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The 10-year Plan: Long-range planning motivates students and personalizes instruction
Rebecca M. Dedmond
How can educators help ignite drive and enthusiasm in all students? How can a busy classroom teacher hope to “connect” with students and understand their unique motivators? One proven strategy that speaks to both questions is to facilitate the development of a comprehensive 10-year career and education plan. More than just four or six years, plans must be of a duration that takes a student beyond high school graduation through the completion of postsecondary training or college and articulate the transition into a dynamic adult role. M. Levine (personal communication, August 4, 2005) advocates “Students need help in taking the long-term perspective. They need to focus on their career or work life, and they need to be taught about the workplace and what awaits them.” Beyond academic and career plans, a comprehensive 10-year plan should include lifestyle and identity issues, setting short and long term goals, creating lifestyle budgets, and developing personal social, educational and career and lifeskills goals (Dedmond, 2005, p. 19).This surefire approach gets students to value education and make the most of their time in school while providing educators and counselors with insights into what sparks each student’s push to succeed.