Hopes for the future

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What do your class dream of doing when they are older? Encourage children to think about their futures and make plans

For as long as I can remember, I always wanted to be a teacher. It gave me something to work towards, a framework for the choices and decisions I had to make, during my time at school.

Sharing your personal experiences can be a very effective way of encouraging children to think about their future dreams, and to make plans. Give some outline details and then allow the children to ask questions. Explain to them that having a career goal, even if seemingly unrealistic, can be a positive and liberating experience.

Previous articles in this issue of Junior Education Topics, have demonstrated possible approaches to a range of issues, including rules, relationships, personal qualities and peer pressure. All these will have an effect on how children view the future, and their hopes and dreams for it+. As a teacher, in introducing this particular theme, you will need to demonstrate objectivity and, even more essentially, sensitivity. As you allow the children to dream and explore possibilities for their future lives, doubts may enter your mind, or theirs. The thought ‘no chance!’ may appear. However, think of those individuals who have achieved phenomenal success in the world of business, sport, the arts, media, and even education, who were deemed to be ‘failures’ at school. Share stories about such people with your class, and explain how the same may be true for everyone.

Ages 7-11

h3.1. Dream recipes

As an introductory activity, ask children to make up a recipe for what they consider to be a happy and successful life in the future. For example:

Recipe

1 cup of good pay

2 spoonfuls of children

1 block of cottage in the country

5 drops of working outdoors

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