Parents expect too much from their local schools. Many families hope the school can not only teach essential curriculum skills but also introduce children to vital soft skills and thought processes. Unfortunately, it can be tricky for teachers to face the unique challenges of preparing children for the future.
However, as a professional, you can consider different ways of supporting local schools and helping your community prepare the successful adults of tomorrow. If you are a trained teacher who's been building an independent career, it makes sense to reach out to a supply teaching agency for ad-hoc support. However, not everyone has teaching certification. Nevertheless, it doesn't mean you can't help. On the contrary, there are many opportunities for you to make a difference for the students.
Help organise international trips
If you had the opportunity to travel on a school trip during your youth, you are probably aware of how valuable travel can be for young people. Indeed, travelling can considerably expand your horizons and expose children to new cultures. In an age where professionals are more likely to work with international teams, providing children with the chance to see and appreciate cultural diversities can prepare them for the future. It can make their profiles more relevant to international employers.
If you have international contacts, you can reach out to them to help plan cost-effective trips for schools. You can also accompany classes abroad, acting as a translator or an event planner.
Introduce a school blog
If you are a professional blogger or an experienced content writer, you appreciate the role of blogs in building a community. For young students, a school blog can provide the opportunity to express their thoughts and reach out to new friends. Blogging can encourage shy and introverted students to express themselves and share their knowledge. Additionally, a blog teaches children the importance of writing for an audience and creating useful content. They can improve their literacy skills while helping future students discover the school.
Provide unique professional days
It's tough to choose a career at a young age. Some children know very early what they want to do. But others don't always understand how some school subjects can translate into a future job. But you can help schools arrange for professional days by reaching out to local businesses. For instance, it can be a good idea to create workshops around specific school subjects. A child who enjoys English and foreign languages could find different career options through the process rather than becoming a foreign language teacher. You could help schools invite professionals for a few hours so students can ask questions and find out more about their jobs. Additionally, you can also help organise discovery days or internships in local companies to ensure kids can get to experience some of the lesser-known jobs. Professional orientation can be challenging for younger people. So, if you work in HR or if you are an entrepreneur, you may want to reach out to children to show them more about everyday work life.
Schools can only do so much to prepare the generations of tomorrow. But everyone can give teachers a helping hand in building paths for success for children. Are you ready to make a difference?