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Now What?: What High School Students Can Do This Summer



Students can't participate in a lot of the usual summer jobs and activities. What can I encourage them to do instead?


Without leaving their bedrooms, students can still “leave” the house! Through EdX, for example, universities like MIT, Harvard, and UC-Berkeley offer anyone the opportunity to audit college-level courses for free. Code.org has videos, tutorials, and projects for kids of all ages to learn JavaScript, CSS, HTML, and other programming languages.


And here's an idea that is actually more doable now that much of the world is forced to stay at home. Your students can email professionals in different fields and request, politely, a “curiosity conversation.” Whether it's a family friend, an alum from their high school, or a total stranger, students ask for just 10 minutes of their time, via phone or video, to learn more about what they do, what they enjoy about it, and how they ended up in that line of work.


There is a saying that when one door closes, another opens. Right now, students are hearing doors slam shut, one after the other. Help them look for the open doors and explain how they can, even now when they cannot leave their homes, start knocking on new ones.


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