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October is Career and College Month at Cleveland Elementary, one of my favorite school-wide activities of the year! There is nothing I love more than linking what students are doing each day to their future education, career success, and happiness. I feel like I have hit the lottery each day when I go to work loving what I am doing, and I want my students to feel the same way in their chosen fields.
At the very end of September, I sent home this flyer to parents so they would be clued into all the activities we are doing this month.
This Friday is our first college team shirt day so I have been promoting it on the morning broadcast and have been having fun showing examples of what students can wear. Next week, we will kick off our college door decorating contest with teachers showing school spirit for their alma maters. It is a great way to get college conversations started and create awareness of different higher education institutions that students can attend. Teachers also have a chance to win prizes for the best decorations if they finish in first, second, or third place. My PTA President, my co-counselor, and I are judges and will be following a rubric to assign points....this contest is no joke! Here are some of our submissions from last year......
Later in the month, we will incorporate Red Ribbon Week into our Career and College activities by having Career Dress Up Day with our daily theme, "Love Your Future, Be Drug Free." My co-counselor and I are also linking the character trait of responsibility to career-focused lessons in all grades K-5 and are gearing up to start our Virtual Campus tour lunches and Career Cafes again. As you can see, it is quite a busy month! I have written about previous classroom guidance career lessons in my Life on the Fly posts here and here, and I have added several career lesson plans and activities to my Life on the Fly TPT store here (Budgeting, Hats for Ivan, Pete the Cat, etc.). Check them out for some FUN, ALREADY MADE career ideas!!!
If you are looking for more professional development on career awareness activities or resources, check out CFNC.org. I had no idea that CFNC had a Wednesday webinar series prior to being asked to share my ideas as a presenter. I hope you will find this link helpful in seeing upcoming professional development opportunities that may be of use to you in planning career domain activities. The PDF handout from my webinar presentation can be downloaded here and is a modified version of the career presentation I gave at the NC School Counselor's Conference last year.
Last, I was extremely excited to try something new this year and incorporated everyone's beloved book character, Pete the Cat, into my second grade career lessons. After introducing the lesson by showing them real shoes as a "hook", I asked students how they could apply the character trait of Responsibility in their jobs as students. Then, I showed a Pete the Cat "Rockin' in my School Shoes" YouTube video, which really got their attention! If you have not seen students dance and sing to Pete the Cat, it is quite an entertaining sight. A brief trailer is below:
We discussed the video and listed Pete's responsibilities as a student. Next, we completed a Smartboard activity where students brainstormed names of future jobs while putting different types of shoes on Pete. This activity could also be done in a paper version if you do NOT have a Smartboard.
Finally, we linked these possible jobs to interests in a cooperative learning activity. Students began to make the connection between things they love to do and jobs they might choose. Their finished work products included decorating their own rockin' shoes, listing their high school graduation date, and writing the name of the job they are interested in.
It was a really fun lesson and one I will definitely do again next year. Check out some of my work samples below! How are you promoting college and career awareness at your school??
Happy Counseling! ~ Angela