Career Day Parade prepares young students for their futures
For the last eight years, PYP students have learned that jobs make a difference in the world as part of the “How We Organize Ourselves” PYP unit of inquiry. Students spend six weeks researching their different professions, which includes attending a Job Fair, showcasing around 40 careers.
Parents and community members volunteer to talk about their careers, helping students learn more about different professions. As part of PYP student-led inquiry, students conducted further independent research and then choose their favorite jobs. The unit culminates in a Career Day Parade whereby children attend school dressed up as their future selves. They also write a speech describing how their profession impacts the community.
PYP Teacher Marianne Mojica says: “Our school district promotes college readiness in all grade levels and this is how we are preparing our students for their future. Students were engaged in an inquiry into: ‘the importance of higher education; goods, services, needs and wants; and giving back to our world through volunteering’. It is never too early to begin planning for the future.”
The students enjoyed the unit. PYP student Benjamin Kindzirsky adds: “It was so much fun spending time with my mom and dad at school. I really enjoyed dressing up in my astronaut costume.”
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