Facilitating the Ed Journey Exercise • Your Educational Journey (Hand-Out) The workshop begins with an interactive exercise “Your Educational Journey” that helps teachers/educators focus on the positive and negative messages they received as regards their potential to go to college. This information is helpful as a way to talk about the similarities and differences between their experience and the experience of their students and families. • Group participants break-out into groups of 2-3 and individually answer the Ed Journey questions (for themselves, not for their child—this can also be used with parents) and then pair share. • Group Questions: Were you the first in your family to go to college? Did you have an advocate in your family? Outside of your family? Did you work to pay for school? When you were in high school, did you easily see yourself as a college student? • Journey Questions: posted up in the room Any surprises about your partner’s Ed Journey? What messages do you think your students are getting? Are they similar/different to the messages you received? How many of you have children? What messages are you giving your children? How is that message similar of different than the ones we give to our students.