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Invite community members to your classroom to present their jobs and how they relate to math.

  • The presenters are contacted share the questions that the students will be answering
  • Those questions could include:
    • What is their job?
    • What skills are needed to do this job?
    • How is math related to your job?
    • What type of education do you need to do your job?
    • What are some of the duties you perform at your workplace?
  • During this math career day, the adults were rotated between sessions and the students got to choose which career they wanted to learn about.
  • Afterwards, have the student create a project showing what they learned. This could be technology based or tangible. 


Visit areas in the community that will showcase various job opportunities.


Host a job and career fair geared toward elementary students.


Facilitate a debate club.


Open a school store using mascot "dollars".


Share literature featuring unique jobs.


Partner with a local business for students to learn "on the job" skills and research.


Though this site is geared towards parents, there are many ideas of how to incorporate career readiness into daily life:http://acrn.ovae.org/parents/careeraware.htm

See attachment for a brochure form.

  • Life and Career skills
    • Leadership
  •     Using interpersonal and problem-solving skills to influence more than one person toward a goal
  •     Having the ability to leverage strengths of other to accomplish a common goal.
  •     What part of your lesson plans could you have the students facilitate and lead?
  •     They have to know who they are and recognize strengths in others


  •     Demonstrating integrity and ethical behavior in personal, workplace, and community contexts
  •     You have to learn the skill to be able use is, and you have to value the skill, it’s a choice
  •     Honesty, social responsibility


  •     Setting and meeting high standards and goals for one’s self and others
  •     Teachers are responsible with mastery of the work and objectives, not success with grades
  •     Have to learn to fail and then make changes based on what they learn
  •     Have students turn in work with their opinion of what their grade should be based on their effort


  •     Adapting to varied roles and responsibilities
  •     Tolerating ambiguity and changing priorities
  •     Share with students the difficulties you have in the classroom, problem solve with the kids
  •     Model having the skills to not freak out when things change…talk it through out loud

Personal Productivity

  •     Utilizing time efficiently and manage workload
  •     Being punctual and reliable

Personal Responsibility

  •     Exercising personal responsibility and flexibility in personal, workplace, and community context
  •     Ownership of what they do, say, accomplish
  •     Responsible for what you do no matter how you feel
  •     Others depend on you accomplishing your goals
  •     Planning week, use agenda for outside of school events
  •     Ask them? Whose responsibility is that? What is my role, your role?

People Skills

  •     Working appropriately and productively with others
  •     Students learn people skills by learning in groups…mix it up…challenge the students


  •     Monitoring one’s own understanding and learning needs
  •     Demonstrating initiative to advance professional skill levels
  •     Having the ability to define, prioritize and complete tasks without direct oversight
  •     Demonstrating commitment to learning as a lifelong process
  •     Students who graduate high school have all been shown to have this skill
  •     Give students more vague rules where they have to apply that skill to other situations as well (ex. I will not disrupt my learning or the learning of others

Social Responsibility

  •     Acting responsibly with the interests of the larger community in mind
  •      How are your actions affecting the people and students around you? What consequences are you forcing on others?


Elementary Career Readiness Lessonshttps://www.okcareertech.org/educators/career-and-academic-connections/career-information-resources/elementary-career development-lessons

Social and Emotional Skills Development

Solve problems in everyday life

Social Emotional Learning



Spent, a text-based choose-your-own-adventure game, offers a compelling introduction to an important social issue. Players assume the life of someone living on the poverty line and must make choices -- such as whether to buy food or medication -- based on their income and on the events that occurs.  Spent Game: http://playspent.org/html/