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I have already began putting a spin on the usual 3rd grade math word problems. Normally students are adding hundreds of cantaloupes or cookies. Well not this year. We are learning about health care occupations and job duties within a health care center. I have given the professionals in the word problems the same names as my students. I attached pictures of young adults with facial features similar to my kids so that they can visualize themselves in those job roles. Their reactions are priceless. They asked me “Why did you use my name? Could that really be me one day?” I say “I used your name because I see that job in you. You are going to be an awesome _______________ when you finish college!” It’s never too early for them to start thinking about the future.

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