Each student chose a career they wanted to learn more about; it wasn't necessarily what they wanted to be when they grow up, just what they might be interested in. I only allowed one student to do each career. I found a little "menu" of careers on Pinterest, it seems I didn't pin it and can't find it, but it was basically a table with 30 careers in it. Each child was called over one at a time and able to choose a career to learn about; if they had their own idea that wasn't on this menu, they were certainly encouraged to learn about it. Careers chosen include: author, illustrator, artist, actor/actress, dancer, musician, doctor, nurse, dentist, vet, investigator, chef, coach, teacher, news reporter, Dunkin Donuts worker, custodian, banker, librarian, pilot and counselor. As a class, we learned about a police officer, fireman and mayor as we all attended presentations about these careers; I did not allow any students to then choose these careers.
|My little "illustrator" teaching her group about drawing using a Steve Harpster video. She interviewed him via e-mail.|
I wanted this to be a "speaking and listening" experience as much as it was academic, so I set out to find people in these careers my students were interested in to interview. This proved to be MUCH harder than I anticipated! I used resources in the community I teach in as well as my church, blog buddies and the community I live in. Facebook helped me connect with a few people as well.
|In-person interview with the Children's Dept. librarian from our local library.|
In the end, it took me about 3 weeks to get all the interviews complete. It was a crazy process; I do have a student teacher, which freed one of us up to be with each phone, FaceTime and in-person interview to be the "note taker" for the child.
After learning about their career, students then decided upon a short activity to do with their peers related to their career. Each day, 4-5 students presented their careers. I broke the rest of the class into groups, and these groups rotated to each of the day's presenters. So, by the 4th rotation, the presenters had their ideas down pat.
|The "coach" teaching his group to dribble.|
|The "investigator" fingerprinted each child in his group.|
|The "vet" showed her groups animal x-rays.|
|The "nurse" took each child's temperature.|
**If any of our friends who were interviewed see this, thanks so much for your help!