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What Makes a Teacher Stand Out?
When they show parents that they are invested in the long term success of a child. That they are willing to do more than just prepare them for the tests that the state requires.
What is the easiest and best way to invest in the long term success of my kids?
Help a child navigate the question, "what do you want to be when you grow up?" This is one of the most underserved areas in elementary education and, if done well, one that won't go unnoticed by parents.
Asking the question, “what do you want to be when you grow up?” is a dangerous question, but the most important one young people will answer.
It is dangerous because of the lack of resources to give an informed answer. The more kids give this answer, the more they recommit themselves to this choice, the more they feel they met let the adults in their life down if they change their mind and the more likely they are to overlook activities that might be a better fit for their future path.
The outcome of this uninformed answer is a workforce of unhappy adults.
Two-thirds of adults feel unengaged in their job and regret their college major. We have to do better than this for the next generation. If kids are starting to debate this choice and the activities that surround it in elementary school, then that is when we should start taking the teaching of this topic seriously.
Isn't elementary school a bit young to go this in depth?
NO!!!! Because adults are obsessed with asking kids, "what do you want to be when you grow up?" kids actually start committing to their choice at a young age. Based on the excitement we give kids when they answer this question, kids also feel as though they may disappoint their parents if they change their mind.
What can I do in my classroom to help kids explore career choices?
If you want to be the teacher that is mentioned by a future Oscar Winner or Nobel Prize winner - this curriculum is for you. Parents will appreciate and notice what you did to inspire your child, and I have included send-home materials for you to give to parents, to be sure that they do.
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The way we are teaching careers in the classroom today simply isn’t working.
Did you know that the top 100 kids career books on Amazon cover only 20 careers, most of them not reflecting modern options, STEM or diversity?
If parents can’t rely on books, then they need to rely on schools.
Most elementary schools don’t have a guidance counselor and if they did, they would have 400 kids to coach and other issues besides career choices to manage.
This means that parents are counting on you - the teacher.
Remember back to when you got into teaching and it was to make a difference in the lives of the kids you taught.
This is your chance. I will never forget the teachers I had that helped me find my path forward and your kids (and their parents) won’t forget you for it either.
Worried you don’t have the capacity or time to teach this topic the way it deserves to be taught?
Fear not. I’ve got you. I have created an award winning program that is ready to download and ready to teach.
Dream It and Do It: Explores each child’s career personality, covers 100 modern day careers, teaches the lessons of what it took to get there, includes diverse men and women and comes with reflection exercises, reading retention questions, hand-on activities and research project forms. The program culminates in a project that engages parents and shows off the difference you were able to make in the life of their child.
If we can't explore during elementary school, when can we?
2/3 of adults regret their college major and career choice.
While studies show that developing hobbies is a key factor of being a happy adult, how do kids find the hobbies that are worth committing to? I believe FIRST kids should focus on learning and trying lots of different things - we have our whole lives to commit! Listen to this clip about "why we shouldn't ask kids what they want to be when they grow up?"
Reading and Activities Can Help Exploration
Kids don't want to be told what to do.
According to Junior Achievement, the old model is broken. Kids don't want a career counselor to evaluate them and push them in a direction. They want to learn from role models and activities - Dream It & Do It has both.
5 Activities to discover your child's career personality
On my mission to help provide parents and teachers with career resources.
I suggest 5 activities that you can do with your child so that you can begin to understand what type of personality your child has and how that might influence their future career choice.
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