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Help students to transition to Life Beyond School: Infographic

Get your copy of the Help Students to Transition to Life Beyond School infographic.

Career Education

Whatever you have been investing in career education in the past, you will be most likely to invest more in the future. Teachers can become learning coordinators by connecting with others to form a learning network. This infographic gives you ideas about who you can collaborate with to support students to gain skills for life beyond school.

Engage and Collaborate Framework

  • Dave Turner created the WE3 Framework which supports the move from exposing primary school students to career ideas, through exploration in middle school and work experience for senior students.
  • Dave told me to connect with Ian Palmer on LinkedIn. He is from School Industry Partnerships. There are some good tips for parents, teachers and students on there including information about work experience.
  • You can explore opportunities for schools to engage with industry at Re-engineering Australia.
  • A long time favourite of mine is Youth Central in Victoria.
  • We don’t have anything like it in WA but we do have a Community Directory where you can find services in your area.

Middle School Ideas

Middle school is when students start to explore on their own. They test our boundaries as they strive to create their independence.

Direct the energy of middle school students through these ideas.

Students can check out ideas on this Coggle Map.

5 Steps to Engagement

There are just 5 steps to get in place when you want to start collaborating with community or industry.

  1. Governance: Agree on what you are trying to achieve together, who will be responsible for what bits, and to what standard.
  2. Business Rules: All organisations have rules that govern how things are done within the organisation. These are often about your priorities as an education providers. SCSA delivers some of our rules for example.
  3. Legal Framework: Schools are governed by duty of care, privacy and equal opportunity.
  4. Financial Management: Schools need to be accountable for the money that they spend and for the way that resources are used.
  5. Technical Framework: You will need to have some IT standards that ensure interoperability on one hand and privacy and security of data on the other.

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What matters to you? the Resilience Project

Having the ability to bounce back when you have been knocked down. That’s what people mean when they tell you to be more resilient.

Bounce back toy

A better solution would be that people stop knocking you down, give you a hand to learn, support you so you don’t feel knocked down.

I try to stay away from places where I might get knocked down. This has been a bit tricky as a Dockers’ supporter. I could easily despair, or give up on them.

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Dockers despair

I have learned not to expect too much from the Dockers. I cheer them on, and to feel joy every time we do have a win. We lose more often, and I bounce by back thinking of ways that they could improve next week, next season, when Fyfe is back in form, when the other team gives us a chance to win!!

Supporting my team when it is down matters to me. It is more important to be a loyal Dockers fan than deserting them for a team that wins more often.

Knowing that my loyalty matters to me helps me to be more resilient when we lose. I have learned how to bounce back after losing without falling into the depths of despair.

On the other hand, if I love or even trust someone, and they aren’t loyal to me, that kills me. My ability to bounce back takes a real battering.

Ten pin bowling strike.

Whenever I get upset I can usually check to see which of my values is being attacked. I don’t think I bounce back any quicker, but at least I understand what the real matter is and avoid that person or that situation in the future.

There are lots of online values clarification tests. You can check out this one. It is okay, but I would try a few different ones to get a clear picture of what really matters to you.

Knowing what matters to you most will help you to set your radar so that you can avoid getting knocked down, and maybe bounce back just by knowing what the hell just happened.

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How to create the best opportunities for your kids – The Resilience Project

Most of us can’t send our kids to the exclusive private schools or take them to Aspen on skiing holidays, but we can still set up the best life opportunities for them.

In Who Gets to be Smart Bri Lee talks about how the Commonwealth government makes sure rich kids in the exclusive private schools, and universities, get the best life opportunities by flooding them via systems that favour those who are already privileged. Even during the holidays, rich kids get further ahead of mere mortals.

The Resilience Project

There is a lot you can do to build your kid’s opportunities. This is the start of a series called The Resilience Project. Through it I will deliver opportunities that will help us all to be exposed to new experiences so that we can all build our capacity to bounce back and achieve our dream lives.

I believe people do their best. If sitting on the couch playing games all holidays is the best you can manage, so be it. Building interests and growing knowledge and skills is a gradual process. We need to make services and systems attractive and easy to use so that all people can engage at their level to build their resilience.

Dave Turner has given us a continuum that gives age appropriate resilience building strategies:

  • Primary school we need to expose kids to lots of experiences.
  • When kids move into high school they need to start taking responsibility for exploring different opportunities.
  • In senior school young people need to engage with workplaces or volunteer opportunities to learn work capabilities.

Time V Quality Time

You can to build your kids’ resilience just by sitting with them and talking.

And that’s not easy.

You will always have other things to do.

You need to set aside time for being with your kids. Just being, not doing. If sitting on the couch watching TV is the best you can do, so be it. Quality time is great, but my kids just wanted to know I was around. I didn’t have to be playing with them. They thought my being at home from work was enough.

The first step is the hardest

The first step on your daily fitness regime is the hardest. When you are out the door in your joggers, its easier to keep going.

Getting started on new experiences is the hardest. Asking someone if you can join their group is the hardest step. Once you have taken that step they will take some of the load and support you to take the next step. Many people get their joy and fulfilment from helping others. By asking for help and appreciating their support you are valuing their expertise.

Check out some of these ideas. You can find Career Exploration for Middle School ideas HERE.

Google “volunteer” in your suburb to find more opportunities.

Support Networks

Try to appreciate the power of standing on the shoulders of giants. See the giant in everyone around you. Everyone is better than you at something, and you have so much to offer to others. By connecting with others you can create a constellation of stars who help each other.

Networks deliver remarkable power to boost life opportunities. We all hope our fairy godmother will come along and make our dreams come true. That may not happen but you can surge your opportunities by creating networks.

Working together creates better results.

Check out the It’s Who You Know that Counts blogpost for tips on how to activate your support network.

Map your support networks and identify how you could build opportunities through it.

By exploring the world during your holidays and engaging with your network, you can enhance your opportunities to create the best life opportunities for your kids.

You can get the gist of Who Gets to be Smart in the Sydney Morning Herald or listen to the podcast she made with the Australia Institute to get mad at what is happening, and get ideas of how to make sure your kids have the best opportunities.