By Reenie Demkiw, Booth Hill School
Booth Hill School’s Fourth graders worked on a career exploration project. They each researched different topics pertaining to a specific country. By doing this, they learned a lot about different cultures and the location of their country. By doing this research on specific countries using a combination of print and online resources, the students were able to learn about each country’s current economic climate. Learning about the industry, agriculture, geography, politics and exports encouraged the students to look at the various careers that people could hold in their country. Paying particular attention to each country’s current economy and career opportunities, they were able to compare and contrast those in the U.S.
After researching their topic, students did oral presentations to share the information they’ve learned with their fellow classmates, noting the careers that they found personally interesting along with a fact or two. Doing these presentations, the students were able to demonstrate their knowledge of what they have learned to apply it to their own lives.
One speaker, Gillian Collings, spoke with the students about careers in writing and illustrating children’s books. She discussed how she got her ideas for her books and how the illustrations helped to enhance the story. She began writing in her later years after being a special education teacher for many years in the Trumbull Public Schools. It was a great example for students to realize that sometimes you can have more than one career, and it is important to do what you love.
Yarolav Tereschenko, a violinist, who will compare career opportunities of musicians in Eastern Europe and the U.S. He will play several pieces and talk about the importance of music in our lives.
Dr. Nataliya Plesha, an environmental economist, will compare forest ecology in Ukraine and the U.S. and the steps both countries need to take to preserve the environment and move toward sustainability for maintaining the forests for our grandchildren’s children. A power point presentation will be given on the above topics.
I believe that this project allowed students to learn about a country’s economy and exposed them to a variety of careers around the world. The students truly enjoyed working on this project.