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Contributions of paid and unpaid workers and voluntary organisations in the community
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Kids Work! - Explore interesting jobs in our virtual community of workplaces.

Kids Work! - Explore interesting jobs in our virtual community of workplaces. | We Give, We Get and We keep on Giving | Scoop.it
Kids Work! is a virtual community of workplaces designed to give students an interactive job exploration experience that connects school work to real work.
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This is an interactive website that allows visitors to interact with three different areas in a virtual community (Hospital, Theatre and TV Station) and understand the history of the work, read profiles of real people working in those professions and how the work involved in each area relates back to school life. This is fun interactive site which can easily engage kids. Although some of the material may be quite technical for a Stage 2 classroom, this site can still be used to engage students to discuss the role of different types of workers in the community.

 

A possible activity that can be performed is to allow the children to design their own community of workers and explain why they view those types of work as important to their community. This will engage students through thinking about what role each job plays in the community to provide goods and services to satisfy our needs and wants.

 

Ultimately, students should come to the understanding that no single job can be viewed as the most important as all types of work contribute to the running of a community.

 

Using a more interative medium of classroom activity such as websites and games, children can be engaged and motivated more in their learning experiences (Sandford et al. 2007). This similar activity could be adapted in using games in the classroom such as Sim City to explore the concept of the importance of different types of work in a functioning community.

 

Sandford, R. Ulicsak, M. Facer, K. & Rudd, T. (2007). Teaching with Games: Guidance for Educators, Bristol UK, Futurelab.

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Larapinta Trail: Students do their bit to preserve trail

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This is a short news article that concisely explains student's contributions and volunteering activities to look after a walking trail with a strong Aboriginal Heritage. It also provides a summary of what skills and satisfaction students develop from getting involved in this sort of work.

 

As a stimulus for an assessment task, this can be used to pose a number of questions both about what contributions volunteering have to the community and more importantly, to the Aboriginal community and heritage in Australia. A teacher could pose a number of tasks such as researching the Larapinta Trail and creating a poster or visual presentation on who the original owners of the land were (The Aranda people), their culture and what their way of life was.

 

Students could also be asked to design their own volunteering activities in terms of what other activities they can think of that may help preserve and contribute to the Larapinta Trail and also select a similar Aboriginal sacred site that is in NSW. Students can then collaborate and discuss their activities to identify how this benefits the Aboriginal heritage and culture and to the wider community.

 

This article provides insight into the fact that both the local and Aboriginal communities need to work together to look after the land through volunteer activities. It also shows the importance of Aboriginal heritage as a part of the community as something that we are a part of in every day life in Australia.

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Volunteer Experiences and Testimonials

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Volunteer Experiences and Testimonials
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This website provides a multitude of volunteer testimonials from volunteers from all around the world. Jointly, it highlights the global nature of volunteering activities in the world and the differing experiences and contributions that these volunteering activities have at an international level.

 

A possible assessment task that can be performed using this site is to get each student to select one testimonial each, identify what activity was performed and research the background to the society and initiative that the volunteer had participated in.

 

Students can then be taken on an excursion to perform volunteer community work in the local community such as conservation or cleaning up a local park. Using this and information learnt from the above resource, a student could then adapt this and reflect on their own experiences in volunteering or community work and write their own testimonial to present to the class. Each student could prepare a written or oral presentation to the class about their experience and compare how it relates it to a testimonial from across the globe.

 

This activity will get students to reflect on their personal experiences and consider how many others share their contribution across the world. This will highlight the fact that collaboration and shared experiences extends beyond the classroom and plays an important part in society, work and life. It also highlights the role that volunteer organisations play in organising volunteer and unpaid work activity around the world through banding groups of individuals and assisting with planning of activities with the community.

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Myfuture: Why do people work?

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Why do people work?

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This website explores the different aspects of paid and unpaid work and the reasons for why people need to and want to work. It explores the fact that working is an integral part of society’s way of life and how individual values, job satisfaction and community all play a part in work.

 

A possible activity that can be done with a Stage 2 classroom is to assign a profession to each student (e.g. nurse, doctor, social working, accountant) and get them to perform an interview with a family member or family friend in that profession using the sample questions provided on the website. The students can then come together as a class to combine ideas on how each profession works together to contribute to the needs of the greater community. This will highlight the importance of workers in the community and draw the connection between work, leisure, needs and wants. It will also provide a distinction between paid and unpaid work through their discussions and how each adds to their quality of life and services in the community.

 

The rest of the MyFuture website also provides a multitude of resources and information of career pathways, development and work which can assist children in making the connection between their life, community and paid and unpaid work.

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Mark Bezos: A life lesson from a volunteer firefighter

Volunteer firefighter Mark Bezos tells a story of an act of heroism that didn't go quite as expected -- but that taught him a big lesson: Don't wait to be a hero.
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This short video clip is about a volunteer fire fighter who provides insight into the importance and personal benefits of volunteer work. It provides an encouraging message about the satisfaction and community benefits of little acts of kindness that everyone can do outside of their normal paid careers as 'lawyers' and corporates through the example of saving a woman's pair of shoes from a house fire.

 

This video can be shown on the Smart Board to a Stage 2 classroom and students can brainstorm the different contributions to the community of the paid work occupations mentioned in the video ('Head of Development for an NGO' and 'Lawyers') compared with that of an unpaid volunteer fire fighter. This can then be further discussed by comparing the type of contribution that each type of occupation makes and posing a discussion topic for children to provide their opinion on which contribution they perceive is more important (e.g. fighting poverty, saving lives, justice).

 

By posing these comparisons, children will be engaged at a higher level of questioning and be encouraged to think about the importance of a variety of different community contributions.

 

This also promotes the idea of getting students to think about getting involved more in the community through small acts of volunteering or assistance.

 

 

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