Celebrating the World of Work: Interviews and Activities

Celebrating the World of Work: Interviews and Activities

Celebrating the World of Work: Interviews and Activities

Celebrating the World of Work: Interviews and Activities

Synopsis

Explore a variety of jobs and careers through oral history interviews with people who love what they do for a living. Learn the ins and outs of careers that range from mainstream roles such as doctors, computer experts, and postal workers to more obscure callings such as mural painters, river trip guides, and creature effects technicians.

Peruse a variety of jobs and careers through oral history interviews with people who love what they do for a living. Learn the ins and outs of careers that range from mainstream roles such as doctors, computer experts, and postal workers to more obscure callings such as mural painters, river trip guides, and creature effects technicians. Corresponding open-ended projects, stories, recipes, and book suggestions give further insights into how certain careers fulfill particular people. Many career-based projects make great learning extensions for different subject areas such as art, math, science, and social studies. Blue collar, white collar, and arts positions are given even attention.

Excerpt

People everywhere are involved in jobs and careers that are not only important to them but also very important to other people and the communities in which they live. Children really enjoy learning about other people and their talents. This book is composed of people’s stories about their jobs and careers, told in their own words. the stories bring the individual people and their thoughts alive for children.

The purpose of this book is to help children understand that there are many different kinds of careers and jobs and to introduce them to the people who do them. Each interview is followed by activities that children can try. the activities expand children’s understanding of other people in the world and the work that they do.

Over a period of two years, I conducted many interviews for this book. the people interviewed live across the United States, from California to Maine, and in Central America and Mexico. the questions I asked them were open ended, such as, “What do you like about your job?” and “What would you like to tell children about your work?” What has fascinated me and affected my thinking is that, without exception, all the people interviewed said basically the same thing. They all commented on the integrity of their work, how they continually learn new things so they can be the best that they can be at their jobs, and that the most rewarding part of what they do is that they are able to help others and have a positive impact on their lives. Other themes mentioned include being able to be creative and to express themselves in various ways through their work.

It is important for children to know that so many people value their work and, every day, try the best that they can on their jobs. It is inspiring also to know that people everywhere are proud of their jobs and like what they do.

Celebrating the World of Work contains interesting information about a variety of people and their jobs and careers; open-ended projects; stories and recipes; many book suggestions; and numerous integrated activities that build on the children’s previous experiences, help them gain new experiences, and expand their understanding of other people and the world around them. Elementary-grade students of all developmental levels will be interested in and challenged by the information in the interviews and the open-ended nature of the activities.

This book is arranged alphabetically, but you need not proceed sequentially from one section to the next. Browse through the book with the children and decide whom you would like to read about and which activities you would like to try. Some interviews and corresponding activities may fit perfectly with a unit you are involved in or a topic you are studying. the activities are integrated and are a good fit for what you are studying in different areas of learning, such as language arts, math, science, art, and social studies.

Of course, there are many other interesting occupations in addition to those included in this book. You may want to conduct some interviews of your own and design your own activities that help children learn about various careers. the children will also have ideas about people they can interview. This book is an excellent, positive beginning in introducing children to people who say “I like my job!”

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