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Even though I teach 2nd grade, I always encourage my students to think about their future. Every year during the first week of school I ask my students what they want to be when they grow up. I explain to them the importance of school in reaching their future goals and how the work we do in 2nd grade will help them get to where they want to be.

The first week of school I put my students in my college graduation cap and gown. They look so adorable as it is HUGE on their little bodies. I have them hold up a whiteboard so I can type what they want to be when they grow up. I then print them out and send them home and put them on my door with their high school graduation year. I don't want to brag but in the past I have had a Future Tooth Fairy AND Future Santa Clause :)

Here is a picture of my classroom door! Their whiteboard says Future___________

What do you do to encourage kids to be thinking about their future? I would love some more ideas!

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  1. Hi Kirsten...I love this idea! I definitely agree that it is never too early to get students to think about their future. My students and I last year talked about their future and a lot of them wanted to become doctors, veterinarians, teachers, cosmetologist and join the military. So I contacted my alma mater, different colleges and universities in our state and across the nation to send in different items (posters, pencils, pens, pennants, brochures, etc.) for my students. I received several items to the point where I still have some left over for my class this year. The students enjoyed receiving things from the schools especially since I told them it was for them by the schools. I put all the items and a note from me in folders for the students with a phrase from Dr. Seuss' "Oh, The Places You'll Go" attached to the front. They received them at the end of the year during their awards/move-up assembly. Afterwards, we sent each school a thank you note for their contributions.


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