn and grow from. How much you learn and grow depends on you. It can be overwhelming at first. If you understand that there is nothing to lose in that room, picking doors of opportunity becomes easier. That is the mindset I challenge my students to get into. I want them to be comfortable in a room like this where they have to make the decision to choose to open any door that represents an opportunity. I want them to understand that if that opportunity doesn’t work out, they can close that door and pick another one. When a student gets into that mindset, they are better prepared to face reality. They will definitely succeed.