"Love the life you choose, instead of regretting the life that just happens"
I took the long road to becoming a teacher: 11 years working at a non-education related company while slowly completing my bachelor's degree and teaching credential. But I think the business world experience has helped me with a variety of teaching experiences, plus I feel like I have a career against which to compare teaching and it reminds me just how fun teaching is versus being an "adult" in the working world. I hope I never forget that teaching is fun.
There is quite a bit of information about youth culture and the changes that are constantly taking place. Some early research can be associated with changes to youth culture because of the rise in "latchkey kids" when students would arrive at an empty household because of working parents and how the change affected academic performance. Fast forward to the present, and there are numerous studies about: - students' addiction to social media; - anxiety when separated from their phones (https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/rewired-the-psychology-technology/201501/iphone-separation-anxiety); - the public record of students mistakes because of videos and social media (http://www.cnet.com/news/googles-schmidt-teens-mistakes-will-never-go-away/); and - the changing nature and influence of adolescent relationships, such as dating or the "hookup" mentality (e.g. Over the past three years, I have increasingly encountered students that are now living with their bf/gf, instead of family.)
Realistically, as teachers age, we seem likely to be consistent in our rules for, and expectations of our students. This is not bad, but it is naive about the other side of the equation: that each successive generation of students we encounter will likely be a little different from the previous.
Elsa, Thanks for the compliment and I am interested in working out details on this topic. My main concern is how much time I actually have that I can commit to our collaboration. Based on your past experience, what is your normal weekly time commitment when collaborating on topics such as this?