An easy way to encourage students to make the connection to the world of work is to ask questions such as these at the end of the day or at the completion of a chapter/unit.
- What workers use the information (or knowledge, process, tools, etc.) that we used today in their occupations?
- How could you use the knowledge you gained today outside of school? Who uses this knowledge to make a living?
- What future jobs can you envision where workers would use the subject matter (procedures, activities, or problem-solving techniques, etc) that we explored today?
This works great at any grade level, requires no prep time, takes very little class time and involves no paperwork! Questions such as these create a mind set whereby students think about how they can apply what they are learning outside the classroom.