Talking to Kids about Jobs

When students say they want to change the world, listen.” ~ Angela Maeirs

Are you doing a unit on Jobs this year in your classroom? Will you be asking your students to talk to you about what they want “to be” when they grow up? What can you as a teacher (or parent) do to support your students’ goals and dreams? Is it your job to encourage kids to have something to “fall back on”, or should you be doing everything in your power to support kids’ passions no matter how wild and wacky their ideas may be?

Here is a video (below) and an article that may help you rethink how you talk to kids about jobs and careers. And check out this TED Talk about fostering creative confidence.

“I didn’t used to like to write because my teachers made me write about butterflies and rainbows, and I wanted to write about skiing.” ~ Logan LaPlante

Will one of your students make a huge difference in the world because one adult believed in their big idea? Will you be that one adult?

Tara Benwell

Tara Benwell is a freelance writer and editor who specializes in materials and articles for the ELT industry. She is the media director and head writer for ESL-Library, and a contributor to its sister site Sprout English. Tara is the author of an iPad storybook series for kids called Happy Campers Books. Her debut novel, The Proper Order of Things is available on Amazon and in the iBookstore.

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