Lindsay Brazell

Music Educator and Creative Professional

Help Your Students Create Their Future


I think Abe was on to something when he said this! Sure, we cannot fully predict our futures and we cannot completely prepare, but there is some truth to this statement, especially in the world of education.

Mary wants to be a dentist. Mary could job shadow a dentist for a day. Mary can also pay extra attention in her science classes.

Tom wants to be a physical therapist. Tom can work with the athletic department at his school and observe or help the trainer at sports events. Tom could also pay attention in his science classes with Mary. #StudyGroup

Lindsay wants to write a book some day. Lindsay can practice her writing on her blog, read a lot of books and articles, and pay attention in all her classes so that she can pass and ultimately get her PhD. (See what I did there?)

Regardless of what your students want to do, show them a way to get there. Notice that I didn’t say “the” way to get there. There are multiple paths, especially when we hit some snags in the road, or some hiccups in our plan. Ah, the imagery.

I hate when I see students with great potential who could be anything they want, but have no idea how to find direction. It makes me feel like no one tried to steer them in a path towards their goals. It also makes me feel like they gave up on themselves because their teachers gave up on them.

Maybe dedicating a day to path-finding would be completely worth the lost rehearsal time. Have students write down their ultimate goal (understanding that it could change several times, and that’s OK!). Then, have them outline the easiest path to that goal possible. Such as:

I want to be a journalist, so I will go to college and major in communications and then intern with a magazine company.

THEN, have them outline the most difficult path. This could include things like:

  • Financial aid issues. Maybe they have to attend a community college first while they work to earn some money for college.
  • Maybe they/their family is not in a financial position to go to college at all. Perhaps they need to be an apprentice in that field first.
  • The best journalism programs are out of state away from family.

Those are just a few ideas. However, by having students think through this process they will see that regardless of the path, there are ways to achieve what they want!

Heck, you probably already know this as a real-life adult! Show them what you wanted at their age, and the paths you took to get there. Seeing your path may inspire them!

Help your students create their futures now, so that they end up somewhere rather than nowhere!

About Lindsay

I’m Lindsay, a choral music educator by day, a singer-songwriter by evening, and a writer when time allows. You can find my latest album, The Room I Found – Lindsay Morelli on iTunes.

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