The following are writing prompts and discussion topics about students and careers.
What are three things you want to do as a career when you grow up? Explain why these are things you want to do as a career. Include your opinion about how realistic it is that you will actually have a career doing each of these things.
Select one of the careers you mentioned in question #1. Describe what things you think you will need to do while you are still in school in order to have that career when you finish your education.
Looking at all three of the careers you mentioned in question #1, think about ways that they could be connected. Describe your thinking. Examples of things to think about: Similar skills and talents needed for each career, things you would learn in one career that would help you be more successful in the other career, and ways that preparation for all three careers are alike.
Teachers, you can use this blog in classrooms. Here are two ideas about how.
- For middle or high school parenting or child development courses:
- Use the blog for discussion topics
- Require students to research the topics and agree or disagree with what the blog is suggesting.
- For all courses, especially English Language Arts:
- Use the blog for writing prompts for paragraphs, theme papers, journal entries, class starters, etc. Have students read the blog and respond to:
- Do you agree with what is being said about kids? Do kids really act, think or feel that way?
- Do you agree with what is being said about parents, grandparents, teachers and child caregivers? Do or should they act, think or feel that way?
- What would be your advice on this topic?
- What was left out of this article?
- If you were a parent, would you use any of this information? How?
Why can this blog be a useful teaching tool?
- Students that see connections between their coursework and their lives do better in school.
- Most students will either be parents one day or have children in their lives that they care about, so the topical information can help them build their knowledge about children and parenting and develop a positive image of the type of parenting they want to do.
- The new core literacy standards adopted by most states call for frequent writing in all courses.
- Newly developed end-of-course assessments to be used by many states will require that students demonstrate that they can think critically. These prompts help students practice critical thinking.
- Newly developed end-of-course assessments to be used by many states will require that students demonstrate that they can analyze what they read. These prompts help students practice analysis.