Make an impression
Know your audience
It’s no surprise that one size does not fit all. The same goes for communicating with students of different ages. Keep this in mind when you coordinate your introductory/planning visits with teachers and administrators. Go in to these visits with some ideas for activities, and be prepared to learn how to work best with the teachers, class schedules, etc. so your message is heard loud and clear by the students.
Here are some activity ideas for different age groups:
K-5th Grade – Keep your visits short and full of hands-on activity!
6th – 8th Grade – Be prepared to provide more information than for younger students, but again, keep the students actively involved.
9th – 12th Grade – Show students what is involved in jobs in construction, and help them understand how to pursue that career path.
It’s also helpful to bring age-appropriate giveaway items to keep the students engaged, like logoed water bottles, pens, phone accessories, etc. Plus, websites like Build Your Future – www.byf.org – offer posters and handouts related to careers in construction.
Be creative! These are just a few ideas to get you started building your relationships with teachers and students.
Not sure what to say to students? The MCA Education Foundation has built a powerpoint to help you get your message across. Click it to download.