Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Finding your passion when you least expect it

Students sometimes develop a passion for an occupation when they least expect it. They may take a course, read a book, see a movie or a work of art that leads them in an unexpected direction. You can never tell when or where inspiration will strike-but you can light a spark. (Think about the path you took that brought you to your current position. I read a biography about Florence Nightingale in the third grade and knew from that moment I wanted to help others even though I had no idea what that meant!)

Here's a idea for using the common reading The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, a book that has the potential to introduce students to occupations that ignite their passion.

Provide students with a list of occupations (I will post a list) that come to light in this book. Invite them to post occupations that come to mind as they read. Ask students to select one occupation from the list that interests them and learn more about it by going to websites that provide occupational information, (these will be include on the list of occupations).

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