Driving like a 6th grader

9 Oct

The move from elementary to middle school can be confusing. One of the things I love most about teaching 6th grade is showing the students how to navigate a new way of going to school. In the first week, many students are confused and have that “deer in the headlights” glazed look. Little by little, that look fades and is replaced by each students’ normal mien.

My new car has me feeling like a sixth grader in the first week of school.

The last car I bought was a 2005 Toyota Corolla. I now own a 2019 Subaru Crosstrek.  Boy, have cars changed since! It’s not just the high-tech things that have given me that “deer in the headlights” glazed look. I reach my hand out to adjust my mirrors and find open air. I had to pull over two minutes from home yesterday to read the manual and learn how to defog the windshield.

The Subaru  dealership has an interesting way to help out. When I took possession of the car, I got a quick lesson in how to sync my phone and work a few buttons. I was shown the slimmest of the four (!!!) manuals and encouraged to read it. And, I was told that, in about a week, after I’d had a chance to figure things out on my own, I’d get an appointment with a new car specialist who will help me figure out the aspects of my new car that I haven’t yet. He sent me an email yesterday telling me I should keep a journal to jot down any questions I have.

I think I made a good decision!

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6 Responses to “Driving like a 6th grader”

  1. arjeha October 9, 2018 at 7:34 am #

    Congratulations on your new car. May you have many happy miles with it. I still don’t know all my car can do and I have it two years now. As long as I can start it and it gets me where I need to go I am happy.

  2. Nanc October 9, 2018 at 8:13 am #

    Love the car and absolutely love the color!!!! My red Jeep made me very happy every single day I had it until it went away to college with my son. Enjoy the new class too…what an awesome idea! xo

  3. Christine October 9, 2018 at 6:02 pm #

    I pick up my new Subaru outback tomorrow after trading in my toyota as well! I am certain my post will be quite similar next week. I am very fearful of all the new gadgets that beep and buzz!

  4. Glenda M. Funk October 9, 2018 at 6:21 pm #

    First I thought about how ninth graders have that same deer in the headlight look as sixth graders. In terms of your new car, it’s really cute. Did you get the cameras so you can see to change lanes and back up? And I love the instruction to keep a journal. I can’t wait to share that w/ my students.

  5. Brian Rozinsky October 9, 2018 at 6:27 pm #

    This analogy rings true when the driver’s seat is also a learner’s seat. Enjoy the new ride and the pushing of your own envelope!

  6. Lisa Corbett October 12, 2018 at 3:28 am #

    So complicated you need a class?! LOL Has me wondering how much cars will change in the next 14 years!

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