Conversations about Social Interactions

Former Apprentice Contestant Joins Class Discussion
Posted on 08/10/2017

When Ivymount teacher Keith Lester was developing a new curriculum for his high school class, he knew he needed a way for his students to observe and discuss social interactions. What better way, he decided, than to explore conversations from reality television?

Students monitored the behavior of The Apprentice contestants while providing real time analysis,” Lester said. “It’s a great opportunity for our students to discuss actions and words that people use and how they affect their interactions with their peers and bosses.” 

Two years ago, Lester was able to further implement the classs discussion on The Apprentice: he discovered one of the contestants his students had studied actually lived in Bethesda.

Sam Solovey, dubbed the first controversial contestant from season one of The Apprentice with a now infamous glare— which he said was edited to seem much more intimidating and angry— spoke to Lester’s class Monday, emphasizing the development of judgment and collaboration skills within communities.

Figure out what youre good at, Solovey, 41, told the class. Discover what type of environment best suits you. Discover what works and what doesnt work.

In the height of his Apprentice fame, Solovey was featured on Oprah, The Today Show and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Now a real estate agent, Sam draws on well-honed entrepreneurial and communications skillsets for his daily interactions with clients.

In rehashing his experiences on three episodes of The Apprentice where he most famously attempted to sell a glass of lemonade to strangers for $1,000— Solovey helped students reinforce social skills, Lester said. They took note on what is expected, considered how those expectations match their own values, and determined a response that combines both factors.

Its always beneficial to have someone outside of the school setting to visit and speak about similar life challenges that, one, require one to recognize his or her limitations and, two, find solutions that play to their strengths, Lester said.


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