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what is a personal development class?

By Guest Author On March 8, 2011 Under Personal Development

I am in the 8th grade now and i’m taking a personal development class, I just wanted to know what it was about.

You’re right to wonder what this class means, because it could mean a lot of different things. It depends a bit on what approach your school and/or teacher choose for the class. "Personal development" is sort of a catch-all term for anything that makes you a better person.

Some topics that may (or may not) be covered could include:

* How to study well or be organized
* How to cope with changing classes, schedules, etc. in high school
* How to cope with peer pressure, frustrations with your parents, or other teen issues
* What are your personality traits, skills, gifts? Get to "know yourself"
* What type of career should you consider?
* How to handle money
* Health issues: drugs, anorexia, sex ed, organ donation, acne, showering after PE, etc.)
* Dealing with your emotions (anger, sadness, grief, etc.)
* Watching cheesy videos on any of the above topics – then discussing or journaling about them.
* Trying out new skills = archery, cross-stitch, photography, line dancing, or whatever else they dream up to "develop" you
* Anything else the principal, superintendant, or school board decided kids should learn that doesn’t fit neatly into an academic class.

This class could really be anything from a study skills class to a social skills class to a health class.. or any combination thereof. You will have to get the real scoop from your teacher. Good luck!

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