College Days... So it all started when I decided to hold my first principal to her commitment: "College shirt and khakis are welcome everyday as we work to expose our kids to the possibility of higher education," she stated.
Ok then, I thought, let me get to work. With the help of family and friends my collection of college tees started to grow. Then it happened. One student showed interest in the school featured on the shirt I was wearing, a gift from my aunt Maxine Mason Huggins. I told my class I would contact the school during lunch for more info. UNCW was the first to send admissions information. I contacted more schools, and as packages of pennants, posters, and trinkets arrived, I saw student interest grow. As I incorporated virtual tour videos during presentations of each school, I heard kids start to say, "I want to go there!" Overtime I have utilized the CollegeBoard curriculum, CollegeEd for Middle School, to take kids on a journey of self exploration and college and career planning. Since then I've added activities inspired by the author of "What's Your Red Rubber Ball?", Kevin Carroll, to encourage scholars to do what they love.
Fast forward 8 years and I'm still at it exposing kiddos to the possibility of reaching for goals that they may not have ever really visualized by exposing them to schools that they may not have ever heard of. So it made me smile when one of my 2017-18 kids who is tough to engage on a consistent basis came up to me Friday as I sported my new Alabama State University tee and asked, "Mr. Taylor, how is it you have a shirt for every school that you show us?! #GotEm #CollegeEd #RedRubberBall #WhatsYourWhy #LightBulb #RoadtripNation #Youniversitytv