What is the Wheel of Life?
It is estimated that 750,000 students per year in the USA do not finish public high school. Given the current lack of good paying jobs, the inequality gap and what will be the requirements for the jobs in the future this is not a good situation. Although the graduation rates are improving specifically among minority students, the number of students continuing their post high school education is not rising. This presents a not so good future for those that lack a real-world experience, the soft skills and the hard skills employers look for when they make a new hire. The Wheel of Life is a model I created to help address these issues found in public education and on college campuses throughout the USA. The Wheel of Life represents a model for all students to follow to help them deal with the things that happen in their lives in school and outside of school. It is a means for all the students to use to get help before the issue becomes overwhelming for them, which usually leads to the student quitting school.
How do you use the Wheel of Life?
The Wheel of Life is made up of twelve circles that starts at the center and moves outward. Each circle is a dial and can represent persons, categories, subjects, clubs or organizations. Each dial can be moved to line up with the black north-pointing arrow. The idea is no matter whom the student finds in the fourth dial or circle to help them that person will direct them, assist them or help them directly to the right club, organization or services they need. In either case, the sessioner (helper) makes sure the student’s issue has been addressed and resolved. I hope that over time, the student will continue to seek out the sessioners they feel comfortable with to address and resolve their issues. Consequently, sessioners and students will forge working relationships that will prevent students from “getting lost” or “falling through the cracks”, but instead will lead to students graduating from high school with all the necessary tools, skills, experience and wherewithal that will make them successful in all facets of life that includes their chosen career.
Note: The cream colored cells represents what can typically be found in a public school and does not represent exactly what can be found in every public school in the USA. Yet, there will be some overlap of the clubs, the organizations and the services available for the students to use as well as those that are particular to that public school. The most important point to remember here is for students to know how to use the Wheel of Life and for the Wheel of Life to reflect what clubs, organizations and services that are available at their public school. Overtime, the Wheel of Life will enable students to create their own pieces of pie that reflects what they consider to be the best way for them to resolve their issue(s).
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