The goal of this elementary exploratory curriculum is to introduce students in grades 4–6 to the idea of pursuing education as a career while they are still in the formative process of thinking about what they want to be when they grow up. In 60-minute lessons that can be taught once a week or during an activity period or an afterschool club, this 10-lesson unit encourages students to think about the qualities and characteristics needed to be an educator. Students develop a new appreciation for the work of educators as they get a glimpse behind the curtain and start to understand what it takes to make a lesson and classroom successful. The hope is that these lessons will engage your students and help your school and district develop a GYO program that starts on the elementary level and continues with NJFEA membership for your students in middle and high school.
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Special thanks to Jennifer Skomial for her work on these lessons and to the committee of Angel Santiago, Leana Malinowsky, and Danielle Kovach for their feedback and encouragement.