Researching Potential Careers with the Pennfield Middle School Team

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Pennfield Middle School student team standing with Michigan Lt. Governor Brian Calley. L to R: 8th grader Hunter Weirauch, Lt. Gov. Calley, 8th graders Aidan Moore, and Hunter Everline.
Pennfield Middle School student team standing in front of their team display with Michigan Lt. Governor Brian Calley. L to R: 8th grader Hunter Weirauch, Lt. Gov. Calley, 8th graders Aidan Moore, and Hunter Everline.

The 16th annual AT&T/MACUL/MVU Student Technology Showcase took place December 7, 2016 in the rotunda of the Michigan State Capitol building. The event featured nearly 40 student teams from around the state to showcase students demonstrating the use of classroom technology. This is a series to highlight the participating teams. Articles were submitted by each team.

The Pennfield Middle School student team project featured at the 16th Annual STS at the Capitol focused on career presentations created by each student.

Pennfield Middle School student team standing with MI Senator Mike Nofs. L to R: 8th grader Aidan Moore, Senator Nofs, 8th graders Hunter Weirauch and Hunter Everline.
Pennfield Middle School student team standing with MI Senator Mike Nofs. L to R: 8th grader Aidan Moore, Senator Nofs, 8th graders Hunter Weirauch and Hunter Everline.

For many students in Special Education, middle school becomes a time when they start feeling discouraged and as if they cannot succeed. These special education students showcased their career presentation projects as something they may want to work for after completing school. They also researched a career that they found interesting.

Throughout the project, they researched facts about their chosen career (training, pay, benefits, job market, etc.) and also wrote letters to someone that has that career to gain more information.

“They (Football Coach) wrote back to me! I must have written a really good letter. I didn’t even know I could do that. Can I write another one? I’m feeling good!” said student team member Hunter Everline.

The students used technology to present their careers. They used safe search methods to find pictures and videos related to their chosen profession and used these to enhance their presentation. They also made a video of why they would be a good fit in that career that was then analyzed for persuasiveness and speaking skills (like a preview to a mock interview).

This project encompassed many standards, but more importantly, it was something that was interesting to students and gave them the motivation to look forward to something in their futures.

“Watching my students create projects that many people would not have believed a special education student could do (including the students themselves) and watching students voluntarily work on tasks during free time and at home reinforces what an impact we can truly have. I am so proud, and what is even better, they are proud of themselves!” said Pennfield Middle School teacher Kim Watson.

You can view each of the students completed presentations, videos, and information here.

For more photos from the event visit http://sts.macul.org/photos.  

Team Teacher/Mentor

Kim Watson is a resource room teacher for Pennfield Middle School. For more information about her visit http://myblend.org/blog/myblend-stories-kim-watson.

School

The Pennfield Middle School is located in Battle Creek, MI. It’s mission is to provide the academic growth and the skills needed to make positive choices in ensuring students become responsible, independent, and productive citizens in a global society. For more about the school visit http://pennfield.k12.mi.us/ms/index.htm.

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