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This is my second year teaching middle school Career Exploration. Just wanted to know if anyone out there had any easy/fun 'hands-on' activities that might work? Thanks.

Sep 2, 2014 8:52pm

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    • Sep 7, 2014 7:40am

      Ryan-

      I taught seventh grade for 9 years and loved every second. I used to do a unit on career exploration and I would take them through the whole process by working from the beginning. As a first step, I had them examine the Common App so we could talk about the college and the necessity of post-high school education for many careers. The kids filled out the essays on the college app and filled it out based on their "ideal" future self. They choose their high school jobs, sports they participated in, and clubs they were members of. They really loved it. Once they applied, instead of a grade, I sent them a college acceptance letter once it was proficient and they had to examine the majors and decide on a course of study - from this, they choose a career to explore. They learned about the coursework, the projected salary, the job responsibilities, etc... they presented this information to classmates and we invited parents in for final presentations. We then encouraged community members who had those jobs to come in and talk about them and answer questions. It was super cool.

      Good luck,

      Katie
      www.katienovakudl.com
      novak414@gmail.com

      • Sep 18, 2014 8:32pm

        Sounds fantastic. Thank you for the information, it is very helpful. I can definitely do something like that in my Career Exploration class this year. Thanks again!