What would our lives be like if we, like Drew Barrymore in 50 First Dates, had to begin all over every day? Can you imagine how many blisters you would have if you had to learn about the concept of “hot” every 24 hours? And how would we know how to read, speak, write, cook or anything else? Of course it was not that extreme for the Barrymore character, she had only just become frozen in time and from a single point could not remember anything that had occurred in the past 24 hours. Even that condition would be severely limiting. The ability to make connections is critical for each and every one of us.
Helping youth to make those connections between the most current experience and something they have already learned or experienced is what allows us to progress, to think critically, and to be innovating and imagining. When we apply past knowledge to a new situation it helps us to experience things more fully. Whether it is something as simple as learning that a new shirt can go with a variety of shorts in our closet, or that Newton’s first Law explains how shooting a basketball can consistently end in 2 points, those connection points matter.Learning to predict outcomes helps life run more smoothly.
Consult 4 Kids has an amazing and comprehensive staff development program that helps afterschool professionals make the connections between how they interact with youth and the behaviors youth exhibit. For more information go to our website at www.consultfourkids.com or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org