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Gail Skroback Hennessey taught for over 33 years, teaching sixth grade in all but two years. She earned a BA in early secondary education with a concentration in social studies and an MST in social...
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Is there room for Career Exporation in the Classroom?

With so many curriculum demands on teachers today~ do we have time to add career exploration(something popular back in the 80s)? I think young people need to be exposed to different career choices and careers can be incorporated into the subjects being covered. For example~ if you are covering the ancient Egyptians~ you could share the work of an archaeologist. Having kids discuss the different characteristics needed to be an archaeologists~ perhaps go on a dig using a chocolate chip cookie and a toothpick~making inferences on different "artifacts" unearthed~ such as a "metal teabag ball"~ etc. If you are showing a work of art while covering the Renaissance~ you could share the career of an art restorer. Why would someone need to restore a Van Gogh? What might be the characteristics needed to be an art restorer~ etc. What do you think? Is career exploration an important aspect to develop in our classrooms?
I've posted lots of career interviews at my website to use with your students and just posted a food flavorist and art restorer(who did recently work on a Van Gogh).Maybe~ you will find them of interest to use with your students.