Help me give my students the chance to experience a variety of vocational field trips. We plan to take the students on the CT Rail to experience using the train as well as teaching budgeting and meal planning.
I am currently working with 20 seniors who are part of a Learning Strategies class that focuses on transitional and vocational goals. These students are preparing for life after graduation and how to function on their own. They have been struggling with disengagement because they are so uncertain about their futures. We decided to plan some vocational activities to help them decided what they would like to do and re-engage them
They are curious about their futures and are enthusiastic about planning fun and important learning experiences.
They are learning how to budget and spend money wisely, as well as how to use manners and learn appropriate social skills. They are visiting job sites and community colleges.
These students are working really hard and have many talents. They come from low socioeconomic backgrounds as well as diverse cultures/ethnicities.
The senior vocational class is working on money management, college placement, navigating the railways and other forms of transportation, meal preparation, community exploration and proper social etiquette. They would like to visit colleges, employment sites, community establishments. In the process they will learn to plan out a budget, prepare meals, be able to engage socially with peers at a variety of community settings and determine vocational plans. They are learning the value of money and what is needed to function in the world. They will utilize the strategies they've learned in class.
We feel if they learn these skills and have hands on experiences, they will become more engaged.
Many of the students are disengaged and feel as if they have no concrete plans for the future. They are absent frequently and sometimes fail to do assignments. With theses planned vocational/experiential field trips, we are hoping that the students will feel more positive about their futures, start re-engaging in the learning process and begin to prepare for a rewarding job placement.
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