‘Promposals’ – Talking Points for Teachers – May 2019 Newsletter

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‘Promposals’ – Talking Points for Teachers

What was once a simple question has now evolved into the promposal —elaborate scenarios through which someone may ask a date to the prom.

This can be as simple as a handwritten sign strategically placed in a potential date’s front yard to choreographing a flash mob in front of a workplace at the local mall.

Traditionally prom carries a lot of pressure — to look perfect, arrive in style and have the ideal date on your arm. Now, promposals have added to that pressure, becoming almost as important as prom itself and raising expectations for young men and women, especially when these public displays get posted on social media for all to see. And, if not kept in check, promposals and “prom chatter” can take over an already “end of the school year” campus and turn it upside down.

Teachers have an opportunity to help alleviate some of the stress and pressure of proms and promposals by providing not only structure on campus, but also the appropriate focus and perspective.
Here are some talking points to start the conversation.

  • Spend a few moments of class time to discuss the big day. Airing their feelings and concerns is healthy and helps students put everything in perspective. And it gives you the opportunity to be the advisor, giving tips on how to navigate the stresses that go along with any big event.
  • Set down rules for campus promposals. There’s a time and place, if the promposal will be on campus, always get approval from an administrator or teacher beforehand. Promposals should never be done in a way that will disrupt the classroom or campus. A grand gesture might seem like a good idea, but not if it earns a write-up for disrupting the class.
  • Teach them how to set a realistic budget. To start with, don’t get caught up in outdoing peers with pricey promposals. Explain to them that the dress, car, suit or hairstyle does not define who they are, it’s how they feel about themselves on the inside that matters. Explore less expensive options and talk to students about the importance of saving.
  • Rejection can feel even more traumatic after a carefully orchestrated promposal. Encourage students to take the old-fashioned route of simply asking someone to prom – in person or over the phone. Build their feelings of self-worth by reassuring them that it’s okay if they are rejected by the person they hoped to attend prom with, or if they aren’t asked at all. The focus should be on going – with or without a date – and having a fun experience.
  • Be respectful Not everyone likes big promposals. Some people can get easily embarrassed in crowds, so make sure to keep it simple if that’s the way they want it.
  • Talk to students about what they want to get out of the night – is it to wear the most expensive dress or rent the flashiest car, or is it to dance, mingle and have fun with their friends?
  • Peer pressure is real and can be very intense. Students need to feel secure in making healthy, responsible decisions that you can help empower by talking about the consequences and dangers of underage drinking, and substance abuse.

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EdTech at the NCEA Convention and Expo

EdTech Software recently attended the National Catholic Educational Association Convention and Expo (NCEA 2019) in Chicago. As the largest private education association gathering in the world, this one-of-a-kind event allowed educators to exchange ideas and debut cutting-edge research and technologies related to education.

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