As a teacher, how can you ensure that your students are not just successful in their exams, but also in careers, in their real lives? The answer to these questions is easier than you think. It is about planning the student’s journey and intervening at the right points.
As a teacher, you play a very unique role in a student’s life, possibly you spend more time with them than their parents. You end up observing a lot, including the child’s strengths and weaknesses. These observations, when communicated effectively, often prove to be the secret key in helping the child unlock his true potential and choose the career he would be most apt for. Communicating these observations to parents helps them understand their child’s psyche. And these conversations need to happen right from the 8th grade onwards if not earlier. We have taken this opportunity to carefully compile a list of possible interventions from Grade 8 to 12, which can help you ensure your students’ success.
Grade 8 Interventions
- Profile building is essential. Participating in ECAs and summer programs not only looks good on a CV but is also a fun way to learn life’s essential lessons and discern subject interests. For example, a budding scientist could get exposure by participating in the National Talent Search Examination (NTSE).
- Engaging students’ interests as subject extensions serves as trigger points for developing subject affinity. This technique is called Connected Learning. For instance, a student who is interested in architecture can be better engaged in class when there’s a discussion about the castles from the Harry Potter series.
- Linking careers to the subjects helps the child understand what he is learning from a long term perspective. This linkage makes them better prepared while making subject choices. Parents must also be involved and inputs must be shared with them regarding their child’s interests at PTA meetings.
Grade 9 Interventions
- Grade 9 is when subject selection happens for International Curricula students. The influencing factors for this decision could be the students’ Psychometric test analysis or discussions on upcoming career options. For instance, a budding computer graphic designer would be more interested when a subject session on computer applications is underway.
- ECA-centered discussions are central to profile building right up to Grade 12. All this is possible only if teachers are aware of the current trends and practices of University admission processes based on a student’s profile
Grade 10 Interventions
- In-depth analysis of Psychometric test or detailed career discussions would be good inputs for the CBSE stream selection for Grade 11.
- Preparation of study calendars and stress management sessions could be possible additions to promote better results while ensuring students’ mental health in the dreaded BOARD year.
- Introduce practical implementation of career choices. For instance, the demand for aeronautical engineers can be highlighted as an extension to physics. This activity can promote better subject engagement and can also trigger other passive students to take note and work towards their future goals.
Grade 11 Interventions
- Intersperse the detailed subject lessons with information about entrance tests and country and college choices.
- Touch upon trending careers and link them with what the students are learning. Jobs like that of an app developer’s or a product designer’s were not even heard of a few years ago, thus, having discussions about them and other offbeat careers can help in arousing interest among students.
- Students learn best from their peers. Involve the alumni for an interactive classroom discussion. Also, by introducing webinars from renowned universities and by organizing talks from industry leaders, students receive that much-needed exposure.
Grade 12 Interventions
- College specific guidelines need to be introduced to aid the decision-making process. Here, a personalized session might help a teacher gain insight into their aspirations and help them make the right decision.
- Timeline tracking needs to be brought in for every student so that they do not miss out on their application deadlines and allied processes.
- Scholarship and visa discussions can be incorporated as a part of 1-on-1 sessions to help students plan better. Here, alumni members can be introduced as possible guidance providers.
As a teacher, how can you ensure that your students are not just successful in their exams, but also in careers, in their real lives? By helping them understand where they are in the lifecycle and doing timely interventions. All the best!
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