In years past, the reference desks at high school libraries often were home to a small research center – a shelf or two of career-related books. There you’d find books like What Color Is Your Parachute? a popular bestseller about selecting a career. You would also find books about writing cover letters and resumes, about job hunting online, about taking interviews, and maybe even some books on how to dress for success. Read more
If you are a student and you have been logging time at home, now could be an excellent time to take an online career or aptitude test online.
Are you spending a lot of time around the house this summer? Or have you just learned that your high school or college will be delivering courses remotely this fall?
If that is your current situation, we have a suggestion for you. Why not spend some time now taking online career tests to reevaluate your possible college major and your long-term career plans?
The Student Research Foundation (SRF) surveyed high school teachers nationwide about their satisfaction on 14 job-related factors. (See infographic below.) 2,385 responded during Fall 2018. The data, collected pre-Covid, provide insights into teachers’ willingness to rally after schools closed and possible impacts of any Covid-induced budget cuts on learning environments. Read more
“Thousands of Students In New York Face Shuttered Schools,” an article in The New York Times on March 10, 2020, reports that more schools could close because of the current Coronavirus scare. The article reports that public schools have closed in Scarsdale, a suburb of New York. And it you do a little searching online, chances are you will find that public schools near you are have either closed down temporarily or have contingency plans to do so if students, teachers or administrators become ill. Read more
There are many career and aptitude tests online. But what about creativity tests? Are any worth recommending to students, or worth taking yourself?
We recently took four online creativity tests, and here is what we found. Read more
Research Findings . . .
If you are a teacher, you know how exciting it is to hear one of your students say, “I want to become a teacher someday.”
Those words tell you that a lot of things have gone right with that student’s education. He or she finds learning exciting, believes in the classroom experience, wants to give something back to the world by teaching young people . . . and also admires you and the work you are doing.
Those are all great messages to be getting from a student you have influenced.
The OECD’s Latest PISA Study Finds that Around the World, Reading Skills Are the Biggest Predictor of Smart Career Aspirations
The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s 2018 Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) study tested 600,000 15-year-old students in 79 countries on reading, science and mathematics.
What did the OECD study find? One troubling finding was that during the last 10 years, students’ reading skills have not improved significantly in poorer countries, but only in countries that are increasing their spending on education. Those stronger countries include Canada, China, Estonia, Ireland, Finland and Singapore. Read more
Microsoft Study: High School-Age Girls Benefit from Female STEM Role Models
We have all seen those illustrated books that are meant to inspire girls when they are in elementary and middle school – those biographies of scientists like Marie Curie and Sally Ride. By the time girls get to high school, they aren’t reading books like those any longer. But does that mean that by the time girls reach high school, they no longer need role models to motivate them to enter STEM careers Read more