By Alysa Rippee
Cougar News Blog
What do you want to be when you grow up? Astronaut? Doctor? Rock star? Everybody remembers being asked this question as young adults. Tammy Howard’s advanced language arts class is taking that to a whole new level with a project.
Students will be researching a career and creating posters to go along with an oral presentation that will be given at the Dream Job Display on Jan. 21. The students are using technology skills such as media presentation, keyboarding skills, research skills and word processing software to complete the project. Howard explained how this project has helped her students in the past decide on what they want to focus on in future, career wise.
“I have done this project over the years, and students have always enjoyed it and they have learned a great deal doing it,” Howard said. “I have had many students come back over the years and say it was what helped them decide what they wanted to do. They began to take classes in high school that would be more beneficial to them in college and or their career direction.”
To start the project, students took career aptitude tests to give themselves an idea on what they aspire to be. Researching their careers included using the Internet and library. The class is also working on citing their sources for the project. They then worked on looking up things like educational requirements, possible employers, salaries, disadvantages and advantages.
“I think this is a good project, at least for those that know what they want to do,” Jessica Sigler said. “It is a good way to have us re-evaluate what we would like to specialize in and take classes for.”
For his career, eighth grader, Evan Quiroz has chosen personal training to research for the project.
“I learned that this career can help people realize what they want to be when they’re older and it could be very helpful to some people who are lost career wise,” Quiroz said.
The class will be presenting their projects at a display on January 21 from 5-6 p.m. in the 500 building at Cactus Canyon. Students will be voted on for awards like Most Creative, Most Informative, Most Organized, Most Original Topic, and Best Overall.