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High School English: The Ultimate Career Readiness Course

Can we agree that one of the most important, if not the most important, goals of high school or secondary education is to prepare young people for their future professional lives - also know as careers? And we can also acknowledge the statistics demonstrating how many times a young person will change jobs or careers, as well as how expensive it is these days to attend post-secondary training (college or other) are all staggering? College graduation rates are low and so are the rates of successful employment in chosen career areas.

So, then our question becomes how can we better prepare our young people for careers? What can we do in high school, that we’re not doing now, that will improve the career prep education of our young people? Well, let’s first look at what we’ve traditionally done.  One, students are assigned a counselor. Don’t get me wrong. Counselors are great and do tremendous work. But most high school counselors have large caseloads with hundreds of stud…

10 Reasons Why PBL; 10 Challenges for PBL Teaching

We are hearing more and more about project-based learning each and everyday, both inside and outside of education. And although it’s not a brand new pedagogy, it has evolved into a true 21st century pedagogy that can address all of the multitude of challenges that schools and educators face. It has a much deeper and more detailed pedagogical foundation than ever before, as well as more resources than ever. That being said, why is PBL poised to be the answer to our pedagogical dilemmas. Here are 10 justifications:
A GLUE IF YOU WILL: We need an overall pedagogy to address and include new standards, 21st century competencies, technology integration and more. PBL is the how to all of our whats. CAREER READY: We say this a lot, but we need to mean it. PBL allows choice and opportunities for students to explore, create and connect. When students are addressing real world problems, this will expose their thinking and experiences to potential career areas. Students need opportunities to get o…