What role should teachers play in career guidance?

There are six main roles teachers can play. The first two are based on the relationships they build with students. Teachers have had careers of their own. They have made decisions about whether to go to university, what subjects to study and what jobs to do. Their experiences are useful for young people. These things need to be presented carefully, as what worked for the teacher may not work for the students, but teachers should be having career conversations.

Teachers also have a well-developed pastoral duty. As trusted adults, young people approach them with concerns and dilemmas, many of which relate to future aspirations. Working through these issues with young people in ways that keep their options open is important. Career is a context for many life decisions and teachers need to be able to offer some solutions when it is important (including referring young people to professionals and other specialists).

The next two roles are more focused on teaching. Teachers can link their subjects to the world of work. For example, highlighting how a particular scientific process is used in research or industry can increase the perceived relevance of curriculum. Similarly, a discussion of the job of publishers in English literature can enhance the understanding of the text. This is also an ideal place to involve employers and working people by inviting them to talk about how they use the knowledge and skills that are covered in the curriculum.

Teachers can also apply their pedagogic skills to the delivery of career learning. It’s a distinct area with its own knowledge base, but career education can be enriched through connections with curricular and cross-curricular themes such as writing and communication skills.

The final roles relate to who heads up this area in school. Other countries have developed a middle leadership post – the career leader – who has responsibility for spearheading this area of education in school. They may have management responsibility for careers professionals or work closely with the PSHE team, and a willingness to represent the school externally with employers and post-secondary learning providers. This is a post that requires training and reward. When established properly, it’s a position that could lead to senior leadership, offering valuable whole-school experience and a chance to develop contacts beyond the school building.

Finally, senior leaders must make sure that careers work in schools is effective. Ultimately they will be held to account under the statutory duty and our research suggests that they are critical in setting the agenda so this area flourishes. At present there is little training to develop world-class careers provision.

The six roles discussed here provide a framework for teachers to think about. This area should be seen as an integral part of teaching, something that is exciting and helps unlock students’ potential. If the job of the careers leader and the careers responsibilities of school senior leaders can be better established, this should help teachers develop in their own jobs.

 

Student’s corner

A Path to Become an Ideal Student

 

   An ideal student is the wealth and future of his nation, hope of his family and pride and glory of his school or college.  He endears himself to all by his temperament, qualities of head and heart and knowledge.  He respects his teachers and is helpful and friendly to his class-fellows.  Such good and bright students are the gems of an institution.  They are the pillars of a nation.  Such students become ideal citizens, politicians, statesmen and leaders. 

                An ideal student always takes an active part in academic as well as in extra-curricular activities of his college.  He is hard-working.  He is both attentive and punctual in his duties.  He goes to his school or college in time.  He attends his class regularly and reads his lessons carefully. He is always in the good books of his teachers.  He stands first in his school or college.  He winds laurels in life and brings credit to his alma mater.

                An ideal student is disciplined and obedient.  At home he obeys his parents, and at school he obeys his teachers.  He always abides by the rules and regulations of his educational institution.  He is disciplined in his everyday activities of life. He avoids bad company.  He often persuades bad boys from doing evils deeds.  He goes not waste his time and energy in strikes and demonstrations.

                An ideal student is not a book-worm.  He takes an active interest in games and sports.  Games and studies go side by side with him.  He is fully conversant with the value and advantages of games.  He knows that a sound mind lives in a sound body.  He considers games an essential part of his education.

                He always sticks to his right ideals and aims.  ‘Simple living and high thinking’ is the is the motto of his life.  He does not run after cuts and fashion. He is not a film fan.  He possesses a strong moral character. He is very humble, modest and polite.  He always keeps patience.  He does not lose courage in the faces them bravely.  He is lovable to everyone.

                An ideal student is ideal in every field.  He takes part in debates, speeches and declamation contests.  He shines as a good speaker.  He wins medals and trophies and thus brings credit to his school or college.

                An ideal student is also a true patriot.  He is prepared to serve his country heart and soul and sacrifices himself for the welfare of his country.  He does not take part in such activities as cast a slur on the name of his country.  It is his deep-rooted wish that his country should occupy a place of pride among the nations of the world.

                Since our country is passing through a difficult period of struggle, it is badly in need of ideal students and citizens.  The nation can reach the zenith of glory if our students become ideal and participate in the task of national reconstruction.  An ideal student is the spark of hope, glory and prosperity of his country.  The students of today are the leaders of tomorrow.  The future of the country depends upon student only.  Every student should, therefore, try to become an ideal student.  An ideal student is ideal in his work, conduct and thought.

 

Parents Corner

 

10 Things Responsible Parents Do (and 5 They Don’t)

As responsible individuals and citizens, being responsible parents is also one of our foremost duties. In times when parenting has generated so much of speculation, one wonders what responsible parenting looks like.

Below is a check list of what responsible parents do and don’t do .

  1. They teach more with actions (and examples) and less with words.

Various studies have proved that children learn more from observing and experiencing the world than by taught words. Responsible parents provide the right examples and behavior to their children to learn from. Instead of saying ‘be polite’, they demonstrate politeness by being polite in their everyday life.

  1. They encourage more and criticize less

One of the biggest responsibilities of parents is to instill confidence in their children and this can be achieved by being more encouraging and motivating of the children’s strengths and good qualities. Constant criticism can rip the children off their self-esteem and demoralizes them. It can take them into withdrawal mode and secretiveness, while regular appreciation helps in building strong, confident and positive children. Responsible parents reward good behavior.

  1. They spend quality time with their children

Reports have suggested that when it comes to spending time with kids, quality trumps quantity. We all would prefer an hour of peaceful, undistracted, quality time with our loved ones over four hours full of distractions, divided attention and undue arguments. They spend quality time with their kids that help in developing a deeper bond of love and understanding between the parents and their children and create their own rituals like the ritual of two minutes of mum-dictation.

 

 

 

Teachers Corner

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