An Ideal Gift!
It costs not a penny! It’s so easy, and…
it fills everyone (teacher included!) with very genial feelings!
Perfect at this time of year—
Give your students the gift of a mentor!
A Role Model Program can be a stunning success in various phases.
In a previous post, I explained a peer tutoring program using students 2 grade levels higher: Learning Lessons from Students,
and in my March Madness post, I described an activity using high school basketball stars.
But these were just part of my Role Model Program.
I also encouraged successful, adult members of the local community, most of whom had been in the same desks and walked the same halls of our schools, to drop into our class. When I encountered them at sports games, school board meetings, or award ceremonies, I often cajoled them into visits. When they came, they read stories, discussed their careers, and answered questions. I hoped they would inspire my students to work hard in school and to achieve better lives. I believe my students were genuinely affected by these visits.
My kids had NO idea of the many possible careers available to them. When I asked what they wanted to be when they grew up, a few mentioned their parents’ occupations. Others said the usual: football player, policeman, teacher. I found this to be true at all grade levels that I taught (1-12).
I invited a chef, a pre-school aide, a pilot, a high school football player, a scientist, a lawyer, a musician, a plumber. (The students’ eyes grew ever larger as he unfolded, and unfolded, and unfolded, the directions for installing a water heater—reading skills are necessary, even for a plumber! I know he probably knew how to do it without the directions, but I insisted that he bring them for motivation.)
Here are pictures of some visits:
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