Parents as Career Partners

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Bursting the Homework Bubble

Andrew Sutter – Bubbleosophy

Helping my kids with homework was agonizing. #Parentfail.

I know….

Research indicates that ongoing parental involvement in children’s learning reaps benefits in many ways, including shaping positive attitudes to learning and supporting student achievement. (Education Services Australia)

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Sugata Mitra recommends that we use “The method of the grandmother”.

Wow, that is wonderful!

How did you do that?!

That’s

Enter The Method of the Grandmothers 2.0

Grandmothers and all your other family and close friends are the most powerful role models for your child. They will be trying to be like these powerful examples of what is important in your family.

You can support your child’s education by immersing them in a rich experience of what you and your family and friends do.

Take your kids to work. Get your family and friends to take your kids to their work. Ask them to talk to your kids about their work.

(Now THAT has to be more fun than spelling homework!! #Badparent – you MUST help with the spelling homework!)

Being conscious of the work world around your family and the values of powerful role models will help your child to make a education and career choices.

Try This

To become more aware of what is important to your family do this….

Make a list of 8 adults in your family or among friends who your child knows and likes.

Note what each person does for a job and 3 attributes that you like about each person.

ValuesIt is likely that your child will choose a career in an industry that is prominent in your family circle. If you are a builder your child may choose to go into the building trades. This could be engineering, trades, urban planning…

It is even more important to know what attributes are important in your circle. If caring and being kind are highly valued choose a job that allows those natural assets to shine.

As robots make jobs redundant and the rate of change increases it has never been more important to be conscious about what is important to us.

Helping your child to be aware and grounded in who they are is the best education and career support you can provide.

The World Economic Forum identified these emerging skills which you can be embedded in the fun stuff you do as you learn together.

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Author: Bev Johnson

A fantastic careers teacher may have changed my life. I've spent my career going from job to job. After washing cars and working in bars I went into marketing. I then became an English teacher. Teaching has been the foundation for a lot of my career. I went into TAFE where I designed participation programs, then into HR, then developed training programs for industry.  I taught e-commerce and developed systems to make it easier for organisations to work together. I kept going for scholarships and going back to uni along the way. At one time I became a world expert on collaboration frameworks, and discovered it was tricky having a conversation about THAT with anyone I knew!! I now focus on delivering information that helps careers teachers to be fantastic. You can tap into my expertise by subscribing to my newsletter. Contact me at Bev.J@infocus-careers.com.au or M: 0434056412

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