Week 12 Weekly Post

One of my favorite and most useful things I remember from school is the career day.  For ours parents and local businesses came in to discuss what the career was like from a first-hand perspective. We could go to things of interest to us and ask questions about the steps we would need to take to get where they are. We could also see if the job was actually anything like we imagined it. It was also a great way to connect the parents into the school system.  We did this in high school but this would also work in elementary schools as a way to connect material students are learning to real life. When I volunteer at a 5th grade math class one of the most common comments I hear is “when am I going to use this”. Having a career day with people they trust (their parents) will help the students make that connection.

2 thoughts on “Week 12 Weekly Post

  1. Career day was always something I really enjoyed. We did it in elementary school, and my mom would always come in and talk about her career as a nurse. I think it is a great opportunity to expose elementary aged children to all different careers to see what they may want to be when they grow up, and to connect it to things they are learning about.

  2. I really like the idea of not having a single entity that gets all the focus. Even if for just a day, students would have the chance to go out and basically explore the world. Not only would it potentially help them to decide what they want to do with their lives, but also help to show them how each subject is applied in the real world. You mentioned that students sometimes don’t know why they learn certain things and a career day could easily remedy this. I for one, would have jumped at the chance to find out how math actually does play a part in the ‘real’ world.

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