Discussing future career paths in seventh grade may seem a bit premature, but in just a few short years, L-S seventh graders will have a major decision to make – attend college to pursue a degree or enter the workforce. Knowing the career decisions students will eventually face, middle school language arts teacher Mrs. Norene Paulson incorporates a careers unit in her seventh-grade students’ classes.
Paulson’s seventh graders are deep into a project titled “Are Language Arts Skills Important to My Future?” During this unit, the students research interesting career paths and learn the importance of solid reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills when pursuing a career. Twenty-first century skills of collaboration, creativity, communication, and critical thinking are also stressed as important skills to exude in any field of study or work.
To drive home the importance of language arts skills in the workplace, Paulson invited Co-Line employees Linda Russell and Bill Wilkerson to speak to the students. Russell and Wilkerson spoke to the class about employee expectations, engaged in a question-and-answer session with the students, and stressed the importance of various language arts skills in all aspects of a career – from the application and interview process to working as a team with coworkers.