The joint fourth grade classes of Mrs. Vallejos and Mrs. Mena met today to participate in Career Day. The event was put on to help them learn about different jobs to decide what they want to do later in life. The event is held once a year at Oak Forest Elementary School (OFE).
During Career Day, students were able to meet a non-profit fundraiser, a family doctor, a dog-trainer, a beverage inventory manager and a public relations professional. Through these visitors, the classmates were able to learn about:
- Raising money for homeless and saving lives
- Correct measurements to see how many things can fit onto shelves at a grocery store
- Different kinds of doctors that practice medicine, the fact that adults need many more kinds of doctors, and how much medicines have changed over the years
- How to train a dog, teach it to behave and learn tricks, and the importance of rewards, kindness and patience
- How to write a story and how to talk to the media
Students also discovered how to apply skills they had been learning in class, such as math, science, writing, reading, inferencing skills, coming to a conclusion and working well with others. They learned from the visitors that these skills come up almost every day in their jobs. Students also asked questions about how much education was required for the various jobs, and learned that all of the professionals had been to college for at least four years.
“It was one of the most amazing days,” said Bailey, a fourth-grader at OFE. “We learned so much about what is best for dogs and dog training.”