We Help Eighth Graders Choose the Right Course …
with The First Rung Curriculum
We help eighth grade students ‘choose the right course’ with The First Rung Curriculum, our unique, custom electronic learning modules. The First Rung (curriculum and activities) is provided free to middle schools that send their students to high schools participating in The Internship Depot’s programs.
Intervention with eighth grade students is critical because few have enough workforce information/real world experience to select a career and develop a plan to achieve that goal. Nor should they, given most of them lack the maturity to ensure success. But if they make uninformed decisions with course selections as they enter high school, they may never achieve the job or career they might really want.
Few budding teens wind up with career planning skills early enough to help define and achieve career goals unless someone teaches them the process. They will need to know how to develop and follow at least a rudimentary plan when the time is right, and that time is not that far away.
However, most teachers are too busy delivering academic material to include workforce readiness content, and most overworked guidance counselors have to focus on upperclassmen/women who are just a year short of immediate college/career selections to give any time to young teens. That is unfortunate, because the early teen years are exactly the right time to begin a slow, steady flow of information about preparation for post-secondary education and workforce readiness in a way that does not disrupt teens’ busy lives.
That’s where we come in!
We help students start to think critically about how their academic decisions, and many of the personal choices they make in social contexts, will impact their futures. We ensure they consider these decisions as early as possible. We help eighth graders understand how high the stakes really are and what kinds of decisions will generate positive life impact.
But we also mean that phrase [Choose the Right Course] literally. Students also need to choose the right academic courses as they move into ninth grade and beyond. The courses they choose and their performance in those high school courses are key to their future success. And it’s not just academic choice and performance that will change the trajectory of their lives. Many of their personal/behavioral choices — good or bad — will also impact their futures, often equally or more so than their academic decisions.
That’s why we developed our customized electronic curriculum, which emphasizes the need for students to focus on academic achievement (the basis for the ‘hard skills’ they will need to get a job) and attend to the behaviors they need to cultivate (the ‘soft skills’ they will need to keep a job).
We use widely referenced statistics and studies on top-notch websites to help steer our participating students into a mindset that will help them know how to make academic and career decisions. We tell them where they can get up-to-date information that will help them make some of the most important decisions of their lives — and for the rest of their lives.
Uniquely, we also help all our participants understand how they can use ALL of their activities (academic and behavioral) in middle and early high school to get a job — even years after they leave their eighth grade classrooms. And yes, that is more than possible!
To help middle school students get their workforce readiness up to speed, we have developed two dynamic and effective tools: a customized curriculum and a set of programs activities. Together,
- The First Rung Curriculum informs eighth graders about what they need to learn, and
- The First Rung Activities provides an opportunity for eight graders to practice and apply what they have learned.
Click on the links below to learn more about The First Rung Program Activities and how they fit in with the sequence of our programs across grade levels.
Information about The First Rung curriculum and activities can be found in the bulleted lists at the bottom of this page.
Don’t Miss This Additional Information:
The First Rung Helps Eighth Graders Climb Higher with Our Program Activities.
See How The First Rung Fits in Our Sequence of Programs Across Grade Levels.
Links to Other Relevant Material:
Check Out Our Rainmakers Program for High School Juniors and Seniors.
We Give Students the Opportunity to Get What Colleges Want.
What We Know About What Employers Want.
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