So I subbed my 5th graders the day after college day at their school.
As a warm up I had them write at least 3 sentences of what they are doing after high school. Most of them put that college was too expensive or that they wanted to go to college to get a good job and good money. Very few students said they wanted to study art or a certain topic, not get money. But, its 5th grade. When I was in 5th grade, college was the last thing on my mind.
After their warm up I let them ask me questions. Most were about dorms and if I had a job on campus.
Later that day I showed a movie and called them one by one to talk to them about what they wrote. I talked to them about different things to study in college, how learning as much as they can in public school is important, how there’s scholarships available, how hard work pays off and how asking questions is okay.
I basically had a heart to heart with these kids. I couldn’t believe that the whole time I student taught with them that I didn’t talk to them about what it means to be a college student. That college was more than getting a degree.
I’m really glad I talked to them individually. I felt like it meant a lot more after student teaching, bc I worked with them for a semester.