Education and Training Career Investigation

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  • Lesson Identification and TEKS Addressed

    Cluster : Education and Training

    Course : Principles of Education and Training

  • TEKS Student Expectations

    • (3) The student explores careers in administration and administrative support. The student is expected to:
      • (D) formulate education and training degree plans for various occupations within the fields of administration and administrative support
    • (4) The student explores careers in professional support services. The student is expected to:
      • (D) formulate education and training degree plans for various occupations within the field of professional support services
    • (5) The student explores careers in teaching and training. The student is expected to:
      • (D) formulate education or training degree plans for various occupations within the fields of teaching and training
  • Basic Direct Teach Lesson

    Instructional Objectives

    Students will:

    • investigate careers within the Education and Training career cluster
    • create educational career plans within the Education and Training career cluster
    • summarize, rewrite and report information on a specific career
  • Rationale

    Script:

    As you entered the school building today and walked to your classes, you likely saw many faculty and staff members. Every person who works for the school and the school district plays a vital role in the success of the school and its students. Without the receptionist, secretary and attendance clerk, parents would be without information about school events, or possibly be unable to locate their child on a school campus. A school without a principal would lack leadership and direction. A lack of counselors would leave students without plans for their future and no one to create testing schedules during End of Course (EOC) testing.

    Today you will begin a unit that explores the various careers within the Education and Training Career Cluster. You will also create a career plan, or pathway, that will lead to a career of interest within the Education and Training Career Cluster.

  • Duration of Lesson

    Four 45 minute class periods

  • Word Wall

    AchieveTexas: The name for Texas’ college and career education initiative

    Career: A lifelong journey as a person works to meet his or her earning, learning and living goals. A career continually changes as an individual grows through personal experiences, education and activities

    Career Cluster: Groupings of occupations/career specialties used as an organizing tool for curriculum design and instruction

    Education: The act or process of acquiring knowledge. A particular kind of instruction or training

    Interests: What one like or prefers to do

    Occupations/Career Specialties: Are particular careers or occupations based on advanced knowledge and skills specific to that career or occupation

    Occupational Outlook Handbook: Is a publication of the United States Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics that includes information about the nature of work, working conditions, training and education, earnings, and job outlook for hundreds of different occupations. Each profile also includes BLS employment projections for the 2010–20 decade

    Success: Accomplishments or achievements

    Training Plan: Outline who will deliver the training, and when and where your apprentice or trainee needs to go to receive the structured component of the training

  • Materials/Specialized Equipment Needed

    Equipment:

    • computer with projector for multimedia presentation
    • presenter/remote
    • computer lab with Internet access (be sure to follow district guidelines for Internet access)

    Materials:

    • index cards
    • props related to the Education and Training Career Cluster

    • copies of handouts (see All Lesson Attachments tab)
  • Anticipatory Set

    Prior to the lesson:

    At the front of the classroom, display items/props that relate to the Education and Training Career Cluster students will be investigating. You could also create a bulletin board with the same theme.

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    Hand each student a blank index card as walk into the classroom. Instruct them to write down the name of a job or career related to the Education and Training Career Cluster. Ask the students to share what they wrote on the index cards. You may opt to assign a scribe to write the name of the jobs or careers on the board.

    Possible questions for discussion:

    • What educational career are you interested in pursuing? Why?
    • What kind of educational careers are in demand?
    • What are some examples of educational careers beyond the classroom?
    • How do you go about choosing what you want to be when you grow up?
    • What are some factors you should consider?
    • What’s the difference between a job and a career?
    • What careers do you know about?
    • Can a job become a career? Explain.
    • How do you know about these careers?
    • Do you think there are careers that might be perfect for you that you don’t know about?
    • How can you find out about these careers?
    • Why do you think it’s important to learn as much as possible about available career choices at your age?
    • What might happen if you don’t start investigating career choices until after you graduate?

    Distribute graphic organizer, KWL Chart – Education and Training Career Investigation (see All Lesson Attachments tab). Have students complete the first two columns of the chart. Ask students to write down what they already know about planning a career in education and what they want to learn about planning a career in education in the second column. The last column will be completed during Lesson Closure.

    Incorporate or proceed to Lesson Rationale.

  • Direct Instruction with Special Education Modifications/Accommodations

    Introduce lesson objectives, terms and their definitions.

    Distribute the handout and graphic organizer Education and Training Career Investigation Notes (see All Lesson Attachments tab) so that students may take notes during the slide presentation.

    Introduce PowerPoint™, Education and Training Career Investigation (see All Lesson Attachments tab). Students will be expected to take notes while viewing the slide presentation. Allow time for classroom discussion.

    Throughout the lesson refer to the Word Wall so that students may become familiar with terminology. You may use a site such as wordle.net or tagxedo.com to create a digital word wall.

    Video included in the presentation:

    • An Introduction to Teacher Development
      New models for preparing educators in training focus on practical tips and feedback.
      http://youtu.be/wDdC8_e3Aog

    Individualized Education Plan (IEP) for all special education students must be followed. Examples of accommodations may include, but are not limited to:

    • providing students with a copy of the presentation
    • correct for spelling and grammar but do not deduct from total on homework
    • providing individual assistance, as needed

  • Guided Practice with Special Education Modifications/Accommodations

    Distribute the handout, My Career Plan (see All Lesson Attachments tab). Inform students that they will create a career plan based upon an Education and Training career he or she is interested in. Students will input specific data about classes, summer jobs, internships or job shadowing that will benefit them in acquiring more knowledge and hands-on experience for the career they are interested in.

    You may opt to invite the school counselor to provide assistance with course offerings on campus.

    Allow for questions and discussion. Check for understanding.

    Individualized Education Plan (IEP) for all special education students must be followed. Examples of accommodations may include, but are not limited to:

    • partnering with a more experienced student
    • providing extra time, as needed
    • correcting for spelling and grammar but do not deduct from total on homework
    • providing individual assistance, as needed

  • Independent Practice/Laboratory Experience with Special Education Modifications/Accommodations

    Have students work in small groups. Each group will research a career of their choice within the Education and Training Career Cluster. You may opt to assign each group a specific career. The careers options include in the pathways of:

    • administration and administrative support
    • professional support services
    • teaching and training

    Distribute the handout, Career Investigation (see All Lesson Attachments tab).

    Direct students to the O*Net Online website.
    http://www.onetonline.org/

    Note to teacher – if you do not have a computer lab for your students, you may print the information needed for the careers from your computer so that students may be able to complete the assignment.

    Students will design a way to present an Education and Training career to the class. Advise them to avoid lecturing or reading a research paper. Encourage them to make the learning experience as interactive as possible. Some suggestions can include:

    • Developing a brochure or pamphlet
    • Developing a Jeopardy game
    • Developing a skit or role-play scenarios
    • Illustrated story book
    • Learning center
    • Prezi™
    • Providing a display or visual aids
    • True or false quiz game
    • Video clip

    Allow sufficient time for research and preparation. Each group will present their career information during Summative/End of Lesson Assessment.

    Distribute and review the Career Investigation Rubric (see All Lesson Attachments tab) so that students will understand what is expected.

    Individualized Education Plan (IEP) for all special education students must be followed. Examples of accommodations may include, but are not limited to:

    • providing students with a copy of the presentation
    • correcting for spelling and grammar but do not deduct from total on homework
    • providing individual assistance, as needed

  • Lesson Closure

    Review objectives, terms and definitions.

    Complete graphic organizer, KWL Chart – Education and Training Career Investigation (see All Lesson Attachments tab) to analyze what they have learned about planning for a career in education.

  • Summative/End of Lesson Assessment with Special Education Modifications/Accommodations

    Each group will present their career information. Presentations will be assessed with a rubric.

    At the end of the presentations, give students an opportunity to demonstrate overall understanding of concepts and skills by asking the following four open-minded questions:

    • What new career paths did you discover that you had never thought of before?
    • How did the chosen profession match your current interests?
    • How can this information help you towards your career path?
    • How can you use this information in the future?

    Distribute the handout, Career Investigation Reflection (see All Lesson Attachments tab). Students will write a reflection based on their research findings. Students will be assessed using the Career Investigation Reflection Rubric (see All Lesson Attachments tab).

    Individualized Education Plan (IEP) for all special education students must be followed. Examples of accommodations may include, but are not limited to:

    • providing individual time, as needed
    • correcting for spelling and grammar but do not deduct from total on homework
    • providing individual assistance, as needed

  • References/Resources

    Images:

    • Photos obtained through a license with Shutterstock.com™.

    Textbooks:

    • Diaz, C., Pelletier, C. & Provenzo, Jr., E. (2006). Touch the future: teaching! Boston, MA: Pearson Education, Inc.
    • Kauchak, D. & Eggen, P. (2014). Introduction to teaching: becoming a professional. (Fifth ed.). Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Education, Inc.
    • Morrison, G. (2012).Early childhood education today. (Twelfth ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Education, Inc.

    Websites:

    • Occupational Outlook Handbook
      Bureau of Labor Statistics. This is a website describing jobs and their requirements, career outlooks, pay and employment forecasts.
      http://www.bls.gov/ooh/
    • TEXASgenuine.org
      Students can explore potential careers that fall within their top Career Clusters® of interest, view salary information and educational requirements for potential careers and watch short videos to learn about CTE programs offered at the more than 50 public community and technical colleges throughout the state.
      http://www.texasgenuine.org

    YouTube™:

    • An Introduction to Teacher Development
      New models for preparing educators in training focus on practical tips and feedback.
      http://youtu.be/wDdC8_e3Aog
  • Additional Required Components

    English Language Proficiency Standards (ELPS) Strategies

    • word wall
    • draw visual representations of terms on word wall
    • visual representations of 16 Career Clusters
    • http://www.learnerdictioary.com for pronunciation and meaning of terms
  • College and Career Readiness Connection

    AchieveTexas Career Cluster Crosswalks

    The Career Cluster Crosswalks housed on the AchieveTexas website http://www.achievetexas.org/index.html provide Texas teachers with a direct connection between their CTE course TEKS and the College and Career Readiness Standards (CCRS). Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies and Cross-Disciplinary integration are the focus of the CCRS. These college and career readiness standards are essential in the planning and delivery of CTE lessons. The extent to which the integration occurs is determined by the methods and strategies utilized by each teacher.

    Career Cluster Crosswalks for Education and Training, Hospitality and Tourism and Human Services Career Clusters can be found at:
    http://www.achievetexas.org/Career%20Cluster%20Crosswalks.htm

  • Recommended Strategies

    Reading Strategies

    Current Events:
    Assign students to read content concerning careers in Education and Training. Information can be found in newspaper articles, magazines, journals and online print.
    Suggestions:

    • Promote the use of the pre-reading strategy prediction.
    • Encourage students to connect reading to their life experiences or prior knowledge.
    • Word Attack Strategies: Prior to reading, allow students to skim the passage or text, circling words that are unfamiliar to them. Once these words are decoded (glossary, dictionary, dictionary.com, classroom discussion), students will have a better understanding of the pronunciation and meaning of the unfamiliar word(s), facilitating comprehension.
  • Quotes

    Every day students come to be who are trying to keep their head above the water, who are trying to float in this world. They come to us from abusive situations, they come to us from poverty, they come to us from group homes and from homelessness. They come to us for breakfast, for lunch and for health care, for love, for support and, yes, for education.
    -Barbara Walton-Farai

    The teacher’s art consists in this: To turn the child’s attention from trivial details and to guide his thoughts continually towards relations of importance which he will one day need to know, that he may judge rightly of good and evil in society.
    -Jean-Jacques Rousseau

    Today, we begin in earnest the work of making sure that the world we leave our children is just a little bit better than the one we inhabit today.
    -President Barack Obama

    Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.
    -Nelson Mandela

  • Multimedia/Visual Strategies

    PowerPoints ™

    • Education and Training Career Investigation
    • Presentation Notes for Education and Training Career Investigation

    Technology:

    • Free iPad App:

    TED Conferences
    https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/ted/id376183339?mt=8

    • Infographic:

    Teacher Time Management Infographic
    Do You Have What It Takes to Be a Teacher?
    http://www.knewton.com/teacher-time-management-infographic/

    • TedTalk:

    Diana Laufenberg: How to learn? From mistakes
    Diana Laufenberg shares three surprising things she has learned about teaching — including a key insight about learning from mistakes.
    https://www.ted.com/playlists/182/talks_from_inspiring_teachers

    YouTube™:

    • An Introduction to Teacher Development
      New models for preparing educators in training focus on practical tips and feedback.
      http://youtu.be/wDdC8_e3Aog

    Files for downloading:

  • Graphic Organizers/Handout

    Graphic Organizer:

    • Education and Training Career Investigation Notes
    • KWL Chart – Education and Training Career Investigation

    Handouts:

    • Career Investigation
    • Career Investigation Rubric
    • Career Investigation Reflection
    • Career Investigation Reflection Rubric
    • My Career Plan

    Files for downloading:

  • Writing Strategies

    Journal Entries:

    • What career do you see yourself in 20 years?
    • What classes, preparation or resources will you utilize to achieve the career pathway you want to have?
    • When I grow up, I want to be…
    • I am interested in _________ career because _________.
    • List careers in the Education and Training cluster.

    Writing Strategy:

    • RAFT
      • Role: High school student
      • Audience: Middle school students
      • Format: Persuasive
      • Topic: Preparing for a career in education
  • Communication 90 Second Speech Topics

    • Describe a career option in the Education and Training cluster.
    • If I could do any career in the world I would choose…
    • What I love to do most is…
  • Other Essential Lesson Components

    Enrichment activity

    • Students could use Microsoft Office or other software to make a flow chart with all of the jobs in the local school district.
    • Invite each of the administrators, administrative support and support service employees to come to the class to be interviewed about their positions, advice they would offer, the training and other jobs they have had, why they came to this district, and other information about education careers. Students can make videos of the interviews to show to other classes or for future reference.
    • Have students obtain the district job application. Discuss education and experiences necessary to be a good candidate based on information requested on the application.
    • Survey students of various ages, teachers, parents, and administrators about characteristics teachers should possess. Compare the data and make graphs to compare information from various groups.
    • Have students job shadow an individual in administration and administrative support, professional support services or teaching and training.

    TEDx Talk:

    TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or fewer).

    TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks videos and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event.

    TED-Ed’s commitment to creating lessons worth sharing is an extension of TED’s mission of spreading great ideas. This allows users to take any useful educational video, not just TED’s, and easily create a customized lesson around the video.

    The video below is related to the lesson. Allow students to view the video, and lead a discussion concerning the TED Talk.

    Diana Laufenberg: How to learn? From mistakes
    Diana Laufenberg shares three surprising things she has learned about teaching — including a key insight about learning from mistakes.
    https://www.ted.com/playlists/182/talks_from_inspiring_teachers

  • Family/Community Connection

    Invite faculty or staff members from your campus, or members of the administration office, to speak to the students about their career and the pathway that led to that career choice.

  • CTSO connection

    Family Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA)
    http://texasfccla.org

    STAR Events

    • Early Childhood – An individual event – recognizes participants who use Family and Consumer Sciences skills to plan and conduct a child development project that has a positive impact on children and the community.
    • Focus on Children – An individual or team event – recognizes participants who organize a community service project focused on a specific need related to children in the community.
    • Teach and Train – An individual event – recognizes participants for their exploration of the education and training fields through research and hands-on experience.

    SkillsUSA
    http://skillsusa.org

    SkillsUSA Contests:

    • Early Childhood Education – An individual event – recognizes participants who demonstrate knowledge of developmentally appropriate practice and ability to prepare and implement learning activities for children three to five years old. Contestants will prepare a written lesson plan and take a written test assessing their knowledge of child development and effective teaching strategies.

    Texas Association of Future Educators
    http://tafeonline.org

    TAFE Competition:

    • Educational Leadership Fundamentals – This competition is an individual event that recognizes participates who take a 30-minute timed exam about knowledge of the teaching profession.
  • Service Learning Projects

    Successful service learning project ideas originate from student concerns and needs. Allow students to brainstorm about service projects pertaining to lesson. For additional information on service learning see:
    https://gsn.nylc.org/

    Possible idea:
    Organize a Career Day at a local elementary school including representatives from the Education and Training Career Cluster.

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