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Real life visits life skills classrooms
Real life visits life skills classrooms
Posted on 10/12/2018
Students holding up thank you cards with posters

Life skills students opened their doors recently to the real world to learn what it means to be successful.

The Bemis Junior High students recently spent time meeting with professionals from all walks of life – chiropractor, business owner, architect and designer, engineers, teachers, psychotherapist, occupational therapist, counselor, dental assistant and even their principal, Thomas Yaw.

 “Spending time with successful people has  a positive influence on our students,” said Life Skills teacher Casey Finbeiner.

Students were encouraged to interview adults they admire. They asked questions such as, "Could you describe a typical work day?", "What part of your job is most challenging?", "If you could start over, would you choose a new career?", and "Who has inspired you?"

The thank you notes showed the impact the program had on the students:

  • To principal Thomas Yaw - "You have taught me that to make a tough decision, you have to take time to think about it and things will get better; just be confident” you're doing. Hard work pays off." 
  • To a dental hygienist - "I thoroughly enjoyed your stories and experiences."
  • To a business owner – “"You taught me a lot. You inspired me.  Keep up what you're doing. Hard work pays off."

“When learning involves community members, students make connections and work on communication skills that will make them successful, and maybe one day they will share that success in the same classroom,” Finbeiner said.