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

 

Upcoming Events

December 18
Talk & Tour Career Series: Careers in Rehabilitation & Therapy
3:30 PM
Mary Free Bed Professional Building, 350 Lafayette Ave SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503, USA
Talk & Tour Career Series: Careers in Rehabilitation & Therapy
Date: Dec 18
Time: 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM
Location: Mary Free Bed Professional Building, 350 Lafayette Ave SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503, USA
Calendar: Career Readiness Event Calendar
Students, you and your parents or guardians are encouraged to attend this valuable career preparation event.

The Talk & Tour Series is an evening career exploration program designed to increase awareness of diverse careers available in high demand career sectors. Through an informal "talk show style" format, a panel of professionals in select industries will share their own career path, the inside scoop on what their jobs are really like, along with their perspective on what you can do to prepare for a rewarding career that matches your interests, abilities, and the job market.

This is your chance to ask questions, get valuable career information and take an important action step in figuring out your own career direction. A tour of the host site will provided, with a special focus on seeing the latest technology and innovation happening in the workplace.


Please note the time & address for this location.  This event will be held in the Meijer Conference Center at Mary Free Bed's Professional Building.  This will NOT be in the main rehabilitation hospital.


Registration for our Talk & Tour events opens one month before each event.
Visit http://www.kentisd.org/instructional-services/career-readiness/students/programs/talk--tour-career-series/ to get more information or to register for this event.

Each month new industries, segments, or topics will be highlighted.
Visit the KISD Career Readiness website listed above to see other careers highlighted and more tour options.
February 1
Groundhog Job Shadow Day
Groundhog Job Shadow Day
Date: Feb 1
Calendar: Career Readiness Event Calendar
Have you started to look around your classroom and wonder, "What's Next?" or dream about the job you will do after high school? Are you interested in pulling back the curtain of the world of work and spending the day with a mentor? ​If you answered "yes" - #GSD19 is for you!

When: February 1, 2019
Time:  9AM - 2PM
Where: You get to choose the role that is right for you - there are almost 300 roles to shadow for the day!

Click here for Registration and Details .
February 5
Talk & Tour Career Series: Careers in Engineering & Construction
6:00 PM
Fishbeck Thompson Carr & Huber, 1515 Arboretum Dr SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546, USA
Talk & Tour Career Series: Careers in Engineering & Construction
Date: Feb 5
Time: 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Location: Fishbeck Thompson Carr & Huber, 1515 Arboretum Dr SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546, USA
Calendar: Career Readiness Event Calendar
Students, you and your parents or guardians are encouraged to attend this valuable career preparation event.

The Talk & Tour Series is an evening career exploration program designed to increase awareness of diverse careers available in high demand career sectors. Through an informal "talk show style" format, a panel of professionals in select industries will share their own career path, the inside scoop on what their jobs are really like, along with their perspective on what you can do to prepare for a rewarding career that matches your interests, abilities, and the job market.

This is your chance to ask questions, get valuable career information and take an important action step in figuring out your own career direction. A tour of the host site will provided, with a special focus on seeing the latest technology and innovation happening in the workplace.

Registration for our Talk & Tour events opens one month before each event.
Visit http://www.kentisd.org/instructional-services/career-readiness/students/programs/talk--tour-career-series/ to get more information or to register for this event.

Each month new industries, segments, or topics will be highlighted.
Visit the KISD Career Readiness website listed above to see other careers highlighted and more tour options.
February 13
Teachers IN Industry
8:00 AM
Multiple locations - see link in description for details
Teachers IN Industry
Date: Feb 13
Time: 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Location: Multiple locations - see link in description for details
Calendar: Career Readiness Event Calendar
Educators, spend a day observing and learning from local employers, exploring industry trends and ways to connect their classroom content to the work world and best business practices. Businesses may host from one to 30 educators at a time for 60-90 minutes. Tours will consist of meeting with 2-4 different employers spanning a variety of business focuses. Generally, visits will be diversified to ensure a range of industries are covered, although some events may be themed to focus on a specific field/industry.

Cost for these events is $10, which covers lunch and transportation to/from businesses. SCECHs may also be available. Unable to go because your school can't cover for a sub? Substitute reimbursement is available on an as needed basis, up to $100. Follow the link below to complete a request form, submit it prior to the event, and we will review it based on need and available funds.

Register at the Kent ISD PD Hub

For more information, contact Eric Kelliher at erickelliher@kentisd.org This event has a video call. Join: https://meet.google.com/mpd-dxti-vcq +1 518-655-1847 PIN: 878048230#
February 19
Talk & Tour Career Series: Careers in Rehabilitation & Therapy
6:00 PM
Mary Free Bed Professional Building, 350 Lafayette Ave SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503, USA
Talk & Tour Career Series: Careers in Rehabilitation & Therapy
Date: Feb 19
Time: 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Location: Mary Free Bed Professional Building, 350 Lafayette Ave SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503, USA
Calendar: Career Readiness Event Calendar
Students, you and your parents or guardians are encouraged to attend this valuable career preparation event.

The Talk & Tour Series is an evening career exploration program designed to increase awareness of diverse careers available in high demand career sectors. Through an informal "talk show style" format, a panel of professionals in select industries will share their own career path, the inside scoop on what their jobs are really like, along with their perspective on what you can do to prepare for a rewarding career that matches your interests, abilities, and the job market.

This is your chance to ask questions, get valuable career information and take an important action step in figuring out your own career direction. A tour of the host site will provided, with a special focus on seeing the latest technology and innovation happening in the workplace.

Please note the location of this event.  It will be at the Mary Free Bed Professional Building, not the main rehabilitation hospital.


Registration for our Talk & Tour events opens one month before each event.
Visit http://www.kentisd.org/instructional-services/career-readiness/students/programs/talk--tour-career-series/ to get more information or to register for this event.

Each month new industries, segments, or topics will be highlighted.
Visit the KISD Career Readiness website listed above to see other careers highlighted and more tour options.