I recently read an article that said we need to shift our thinking about education from K-12 preparation to K-J preparation – “Kindergarten through Jobs”. It went on to discuss the importance of career preparation at all grade levels, and it made me think – what could I have done better to help kids connect to careers in my biology class? The result of my mental time-travel is below - a quick, practical way that you can help your students, regardless of age, begin thinking about careers.
NCL Seating Chart: Download the chart PPT template here.
Step 1 – Give each student a small slip of paper
Step 2 - Write the letters N, C and L on the board. Ask students to copy on their paper.
Step 3 – Decode the letters: N = name, C = career goal of student, L = anything the student likes (could be a hobby, food, musician, tv show, book, etc.)
Step 4 – collect cards, open the seating chart template on your computer, and fill in the info
Step 5 – Keep your chart out as you teach. Make a habit of glancing at it and connecting to at least 3 students’ interests each class period.
This could be a direct content connection. “We just learned about photosynthesis. Jenny you want to be a nutritionist. How might photosynthesis impact the job of a nutritionist?” Or it could be used as a life check-in. “We have 5 minutes left of class. Taylor, what interests you the most about being a nurse? What’s your next step to prepare? John you want to be a mechanic – did you see that L Tech is having an open house this weekend?
*Want an added challenge? Put your chart in a sheet protector. Place a dot or check mark on each student as you make a connection. Try to connect with each student each week.