Perhaps the best part of this discussion was how the focus shifted from complaining about math to a genuine interest in how school trains us for careers. My class was very curious about the types of jobs my friends had and what they do. Two friends in particular, a structural engineer and a newly graduated physicist, were very popular in our discussions! I loved this real-world and incredibly personal application of our learning - so much so that I know I need to do more with the limited time I have left with this class.
I am now hard at work trying to develop an upper-elementary career exploration unit for my class in our remaining 7 days (7!?! Where has the time gone!!!). I just got off the phone with our school counselor (and former supervisor) and my mind is racing with all sorts of fun ideas. Career counseling was always my favorite facet of my masters degree. I'm excited to use both of my degrees in this unit! :)