What would you do if you found your friend unconscious in your living room? Today I spoke to the girls about first aid. We discussed situations where we could be directly involved in helping an injured person, whether that be a family, friend, or someone we don’t even know. We talked about how they may be the only one present in those situations. While they may not have careers in mind related to professional medics or first responders, the purpose of the lesson was to help keep them calm in serious health emergencies. I taught them to first be safe of their surroundings and call for help before they attempt to make contact with the injured. We talked about several different scenarios where they may come across an unconscious or an injured person. Then, we had them tell us step by step what they would do to help that person. The girls of course had some very good common sense of how they would help that person, but common sense sometimes isn't enough. Sure it was easy to talk about scenarios because it was controlled and they weren't real. However, it's hard to use your head or even think straight when you're panicking to help someone. So we went into detail about several different injuries and ways to treat them. There were a good handful of questions but I think they were very focused on taking notes. I remember I asked one of the girls what she would do if someone was unconscious and she replied she would first move that individual to wake him or her up. Another girl replied she would start with CPR. We all had a good laugh after they realized they skipped several steps. The lesson was very packed, full of knowledge and note taking but all in all the girls did an excellent job of writing everything down and making sure they remembered everything. I was happy to hear that the girls felt confident to help someone in an emergency.
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Today, we learned to play the game of monopoly. Most of the girls have never heard of the game. One of our girls, Eh Hser, volunteered to be the banker. She has played the game before. In the first few rolls, everyone hesitated to make any purchases. They expressed their interest to save money. Once they noticed that buying meant making money in the long-run, they began buying properties left and right. In just a few minutes, our girls began strategies on how they can make money. While we had to stop short due to time, this experience allowed the girls to see how money is fluid and effects of making money on other players' fortunes.
The game was integrated into our lesson on banking and the income gap which we covered a few weeks ago. Before our game, we introduced a few examples of financial institutions in real life. In these examples, we discussed the differences between a regular savings account bank, a money market, a credit union, and certificate of deposit. In the middle of our game, we took a break to watching the following video on the income gap. Our girls was shocked to discover the amount of money that the top 1% of Americans make, especially comparative salaries between a CEO and that of an average company employee. We will return to Monopoly in a few weeks when we will introduce a handout on lessons we can learn from the game toward finance and investing. Stayed tuned for a video on our debrief over these strategies, their thoughts on what they learned, and the impacts of monopolies in real life.