Implementation of ‘Jobs in the Past’ (SOI-HU-130)

Introducing the topic

In Hungary talking about different jobs and studies is part of the national curriculum. My coursebook also includes a chapter about this but I have never really liked the way it does. This Learning Scenario offers a great way to teach the topic without the book.

Poster listing the advantages and disadvantages of being a blue-collar worker
Advantages and disadvantages of being a blue-collar worker

The process

In many cases, it is hard to motivate the students I work with so I had to change some things in the original Learning Scenario. While I was planning the lessons, I came across the colouring books on Europeana which also include many great pictures related to jobs. I used Europe at Work Industrial Heritage book. After all, it was an obvious choice to combine these two materials. I had 3 lessons (each lasting 45 minutes) to teach this topic.

poster titled 'The future is for robots' describing potential jobs that could be done by robots in the future
The future is for robots

The lessons

During the first lesson, as a warm-up activity, the students created a mind map with Mindmeister. In the centre, there was a question: What kind of jobs do you know? Then, in pairs, they had to write jobs with the letters of the alphabet.

As the last part of the first lesson, we were talking about white-collar jobs, blue-collar jobs and future jobs. We defined the terms and mentioned a few examples.

During the second lesson, the students worked in groups of three as in the Learning Scenario. (I put them into the groups, considering who can work together effectively). The groups had to focus on different areas. One group was working on white-collar jobs, another one was working on blue-collar jobs and the third group had the future jobs. They had to answer the questions mentioned in the Learning Scenario and collect information for the third lesson.

A picture of students working in groups in a classroom
Students working in groups

The final task (in the third lesson) was to create a poster, using Poster my wall. They had to use the previously collected information. When they finished, they presented their creation to the other groups.

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The featured image used to illustrate this article has been found on Europeana Collections and belongs to the public domain.

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