Tips on Working with Students

Show, don’t tell – teens love hands-on, tangible activities that allow them to get up and move, think, communicate and share their ideas.

As adults, we sometimes forget the pressure many teens feel in making major decisions about their future. In fact, if it's been a while since you were in high school,  you could probably use a refresher on how teenagers roll. So here you go, a few ideas to support your career mentoring efforts. Thanks for making a difference in their lives!

Top Tips on Interacting with high school students

  • Teens think of themselves as adults and want you to treat them that way. 
  • Actively ask teens' opinions
  • When engaging with teenagers, they may appear disinterested or slow to respond. This is often masking the desire to not appear foolish in front of their peers. Each student still wants to be noticed and appreciated.
  • This age group needs to have fun.
  • Students will respond to your enthusiasm, respect and encouragement.
  • Nothing is more important to the student than knowing that you authentically care about their future. Students will know that you took the time and energy to prepare for this day and that you volunteered to do so.
  • Wear your business attire; look like an “expert.”
  • Smile, shake hands (if appropriate), and maintain eye contact.
  • Give your name, and ask each student his or her name.
  • Be yourself.
  • Talk about your early aspirations, as well as your current job and how you obtained it.
  • Taylor the conversation to meet the needs of the students. Use language, examples, and analogies that students can understand, but don’t talk down to them.
  • Avoid any use of gender, racial, or ethnic stereotypes.
  • Wait at least 5 seconds for an answer after asking a question.
  • Use as many open-ended questions as possible.
  • Don’t answer your own questions, and avoid criticizing or rejecting wrong answers from students
  • Students are inquisitive to the extent that the subject matter has immediate personal application and they want to know all about it now.

    Source: adapted from Junior Achievement materials

 

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August 28
5x5 Night
5:00 PM
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Aug 28
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September 25
5x5 Night
5:00 PM
Start Garden, 40 Pearl St NW #200, Grand Rapids, MI 49503, United States
5x5 Night
Sep 25
5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Start Garden, 40 Pearl St NW #200, Grand Rapids, MI 49503, United States
Career Readiness Community Activities Calendar
On the fourth Tuesday of each month, 5 creators will present their ideas for a chance to win $5,000 in grant money - no strings attached There is no restriction on the type of idea a presenter can submit, but it’s important to remember this is about moving an idea forward. The community votes on the ideas that will be presented at the event. The selected presenters explain a $5,000 step that will move the idea forward, and will meet people who can help. Just having an idea is not enough. You are the one pushing it into existence, so be clear about what’s needed for that next $5,000 step. Presenting the ideas is only part of the night. Part two is at the reception to find out the winner. Have a glass of wine, talk about ideas. That part of the evening is the whole reason we put on the event. Please join us. Please RSVP at http://5x5night.com/next.
October 12
Teachers IN Industry
8:00 AM
Kent ISD - Thornapple Room
Teachers IN Industry
Oct 12
8:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Kent ISD - Thornapple Room
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Teachers in Industry is a professional development opportunity for educators to learn more about local employers and community organizations through on-site visits and presentations. Call the PD Hub at 365-2235 for questions about registration.
October 23
5x5 Night
5:00 PM
Start Garden, 40 Pearl St NW #200, Grand Rapids, MI 49503, United States
5x5 Night
Oct 23
5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Start Garden, 40 Pearl St NW #200, Grand Rapids, MI 49503, United States
Career Readiness Community Activities Calendar
On the fourth Tuesday of each month, 5 creators will present their ideas for a chance to win $5,000 in grant money - no strings attached There is no restriction on the type of idea a presenter can submit, but it’s important to remember this is about moving an idea forward. The community votes on the ideas that will be presented at the event. The selected presenters explain a $5,000 step that will move the idea forward, and will meet people who can help. Just having an idea is not enough. You are the one pushing it into existence, so be clear about what’s needed for that next $5,000 step. Presenting the ideas is only part of the night. Part two is at the reception to find out the winner. Have a glass of wine, talk about ideas. That part of the evening is the whole reason we put on the event. Please join us. Please RSVP at http://5x5night.com/next.
November 1 - November 2
STEM Network
8:00 AM
Kent ISD - Cedar Room
STEM Network
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8:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Kent ISD - Cedar Room
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