Learning, the Hardest Job You'll Ever Love is a collage of ideas designed for eighth through twelfth grade students and their parents to have better relationships with one another and with the entire school community, to help and support their communities in different ways, and to appreciate the value of the experiences offered within and outside their communities. Steven Sonntag encourages parents to daily practice genuine encouragement and praise, using practical, unique ideas so that their young adults will acquire more self-awareness, better self-respect, more self-accountability, better relationships with their peers and with adult figures, better learning skills, better grades, realistic humility without resorting to bragging about their accomplishments, and increased possibilities of a more successful future as adults in our competitive, global society.
Steven Sonntag has been a mentor teacher, his district's high school teacher of the year, the language chairperson, and an accreditation chairperson in his thirty-two years in education.
Part 1 Introduction Part 2 Part One: You as the Independent Young Adult and Learner Chapter 3 The Essentials for Your Physical and Emotional Health Chapter 4 Your Personal Space and Time Chapter 5 Your Choice, Consequence, and Responsibility! Chapter 6 Your Attitude and School Chapter 7 Your Unique and Awesome Grade Level Chapter 8 Technology Can Result in Becoming Your Friend and Potential Enemy Chapter 9 Does the Administration Really Exist? Chapter 10 The Oftentimes Unknown, But Always Needed School Employees Chapter 11 Your Teachers Are Your Intelligent Guides to the World Chapter 12 Your Boring and Challenging Subjects Chapter 13 Better Study Habits Can Possibly Equate to Better Grades Chapter 14 Your View of Other Students Chapter 15 Being Aware of Your School-Related Resources Chapter 16 You Can Help Your Communities, and They Can Help You Chapter 17 Why Should You Bother with School Anymore? Part 18 Part Two: You as the Supportive Parents Chapter 19 You as the Powerful Contributors to Your Young Adult Chapter 20 Meaningful Ideas to Consider Part 21 Part Three: You as the Learner and the Parents Working as a Team Chapter 22 Working for the Common Good of the Family Chapter 23 Together for School and After School Chapter 24 Having Fun and Rewarding Experiences Chapter 25 The End in Preparation for a New Beginning